MONDAY April 30, 2018
Provoking the Lord to Jealousy
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
1 Corinthians 10:21-22
The Apostle Paul made a total separation between partaking of the Lord’s Table and partaking of the table of demons. Idolatry is defiling. If they turned back to idolatry they would be enslaved to these gods––it was wrong. This is what was happening in the Corinthian Church, and why God could not use many of their lives––they were not clean vessels.
God uses clean vessels. When God called Isaiah to be his prophet, in a vision, he was in the presence of a holy God. Then Isaiah said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah was very aware of his sinfulness. What did God do? Then one of the Seraphim flew to Isaiah with a live coal from the altar. The angel touched Isaiah’s mouth and he was cleansed. The angel told him: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” God could now use Isaiah as a prophet to speak to His people Israel. He was a clean vessel ready for His master’s use.
God cannot use dirty vessels; He only uses clean vessels––remember that. Think of how many people partake of the Lord’s table in an unworthy way. Paul tells us that the reason people are sick, weak or they have died was because their lives were operated in the flesh, they were not partaking of the Lord’s table in the right way(1 Corinthians 11:27-31).
…be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master,
prepared for every good work.
~1 Timothy 2:21~
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