Bewitched or Buttressed?

ACTS 8:9–11--But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.

The religion of magic bewitches the heart, but moral faith buttresses the heart.

Jesus, who had enough power over nature to still storms, rejected magic. The devil wanted Jesus to twirl His wand in the wilderness and change the stones into bread and levitate off the temple parapet. But Jesus always refused. Jesus rejected magic because He knew that although the people might have been impressed, they wouldn’t have been improved.

The big question of magic religion is, “What will God do for me?” But the quest of moral faith is, “What will Almighty God do in and through me for His sake and that of others?”

Magic religion may bewitch your heart, but it can’t buttress it with strength to stand and serve. Turn from Houdini and go after Jesus.


Spiritual Heart Focus

The immature heart goes after magic, but maturing followers of Christ embrace moral faith. Ask God for the discernment to know the difference and nurture your passion for the moral.

Physical Heart Focus

Food fallacy: All proteins are the same. Differentiate between good protein (like from vegetables or fish) and bad protein (red meat) because of the associated saturated fats.