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86% of the people in America say they are Christian. We know that number is extremely exaggerated and is not even close to being accurate. If 86% of the people in America were Christians and a sheep of the flock of God; America would not be in the pitiful condition it is presently.
The difference between 2014 and eternity is that 2014 will come to an end in 365 days, but eternity is without end, it is forever and ever. Isn’t it time we wised up and gave Jesus a chance to remove the garbage from our life so we can walk in newness of life with Him forever burden free. To get an idea of what I am talking about: pick up 100 lbs of weight and place it across your shoulders and carry it around with you for 30 minutes or so, then lay that 100 lbs down and instantly you will feel better because a heavy burden has been removed from your body. Just lugging that extra 100 lbs around caused your body to use up a lot of your energy that could have been better used doing something beneficial.
We have to make a decision we hate the problem we are dealing with then do something about it. The power to change his life was in the invalid and the power to defeat our problem is within us. When we determine to win over our problem, God supplies the power, and we walk away free. Do you want to be free of your problem? I think you do. You just haven’t determined in your heart you are going to defeat it. Make the decision, then rise up, and defeat that physical problem, financial problem, mental problem, or whatever name your problem goes by.
Mary was interceding for her friends and she knew Jesus could take care of the situation. When He told her it wasn’t any of His concern, she didn’t get upset, she turned to the servants standing nearby and said, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it!”
Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 17:32-33, “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
To get a better understanding of what Jesus is talking about in these scriptures, go to Geneses chapter 19:1-30, and read the story of Lot and his wife.
Now, let’s put ourselves in Lot’s shoes for just a moment and consider the situation Lot and his family found themselves in.
You have all night to think about what is about to happen.
Do you think you would have regrets?
How would you react to the two angels who came to your city one day, and said to you, “God is going to destroy this city in the morning; Escape for your lives! And Or, Run for your lives!” Do not look behind you, nor stay anywhere in the plain.
You cannot take anything with you that will hinder your flight.
You have to leave behind everything you value in life, including everyone you know who is not a family member, and ‘Run for your lives.’
Would you gladly embrace your unknown future?
Lot and his family are not the first people to have been told to leave one place and go somewhere they were unfamiliar with.
Before him there was Noah, and Abraham, and after him were the Israelites, the disciples of Jesus who was the beginning of the God’s Church, and lastly, we ourselves are included in this group.
Noah was told to build an ark and make preparations to leave behind everything he was familiar with because the thoughts of the people were evil continually, and God was going to destroy the whole earth by water. Genesis chapters 6 – 10.
Then there was Abraham whom God told to leave Ur and all that was familiar to him in Genesis chapter 12, and go to a land God would turn into a nation for his descendents to dwell in forever.
Then there was Lot who was told to leave Sodom and escape for his life.
Then there was the Israelite’s in the Book of Exodus who were in captivity in Egypt, and God sent a man named Moses to deliver them, and lead them to the land promised to Abraham centuries before.
Then there was the disciples of Jesus who upon His resurrection was instructed in Matthew 28 to “Leave their homeland and go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
And lastly, here we are today… just like all those people before us who were called to leave one place and follow God into an unknown land, whom Jesus has told, ‘You must be born again’ (John 3:7) and separate yourselves from this evil and adulterous generation among whom you live (Matthew 16:14) if we want to escape the coming destruction that will cover the whole earth.
Jeremiah 4:7 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. This is the Old Testament version of the end time destruction coming upon the earth.
And in the New Testament, Jesus said it like this in Matthew 24:22, “Unless the time was shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elects sake those days will be shortened.” Jesus is talking about the great tribulation period that is coming upon the earth.
We are much closer now to that end time destruction than when these scriptures were written.
And like Lot we should be fleeing for our lives to escape this time in the history of mankind.
Our thoughts should be focused on our preservation, our Salvation, rather than what we are leaving behind.
Nothing in this life is worth losing our soul for. This is what the angels were telling Lot and his family when they said to them, “Run for your life! Do not look back!” They were not losing anything in the destruction of Sodom that would not be replaced many times over.
Jesus said, “Any person who looks back into their old life and desires to return to it after having been delivered from it, will lose their life.” (My paraphrase of Luke 17;33)
Every place God took Noah, Abram, Lot, the Israelites, the disciples of Jesus, and even ourselves, from, was an evil place where the people worshipped foreign Gods.
And if those people God called to leave, had attempted to bring any part of their old evil life with them, it would have contaminated the plan God had for blessing them.
And it would have destroyed them just like Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt because she looked back behind her and longed for the old life she had given up.
If it were not so, and those old ways were not evil and dangerous to our future the Lord has planned for us, Jesus would not have warned us to leave our past in the past.
Lot’s wife had a good life in Sodom despite the fact it was an evil place.
Her husband was a distinguished gentleman who sat with the city elders in the city gates which tells us his opinion was highly valued by the city fathers.
They lived in a nice home and had two young daughters about to be wed to two young men of Sodom.
We could even say, Lot and his family were living the high life; everything was going their way; until the two angels came to visit and warned them to escape the coming destruction that was going to rain down upon Sodom and Gomorrah.
The angels told Lot and his family in verse 17? “Run for your Life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain.”
The angels ushered Lot and his family along by taking them by the hand and leading them outside the city of Sodom. It’s clear Lot and his family did not want to go, but at the persistence of the angels, they reluctantly did as the angels had instructed them,
but Lot’s wife was afraid to embrace her future in a new land without any of the creature comforts of her old home;
she disobeyed the instructions of the angels and looked back at what she had to leave behind, and it cost her – her life.
Are you with me? Your past is dead to you. Leave it in the past. Bury it, and move on!
Let me remind you once again what Jesus said in Luke 17:33, “Whoever seeks to save his life (Hang on to their past) will lose it, and whoever loses his life (Moves forward with God) will preserve it.”
We cannot embrace the future God has planned for us, if we will not let go of the past.
A person can lie with their mouth, but they CANNOT be untrue to their heart. Whatever they think in their heart will manifest itself sooner or later through there actions.
Watching the life of another person being transformed before your very eyes is the most exciting thing a person can experience. Seeing a person pass from death unto life is breathtaking. Seeing where a person has been and what sin did to them, to being transformed by God into a person with a future is the single greatest event a person will ever be witness to. And getting to experience those events time and time again is like being reborn over and over again with each new day.
Each of us must make a decision whom we will serve. Will we serve Christ as a servant, or will we join forces with the Herod’s of this world who feel threatened by the King, or businesses who sell Santa Claus this time of year to make a profit?
I know most everyone in the church thinks they are Holy Spirit-filled; but if that was true, where is the power, where are the miracles, where is the fire, and where are the converts? These things are not in operation in the church because there is no power in the church. The devil knows it. That’s why he isn’t afraid of the church and has taken up residence in most of them.