(2)God has not yet given you up; this is evident. Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. (5)Your wisdom is to cry for help, that you may run aright.II. "A deceived heart hath turned him aside." Wisdom Literature The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. The duty is submission. The entanglements of the world, like heavy and close-fitting garments, impeding the racer's speed.4. He exposes the plot to add law to grace as an ungodly temptation which threatened to spread through the whole church. (5)You are not now abiding all the day with your Lord.2. Those who have no religious conscience, and whose life is one of quiet compliance with circumstances as they are — it is not particularly to such that I speak to-day. Does it relate to the Saviour? Those who have no religious conscience, and whose life is one of quiet compliance with circumstances as they are — it is not particularly to such that I speak to-day. There is one class who are so evenly adjusted in their faculties, so well balanced in mind constitutionally, and who from birth are so Christianly educated, and who are so genially affected by parents, friends, and social connections, and who have all the appointments of society so fitted round about them, that when they become Christians their life seems to be a tranquil and almost unresisting progress. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. Paul heard of it, and wrote to them on the subject. If they are laggards we are very likely to be so too. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. It is the mother of almost all the Christian graces; so much so that in respect of multitudes, although it is not difficult for them to exercise Christian graces when they are perfectly healthy, it is almost impossible for them to do it when they are not healthy. The obedience of error is not religion, nor is the belief of truth religion. )A difficult raceG. To believe there is a God and not love Him; to have a knowledge of Christ, without trust in Him, or of sin without repenting of it, what is that worth? Although the hindrance in every case is not precisely the same, yet there is a passage of Scripture which is applicable to every case. It cannot otherwise be obeyed. Then the duty is repentance. We are greatly influenced by -what we see in others. To obey the truth is not anything that can be done at once, or that requires to be done only at stated periods. Our appetites and passions are all of them to be controlled, used, sanctified — not killed. W. God have mercy on hinderers. God have mercy on hinderers. So all our social affections must be used, Christianized, and made to be a part of our Christian life. I never had such a sense of the goodness of God as I had then." How melancholy it is that men should turn away from God, that they should grow worse, as they get nearer the grave and the judgment! Obedience to truth not known or not credited is impossible. One loves the world in this aspect of it, another in that. Then there are some persons who seem so constituted that their religious feelings almost never flow so readily as when they act for other people. 1. The duty is veneration. )Hindrances to religious lifeH. Then there are some persons who seem so constituted that their religious feelings almost never flow so readily as when they act for other people. If we see no indications of declension in you, yet He who sees not as man sees may. (H. Melvill, B. D.)At Preston, at Malines, at many such places, the lines go gently asunder; so fine is the angle, that at first the paths are almost parallel, and it seems of small moment which you select. The duty is faith and trust in Him. The truth must be perseveringly obeyed. Men may enjoy little for the very same reason that some farmers reap little — because they sow little and till little. The obedience of error is not religion, nor is the belief of truth religion. We are so let and hindered in running "the race that is set before us," because of —1. Our appetites and passions are all of them to be controlled, used, sanctified — not killed. The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. The duty is faith and trust in Him. Then there are some persons who seem so constituted that their religious feelings almost never flow so readily as when they act for other people. It is very ordinary for new converts to be carried on with a greater measure of affection and zeal, and to make swifter progress than others, or they themselves afterwards, when they are of older standing; the newness of the thing, the first edge which is upon their affections, not yet blunted by change of cases and multiplicity of duties, and God's restraining for a time the violent assault of multiplied furious temptations until they be a little confirmed and engaged in His way, together with His affording a more plentiful measure of His sensible presence at first than afterwards, all contribute to this. We must rebuke them.2. The truth must be perseveringly obeyed. Luke-Acts (b)did you not indulge carnal ease? You must look to it, and mend your pace. You have sometimes been set a-running. Our only safety lies in the help of God, He "will give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him."II. Some easily-besetting sin (Hebrews 12:1).3. (1)Self-righteousness and trust in yourself? WANT OF GOOD GUIDANCE IN YOUTH. What they supposed to be an infernal temptation was the protest of nature in themselves. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. It cannot otherwise be obeyed. If they are laggards we are very likely to be so too. Children today worship the rock stars. There is such a thing (would there were not) as declension in religion. They are persons of great constitutional benevolence. In both cases the boat would drift with the stream; the only difference would be that, when one oar was vigorously applied, the boat, in addition to drifting, would move round and round in a circle, and might perhaps for a while mock the rower by the semblance of progress. Saul responded, "I am a Benjamite, the smallest tribe in all of Israel, and my father's house is the least family in all of the tribe, how can you say such a foolish thing?". And you who neither profess nor possess religion, I ask you what hindered you from becoming a penitent disciple of Christ at that time to which I have alluded. The duty is submission. It is not enough that you look for the better country; you must keep the way; and a small deviation may send you entirely wrong.