I do believe that today’s lesson is going to be very short and sweet on my end.
It all boils down to this; are you living for God or are you living for Satan? You can’t do both. There is no “middle ground” in this. If you are not being obedient to God, then sadly, your life is being run by Satan.
You can’t say that you are a Christian, that you love the Lord, but then go out and party and get drunk on the weekends. You can’t say you love the Lord, but then lie, cheat, and steal your way through life but throw in a church service here or there to keep up appearances. It just doesn’t work like that.
I’m not saying that those who love the Lord never have their failings, or that they don’t ever commit a sin; we all know that is simply not true. To me though, there is a huge difference in having a shortcoming now and then (and asking for forgiveness!) than to simply ignore God and His teachings, and go about your merry way until you reach your deathbed.
1 Corinthians 10:14:
“So, dear friends, carefully avoid idol worship of every kind.” ~ (TLB)
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” ~ (NASB)
What is idolatry? The dictionary gives this definition:
1. the worship of idols
2. excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
Movie star worship? Idolatry.
People that scream/cry/faint at a concert of their favorite musician out of sheer blind adoration? Idolatry.
There are a thousand and one examples I could give, but you probably get the gist of it.
Next we look at 1 Corinthians 10:21:
“You cannot drink from the cup at the Lord’s Table and at Satan’s table, too. You cannot eat bread both at the Lord’s Table and at Satan’s table.” ~ (TLB)
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” ~ (NASB)
Pretty simply put. Not really a whole lot you can add to that.
Are you living for God, or are you allowing the demons to rule your world?