THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry, I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. I Corinthians 10:14,15
We just saw in the previous devotional the consequences of idolatry where the children of Israel joined themselves to Baal and worshiped him and 24,000 were killed by the plague that broke out! In this same chapter the apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church to flee idolatry, lest they become sharers with demons!
The example Paul gives is concerning communion which means to share in what Jesus did on the cross and then he explains what it means to sacrifice to demon gods and become sharers with them! Can a Christian have a demon? The late Derek Prince said, "A Christian can have anything he wants!" In other words, God's wrath is carried out by demons and when we sin willfully as in the worship of false gods we open ourselves up to demonic possession!
My father used to say, "Possession is 9/10ths of the law!" Meaning that what you possess is yours! We should fear this awesome God who avenges sin and uses His instruments of indignation (demons) upon those who rebel against Him! Ref: Possession: II Timothy 2:24-26
The things the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. and I do not want you to have fellowship (sharing, communion) with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table, and the table of demons. I Corinthians 10:20,21
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin