Galatians 3:1-4 – “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? 2 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? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain — if indeed it was in vain?” NKJV
I am fully persuaded that there is a clear cause of the condition of much of the church world, America, and the world. We have witnessed far more WIMP than WARRIOR in our world. I am also persuaded that a significant cause for this condition has been SPIRITUAL WITCHCRAFT. I realize that saying that some will be cautious about hearing the conclusion of the whole matter, but I pray you will.
I believe that there is a clear directive in Scripture for the Body of Christ to be Warriors or Good Soldiers rather than Wimps. We are instructed to Fight the Good Fight of Faith, pull down Strongholds, and Resist the devil. Therefore, anything that hinders us in God’s Purpose must be exposed and destroyed. IF there is “Spiritual Witchcraft” in the church it must be exposed for what it is so God’s people can be set free and transition from Wimp to Warrior. My desire is that God’s people live TOTALLY FREE and experience the FULL VICTORY of Jesus in this life.
When we examine what our Lord Jesus won for us at the Cross we realize that His work on the Cross COMPLETELY and IRREVERSIBLY defeated the devil. Jesus went into the Strongman’s House, totally defeated him, bound him, stripped him of all his weapons and spoiled him. (Colossians 2:14-15). Jesus then released all those held captive by the devil. (Ephesians 4:8). Therefore, according to the Word of God, “Satan is Bound”. Jesus did it. He has given authority over all of hell’s power, but sadly too many are defeatedly waiting for some future millennium for it to become reality. We have, according to Scripture, been given Spiritual Weapons by which we can administer and enforce the Victory of Jesus on the Cross. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-18). Jesus did it, but it is now up to us to enforce it using His weapons and through the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “All authority in both heaven and earth is given to Me…” He then, on that basis said, “Go Ye Therefore…” Simply, He said, “I have authority and have defeated the devil, I give you that authority, so it is in your hands to administer and enforce that victory!”
I ask you to participate in this exercise. Suppose for a moment you were the devil. That you had suffered this complete crushing defeat. You had successfully put Jesus to an open death on the Cross and you believed you had fully defeated and aborted God’s Plan. But, Jesus refused to stay dead. He not only rose from the dead he took all your weapons and placed them in the hands of your mortal enemies. What Would You Do? The only thing you could do, short of quitting is to attempt to DECEIVE. You would try to blind the minds of the people of God and keep them from learning what their weapons are and how to use them. That tactic has worked too frequently. The devil’s devices have been to keep us from plundering his house further.
Galatians 3:1 – “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?” The word ‘bewitched’ is important for the apostle is identifying Spiritual Witchcraft existing in the church. Those people were born again and spirit filled believers. They have experienced the miraculous in signs and wonders. This is who Paul is speaking to and that is important to note. In Galatians 3:2-5 – “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? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain — if indeed it was in vain? 5 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?” They had the Gifts of the Spirit, experienced miracles but Paul said they had been BEWITCHED. That is amazing and disturbing.
Unfortunately, it is possible for a Church to be filled with God, born again, and enjoy the Holy Spirit and yet have a haze or a stupor over them and no matter how good the preaching, how present the truth they embrace, they are unable to SEE or HEAR it fully. They find it impossible to fully respond. WHY? There is a bewitchment involved. The Greek means to smite with the eyes. I don’t want you to get nervous and think I’m talking about Christians being demon possessed. What I am talking about is Christians being so deceived they are bound by the devil and bewitched by his tactic of deception. Why would the devil want to “obscure the Cross” or blind us to what happened to him at the Cross? WHY? Where was, he defeated? The Cross! Therefore, if he can prevent us from seeing what truly happened at the Cross he can blind us and regain control over our lives.
I am cautious about stopping here but I will come back next time and identify HOW Paul knew the Galatians had been bewitched. We will consider it and hopefully, it will result in the scales being removed from eyes and freedom result.
Blessings abundantly as you enjoy this day!