Tag: idolatry

What are YOU Drinking?

Is it barely possible that some of God’s people are guilty of idolatry? Yep, it is barely possible.

Am I saying it’s somewhat possible that some of those called of God to be salt and light are drinking the cup of demons? Yep, it is somewhat possible.

And is it remotely possible, I said remotely, mind you, some of those called to be saints are actually provoking God to jealousy; to anger?

Yes, as remote as it may seem, it is possible.

Paul said so.

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 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. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?”(1 Corinthians 10:14-23 NASB)

But how, you may wonder?

Much of this world is under the control of the evil one; the one diametrically opposed to everything God is and is for.

Whether it’s the self-gratification industry which can include anything that exalts itself against anything remotely associated with God, or your simple, run of the mill party attitudes disguised as Christian liberty, many of God’s elect have succumbed to the wiles of the world and are drinking from the cup of demons.

In the name of freedom, they drink the cup of bondage.

In the name of unity, they feast at the table of demons; dividing the body of Christ into fragments and pieces.

The world worships at the devil’s altar, as he’s skillfully and subtly talked them into believing it was their brilliant idea in the first place. (They scoff at the very thought they could be manipulated by an entity they know doesn’t exist.) They feast at his table of intellect and reason. They glorify creation, instead of its creator. The human body is treated like gold, while its spirit is ignored or, at best, treated like dust.

 

All that is understandable, for those who haven’t received new life in Christ.

 

But for those who name the Name of Christ (2 Timothy 2), we have a responsibility, even a divine calling, to be careful whose cup we drink from. We’ve been bought with a price, the blood of Jesus. We are no longer our own. No longer in charge of our lives; obedient to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

That’s also why Paul wrote to the church, “Flee from idolatry.”

So I ask you, “From which cup are YOU drinking?” The cup of the Lord? The cup of demons?

Who is your passion? You? YOUR ____________(fill in the blank)?

ANYTHING other than Jesus can be an idol.

How thirsty are you for what the world is offering?

Or, is your spirit thirsty for the cup of the Lord?

What are YOU drinking?

The Final Call?


It began as a dream…it became a warning

Is it America’s final call?


America cannot survive another 20 years without a desperate and deliberate move toward God.
He is its only hope. But will the nation give up its idols, or continue to give in to them?

Last year I wrote the book, American Idols, based on a dream I had one night. In the dream I was running through a small town yelling “Tear down your idols! Tear down your idols!”

I was like a mad man, as if I were trying to rescue a child from a burning house.

People would yell at me as I ran by, “What makes you think it’s okay for you to run around getting us all upset?”
I’d reply, without slowing down, “First Samuel Three Twelve! First Samuel Three Twelve! Tear down your idols! Tear down your idols!”

On and on I’d run, screaming as loud as I could to as many as I could find, “Tear down your idols!”

Then I awakened. 

The first thing I did was grab my bible and look up the scripture reference I was yelling in my dream. 

Here it is: 


“On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.” (1 Samuel 3:12 ESV)

It’s the story of young Samuel, as he was staying with Eli the priest. Samuel had gone to sleep but woke to the sound of someone calling his voice, “Samuel, Samuel.” Thinking it was Eli, Samuel went to him and said, “Did you call me?” “No”, was the old man’s reply.

Finally, after three times, Eli recognized it could be the Lord trying to get Samuel’s attention, so he advised Samuel to respond with, “Speak, Lord, for your servant listens”, the next time he heard his name called.

Obediently, Samuel responded to the voice of the Lord. Verse 12 was the first part of the word given to Samuel. 

God told Samuel He was going to judge the house of Eli, the priesthood of that day, for several reasons. By judging, God meant He would bring Eli’s authority and influence to an end. 

His sons, who shared ministry with their father, were out of control; wicked, lustful, and rebellious men. And Eli didn’t stop them. In fact, he got fat on all the extras his sons would confiscate from the people.

The Lord spoke to my heart and, in essence, told me it’s time for the church, the Body of Christ, to judge themselves, or be judged. Tear down the idols that have replaced true fellowship with Almighty God. 

America, like every nation before her, will be judged; but the initial judgment, or correction, must begin with His people. 

“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 ESV)

I encourage you to get a copy of the book; available in paperback or eBook. American Idols: The Final Call?

Please click on the link “American Idols” for more information.

American Idols

In my heart, I believe the Lord is trying to get our attention just one more time. May we hear His voice, and respond to His call.
 

  

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