"Ye Once Ran Well"
Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
Paul was concerned heavily on the walk the Galations once had. Notice how Paul writes, "ye did run well" That is like you or I saying, "well you use to be good at this but not so much anymore". Then Paul asked another question, "who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" Paul suggest that someone may be the cause of your disobedience to truth. Paul showed great concern for the spiritual lack these Galations were showing.
God laid this verse on my heart a while back while mowing the grass with the school's ZD331 Kabuto zero turn. All of a sudden it started running rough and I was very concerned. I was really frustrated so I decided that yelling at the mower was the best option. From the top of my voice I yelled, "ye once ran well". All of a sudden God reminded me of this verse and allowed me to see that I too once ran well. You say, 'Brother Josh was you out of church or living it up in this world?' Absolutely not, but I was dead inside. I lost my joy! Going to church became something I was supposed to do, rather than wanting to do so. Instead of reading my Bible and praying earnestly I became slack on my study and prayer life. My love for worshipping the God who saved me, cleansed me, and adopted me to the family of God, became stagnant. In my near nine years of salvation I've found myself in that state more than I like to admit. Though I'd like to say it was mostly due to the fact of others, I have found through the years when I became distant with Christ it was of my own doings, not others. Maybe you too can relate. Maybe you once ran well. Maybe you believe it is the crowds you associate with. All that may be true, but when we walk away from God it is a personal decision. However, I am thankful to know that He promised He would never leave me no matter where I go (Hebrews 13:5). Perhaps you're reading this today and realize you too once ran well. What is holding you back child of God? Do not allow any hinderance to occur to separate your fellowship with Jesus Christ. God bless!
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