Shake the Devil off and keep him off!
Don’t run back to the sin that was killing you!
Back when I was growing up the “bank head bounce” was a popular move, as was the song “shake shake shake”, a song we sang in the choir that spoke about “shaking” the devil off. The choir I was in would bank head bounce as we sang the song, and my goodness family, I used to be the main one shaking up there, and I had a great time, not only because I enjoyed the dance, but I truly enjoyed the worship. The folk in Galatia also shook the Devil off by the power of the Holy Spirit, but were quickly running back to the sin they were trapped back in..
8Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
These folk were free!
However they got themselves caught up, confused and led astray in tradition and culture and letting these things be the standard by which their salvation is measured, and thus were enslaving themselves.
Many of us do this today. Many of us have accepted Christ and been freed but for whatever reason (pride, pressure, confusion) go back to what we were delivered from to gauge our salvation/merit. This can be by going back to following religious tradition, staying on top of fashion, following the hottest Drake song, you name it, anything that we were once delivered from that we go back to as if we weren’t bought with a price, that price being the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let us remain cognizant of the Grace of Jesus Christ. We are nothing aside from God’s gift, no matter how logically it sounds or how good it may temporarily feel. Let us keep this first in our hearts not in guilt, but in appreciation, love and acceptance. By this we glorify the Father and then called children of a most holy God.
Gal 4:But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Stay Strong and Encouraged in the Lord!
Much Love in Christ