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Friday, December 19, 2014

You Can't Walk With God, Holding Hands With the Devil

There are millions of people in this world that would claim to be Christians but if you were to examine their lives you would find that they are no different than those who don’t claim to be Christians. There are those who claim to be Christians who lie, cheat, steal, etc. just like everyone else.  You can’t walk with God and hold hands with the Devil. Lot is one who exemplifies for us someone who fell into the trap of the Devil and tried to walk with God and hold hands with the Devil. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13, “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 (money).” Lot is evidently one of these types of people. His whole life seems to have been tinged with earthly colorings, and to have been struck through with the spirit of the world. He preferred to live on the borderland of true Christian experience, rather than in the land itself, and to be quite a little more at home with the filthy Sodomites than with the praying household of his Uncle Abram. Alas! He was dominated by the spirit of the world!” You might say he tried to walk with God and hold hands with the Devil.

The first mistake that Lot made was that he got his eyes off of what God wanted for him, and he began to look at the wealth of the world. You see, he saw this well watered plain of the Jordan. The Scripture says that it was like the “garden of the Lord.” In other words, when Abraham gave Lot the choice of where he wanted to live, Lot saw this place that looked like the very Garden of Eden! It was a beautiful place with lots of green luscious grass and water for all of his herds. He looked at the nearby cities Sodom and Gomorrah and decided that he would like to have this area. So, in one fatal decision he chose the well watered plains of the Jordan. He chose the world. He allowed worldly consideration alone to move him, good water, fine pastures, close to a city market, good business opportunities, and a splendid chance to make money!! Sure, there was a lot of sin in the neighborhood, but he must not let little scruples like that interfere with business, after all, business and religion shouldn’t mix! Lot looked towards Sodom.

So it is that thousands of Christians are going down today in the same way. They are being swallowed up in a maelstrom of worldliness. They leave
their souls out of account and do not consult God when making decisions.  I feel like our every decision should be made by first asking “Is that what God wants me to do?” When we start a new job, when we move to a new place, whatever the decision is, we need to first make it by asking ourselves this question. Lot did not make his decision on what God wanted; he made his decision based upon his own desire.

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