(J. That phrase, the "world," is a very comprehensive one. Worldliness.4. Men may enjoy little for the very same reason that some farmers reap little — because they sow little and till little. There is such a thing (would there were not) as declension in religion. To obey the truth is not anything that can be done at once, or that requires to be done only at stated periods. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. It is an obvious truth, but one often overlooked. Then there is another large class to whom I do not speak particularly, namely, those persons who have — I know not how, and they know not how — made a profession of religion; — I know not why, and they know not why; — but still they have done it, and are in the Church; and that is about the whole of it. (4)Frivolous, sceptical, or wicked companions? There is no other religion worth anything, or availing aught,but that which answers to this description. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. )HinderersP.It is possible that fellow-professors may hinder. Such persons oftentimes say, "I never can have deep religious feelings by ordinary means; but when such a man was in trouble, and told me of the wants of his family — his wife and children — and I took my hat and went home with him, and mingled my tears with theirs, it did seem as if I was not a hand-breadth from heaven. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. And there are a great many hearts that do not sing because nothing moves them to sing. We are often obliged to accommodate our pace to that of our fellow-travellers. The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. Our weakness and infirmity, soon tired and exhausted, when the race is long or the road is rough.(G. (The Christian. You have sometimes been set a-running. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Such is not the teaching of the gospel. (1)God has blessed His Word to your arousing. How can it be-but that Christians should be weak, when there is so much to stimulate, and so little to feed them?II. Then there are some persons who seem so constituted that their religious feelings almost never flow so readily as when they act for other people. Your store, your office, your shop, your family, your neighbourhood, the street — these are not so many things that you must resist for the sake of grace. There can be no better definition of it, unless it be one which we find in Scriptures, viz., this "faith that worketh by love." I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. (2)Carelessness, procrastination, and neglect? "Sailing from Cuba, we thought we had gained sixty miles one day in our course; but at the next observation we found we had lost more than thirty. (1)God has blessed His Word to your arousing. They are persons of great constitutional benevolence. Name. (a)Did you not overload yourself with worldly care? Bowes. This remains even in the best. At school. Mend your ways, and do not hinder your own soul. Both these last are they who are rowing with one oar, moving indeed, but moving in a circle, and coming round always to the same point from which they started — deluding themselves for a while by the very fact of their motion with the idea that they are progressing, and often bitterly complaining, as soon as they are undeceived, that they are making no way. Many of the orthodox see this as a divine sign that the time has come to rebuild the temple. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you … But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. The New Testament The entanglements of the world, like heavy and close-fitting garments, impeding the racer's speed.4. You remember the story of Esther how that the wicked man Haman sought to destroy all of the Jews in the kingdom of Persia, it is interesting to note that he as an Agagite, the king of Amalek that Saul did not kill. The third class — which is the great middle class — consists of persons who are professedly Christian people, but who have great and almost unceasing religious difficulties.I. You ought to have been proof against them; they could not have intended it. And there are a great many hearts that do not sing because nothing moves them to sing. The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. Our appetites and passions are all of them to be controlled, used, sanctified — not killed. W. You are not far from Him when you get so near Him as to give your time and energies for the good of His needy creatures. None can help us in the race but those who are themselves running it; all others must hinder. The tendency of our age and nation is particularly to external activity, not to internal meditations. If vital religion be driven out of the soul, it will be as the Canaanites were to be driven before the Israelites, "by little and little."(H. He praised the Homosexuals as great American citizens and bragged about how many he had hired in his administration. (1)Your loss has been already great. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. Obedience to truth not known or not credited is impossible. How melancholy it is that men should turn away from God, that they should grow worse, as they get nearer the grave and the judgment! Our sinful nature still remaining in the holiest saints.2. You are not far from Him when you get so near Him as to give your time and energies for the good of His needy creatures. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. Such is not the teaching of the gospel. But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. The want of general technical religious culture is one obvious cause of confusion and distress. )A sailor remarksCheever. A. The duty is faith and trust in Him. The guard then gave the signal to start. Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. WE SHALL USE THE TEXT IN REFERENCE TO DELAYING SINNERS.1. (The Christian. H. God have mercy on the hindered. (1)Those who will not obey truth will become the dupes of lies. The worst evils will come of being hindered. You are not far from Him when you get so near Him as to give your time and energies for the good of His needy creatures. The duty is faith and trust in Him. Whenever one either totally or partially departs from the living God, it is because of an evil heart of unbelief that is in him. Mend your ways, and do not hinder your own soul. For this purpose the power of the Spirit would come upon him. Laxness in creed.II. (James Fergusson. It is sometimes said that we are to distinguish between the natural affections and the gracious ones. (3)Truth disregarded becomes an accuser, and its witness secures our condemnation.Conclusion:1. Who has hindered you? a. What has hindered you? a. Threatened by invasion of huge army of Ethiopians. CORRUPT HEART. Who so runs, runs well. God have mercy on hinderers. Let a Christian form an intimate friendship with an ungodly person, and from that moment all progress is stayed; he must go back; for when his companion is going in the opposite direction, how can he walk with him except by turning his back upon the path which he has formerly trodden?(P. )A sailor remarksCheever. We would arouse them.(C. On the contrary, you must deal with them as the means of grace.III. To believe there is a God and not love Him; to have a knowledge of Christ, without trust in Him, or of sin without repenting of it, what is that worth? The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. To believe there is a God and not love Him; to have a knowledge of Christ, without trust in Him, or of sin without repenting of it, what is that worth? Be stedfast in doing the right, even if alone.III. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. I shall not stop to illustrate the evil influences of overt and known wickedness. (5)Did you not do it yourself? Mend your ways, and do not hinder your own soul. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. God have mercy on hinderers. By what one of its many chains it binds you, I cannot tell; perhaps by one of such delicate materials, and so finely drawn, that it is scarcely, if at all, perceptible.(W. So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. Is it His sovereignty? I have mentioned already, and shall mention again only for the sake of completeness, secret religious exercise, as one of the things that promote Christian feeling. To obey that truth is to admire and love the Divine character, for those are the feelings appropriate to it. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. To take every faculty or power God has given you, and bring it under Divine influences, and make it act right — that is being a Christian; and all partialisms, by just so much as they are partialisms, are, therefore, misunderstandings or misappropriations of Christian truth. The worship of mother earth. S. Bowes.The Christian race is by no means easy. (4)Your death would come of ceasing to obey the truth. We are apt to sleep as do others. 9 A little leauen leaueneth the whole lumpe. There is still greater reason to fear that in many cases worldly friends and companions are the hinderers. It is a good thing to be walking in the ways of God, but it is better to be running — making real and visible progress, day by day advancing in experience and attainments. You are not far from Him when you get so near Him as to give your time and energies for the good of His needy creatures. The Galatians declined. This excessive activity carries us away, and exhausts our susceptibility. But you must be honest and bold with yourselves. They make benevolence their conscience. )A sailor remarksCheever. Natural affections, rightly directed, become, by that very rectitude, gracious. (3)Your danger is great of being overtaken by error and sin. If so, quit them at once, and listen only to the gospel of Christ.3. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. Who so runs, runs well. I have never seen a tree whose leaves sung, unless, somehow, the wind was caused to play among them; but the leaves of any tree will sing when the wind does play through them. IV. )A difficult raceG. Beecher. The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. Nevins, D. D.To obey the truth is to feel and act agreeably to it. Spurgeon. (5)Your wisdom is to cry for help, that you may run aright.II. Nevins, D. D.)LinksGalatians 5:7 NIVGalatians 5:7 NLTGalatians 5:7 ESVGalatians 5:7 NASBGalatians 5:7 KJVGalatians 5:7 Bible AppsGalatians 5:7 ParallelGalatians 5:7 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:7 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:7 French BibleGalatians 5:7 German BibleGalatians 5:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Truth disregarded becomes an accuser, and its witness secures our condemnation.Conclusion:1. There can be no better definition of it, unless it be one which we find in Scriptures, viz., this "faith that worketh by love." Let us specify a few. On the contrary, you must deal with them as the means of grace.III. The third class — which is the great middle class — consists of persons who are professedly Christian people, but who have great and almost unceasing religious difficulties.I. Men may enjoy little for the very same reason that some farmers reap little — because they sow little and till little. We are often obliged to accommodate our pace to that of our fellow-travellers. If we see no indications of declension in you, yet He who sees not as man sees may. There can be no better definition of it, unless it be one which we find in Scriptures, viz., this "faith that worketh by love." And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. Bowes. II. Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. By what one of its many chains it binds you, I cannot tell; perhaps by one of such delicate materials, and so finely drawn, that it is scarcely, if at all, perceptible.(W. )Obeying the truthW. David likens the sun to a strong man rejoicing to run a race; not dreading it and shrinking back from it, but delighting in the opportunity of putting forth all his powers. To obey that truth is to admire and love the Divine character, for those are the feelings appropriate to it. It implies such a state of the heart, and such a comformation of conduct, as comports with the nature of the things revealed and believed. Let us specify a few. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Galatians 5:7 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "FINISHING WELL" You did run well, what did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? Let me say, preliminarily, that there are a great many persons who seem to need no special religious teachings, for one of two opposite reasons. It cannot otherwise be obeyed. