218. Hindered From Obeying

Stan opened our conversation with, “I ran across another great one-line zinger from the apostle Paul this morning.”

Continuing, Stan then said, “He asked a one-sentence question that has great application to me in my walk with the Lord.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“In his letter to the church in Galatia,” Stan replied, “Paul asked them who had hindered them from obeying the truth.”

“Great question!” I responded.

“You’ve got that right, my friend,” Stan replied and added, “the Holy Spirit is constantly asking me that question.  He asks, in essence, who is it that has hindered me from obeying the truth?”

“When the Holy Spirit asks you that, how do you respond?” I asked.

“If I am honest,” Stan replied, “I say, ‘it was me.’”

Continuing, he added, “Yeah, if I am honest, I will go on to admit that I preferred to follow self, the world, the flesh, and the devil, rather than following the One who described Himself as the Truth.”

“And, if you are not honest about it?” I asked.

“I try to make up some lame excuse,” Stan responded.  “One that never flies.”

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You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?  Galatians 5:7

Prayer:  Lord, you know my tendency to keep myself from obeying you and your truth.  Please forgive me for all of the times I have preferred self, the world, the flesh, and the devil over you.  I want to follow only your lead.  Please, Lord, help me with all you have for me.  Help me to truly deny self, do what you have for me to do, and follow you wherever you lead.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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