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– Who did hinder you, that you should not obey the truth?  This persuasion does not come from Him who called you. – Galatians 5:7-8

– Wherefore we would have come unto you – even I, Paul, once and again – but Satan hindered us. – 1 Thessalonians 2:18

We can never blame any disobedience to God – on God.  Our Father’s commands aren’t meant to grieve us (1 John 5:3), but to grow us up in grace (2 Peter 3:18).  To stop us from serving sin (Romans 6:6) by serving Him, and to keep us humbly obedient until death like Jesus (Philippians 2:8).  Thus, He’ll never hinder our obedience (lead verse); never tempting us to commit any sinful, disobedient act (James 1:13).

If we are ever persuaded to disobey God; then do – it is from sinful lust still in us.  It hasn’t been confessed for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), then corrected with His chastisement (Hebrews 12:5-11).  If God punishes to right us, then we go out and disobey the same way, we offend Him again with sin.  We did not learn our lesson (Job 34:31).  It means we’re still conformed to this world in some fashion or form (Romans 12:2).

Satan hinders us from many things (2 Corinthians 12:7, second lead verse) such as obeying God.  If we’re drawn away from Him by lust, we have been enticed by the devil and erred from God’s way.  Lust conceived brings forth sin.  Sin when finished brings forth death (James 1:14-16).  Succumbing to worldly temptation means we’ve yielded to tools Satan uses to swerve us away from His truth (1 Timothy 1:5-6).

The devil gets advantage of us if we become ignorant of such devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Failing to obey God means we have failed to resist Satan so he will flee (James 4:7).  We have failed to put on our whole armor of God each day.  We have not done everything our Father commands to withstand the devil, and his fiery darts of disobedience during our evil days upon this earth (Ephesians 6:13-18, Matthew 6:34).

We give plenty of place to Satan when we disobey God (Ephesians 4:27), because we’ve chosen to serve and worship him more than God, changing His truth into a lie (Romans 1:25).  If so, God has power to make us sin so many other ways (Romans 1:26-31). Despite knowing His judgement of death against such; we do them.  Taking pleasure because we still prefer worldly lust over godly love (Romans 1:32).

Each time we willfully sin as Christians, we turn aside after Satan again (1 Timothy 5:15).  This, after we had been released from his power (Acts 26:18) upon being born again (John 3:5).  When we disobey this way, we have departed from our Father in unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-19) – counting the blood of the new covenant as unholy (Hebrews 10:27-29).  There’ll never be another final sin sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10).

Hinder means to create difficulties for something or someone, causing delays or obstructions.  Tragically, there’ll always be Christians who think God’s promise of sending Jesus back is still far off – or never going to happen (Ezekiel 12:27-28, 2 Peter 3:4).  They say in heart, “The Lord delays His coming (Luke 12:45)” – so they delve into disobedience without delay, as if there’s no more hell to pay (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

God will never create difficulties for us, causing us grief or affliction, without reason (Lamentations 3:32-33).  If there is anything hindering us in bringing forth all the spiritual fruits He commands us to produce – meet for our repentance unto salvation, we cannot point fingers at Him (Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 17:30, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Matthew 3:8).  We can’t say “What are You doing (Job 9:12)?” – as if He is at fault.

Why?  Because the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement … but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness (2 Peter 2:9).  There is condemnation to Christians who live as such – and it still leads to death if unconfessed and uncorrected.  Only mortifying the deeds of the body through the Spirit leads to life (Romans 8:1,12-13).

If there is any hindrance to this, it is only because we still want to keep on living in the world like we always have.  Loving its things (1 John 2:15-16) and filled with our own ways.  This is why believers backslide – often perpetually (Proverbs 14:14, Jeremiah 8:5). Leaving little in Satan’s way to hinder him and lead worldly Christians away in err (2 Peter 3:17); and making a shipwreck of their faith (1 Timothy 1:19).

 

 

 

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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– Seeing as you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren – see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently. – 1 Peter 1:22

– Pure (def): – not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.

Perhaps no other single verse in Scripture describes how any Christian should be at all times, better than 1 Peter 1:22.  It is putting into practice, persistent and passionate love for all people – regardless of situation or circumstance – by always obeying the truth of the Holy Spirit within.  Without ever wanting anything in return while on earth – not even the same kind of love.

Over time, as a person grows spiritually – nothing about their ways or words is fake or feigned towards anyone else.  Their love is free-flowing, not forced. It is not “intentional” – a word sadly used a lot in the modern church – but found nowhere in Scripture. Synonyms for “intentional” include words such as deliberate, calculated, and preconceived.  Do any of those sound very Christian-like to you?

Love pouring forth from purified souls has no angle or agenda behind actions.  There are no inner wants (Psalm 23:1) for any worldly wealth … desires which can often be behind feigned words used to sell people Christian merchandise (2 Peter 2:3).  A purified person has no misguided motivations for profit, from preaching or teaching God’s free message of grace (Job 21:15, 2 Corinthians 11:9). 

There aren’t any imaginations or expectations of what one might get back in the way of personal gain – by doing something good for God (1 Chronicles 28:9, Proverbs 15:27, Luke 17:7-10, 1 Timothy 6:5). Such motivations are always manifest before Him (Hebrews 4:13).  Instead, love is simply pure – without any preconceived purpose or plan behind it. It is a perpetual condition of the heart.

Christian love like this is a commandment from God – it is not a recommendation.  It is a continual change of heart which comes by repentance (Acts 17:30).  It is a daily renewal of the inner man – repeatedly being regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  So God can keep cleaning out from above – all the worldly clutter keeping one from practicing such love below (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Titus 3:5).

As spiritual fruits of repentance slowly begin to bloom and blossom (Matthew 3:8, Galatians 5:22-23), purified love begins to emerge out of a pure heart, a good conscience, and a faith unfeigned (1 Timothy 1:5).  It does not start and stop according to our clocks of convenience.  Any other type of love mixed in is worldly, it’s not of the Word, and it is nothing in God’s eyes (1 Corinthians 13:2-3).

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