People lose their love for the truth and the ability to discern by degrees.
Little by little, they lower their standards and compromise their faith until nothing remains except a dead, empty, angry, self pitying and often, bitter shell.
It’s ugly and hard to look at yourself in the mirror of truth and to see this in yourself. It’s even harder to see this in someone you love and to know you can’t save them or rescue them.
Some, like Lot’s wife, will be so mesmerized by the world, so enmeshed in its delicious intellectual and sociological “oneupmanship” that they can’t let go in time.
Some are addicted to the pleasures of self gratification and deny the addictive effects of pornography or “recreational drugs” like alcohol and “weed”.
Tragically, these individuals will suffer terrible and shocking consequences over the things that they loved and indulged in more than they loved God.
Others, like Lot, will awaken just in time to choose very quickly and decisively. Without taking a glance backwards, they will move out in complete obedience to the will of God. My friends, This is the choice EVERYONE faces.
How can we explain this phenomenon of the loss of spiritual discernment and power?
How does the seductive darkness steal the very heart out of a Christian’s experience?
One thing is for certain: it doesn’t happen suddenly or overnight.
Lot’s wife suffered terrible consequences when she played with the word of a holy God.
She was dragging her feet and resented having to leave the life she had grown to adore in every way.
The offense of looking back upon the luxury, sensuality, drunken partying and “modernized” lifestyle that she had grown to love, exposed her divided will.
It also revealed the fact that her heart was still bound up with the affairs of a corrupt social lifestyle. She was so deceived that she actually thought God hadn’t really seen all that she was doing and hiding.
Two voices were competing for her faithfulness in the face of temptation. The voice of heaven–(the voice of God calling her to liberty, honesty, sobriety and salvation).
The other voice, the voice of the darkness – (the voice of popularity and pleasure, the voice of Sodom).
Slowly the voice from beneath gained a foothold in a badly twisted conscience, and Lot’s wife stands as a tragic example of a divided heart.
Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife,” and He said it to those who were going live through the final traumatic moments of earth’s history.
He is saying it to the believer ( you and I ) right now – “Remember Lot’s wife.”
We need to hear it again and again. The message that says “Obedience is better than anything else, in revealing our love.”
Jesus said this himself. “If you love me, then keep my commandments.”
Disobedience is worse than anything because it is an act of disloyalty in its very nature. It says, “I can handle this. I’m clever and informed!”
But that’s not what being obedient requires. I t’s willingly and honestly walking away from anything that keeps you from allowing your heart to be “re-created” and cleaned.
Don’t risk the “look back” – upon the pleasures of being in the “vibe” of the humming world‘s seductive machines that lull you into passive resistance.
Eventually… you give in to the pull if you fixate on your “view” of the situation.
The result will be the loss of the “homing device” of God’s directional Voice and the absence of the Holy Presence of the fullness of God’s Spirit.
Whisper this prayer and verse with me, into the ear of God.
Create… form, in me, a new, clean heart O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence.
Please! Don’t remove your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. AMEN, (Psalm 51:10-12).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.