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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Striving With God"

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
Isaiah 45:9-10

      The first time we find the word “strive” in the Bible is in Genesis 6:3.  In this passage God said that His Spirit would not always “strive” with man. The Spirit of God was in a contention with mankind. The hearts of men were only evil, and the Spirit of God is holy. The creature was in direct disobedience with the Creator. Mankind was rejecting God’s authority and would not allow God to use them. For this reason God destroyed the world through a flood.
      Our verse also mentions a child rejecting the authority of father and mother. This is the case when a child of God resists the leading of the Father. Our Heavenly Father only leads us to better lives and greater service; His leading is never hurtful, yet we often strive against it. It should never be named among God’s children that we strive with our Heavenly Father. If He is leading us to do or be something we should yield and let Him have His way.
      The Apostle Paul was one who “kicked against the pricks” of the Holy Spirit. He resisted against God and His plan, but look what God was trying to so with Paul. God took Paul from murderer to missionary, and used his life to change the world. God had nothing but goodness and greatness in store for Paul.
      We must be careful not to resist God’s leading. He only wants to use us in His service. If you are resisting something from God today yield to His leading, and let God use you how He sees fit. A man that strives with God will surely strive with others.

A horse can't pull while kicking.
This fact we merely mention.
And he can't kick while pulling,
Which is our chief contention.
Let's imitate the good old horse
And lead a life that's fitting;
Just pull an honest load, and then
There'll be no time for kicking.

Study verses: 
Gen 6:3; Prov 25:8; II Chor 30:8;Rom 6:13-19

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Previous devotions

"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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