‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?’ (Gal 3:1-5)
The Galatians were true believers. They had a good foundation. They started the Christian race well, salvation by grace, thru faith in Jesus Christ But along the way they became careless with their soul; they lost their focus and went astray. They were backsliding internally and ignorant of it. They continued to come to church and learned the wicked skill of hypocrisy. Paul says that they were ‘bewitched’. The word means to betray your best friend; to fall in love with a stranger; to become infatuated with a mysterious, far away bright and beautiful star. This is the work of the evil seducing spirit of religion. It offers a counterfeit happiness that lacks commitment and royal poise.
On the surface, without spiritual discernment, lies are always more attractive than the truth. You have to seek and learn to appreciate the truth, before you can love it. But lies are cords to tie your soul into bondage and ever increasing sorrow. This deception makes a believer blind to the lovely face of Jesus, deaf to the truth that He brought to earth, foolishly rebellious against the grace of God.. The Cross of Christ makes no sense anymore…the Blood of Jesus seems to be ‘just blood’… Blind and naked, the backslider slowly loses his anointing and covering. Miracles cease and life becomes a boring routine. There is a prodigal waste of resources, of unnecessary pain and useless tears. Many years come and go, he may still go to church, at least on Sunday, but he is unable to have peace, to be wise and happy.
It takes a fresh work of the Holy Spirit to convict a backslider of sin. It is a miracle to become born again. It is an extraordinary privilege, a double miracle indeed to be arrested again by the Spirit of the only Living and Jealous God.
Every backslider comes back with stories of pain, failure and loss. Broken hearted he finally comes to the foot of the Cross and forever calls that spot HOME. Who can tell of the wonder of true salvation? Who can describe the chemistry of a soul set free? Who can speak of open eyes beholding the scepter of mercy? Who can write the story of men made perfect thru the death of their King? Even if I had a thousand tongues to sing the praises of my King, even that shall not be enough to describe the power, the beauty and glory of His Majesty on High!
” O come let us adore Him…Christ the Lord!’
In Christ I declare:
I am born again!
I destroy any spell of foolishness and seducing evil spirits upon my soul!
I set myself free to serve my God!
Jesus is Lord!
In Jesus name,