“Who What Has Hindered You?”

 
Pastor David C. Franklin
 
April 12, 2022
 
Jesus says that in this world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer He has overcome the world, [John 16:33]. In Christ every believer has overcome the world but as we know there will always be those obstacles and deceptions, and false promises that attempt to turn our hearts away from Christ and His love and His character living in and through every believer. God’s love fulfills the law, strategies, and self-righteousness of men. Just as we are called to love Christ, we are called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, [Matt. 22:36-40].
 
John 16:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
 
Notwithstanding Apostle Paul keenly recognized that as believers living for Christ and His truth, troubling false and deceiving teachers, those against God plagued the church. So, it is not a new thing that this same plague continues to multiply (in intensity) today as we move toward the End of Days.
 
Galatians 5:7-10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
7 You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?
8 This [evil] persuasion is not from Him Who called you [Who invited you to freedom in Christ].
9 A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].
10 [For my part] I have confidence [toward you] in the Lord that you will take no contrary view of the matter but will come to think with me. But he who is unsettling you, whoever he is, will have to bear the penalty.
 
We are fortunate that Christ has provided to every believer His Holy Spirit (the Helper) to make us more like Him; to give us power to witness; to guide us into all truth; to convict us of sin and to reveal God’s word to us, [John 14:15-18, 25-27;15:5-17]. False teachers/deceivers have no respect, or regard for the truth of God. They blaspheme God and twist the truth of God, and His created order for their own selfish gain and purposes. Heresy, error and unfruitfulness in belief as well as in practice rise up in our hearts and the church when believers stray from the pure teachings found in God’s word.
 
2 Peter 2:1-3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
2 But also [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their immoral ways and lascivious doings; because of them the true Way will be maligned and defamed.
3 And in their covetousness (lust, greed) they will exploit you with false (cunning) arguments. From of old the sentence [of condemnation] for them has not been idle; their destruction (eternal misery) has not been asleep.
 
The sure defense against false teachers/deceiver’s, wolves in sheep clothing is being equipped with the knowledge of the truth found in Scripture. In the end Paul shows us a few things we need to know about those who slip in secretly among us in the church to destroy, abuse God’s purposes and people.
 
1. They contaminate the truth of God.
2. They are contrary to God.
3. They contaminate the church.
4. They criticize and desire to destroy teachers of God’s truth.
5. False teachers and deceivers’ condemnation is sure.
 
The leaven described in this passage [Gal. 5:9] may appear harmless to the uninformed but this leaven is a symbol of corruption and if left unchallenged spreads powerfully, and secretly until it absolutely metastasizes into a deadly cancer that destroys everything. Paul cautions that these false doctrines from these dangerous people can enter a church and be absorbed into every area until it takes complete control of the entire body.
 
Every believer through the Spirit has been given the ability to discern the truth as established in the Word of God. Even more, when that truth is discerned a believer has the capacity to make wise decisions that only lead to fruitfulness in Christ that exalts Him not men or self. First, always take your heart to God letting His Spirit produce abundant life in you rather than the traditions of men which make the Word of God of no affect.
 
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