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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Leaving Our Sodom

April 19

(Genesis 19:12-17 NIV) ""The two men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here--sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, {13} because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it." {14} So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, "Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!" But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. {15} With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished." {16} When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. {17} As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!""

(Genesis 19:23-29 NIV) "By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. {24} Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the Lord out of the heavens. {25} Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land. {26} But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. {27} Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. {28} He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. {29} So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived."

The Lord came to lead Lot out of Sodom, which proves that Jesus will go anywhere to rescue a soul. He will walk into our Sodom to save us, but He also expects us to follow Him out. He certainly does not expect us to remain there. Jesus came to lead us out of our Sodom, not to live there with us. He graciously offers to lead us to a new home. We would be wise to accept the Lord’s offer. Let us not show reluctance, as Lot’s sons in law did. Their refusal to take God seriously cost them their lives. The Lord has a plan -- we are saved to be transformed. If you have heard the Lord’s offer, but are still eating lunch in Sodom, your soul is in danger. We become what we eat. If we have to seek forgiveness for the same sins over and over again, we are probably not growing as Christians. Identify your Sodom, and let Jesus lead you out of it. It’s about survival, and it’s about being a true Christ follower. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day   

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