Remove the Chains - Friday, March 10th 2017
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city." 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed."
Lot was in the worst of all possible places. He had too much of the world to be happy in the Lord and too much of the Lord to be happy in the world. He initially offered his daughters to appease the aggressive men who wanted relations with the men Lot offered his home to (see Gen 19:6-8). Then he seeks to bargain with the angels that were helping him escape the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although the Bible does later state that Lot was righteous (2 Peter 4:7,8) we see him struggle, living in a world of compromise. Jesus spoke of this type of struggle:
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].
The Lord desires for us to experience God's best for our life. Yet the world is continually day after day, month after month, and year after year calling us to the convenient comfort of compromise. When we engage in this compromise it becomes a chain that chokes out our full experience in Christ where true freedom is found. Where do you find yourself today in your walk with Christ? Are you a steadfast follower? Maybe you don't know Him? Or do you find yourself flirting and fudging against the Lord with the contamination of compromise?
Friend take heed to the Lord's counsel:
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Life Lesson: You will never know the full freedom in Christ until you take that step to remove the chains of compromise that hold you back.
Lord, please forgive me when I allow myself to be swayed into the confusing compromise of this world. Please give me the power to be fully infused with Your Spirit so that all my ways will glorify You. I trust You to lead me and make me to walk in the greener pastures of pursuing You all the days of my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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