Who Hindered You?

Galatians 5:1, 7-12 ESV

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!

Circumcision is an outward cutting away of the flesh, unless it is circumcision of the heart, which is dying with Christ to sin, being transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and in the power of God’s Spirit, living to Christ and to his righteousness. So, in this sense, physical circumcision represents man’s attempts at being righteous before God via works of the flesh, but which has no impact on changing a person’s heart and life.

For, Jesus Christ set us free, not only from our slavery to sin, but also from false righteousness that depends on human effort to try to be found righteous in God’s sight. For, not one of us, no matter how hard we try, will ever be acceptable to God and found righteous before him by human effort.

But, did you know that what a lot of people today are teaching with regard to God’s grace is really about human effort? It is still about the flesh. It is still a religion of human origin. Yes! Because it is created in the minds of humans, and it is contrary to the teachings of scripture. For, it appeases human flesh rather than putting it to death, which is God’s design for how we are to be saved from our sins and have eternal life with God (Rom. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24; Lu. 9:23-25).

What they have done, essentially, is to pull Jesus Christ and his Word, our Rock and our foundation, out from underneath the gospel of our salvation, and out from underneath the church, too, and they have put man as the foundation, instead, or no foundation at all. And, then they have altered and transformed the true gospel to make it more acceptable to human flesh. But, they did not transform or alter the life of the “believer,” but they left him still in bondage to his sin, only with a false assurance of heaven as his destiny.

And the lukewarm church here in America is in bed (in agreement) with this flesh-driven cheap grace gospel which requires no decency, no morality, no uprightness or honesty of its adherents as part of their walks of faith with Almighty God. For, this cheap grace convinces people that living holy lives, pleasing to God, is works of the flesh, while they also try to paint their cheap grace as true grace, because it requires no human cooperation at all with God. And, so they call what is good evil, and they call what is evil good.

Yet, whether you are trying to be saved by human effort via “good works,” or you are accepting a cheap grace which requires no action on your part at all, you are still buying into a man-made gospel, neither of which has any power to save anyone from his sins. For, they are not teaching true grace which demands we say “No” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts, and that we live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we wait for Christ’s return (Tit. 2:11-14).

Galatians 5:13-15 ESV

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

We have to realize that God’s whole purpose of his grace to us was to provide a way for us to be delivered out of our slavery to sin so that we could live righteously before God. Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, not that we would pray some prayer or make some proclamation and then go on living sinful lifestyles without regard for God and his holiness, purity, and righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9).

But, there are many false teachers today, wolves in sheep’s clothing, who are convincing people by the masses that they can be saved from their sins, bound for heaven, and that they don’t have to repent of (turn away from) their sins, they don’t have to obey Christ, and they don’t have to surrender their lives to the Lordship of Christ. For, they totally disregard that in Jesus’ death on that cross he bought us back for God with his blood so that our lives would no longer be our own, but so we would honor God with our lives.

We also have to realize here that this whole cheap grace movement is a plot of Satan to destroy the gospel and its messengers. So, not only is it leading people straight to hell while promising them heaven, but its messengers are demonizing those who are still preaching a gospel of repentance. And this, again, is because Satan is trying to destroy Jesus and his gospel message and its messengers, and other humans’ lives, too, by promising them heaven while knowingly they are sending them straight to hell, for they will not submit to God.

So, God is making some of his people aware of this plot to destroy the gospel and its message, and its messengers, via deceitful scheming, and the Lord is having them speak out against these lies of the great deceiver, in order to rescue people from hell, and to give them a true hope of heaven.

So, Satan is sending out his army against these messengers of God who are not only teaching the true gospel, but who are combatting the lies, as well, and who are warning about this evil plot. For, Satan’s goal is to destroy them and the true gospel in any way that he can.

