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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of the devils … you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. – 1 Corinthians 10:21.

– Heaven cannot brook two suns – nor earth two masters. – Alexander the Great

Just as Jesus said, if we are not with him – we are against him (Matthew 12:30).  Part-time belief is part-time deceit.  Part-time faith in God is fake and feigned.  Christians just cannot straddle the fence between the Word and the world.  We can certainly try, but that usually makes for a very bumpy ride as believers.  Back and forth we go, day in and day out. One master one morning – another master the next.

It makes it difficult to walk side by side with God, and abide in total agreement with His ways (Amos 3:3, John 15:4-7) – if we should keep getting sidetracked by worldly ones (James 4:4).  Wavering between the Word and world is sure to keep us on an uneven keel spiritually.  There is no ballast for our belief.  This makes it easy to get tossed to and fro, and for faith to shipwreck (Ephesians 4:14, 1 Timothy 1:19).

Choosing who to follow is not a once-and done act.  It is a daily decision we make (Joshua 24:15).  Simon Peter was ready to go to prison – and to death with Jesus (Luke 22:33).  Jesus already knew Simon Peter would deny him three times that very same day (Luke 22:34).  Therefore, we have to deny self each sunrise (Luke 9:23).  If we should deny our Saviour – we’re saying good-bye to God and welcoming Satan.

Without donning the whole armor of God each day, we will be easy targets for the devil’s fiery darts of deception – often disguised as very bright, but blinding lights  (Ephesians 6:13-16, 2 Corinthians 4:4).  Just like he did with Jesus, Satan says “Serve me and worship me.  If you do, power, glory, and the whole world can be yours (Luke 4:5-7).”  We can do that, and still lose our souls in the end (Mark 8:36).

We cannot eat from God’s table of truth and faith – and feast at Satan’s seductive spread of falsehoods at the same time (lead verse, John 8:44).  He wants us devour whatever he sets before us to eat – so he can end up devouring us all like a lion (1 Peter 5:8-9). Therefore, we cannot serve two masters.  If we do, we will love one and hate the other, depending on what our desires are on any given day (Luke 16:13).




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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– Your silver is become dross; your wine mixed with water. – Isaiah 1:22

– Yet once more signifies the removing of those things that are shaken.  As of things that are made – that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. – Hebrews 12:27

– Wherefore, I put you in remembrance – that you stir up the gift of God which is in you by the putting on of my hands. – 2 Timothy 1:6

Did you ever attempt to mix two ingredients together, that weren’t really meant to be mixed together – perhaps two chemicals in a high school class?  If you did, hopefully no one was hurt – and your parents did not get a huge bill for a new lab.  When we mix wrong things together – the potential is always there for danger.  It can be extremely destructive – and often deadly – when two opposite elements of weather get mixed together and stirred up.  The aftermath of ruined homes and lives can shake our souls to the core.

Even when two or more elements/ingredients meant to be mixed together are blended – they have to be occasionally stirred or shaken afterwards to keep them more fluid and pure.  Liquid milk and chocolate powder mix don’t taste very good without being stirred together – until everything dissolves.  Cans of paint we have in the house have to be opened and stirred up well before we dip the brush in – so it goes on as a smooth coat when applied to a surface.  It’s all a principle existing in both the natural and spiritual realms.

When we’re born again, it is a baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11).  It should be felt – for a blaze is lit in our hearts.  A light of God’s love is shed abroad in them by the gift of the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).  It’s a flame that has to be kept burning – continually stirred and stoked so it doesn’t die out (third lead verse).  Our Father becomes a consuming fire in our souls (Hebrews 12:29) – His voice dividing the flames (Psalm 29:7). Like any physical fire – our spiritual ones need the right mixture of fuel to keep them burning cleanly and clearly.

If you’ve ever sat around a campfire, it’s a blaze that people usually take turns stoking and feeding.  Someone occasionally throws on more dry wood – someone else pokes a stick in now and then – to stir up the fuel.  Done properly, the fire steadily burns bright.  It makes people sitting closest to it feel warm – and we can see things more clearly the nearer we are.  Shouldn’t this be how the lost feel when they are around us as Christians? Shouldn’t the light we shine upon their path make them feel warm – and let them see life a little more clearly the closer they get to us (John 1:5)?

Faith, and belief of the truth are the fuels for our spiritual fires inside.  It is impossible to please God without the first (Hebrews 11:6).  We can’t be sanctified or saved without the second (2 Thessalonians 2:13).  Mixing in wrong things – often worldly wants and wishes – can leave us feeling “mixed up” as believers. They don’t profit our faith, belief, and trust in God (Hebrews 4:2).  They can create an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-19, Hebrews 4:6-11).  In turn, this can stir up hate and grievous words towards each other (Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 15:1).

How dangerous is this?  If we’re not mindful of the mixture – God can stir up things like adversaries against us.  Why?  When we go after other gods – such as worldly goods – before Him (Exodus 20:3).  This happened with Solomon (1 Kings 11:4-25). We also have to be careful about being unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).  King Ahab ended up doing evil in the sight of the Lord – selling himself to do wickedness – who Jezebel, his unbelieving and unrepentant wife stirred up (1 Kings 21:25, Revelation 2:20-22).

Along these same lines, we should take caution we haven’t entered a life of seeming comfort and ease as believers (2 Corinthians 5:3).  When we have what we desire in the world – and life is going how we want – it’s easy to praise and worship God.  This was Job’s “hedge” – as the devil said.  So God allowed Satan to shake Job out of it – and it was painful (Job 1:9-19, Job 16:11-12).  Job’s worst fears were realized – for he had no reason to fear God (Job 3:25).  God can be against us when we forget to fear Him, and keep His commandments (Romans 8:31, Ecclesiastes 12:13).

So, we have to frequently stir and shake ourselves and others up – to wake out of sometimes deep spiritual sleeps.  This can arise simply by sitting in one place too long without much motion – just like limbs can go to sleep if we’re not moving.  Being led by the Spirit (Romans 8:1-14) doesn’t always mean being led to the same place and seat every Sunday.  Sometimes we have to move with fear like Noah – and stirred to do something that seems to make no sense to anyone but God (Hebrews 11:7, 1 Corinthians 1:27-28).

All of this mixing, shaking, and stirring will culminate in the last days – and the end of this earth.  As believers, we are not to be soon shaken in mind – or troubled in spirit or word – when it happens (2 Thessalonians 2:2).  This world will be dissolved by fire one day (Isaiah 24:19, Isaiah 34:4, 2 Peter 3:12).  Nothing more will ever be mixed or stirred into it – or us again.  All the elements which have been shaken since creation will be removed – so only those which can never be shaken again may remain (second lead verse).

Right now in the hand of the Lord is a cup.  And the wine is red and full of mixture – and He pours out of the same.  But the dregs thereof are the wicked of the earth – and He shall wring them out and drink them (Psalm 75:8).  Those of us who end up in worship of the beast  – and receive his mark in our forehead or hand (so we cannot buy or sell) – the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.  Which will be poured out without mixture – and tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels – and in the presence of the Lamb (Revelation 13:16-18, 14:9-10).

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