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Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand

By Joel B.

1 Cor 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

To me this is one of the scariest verses in the Holy Bible. Why? Because it paints a clear picture of the reality of the two contrasting sides that can exist within us spiritually. One chooses to redeem and edify us, while the other attempts to trip us up and lead us down a path to destruction. Lets explore this a little further.

First, we are told in 1 Peter 5:8 that we have an enemy that pursues us like a roaring lion looking to devour us. This enemy has been given many names, but most people know him as Satan or the devil. Not only does this enemy exist, but so do many other demonic hosts. In fact, according to Rev 12:3-9 a third of the angels became demonic hosts as a result of the war in Heaven. This enemies goal is to lure you in with the cares of this world and steal your heart from you. Lets look quickly at another scripture that makes this point:

2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Here, Satan is referred to as the “god of this world”, but there is an answer to this enemy and it is The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:8 makes a powerful statement about this saying that the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. There is also more good news. 1 Thes 5:9-11 lets us know that God has not appointed man to wrath, but to spend eternity with Him, and that as Christians we should edify one another with these words.

So if you haven’t taken a stand already, I would encourage you to take one now. Choose which table you want to feast at, because even when you think you’re not making a choice you actually are. It is my hope for everybody reading this, that I will one day be able to feast with you in my Father’s Heavenly Kingdom. Thank you for reading this and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 43-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Four Oaks, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. After reading and pondering this article I picture two tables in my mind that are spread before us every day. One table represents a feast that the Lord has prepared for us over the centuries by those He had chosen to record His words through the Holy Spirit. There is present on the table the fruits of His Spirit that we read about in Galatians 5:22,(love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, and faith).
    The other table is that which is offered by the devil which is a snare to the soul for all who partake of his menu. It appeals to our human desires but the fruit he offers leads to death and destruction. The devil offers what whets our fleshly appetites to entice the person to chose from this table he has prepared for mankind only to find out that what looks pleasant to the eye and good to eat turns bitter and brings disgrace.
    We all want certain things in our lives that will bring happiness. It’s how we look at these things and interpret them for ourselves such as peace. Is it peace from without or within that matters most? Is it love in us for others or love for ourselves over others?
    It depends on the table we choose to approach each day to eat from. How important to choose wisely!

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