Sunday, August 18, 2013

Who Has Bewitched You?

I've been reading a book written by David Wilkerson not too long before he died, entitled, "It Is Finished."  I encourage all my brothers and sisters in Christ to read it.  You can order it here.  I am not quite half way through it and I think I need to start over with a pencil and notebook by my side.  It is so enlightening and David has a way of writing clearly, in a way that makes such sense.  It is about the Old Covenant vs the New, the law vs grace, and how to overcome besetting sins in our lives.  He clearly points out that we have no power to overcome those sins.  We try and try, and promise to do better tomorrow, but we end up right back at square one.  It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can overcome and gain victory.  A minister friend of mine once put it like this:  "don't try harder, cry harder."

Someone told me a couple of months ago that they were afraid they wouldn't make it in to heaven; they struggle and keep messing up.  I asked her when she got born again and she said "oh years ago."  (She has faithfully walked with the Lord ever since.)  So I asked her why she decided to be born again all those years ago. She said, "well...I needed to be saved."  I pointed out to her that that is why all of us got born again.  We needed someone to save us and we knew we couldn't save ourselves so we turned to Christ to save us.  

Galatians 3 begins with "oh ye foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?  Jesus was clearly crucified before your very eyes.  You began in the Spirit, are you now trying to end in the flesh?"  

When we became born again we put all our hope, faith and trust in one man, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins.  Then somewhere between being born again and now, we unconsciously decided to start relying on ourselves to be saved.  I mean saved out of our present circumstance or saved from sin.  We do that by trying to make ourselves acceptable before God.  We do it by trying to figure out our own circumstances or situations, and by trying to solve our own problems.  Somewhere between then and now we forgot that He is the only one that can do that for us!  We need Jesus to save us today every bit as much as we did years ago when we first entrusted him.  Who bewitched us?  

In this hour God is allowing his people to be in circumstances that we can do nothing about, just like Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea.  They had a mountain on their right, a mountain on their left, Pharaoh's army closing in from behind, and a vast sea in front of them.  There was absolutely no where to turn.  That is exactly where the Lord has his people in this hour.  In a place where we can do nothing and we must call on him for our deliverance.  He is the only one who can save us.  He is the only one who is able to keep us from falling and present us faultless before the Father.  He is the key.

Once we his people get that, we will have obtained the victory!

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb."  (Rev 12:11a)


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