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Text Sermons : Erlo Stegen : Lot - A man who began well but ended badly!

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Gen 18:1, "Then the LORD appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day."

Gen 13:8, "So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren."

Lot was Abraham's nephew. In Gen.18 when the three angelic men visited Abraham he welcomed them and bowed down to what the Lord said. He quickly organised the best for them.

Other people had forsook God and Abraham and lived in Sodom and Gomorrah where there was perversity and homosexuality. The noise and stench of their sin rose to God in heaven - just as yours does today.
(A wise mother once told her child that she had a body on earth and one in heaven doing before God everything she did on earth and the daughter never forgot that.)

God had a close relationship with Abraham because Abraham never hid anything from God and always walked in the light. So these angelic men told him about God's plan to destroy these cities where people were obsessed with sex. God said he would not destroy the cities if ten righteous men were found. South Africa must still have some righteous men as it hasn't been destroyed yet.

Gen. 13 Lot had to separate from Abraham because there was disunity and strife between them. Satan comes in where there is disunity. This strife meant defending oneself, justifying oneself and thinking you are right, better than someone else. A person like this talks about others and is of the devil. You even feel you have a right to speak like this. We don't need such people here. You should say, "not my will but Yours, Oh Lord".

Abraham let Lot decide and Lot took the best land for himself near the cities. He thought he would prosper more there than with Abraham. He was not bothered about those in sin in those cities. The Bible says his righteous soul was vexed everyday because of their wickedness.

When the angelic men came to warn him it was hard for him to leave. The people of the city wanted to do wicked sexual things with the two visitors and were blinded as a consequence. His wife loved the life and atmosphere of the city. His daughters were engaged to local men and were educated and influenced by the city. Those men just laughed at Lot when he asked them to flee. Abraham had authority with his family and servants, not so Lot.
One can ask why didn't Lot leave them but he was like them. You see a righteous man and how he was influenced and what he became. He lingered when told to flee. He wanted to compromise; he begged God to let him go to a nearby town and not up to the hills - it was too strenuous, too difficult a way for him. If it's like that for you, you are the same as these people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Young men don't you realise that the wife you so long for may hold you back from attaining what God wants to do through you? Troubled are fathers who have daughters who want men of the world and mothers who support those daughters.

Lot's wife looked back and turned to salt. Remember Lot's wife the Lord says. Lot lost everything he had chosen for himself - all his riches, home, even his wife. Everything was consumed. He got to the place where he lost everything.

Then, when made drunk, he even slept with his own daughters and fathered their children. If it happened to him it can happen to you. How could he end in such filth? Run from a sinful life! Go to God's place, never choose the world. He ended alone. Men do you walk the way of Lot? Mothers do you watch your children? Are you dead that you don't hear and understand this?





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