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When we talk to God, we must believe He hears us and will grant our petition. If we just talk into the air expecting nothing to happen? Nothing happens.
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.
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.
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.
After Mary said yes to God, her life did not become easier, it became very difficult, but at the same time, very rewarding. It wasn’t all pie and ice cream for Mary even though she was the mother of God’s Son.
God began the giving by sending His Son to earth as a babe; and the gifts the Son came bearing can’t be found sitting on store shelves in pretty packaging, and you can’t buy them with money or credit cards. You can only get them by asking Him to come into your life and change it from what it is – to what He wants it to become. And you won’t have to worry about “Til Debt Do Us Part” because God’s Word teaches us how to control our money and live our life, beholden to no one, but the Lord. Merry Christmas.
We can stop thinking the world revolves around us and our needs; it doesn’t.
When the Israelite’s were in Egypt they were slaves were they not. When God delivered them, they were free men. They were no longer the property of Pharaoh; they now belonged to God and He became their provider, their protector, their Savior, and whatever else the Israelite’s needed Him to be. His role in the lives of Christians today is the same as it was in the lives of the Israelite’s back then. We no longer have to answer to Satan just like the Israelite’s did not have to answer to Pharaoh after God delivered them from Egypt. So stop thinking the devil still has any influence in your life. God delivered us from Satan and set us free. If we are born again, we are free men. So let us live like free men and stop thinking we must endure the hardship of Satan’s burdens.