Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Bible in 90 days - Day 2

I am reading my Bible through in 90 days, and this morning the read Genesis 19. It is the chapter where God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah. God is going to destory Sodom and Gomorrah for their sin. Two angels of the Lord are sent to get Lot's family out of the city. That evening the "men" of the city came to have the angels come out so they can "know" them. Lot stands at the door and is reasoning with the men. "Here, take my virgin daughter, they have not known a man." What???? When I read this passage this morning, I thought of a typical Christian (including me), living straddling the line between God and the world. The world is pressing us, it is crowding us, it is pressuring us. Give us more-give us what we want-give us your family! We are standing in the doorway trying to comprise and appease both the world on one side, and God on the other. Then we without being aware of it - give the world our children. Didn't Pharoah want the Israelities to go, but to leave our children. The Devil wants us, but not as much as he wants our children. They are the future! Then we stand back in later years and wonder what we did wrong, or what happened to our children. Why are they full of the world??? Shut the door on the world! The angels had to pull Lot back and shut the door for him. They told him to warn his family about the impending destruction and his family laughed at him. What a terrible testimony Lot has with his family. If you had to do what Lot did, what would be your family's reaction? Have you been a poor testimony for Christ? So many Christians want to be part of the world, participate with the world, and love the dainties the world offers, and try to please the Savior at the same time. Matther 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Then when condemnation of the world is brought to their attention, they get huffy and pull out Matthew 7:1 out of their pocket and says "Judge not, that you be not judged." What a sorry state God must see us in, our robes of His righteousness covered in the filth of the world. I'm pointing to my life too. We need to clean up, wash up in the water of His Word, and stop trying to appease the world. Have you ever had someone is your life that you had to appease all the time? It gets old after a while, and you get weak and you just start giving in to their demands. Kick Satan to the curb, get him of your house! Even after Sodom was destoryed the angels told Lot to escape to the mountains, lest he be consume. He argued with them..."Can't I not go to the little city instead?" Oh, what a condemning picture we see of our lives through the life of Job! Shut the door on the world! Stop straddling the fence! End you love affair with the world! Fall in love with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. II Corinthias 3:17 " Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."