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The problem in the Galatian church; the two main forms of false teaching; the problem of circumcision; the modern forms of the Galatian heresy; the question of authority; the danger of adding to the truth.
Oh, Christian, why are you weary? In your hopelessness and despair, how have you been carrying on? Dr. Lloyd-Jones reflects on times when we are weary despite being on a correct path. Much of this can be attributed to a “middle period” of the Christian life. A time that comes after much growth and momentum, and we struggle to continue despite feeling routine. Listen close as this sermon from Galatians 6:9 outlines some common pitfalls and dangers during this period. Negative voices encouraging us to give up, resigning to the feelings of hopelessness and artificial stimulants to keep us going such as alcohol or drugs provide no lasting hope. If you are feeling like you are just putting one foot in front of the other, The Doctor encourages us that such feelings are normal! Instead of stalling, look to the Word to discover “Why am I weary? What has caused me to feel this way?” Our energy for serving Christ and growing in maturity is not from our feelings, but from our Savior. Acknowledge that this life is a time of preparation for what is to come and rest in knowing our Lord will rescue and redeem us in due time.
Do you often find yourself discouraged or depressed in your faith? During these times, are you also noticing that any attempts to grow in knowledge are met with fatigue or busyness? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how this is not just a coincidence. Symptoms of spiritual depression are subtle and come creeping into our lives. Times like this remind us of our life before Christ, filled with uncertainty, shallowness and misery. Causes for this spiritual depression come from having the wrong view of faith and sheer lack of diligence. Conviction should set in when we have a zeal and a passion for other areas of our life, but not for our spiritual life. Christians must safeguard our time with the Lord and be diligent to grow deeper in faith and in knowledge of the Lord. Faith grows when the pressures of the world are confronted with the truth of God's Word. When we do this with patience and diligence, we will not be as prone to fall away as before. This will help us begin to grow and enjoy Christian life with abundance!
No one escapes life's trials, tribulations, or depression. The heaviness and darkness of life can surround us and leave us feeling without hope. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Peter 1:6-7, it is natural for Christians to feel grieved and sorrowed. But why do trials and tribulations happen to Christians? What is God accomplishing by allowing difficult circumstances into our lives? Each situation is designed by God to refine the precious character of our faith. Just as gold is refined by the fire to remove impurities, our faith must be refined to remove the impurities of sin. Lloyd-Jones proclaims the words of Peter, that trials are essential in order to show the genuineness of our faith, to prove that we, by God's power, can withstand the test. There is no need to despair! We are able to endure such times because the Lord loves us and we can trust Him. These trials are only for a season and we understand that the Lord is faithful to us in all circumstances. The day of revelation is coming, and those who have been refined and are proven faithful will be delivered on that day. The Lord will present those who have been refined faultless.