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Oh that sneaky desire to be justified before God by keeping the law. It creeps into my mind, I begin to weigh my value by my goodness, and I compare myself to others, instead of Christ. This is a bewitching temptation Christians face, because deep down we know in our flesh dwells no good thing. We are saved into a relationship with God by His grace, our faith, not works. He confirms the reality by imparting to us the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Why, oh why, do we try to relate to God any other way? Even though we were crucified with Christ (in a spiritual sense), that prideful, self-justifying man tries to live again. Kill him.

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Galatians 3:1-5 NASB

How aware am I of God’s grace in my life? How can I respond in humble obedience as a result?

God, as this day begins, I have opportunities ahead of ministry and expressions of love. May they be born out of gratitude to You and nothing more. May I walk in close fellowship as You lead me moment by moment by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Let nothing bewitch me today.

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