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Are You being Bewitched?

“Foolish” is a strong word to use when addressing an individual, much less a group of people.  Yet, this is exactly what the apostle Paul did in addressing the churches in Galatia.

“You foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you?  Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?  Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain?  So again I ask; does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” Galatians 3:1-5

For this devotion we will use the following definition for bewitch: To deceive and mislead by juggling tricks or imposter.

Obviously, for someone to be bewitched there must be a person who is tricking or deceiving an individual or group.  These bewitchers (now, that sounds funny) were muddying the waters of truth for the body of Christ.

I like to think of bewitching as an additive that causes confusion, muddy waters, or dilutes the truth.  Anyone want this additive?
That is exactly what happened in the Galatia churches.  An additive of law was being inserted into the truth that muddied the living water and caused confusion.  Believe it or not, it is still happening today.

Paul is communicating fatherly truth to his dear children in Galatia that still rings true for us.  If the gospel that is being preached requires something plus Jesus, it is not the pure gospel.  There has been an additive introduced to the truth, and it’s diluting the good news of what Jesus has truly done for those who believe.  It is bewitching you!

Our journey begins and ends with believing the promise, not with behaving correctly.  Our behavior doesn’t define us, God’s grace does.  Have you allowed any bewitching additives into your relationship with Jesus?

Today’s Thought: The law only corrects what’s wrong and points out what’s broken.  Grace reminds us that it’s all been paid for and our identity rests securely in the work of Christ alone.


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