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. We may learn also the insignificance and worthlessness of mere faith and knowledge. The primary purpose of a wall is to be a barrier that keeps things, or people, at bay on one side or the … "So," said Mrs. More, "the things of time being near, seem great, and so hide from our view the things of eternity."(Rev. This persuasion cometh not of him that … I shall not stop to illustrate the evil influences of overt and known wickedness. Such is not the teaching of the gospel. So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. Let me mention a few of those things which observation and experience have taught me to be instrumental in promoting religious feeling. The duty is compliance with all its requisitions. One loves the world in this aspect of it, another in that. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. Buck.Among the evidences of backsliding are these —1. Some easily-besetting sin (Hebrews 12:1).3. The Bible seldom troubles people who do not meddle with it. (C. Our appetites and passions are all of them to be controlled, used, sanctified — not killed. W. Beecher.I propose to discuss some of those causes which prevent growth and development of religious life. What were some of the former blessings in Galatia? It was then that the prophet Hananiah came to him and said, "Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of your hand. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. (b)did you not indulge carnal ease? The president lamented the treatment the lesbians and homosexuals were receiving by the red-necked hetero- sexuals. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. Let us specify a few. You have sometimes been set a-running. Sermon Notes for Galatians 6:14 Next Section → Sermon Notes for 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 ← Prior Book. (3)Truth disregarded becomes an accuser, and its witness secures our condemnation.Conclusion:1. And there are those, on the other hand, who have surrendered the will to Christ, and are making efforts to obey Him; but because they perceive not this simple truth, that they cannot sanctify themselves, that sanctification from first to last, like justification, must be wrought for us by Him, — are constantly met by failures and disappointments, which a simple trust in Him to do all for them can alone remedy. Is it His law? To take every faculty or power God has given you, and bring it under Divine influences, and make it act right — that is being a Christian; and all partialisms, by just so much as they are partialisms, are, therefore, misunderstandings or misappropriations of Christian truth. Nevins, D. D.)LinksGalatians 5:7 NIVGalatians 5:7 NLTGalatians 5:7 ESVGalatians 5:7 NASBGalatians 5:7 KJVGalatians 5:7 Bible AppsGalatians 5:7 ParallelGalatians 5:7 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:7 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:7 French BibleGalatians 5:7 German BibleGalatians 5:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (4)Frivolous, sceptical, or wicked companions? But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. Oh, how many different ways there are by which God comes into the soul! THE DANGERS OF THIS STATE.1. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. Does the truth relate to the subject of sin? If one would place this small cluster between him and the larger, the latter was quite hidden from view. )HinderersP.It is possible that fellow-professors may hinder. )A difficult raceG. It cannot otherwise be obeyed. I shall select, therefore, only some less apparent, but nevertheless influential causes which produce barrenness in Christian life. At school. CORRUPT HEART. (4)Frivolous, sceptical, or wicked companions? Is it the greatness of God that is the object of contemplation? (3)Your danger is great of being overtaken by error and sin. It includes everything which may be preferred to God. "A deceived heart hath turned him aside." So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. Indeed, they can be nothing else. Health is a Christian grace. The worst evils will come of being hindered. (4)Your death would come of ceasing to obey the truth. Then there is another large class to whom I do not speak particularly, namely, those persons who have — I know not how, and they know not how — made a profession of religion; — I know not why, and they know not why; — but still they have done it, and are in the Church; and that is about the whole of it. To obey that truth is to admire and love the Divine character, for those are the feelings appropriate to it. You are not to shrink from proving yourselves diseased. (4)Your death would come of ceasing to obey the truth. Sometimes an influence is exerted purposely to corrupt us. The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. The duty is submission. Nevins, D. D.To obey the truth is to feel and act agreeably to it. only from his death. (2)God has not yet given you up; this is evident. (1)God has blessed His Word to your arousing. The third class — which is the great middle class — consists of persons who are professedly Christian people, but who have great and almost unceasing religious difficulties.I. Whenever one either totally or partially departs from the living God, it is because of an evil heart of unbelief that is in him. 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? There is no other religion worth anything, or availing aught,but that which answers to this description. )Obeying the truthW. WE SHALL USE THE TEXT IN REFERENCE TO DELAYING SINNERS.1. But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. Who so runs, runs well. W. And there is another passage which applies perhaps to every case of defection. Go down into your hearts; try the pulse there; use the thermometer there. (3)Your danger is great of being overtaken by error and sin. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. There is no other religion worth anything, or availing aught,but that which answers to this description. S. I do not know of any gracious affections that are not natural ones. 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