READING: Genesis 19
VERSE: Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.” —Genesis 19:6 – 7
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE READINGS: Romans 3:21 – 24; 1 John 1:9
Genesis 19 paints an ugly picture of people who made wrong choices. Men demanding intercourse. A wife disobeying God and losing her life as a result. A father offering his two daughters to satisfy the sexual demands of strangers. Two daughters drugging their father with wine and then sleeping with him to become pregnant with his children.
Extreme? Maybe. So extreme there’s no message for us here? Unlikely. Even the most stunning examples of sin in Scripture still connect to us messy mortals today. The reality is that even simple misdeeds have ongoing consequences in our lives.
How many wrong choices have we made? When have we looked for an easy way to satisfy our needs? How have we stepped away from what is right? Whether our choice involves an extramarital affair, child abuse, impatience, rage or selfishness, there are consequences for disobedience.
Genesis 19 may be a difficult chapter to read, but it illustrates that God’s judgment would be a harder sentence to endure. How grateful we can be that in Jesus’ death on the cross, we can find forgiveness for any act of disobedience we have committed — whether shocking or common.
Thank you, God, for your grace.
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34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
I believe God is speaking this to me today.
I don’t wanna be in Egypt anymore…
I went out into the world today to go shopping and listened to some worldly music on Spotify in the car. I was fed up at the beginning of my drive with life but in prayer I was honest with God in letting Him know/reminding Him that my heart has hardened and I feel nothing. I come to Him demon oppressed, not weeping or fasting. I’ve tried and I just cannot defeat this stuff in my own strength. At all. So I came home and put on the sermon about the struggles in our faith by Pastor Charles Lawson out of Knoxville, Tennessee.
I typed this message out from a sermon by Charles Lawson called “A Bruised Reed He Shall Not Break.” ( Isaiah 42:3 )
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
So, BIG REVELATION!
After weeks of seeking deliverance and self deliverance, research, studying, and pretty much making this thing my idol (being freed from the molesting and raping demons) I think I finally got the point. All of this time God has been waiting on me to simply surrender to Him as He watched me from above as I scurried and hurried around trying to take control and do things my way. I have not fully surrendered. Jesus wants ALL of us, not 75% or however much we are willing to give Him.
I have not totally died to self and I have been reacting to God like He wanted to take my favorite toy when that’s certainly not the case. Jesus gave His ALL for me on the CROSS so I shouldn’t give Him any less than all of me. The love of GOD is amazing! I am just now beginning to understand the nature of my Father and how He is so kind and merciful. He is LOVE itself! I grew up in a pretty religious background and I had no idea what GRACE was…so far, I am drowning in the BLISS of my SAVIOR! We have to realize that we can stoop pretty low in this world. We can find ourselves doing things we never thought we would do and in places we said we would never go…The wages of sin is really…DEATH! The BIBLE is TRUE! The ONLY TRUTH under the sun!
God wants us to trust Him. I have not done that, but I am starting to. Today when the demonic attacks came upon me, I just ask Jesus to help me and take away the pain that feels like pinches and biting or the molesting. The tiny annoying torments cease instantly and the sexual attacks are becoming so much more bearable as He is removing them in His perfect way and time. I have actually moved to the backseat and let God have the steering wheel (I thought I did). It has only been one day, but I have seen my FATHER show up in such a MIGHTY and direct way…it blows my mind! He is growing my faith. I am so grateful, I don’t give thanks much at all but I am a work in progress 🙂
God is moving in my life in ways I’ve never imagined. I told Him I wasn’t testing Him but trusting Him to fight for me like in Exodus 14:14. He understands our hearts before we ever pray. He takes care of it all every time! He is soooo faithful! So this is what surrender feels like… This is peace. Thank YOU JESUS!
You are NOT FORGOTTEN! You are LOVED! No matter how dark it is, call upon JESUS!
See this and Then tell me there’s no God. Tell me miracles don’t happen. I clearly see the Creator of mankind in this video. The love that I see, I can feel in my bones…how amazing this is! ❤
-Note: commentary on the page mentions how this horse doesn’t seem to be wild etc… But, even if its not. The gentleness that is there… wow…
“They’ll make you feel like you’re worthless,Til you believe that its true.
But I look at you and see priceless-They don’t know you like I do” -God
[song lyrics from Unchangeable by Matthew West]
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