Friday, May 16, 2014
Idols, Angels and Demons
1 Corinthians 8
Have you ever met anyone so enthralled with angels, or so frightened of demons, that they take up attention from God himself? I have. This chapter in 1 Corinthians declares who our God is. Nothing, and no one, should be above His name in our lives. Paul speaks of stone idols and foreign gods, but anything that takes us from true loyalty or takes focus off of God is an idol.
Angels are messengers, helpers, and warriors. I can see the attraction in placing our attention here. Who wouldn't want to see, or hear from an angel? Decorating with, communing to, or being obsessed with hearing stories of mysterious visitors are quit the rage these days. But be warned that they are NOT God. Make no mistake. .
Demons and the devil can play a sneakier role in our Christian walk. They can also become an obsession. No, I'm not talking about backward masking, or dungeons and dragon games. I am talking about giving Satan more credit than he is due. Finding, and fearing demons in every nook and cranny takes away our power in Christ. I used to get afraid just walking past a psychic reading place. Were demons lurking ready to pounce on me? But then I heard someone who knew of such things say, the demons are afraid of us!! We hold the power of Christ. They are so glad when we run in fear. What a trophy for them when we spend time fighting over what is demonic and what is just music, while we allow children to die without clean water, woman abused and beaten, and babies starve in their mother's arms.
"And yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things come.and whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, from whom all things came, and through whom we live."