Flee from sin

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is truly an odd one. We have the twin cities standing during Abraham’s time as terrible symbols of rebellious sins against God. The Lord said “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,”. (Genesis 18:20) He was speaking to Abraham and informed him that He was about to bring destruction on them. Abraham would plead before the Lord, who informed Abraham that He would not destroy the cities if He found at least ten righteous men. History would show that ten were not found. (Genesis 18:32)

Later the Angels would appear to Lot and his family, who lived in Sodom to warn them so that they could flee. The men of the city were so depraved that they demanded to have the Angels to satisfy their sexual hunger. (Genesis 19:5-4) Fortunately the Angels blinded the men before they could cause any harm.

When the morning came Lot and his family fled the city. They had been warned not to look back. It is a message that still speaks to us.

God desires a better life for us and demands that we flee from evil and sin. He demands that we remove them from our lives and distance ourselves as much as possible from their temptations. However evil and sin seem to have a bizarre hold on us even when we see their evil faces. Such was the case of Lot’s wife.

Lot’s wife ignored the warning and longing looked back and instantly turned into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26) Perhaps she truly did not want to leave this evil city and was already thinking of all the many wonderful things she was leaving behind. In our lives we must push on, looking forward to the promises of Christ, our eternal future with Him and the many blessings of our new life with Him. We must contemplate on that which is good and resist longing for those things we left in our sinful past.

 

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Visited by an Angel

Mary was running through the streets like a mad woman.  The news she had received was too horrifying to bear.  Soon she found herself face to face with the local church.  She ran in and threw herself on the altar, sobbing.

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Angel 013 (Photo credit: Juliett-Foxtrott)

“Lord I know I messed up big time, but please show me what to do.”  Mary was pregnant and all her life her parents had taught her that abortion was murder.  She already felt that this life inside her was her child.  There was no way she could just get rid of it.  But she was sure that her parents would not be able to cope with this news. “Lord so many times I have called upon you and never have I heard your voice, please Lord just this once….”

“What seems to be the problem Miss?” a fine looking elder Gentleman asked. Mary was stunned and for a moment did not know how to respond, but finally offered “I got a great problem and I don’t know what to do.”  He responded calmly, “oh dear why don’t you just go home and tell your parents about it.” Mary loudly shot back, “you don’t know my parents.”  Still calm and with a smile he responded, “oh I think I do. Mary, when times seem to be at their darkest that is when love shines the brightest. They may be disappointed, but they will help you through this.  They will forgive you.” Mary sat there meditating on his words. It started to make sense. “I will be leaving now I have other tasks to tend to,” he said.  As he walked away he had one more thing to say, “He’s going to be a mighty instrument in God’s hands.”

Mary turned to thank the man, but he was gone. She began to pray grateful that God had helped her.  She knew this man must have been sent by God. A young man came and interrupted her prayer, “excuse me miss but it is getting rather late and I will be closing the temple.” “Oh, I am sorry.” Mary arose and started to leave, but had to ask, “do you know who that gentleman was that spoke to me?”  The caretaker of the church was rather confused, “Miss no one has come in but you. I was about to close the church when you came in. But you seemed so disturbed I thought it best to let you pray. I stood by the entrance the whole time.”

Hebrews 1:14 

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Hebrews 13:2 

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Psalm 34:7 

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

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Calling all thrill seekers

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29

There are so many exciting things to do in this world: where to begin, mountain climbing, skydiving, hang gliding, bull fighting, surfing, and of course walking on water? Wait there is something different about the last one. Well it certainly seems impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

How exciting it must have been for Peter to be out there on the water, the waves splashing against his legs, the winds pushing his body and the fish swimming below. He must have felt super human. What a thrill. No man had done this before, except for Jesus. If you could call him a man, he definitely was not just a man. Speaking of Jesus, he was the reason Peter was walking on water. Jesus had given Peter the authority and the permission to walk on water. No telling what we can do when Jesus gives us the authority and the permission. All Peter did was asked!

All was going well but then Peter got a little distracted. The wind must have been coming in pretty strong. You thinking at home, “no big deal just a little wind”. But that was enough to cause some doubt. Peter took his look away from Jesus and lost faith. Before he knew it, he was sinking.

A little distraction is all it takes. Some of us have dealt with pretty big distractions in our lives. They can all cause us to loose faith. Sickness, death, job loss, personal problems, attacks of the enemy that comes in so many different forms. They all take our eyes away from our source of strength and hope, Jesus. They can cause us all to doubt. Then we are not so invincible. Moving mountains become a little difficult and we fail. Well there is a solution.

Peter called out for Jesus. When walking on water is no longer possible in our lives, call on Jesus. He can pull you out of the water. He can get you out of trouble and get you back on track doing all the exciting things you need to be doing for God, yourself and all the love ones in your life.

The bible does not record Peter walking on water again, but he did do other incredible things. Peter broke out of prison with an Angel (Acts 12:5-10), healed the sick with his shadow (Acts 5:12-16), and when he preached, thousands would be saved. (Acts 2:14-41) If you have found it difficult to do great things of late call on Jesus, put your faith in Him and do not let the struggles in life get you down or distract you. Soon enough you’ll be walking on water again and going on other exciting adventures!