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Summary: Using Lot as an example we can see how as Christians we can vex our souls.

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How We Vex Our Soul?

Text: 2 Peter 2:6-8

Intro:

Our passage shows that despite Lot’s sins and poor testimony that he was still saved.

Notice verse 8 – “that righteous man”

Lot is a picture or type of a New Testament Christian-

When he hits the judgment seat of Christ finds out that he lost all his rewards.

This morning we want to turn our attention on how Lot vexed his soul.

Lesson for us to learn is to avoid vexing our souls, so do not end up like Lot –

Saved but empty handed at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Define - Vex: To irritate, to plague, to torment, to harass, to afflict, to disturb, to disquiet, to agitate, to trouble, distress.

If we rightly divide the Word of God –

We know that there is a difference between the body & soul of the believer in the O.T and N.T.

Under the O.T. even if a person was saved or right with God their soul was still stuck to the body.

However, the N.T. Christian in current age of grace or church age their soul has been circumcised from the wicked flesh or body by the Holy Spirit

See Colossians 2:11.

So, as a result the soul is no longer under the direct influence of the body or wicked flesh to sin.

This is why the Apostle Paul said in Romans 6:6 – “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Now, the soul has choice to come under the influence of the Holy Spirit or the body.

Under the O.T., the believer did not have this choice.

So, today, when a believer today vexes his soul –

What he is doing is putting his soul in a position where the wicked flesh can have more of an influence on it than the Holy Spirit.

We want to notice how Lot vexed his soul.

We see in v. 8 of our passage that he vexed it in three ways –

“dwelling among them”

“in seeing”

“and hearing”

I. Dwelling Among Them

Lot was a double minded Christian.

He was unstable in all his ways.

He was trying to be a two master Christian

Jesus warned against this in Mt. 6:24 – “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Lot socialized with the unsaved.

The Bible tells us in Gen. 19:1 – “…Lot sat in the gate of Sodom:”

He was a community leader, a city alderman, or maybe even a judge.

His kids probably went to the public schools of Sodom.

He belonged to the Elks, Lions, Bears, Masons.

He probably help raise money for the cancer and heart funds.

He probably dressed like the residents of Lot – tattoos, nose, ear, tongue pierced.

The word dwelling means to abide.

The Bible tells us clearly about dwelling and mixing with the unsaved, with the world.

1 Cor 15:33 – “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

2 Cor. 6:14,17 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?””Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”


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