What is Hindering You?

By: Sam Garvin

“You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you.” – Galatians 5:7

Do you have that person in mind? A moment? Maybe it’s a series of events that have led you to where you are. Or maybe you think you are obeying the truth by thinking of yourself as righteous and blameless. If you have said yes to either of these, it’s not true. 

Let’s go to the beginning, in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden. God just made Eve, a helper fit for Adam. We don’t know how long of a time they were together before the serpent came into this blissful picture perfect unity between a husband and wife. 

(For my single sisters, you might be thinking, “well I am not married. What does this have to do with me?” It has everything to do with you. It is mentioned in scripture how marriage is a reflection of Christ and His Church (i.e. Body of Christ.) “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Jesus is the Bridegroom and we are his Bride waiting for his return. While we wait for his return we continue to do the good works which he has set in our hearts to do.)

References: Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 5:22-33, Revelation 19:6-9.

Read in Genesis 3: 1-6, we have the serpent, who was made by the Lord, approaching Eve to challenge her. For the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field. 

The Serpent  Intention
“Did God actually say…”   Doubt 
“You will not surely die…” The Lie 

Eve responded first with the truth that God spoke to her, then believed the lie by acting out her desire. 

Eve Response
“But God said…” God’s Words  = Truth 
Saw & Desired Believed the Lie + Ate the fruit = Sin/Death 

How many times do we stop speaking truth back to the doubts in our mind? The only way to do so is by reading God’s truth, which is in the Bible. To know scripture we must not rely only on our Pastor, Teachers, Educational Bible Study, (which are for a purpose to further the Kingdom) but we must make time in the Word ourselves. Understanding the context of the stories besides just on our own understanding. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5. Even with the Holy Spirit, we must test the spirits of our thoughts to make sure we are not in the spirit of our feelings when reading His Word. The Holy Spirit will not contradict scripture. For God cannot lie. 

References: Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18. 

From the time the serpent started challenging Eve to get her to take the first bite of the fruit, she was innocent. Because she didn’t have the knowledge of good and evil. So one might say, that her intention was to be like the God she loved. (People like to give Adam and Eve our emotions before The Fall. I don’t see it that way. They didn’t sin until the action of eating the fruit took place.) 

The serpent did say, “you will be like God” – Genesis 3:5. When she ate the fruit, it was by this action she disobeyed God’s word; the transgression. 

She saw and desired. Remember, sin looks pleasing to the eyes and it plays with our heart’s desire. How many times do we see something that speaks to the desire of our hearts? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9. Only God knows. He knows our hearts. Desires are not bad but if they are more than the love of Jesus, it becomes idol worship. So, we must continue drawing near the throne of grace, repent, and continue the path he set before us. Hebrews 4:16

So hear me, I am NOT saying because you think it, you have sinned. I can’t be the judge. But if your actions follow through with the thought of it – it is sin. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” – James 4:17.

Doubt can consume us to the point where it causes us to standstill. Eve didn’t fail by doubting (she tested it by speaking His Truth back) but she failed by believing the lie that followed by the doubt. Which caused the fall of mankind. 

The only way to overcome doubt is by the shield of our faith. With all the ingredients we have, faith will set our foundation. 

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” – Ephesians 3:17

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