The Sermon on the Mount has been a wealth of spiritual insight since it was recorded in the first century. Following this messakge, Jesus provides common sense for those inspired to practice these words, Matthew 9:12-13. Anyone who is physically, mentally or spiritual sick should see a doctor for advice, counseling or medicine. However, God expects the rest to be proactive and self-medicating so that these individuals will be able to snap out of any self-induced trance.
Galatians 5:16-18 warns its readers against an invisible force able to lull you into a false sense of security. Brought on by compromise, conceit or rationalizing daily choices, sin can cast a spell over any self-indulging suspect. Whether its a mentality, new way of thinking or a worldview disguised with modern lingo, even some of Jesus’ own disciples were deceived into believing a lie, Galatians 5:7-9.
As for me, my eye sight has deteriorated over the last month. Subsequently, reading the Bible or anything for more than a few minutes has been a struggle. The less I read, the more vulnerable I become to a life without God. Waking up in the middle of the night on my day off provided a dose of logic to snap me out of this sluggish spiritual condition. This is why one of Israel’s leaders begged his people to meditate on the Bible day on night, Joshua 1:7-8. By doing this, you too can snap yourself out of any prolonged trances induced by a sinful nature, Romans 6:23.
by Jay Mankus