Be Not Partakers

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;   neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:1-7.

While reading this scripture in Ephesians yesterday, the Lord put Exodus 32:26 on my heart.  “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side?’ let him come unto me….”  That day in the wilderness there were 3000 Israelite idolaters slain for either worshipping or seeing no fault in worshipping the golden calf.  Our idols today may not come in the form of a golden calf but they are anything we do to have victory over sin other than faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

I am by no means akin to Moses but I do ask, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”  Are you worshipping a “golden calf” to overcome your bondage?  Maybe not.  Do you see anything wrong with those who are?  Be not partakers with them.  When we call on the name of Jesus Christ, He doesn’t come fight the battle He has already won for you, He comes and snatches us out of the grips of satan.   “…the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12.  The violence Heaven paid by the Crucifixion of Jesus, is the same violence that took dominion over sin from satan.  Be partakers in the victory JESUS gave us over sin and take it by force through faith in what He has done and Who He is!   – Donna Clark Warren

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