So, his warriors are busily putting down the true gospel and are elevating the cheap grace gospel, and they are working to blockade the truth from getting out to the people. So, one of his present schemes is to get our world leaders to conspire together to come up with internet controls which will weed out “extremist speech” and will only allow what is in the area of “lukewarm,” which is neither on fire for God or totally opposed to him.

Galatians 5:16-21 ESV

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

So, what’s the solution to all this madness? We must walk (in lifestyle) by the Spirit so that we do not fulfill (gratify) the desires of the flesh. For, if we go on walking (living, in practice) according to (in agreement with) what our flesh desires, then we are going to die IN our sins, because we refused to die TO our sins (Lu. 9:23-25; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:19-21; Gal. 6:7-8).

So many people are trying to convince you that if you walk by the Spirit, though, that you are still under the law, and not under grace, and that you are trying to earn your salvation by works of the flesh.

But, they are twisting the scriptures to their advantage. For, it is clear here that if we are being led by the Spirit in how we live, that we are no longer under the law, but we are under grace. For, God’s grace delivered us out of our slavery to sin so that we would no longer be under to the control of sin and Satan, but so that we could live to Christ and to his righteousness in the power of God.

So, please listen to the truth here. If we make these sins (listed above) our practice, our way of life, our lifestyle, then we do not have eternal life with God. If we want to be saved from our sins and have eternal life with God, we must humble ourselves before God, forsake our lives of living for sin and self, and we must, by God’s grace, now live (in practice) according to the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:1-17; Lu. 9:23-25; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Eph. 4:17-24).

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

Hymn lyrics by Henry F. Lyte, 1833
Music attr. to Mozart, 1831/ Arr. Hubert P. Main, 1872

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known;
Yet how rich is my condition! God and heav’n are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me; heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me, while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heav’n’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

*Copyright status is Public Domain

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

10 thoughts on “Who Hindered You?

  1. After reading this article. I remembered how very many believers have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is the only one who can help us overcome some sins and temptations. A christian without the Holy Spirit is a powerless christian against the wiles of the devil.

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    • All true believers in Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit living within them. If they don’t have the Spirit, then they are not true believers. But, not every believer is yielding to the Sprit’s voice, and are tapping into his power, strength and anointing within them, but many are quenching the Spirit’s voice through disobedience.

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    • I want to share a few scriptures with you on this subject you presented here, for it is impossible for a person to be a true believer in Jesus and to not have the Holy Spirit.

      “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Rom. 8:9

      “…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Rom. 5:5

      “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Co. 3:16

      “…and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Co. 1:22

      So, every true believer in Jesus is indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God, but every true believer in Jesus is not submitting to the working of the Spirit in his or her life and thus many are, in actuality, quenching the Spirit. So, we all have the same access, just not everyone taps into that resource.

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      • MJIA – Great analogy you gave there. Only, the power is not missing, it just isn’t being turned on, so to speak, kind of like being in the car with a full tank of gas but not turning the key to actually turn on the power.

        I think you and I may interpret “baptism of the Holy Spirit” in different ways, but I believe the result is the same with what I am going to share with you.

        For, I believe that we are baptized in the Spirit when we believe in Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord. We are baptized into death with Christ to sin and we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life in him, being born again of the Spirit of God, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Rom. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

        From what I read in scripture, if we are lacking the power of the Spirit in our lives, it isn’t that he isn’t there, or that the power is not there, but that we are not putting off the flesh daily and daily we are not yielding to the Spirit’s control, so we are actually snuffing out the Spirit, instead.

        I believe that Ephesians 4-6 is key here to answering your question. If we want to experience the outpouring of God’s Spirit in our lives in mighty ways then we need to daily be putting sin to death, by the Spirit, and daily we need to be putting on the armor of God with which to fight off Satan’s evil attacks against us, and we need to be yielding to the Spirit’s control and putting on the Lord’s righteousness.

        The more we forsake our former lives of living for sin and self, and the more that we walk by the Spirit in Christ’s righteousness and holiness, and that we surrender our lives to the Lord, and we follow him in obedience, the more we are going to be filled with and empowered by the Spirit in our daily walks of faith.

        So, let me just say this about the “baptism of the Spirit.” We must be very careful that we don’t build doctrines around historical events. So, if our belief about this is based off the events in the book of Acts, then we need to reexamine that belief. For, these were people who had believed in Jesus before he died and rose again, so they had to receive the Spirit separate from their initial faith. But, it is quite clear in the teaching on the Holy Spirit in Romans and on that all true believers in Jesus have this baptism of the Spirit (Rom. 6:1-23) in death to sin and living to righteousness.

        So, if we examine the scriptures carefully on this subject, in context, and we compare scripture with scripture, we will see that we receive this baptism of the Spirit when we are born again of the Spirit of God by faith.

        BUT, let me add this. Not everyone who says he believes in Jesus really does, and that is why you see a lot of people who say they believe in Jesus lacking the power of God’s Spirit in their lives, because they believed with human faith which was not biblical faith, and thus they never were truly saved from their sins.

        For, the baptism of the Spirit means we are crucified with Christ in death to sin and we are reborn of the Spirit of God to newness of life in Christ to be lived to Christ and to his righteousness, i.e. created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Rom. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

        But, this must be maintained as our daily walk, and when it is, then we will know the power of the Spirit in our lives.

        I hope this answered your question. Thanks for asking.

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  2. Just yesterday I was under really serious spiritual attack. In that moment of weakness, I felt the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit and then and then, I knew that in my heart that I was going to be okay. I do not even want to think about what would have happened to me if I had not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!

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    • Yes, the Holy Spirit does help us in our weaknesses. Amen! Yes! He is our comforter, our counselor, our helper and our guide. And, he empowers us to do the will of God and he strengthens us and encourages us. Yes, it is awesome that we, who believe in Jesus, have been given the Holy Spirit. Amen! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Hi there… How are you today? I totally get you. I have also seen where I made a mistake as I will explain later…

    11 “I baptize with[a] water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.[b] Matthew 3:11 NLT

    There is something that got hold of my thoughts when I read that verse. The Holy Spirit and fire have been mentioned as 2 different entities. The revelation I got from this is, when we get born again, we receive the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt about that. He seals us up for redemption Ephesians 1:13 says so. But there is no fire. There is fear to evangelize to people. The love of God is genuinely there, but we are fearful of people and their opinions.

    That is because we have not experienced the fire yet. But when we earnestly desire to be baptized by fire, the Holy Spirit comes and consumes us and all of a sudden, we have power! Now He has us. Now we have each other. That is what I refer to us the baptism by fire! I can testify to this. Prior to receiving the fire, I was a coward! I would not have had the blog! How am sharing my life so openly with the world is supernatural! How an sharing about porn addiction, abortion and child loss surprises me! The day of Pentecost is evident. The disciples of Christ were cowards. But all of a sudden, after the Pentecost, they were BOLD. SUPERNATURALLY BOLD! That is one sign that you have been baptized with fire.

    Another sign of Fire Baptism is, the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are received by Believers who have been touched by the Fire of the Holy Spirit. The Believer receives at least one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit 1st Corinthians Chapter 12 and Chapter 14 talks of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    As I have been writing this, the revelation has come. Baptism of the Holy Spirit happens when we receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. But to be able to live a supernatural life and receive His Gifts, we need the Baptism of Fire of the Holy Spirit! Thank you very much! I would not have gotten clarity prior to this conversation! I never understood this whole concept. before But as I was replying, the revelation came! May God bless you Abundantly!!!!!!!

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    • Thank you, MJIA. I appreciate you sharing all of that with me. If the Lord leads me to respond to the specific things you have said here, I will, but it will be later. Yes, I understand all about Holy Spirit boldness that is not in us naturally. I am glad you have that boldness to speak out the truth and to expose the lies. God bless you!

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