Prior to the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, most professional sports ignored game related concussions. Athletic trainers often took smelling salts laced with ammonia inhalants to awaken concussed or knocked out athletes. As portrayed in several older films, this trainer would apply the salt, then clap their hands over injured heads. The goal of this arkayic practice sought to help snap individuals out of their woosey state.
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified, Galatians 3:1.
You don’t have to receive a concussion to be dizzy, slightly off or weak. From a spiritual perspective, anyone can randomly stray off course. During this period of time, your mind is susceptible to making poor decisions. This prodigal mindset might even lead you to become bewitched, tricked into believing a lie planted within you by the Devil. If you ever reach this state, you need the Holy Spirit’s help to snap out of it.
You were running [the race] well; who has interfered and prevented you from obeying the truth? 8 This [deceptive] persuasion is not from Him who called you [to freedom in Christ], Galatians 5:7-8.
The apostle Paul found a similar climate during a visit to Galatia. Peer pressure, opposing views and a lack of guidance caused many from within the church to lose sight of what’s important. Luke 4:8 sheds light on this, to worship the Lord and serve Him only. Sure, there are plenty of worldly chores and exercises that must be completed daily. Yet, in the end, human beings were created to worship God. Falling short of this goal leads to compromise and temptation. Therefore, snap out of it by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25.
by Jay Mankus