WE SHALL USE THE TEXT IN REFERENCE TO DELAYING SINNERS. God have mercy on the hindered. This excessive activity carries us away, and exhausts our susceptibility. This is the natural poverty which comes from the want of religious thrift. 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. 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. Who has hindered you? To obey that truth is to admire and love the Divine character, for those are the feelings appropriate to it. The serious consideration of a man's former forwardness in the ways of God, and how little reason can be given for his present backsliding and remissness, is a strong incitement to do the first works, and by future diligence to regain "what he has lost by his former negligence. They have temptations, but they yield so easily to them that they are not disturbed by them. H. Some easily-besetting sin (Hebrews 12:1).3. (3)Love of self-indulgence, or the secret practice of pleasurable sins? (2)Your natural tendency will be to slacken still more. If they are laggards we are very likely to be so too. Vs. 11. a. The ship had been going forward by the wind, but going back by the current." Men may enjoy little for the very same reason that some farmers reap little — because they sow little and till little. God have mercy on the hindered. No wonder you felt near Him. (1)Did I do it? 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. It was an under-current. 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. Other people have their difficulties about prayer; they have none, for they do not pray. And there is another passage which applies perhaps to every case of defection. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. We are apt to sleep as do others. Other people have their temptations; they have none that they recognize as such. 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. If the fire be once out, almost impossible to rekindle the embers.2. Historical Books "A deceived heart hath turned him aside." They are persons of great constitutional benevolence. When they go forth into life, benevolence is their guiding principle. (Felix Neff. God have mercy on the hindered. )A wrong maximThe Christian.Cecil says that some adopt the Indian maxim, that it is better to walk than to run, and better to stand than to walk, and better to sit than to stand, and better to lie than to sit. But the new heart being in the new creature causes him to walk in the statutes of God, not by fits and starts, but with an uniform and harmonious motion.(S. And there is another passage which applies perhaps to every case of defection. What first drew you away; how did this declension commence; and where did it commence, and how did it first manifest itself? (2)Truth not obeyed is disobeyed, and so sin is multiplied. -------------------- The duty is faith and trust in Him. Bowes. It is to be assumed that man is a symmetrical being in his Divinely created nature; that every part of that nature was needed, or God would not have given it, and that no man can become what God meant, who does not develop every part of himself according to the spirit of Christianity. )(4) Unsubdued sins: — "The horse that draws its halter with it," says the proverb, "is only half escaped; " so long as any remnant of a sinful habit remains in us, we make but an idle boast of our liberty; we may be caught, and by that which we drag with us. Let us specify a few. If they are laggards we are very likely to be so too. 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. 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. The entanglements of the world, like heavy and close-fitting garments, impeding the racer's speed.4. Paul heard of it, and wrote to them on the subject. Indeed, they can be nothing else. The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. Nevins, D. D.To obey the truth is to feel and act agreeably to it. If we see no indications of declension in you, yet He who sees not as man sees may. (4)Frivolous, sceptical, or wicked companions? The duty is veneration. 2. It includes persons and things. (e)Did not false teachers do it, as in the case of the Galatians? So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. Why so much in it? The Christ rejecting world will accept him and worship as god. If they are laggards we are very likely to be so too. This excessive activity carries us away, and exhausts our susceptibility. I shall not stop to illustrate the evil influences of overt and known wickedness. 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. God have mercy on hinderers. )A sailor remarksCheever. Finally Aaron and Hur stood on either side of Moses holding up his arms. We may learn also the insignificance and worthlessness of mere faith and knowledge. Probably you were never so near like God as you were then. B. 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. First, our religion must always aim at a good and healthy condition of the body. The duty is compliance with all its requisitions. (3)You are losing your first joy and peace. You must look to it, and mend your pace. They make benevolence their conscience. WE SHALL USE THE TEXT IN REFERENCE TO HINDERED BELIEVERS.I. The duty is compliance with all its requisitions. 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. Buck.Among the evidences of backsliding are these —1. They are persons of great constitutional benevolence. Men may enjoy little for the very same reason that some farmers reap little — because they sow little and till little. The obedience of the truth is religion. (2)Carelessness, procrastination, and neglect? Mend your ways, and do not hinder your own soul. (5)You are not now abiding all the day with your Lord.2. The entanglements of the world, like heavy and close-fitting garments, impeding the racer's speed.4. The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. Pray for them. 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. It includes persons and things. 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. To obey the truth is not anything that can be done at once, or that requires to be done only at stated periods. Is it the greatness of God that is the object of contemplation? The duty is submission. 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. 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. Let us specify a few. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever.