Whenever families gather together around the dinner table, especially for special occasions it is always a special time. Everyone looks forward to the exciting dishes being prepared. The table is always set for as many guests as possible. The culture and the season will determine what is prepared and the host will usually prepare their favorite meal. That is true naturally.
We have heard the statement, “you are what you eat.” That applies both in the natural and in the spiritual realm. Jesus said in Mark 4, “Be careful what you hear”. What we take in spiritually will affect what we think and how we talk. So, what we see and what we hear will affect us and our lives.
We have three potential tables we can partake of in the spiritual realm. The first is Satan’s table, his favorite menu is counterfeit religion and relationship. Genesis chapter 3 Eve fell for Satan’s deception and lies and ate from his table. Don’t substitute a counterfeit relationship for the real. The second table is the World’s table filled with delicacies of current culture to lure the naive. 1 John says, “All that is in the world is, the lust for the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.” Current culture is always changing. What was unthinkable to the last generation is now accepted behavior. What will the future hold, I can’t even imagine how wicked thing might become. Don’t substitute the temporary for the eternal. Finally, God has set before us a table in the presence of our enemies. In Psalms 23: 5 King David proclaims a table of Life when God’s blessings of grace, love, life, mercy and healing are available for all who will believe and receive.
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Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.
Pastor Carl Benton