“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21 NIV
This is so hard… Sometimes, as Christians, we want to live with one foot in the world and one foot in heaven. We don’t want to give up our fleshy desires and sit at the table with the Lord, but it doesn’t work like that. We can’t live a double life.
We can’t live like this because if we are true Christ followers, then our lives should be truly transformed…
“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 1 Corinthians 5:16-17
So if we are truly His, then we should live transformed lives. We shouldn’t be drinking from the cup of demons. What this basically means is that you can’t be doing the same stuff non-Christians are doing. You shouldn’t let unwholesome mouth come out of your mouth (Ephesians 4:29). You shouldn’t be going to parties. You shouldn’t be lying. You shouldn’t be sending that guy inappropriate texts.
We cant live like this also because it doesn’t help our ministry…
Here’s what I mean. Everything you do should be to glorify God. Your life should point others to Him. I mean that’s the purpose of a Christian. So if you call yourself a Christian but you’re still drinking from the same cup and eating at the same table with the demons how is that pointing non-believers to Christ? I mean aren’t Christians supposed to live lives set apart (Romans 12:2)? If we are truly living lives set apart then we should be drinking solely from the Lord’s cup and eating at His table.
This is such a hard topic. It’s something I struggle with constantly. It takes work. So today think about whom you belong to. If you are truly a Christ follower, does your life produce the fruit? What can you do to change that if not?
Have a blessed Thursday!
Happy Friday! Hope that everyone has had an awesome week. 🙂 Well today’s post features one of my favorite videos! I love Judah Smith (His book Jesus Is is awesome!). This video is a beautiful way to look at the story of Barabbas. I watch this video a few times a week… LOL. Please take 8 minutes out of your day to watch this video! Its SO worth it! 🙂
Over the next few weeks I am going to study and unpack Romans 8. This passage is one of my favorites so I’m really excited! I’ll be breaking the passage into a few posts so stay with me! 🙂
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1-4 NLT
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Condemnation means no judgment. If you belong to Christ Jesus, there is no judgment from sin. He already took your judgment! Christ> Judgment
“And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Because you belong to Christ you are saved from your sin! Sin no longer has power. Christ > Sin
“The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”
The law couldn’t save us… We needed more. Our sin corrupted the Law. So God did the unthinkable. He sent His own son in a body just like ours. In that body He declared an end to sin’s control. He sent Jesus as our sacrifice for our sins. Christ> Law
“He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”
God sent His son was so that we would have a mediator between the law and sin. Because we are Christ’s we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. When truly in tune with the Spirit, He will guide you. God sent His spirit so that we would follow the Spirit instead of our sinful nature. Christ> Sinful Nature
I kept seeing this book… everywhere! A few weeks ago when I was at Mardels I noticed it was on sale so I picked it up. I am so glad I did! This book is a guide to living an incredible life in an ordinary world. This book can be summed up by one quote, “Love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning it. Simply put: love does.”
Love Does was such an easy read. If you don’t enjoy reading and have a hard time getting into books this is a great book for you. This book has taught me a lesson I had seemed to forgotten. Love is an action. It simply does!