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Let me ask you, was it necessary for Lot to protect the angels Ė of course not. But Lot had been compromised in his faith to the point that he didnít remember the power of God over sin anymore. He took matters into his own hands and did that which was evil in an attempt to protect them.
Lest we condemn Lot, let me also ask this question Ė how many Christians are willing to let Satan destroy their children because they lack the faith in God to deliver them from the clutches of sin? How many cast their children into the streets of this world, leaving them at the mercy of the spirit of the Antichrist, simply because they donít want to be bothered by them or they are tired of fighting against the powers of hell in order to reclaim their children from the stronghold of sin?
Satanís power of deception, through daily compromise and living amid such horrible sin, had clouded Lotís judgment. That same power of deception clouds our judgment too, unless we stay buried in Godís Word and daily fall before God in repentance, and we very diligent to follow the paths of righteousness and holiness.
I know that it is only by the grace of God and through the Blood of Jesus and his sacrifice upon the cross that we can be saved. It will not be as a result of our righteousness or our own holiness.
Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
But there is another side to salvation too. Itís the side of remaining sanctified, living a daily, sanctified life of righteousness and holy conviction of sin, for we do not have the right to live after the manner of others who do not know Jesus.
Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
Paul says that we are justified by our faith in Jesus when we accept him as our savior but we are not given that justification by faith so that we can continue to live in sin. We are given a new life, a new man; one that is no longer under the power of sin. We are set free from the bonds of compromise to live a sanctified and holy life unto the Lord.
I see too many people who claim to know Jesus and yet they are convinced that they can continue to live like the world, to act like the world, and still be saved. Darkness and light cannot exist in the same place. We canít be serving God and Satan at the same time.
How can we say that we are born again, spirit filled, saved, sanctified and on fire for God when we partake of the sin of this world? It is no surprise that the church is sometimes so bound up when its members are living lives of deception and compromise!
How can we come to church on Sunday and act as though we love the Lord and we are on our way to Heaven, and ready for the rapture of the saints when we use profanity every time we get angry; we donít care what we watch on TV or in the movies, after all we are adults. The things that pour into our living rooms such as pornography, murder, witchcraft,
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