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“Remember Lot’s wife.”
- One of the greatest means of picking up running speed is thinking someone is catching you from behind.
- If you have ever seen a child running or biking away from a strange dog, then you know what it is!
- Two weeks ago we considered Paul’s warning of the Lord’s terror in coming judgment (II Cor 5:10-11).
- Recent evidence shows serious darkness on some we once knew in the Lord. God, help them and us!
- One of the worst things that can happen is for God to leave us content with religion not pleasing Him!
- One of the worst things that can happen is for us to live our lives and religion deceived, believing a lie!
- Our Lord Jesus worshipped His Father for both revealing and concealing the truth (Matthew 11:25-27).
- Lot and his wife were told to escape and not look back (Gen 19:17). But she looked back (Luke 17:32)!
- Eliphaz and Job knew wisdom regarding God’s deception of men (Job 5:8-14; 12:4-25).
- Moses was scared to leave camp without the Presence of the Lord (Exodus 33:15).
- David prayed scared for the Lord not to take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).
- We must even hear scared, lest we lose what we falsely think we have (Luke 8:18).
- Jesus warned that repentance and fruit were necessary to avoid judgment (Luke 13:1-9).
- Paul pursued his ministerial calling with a fear of woe chasing him (I Cor 9:15-18).
- Paul warned the Hebrews to believe the gospel with fear of falling (Hebrews 4:1,11).
- The Lord can remove a candlestick and a church may never know it (Revelation 2:5).
- We live in the perilous times of no truth and more deception (II Tim 3:5-7,13; 4:3-4).
- Christians would be ever learning but never able to come to know the truth.
- Religious seducers would get worse and worse deceiving, and being deceived.
- Fables would be substituted for sound doctrine, for men would rather have them.
- Noah’s descendants wanted unity and security, so God confounded them (Gen 11:1-9).
- The Lord turned David over to Satan for the sinful numbering of Israel (II Sam 24:1).
- The Lord sent Ahab what he wanted, lying spirits of prosperity to come (I Kings 22:23).
- The Lord left Hezekiah to see what was in his heart, which was pride (II Chron 32:31).
- The Lord left Israel to their own hearts’ lusts and their own counsel (Psalm 81:11-12).
- Israel wanted quail. God gave them their desire but sent them soul leanness (Ps 106:15).
- God took away the wisdom of Israel (Isaiah 6:9-13; 63:17; 66:3-4; Ezekiel 7:26).
- God put stumblingblocks before Israel by false prophets (Jer 4:9-10; 6:21; Hosea 9:7).
- God deceived Israel when they came to Him with idols in their hearts (Ezek 14:1-11).
- God gave Israel new statutes to burn their firstborn children to death (Ezek 20:25-26).
- The Lord turned Peter over for Satan to sift, which resulted in his failure (Luke 22:31).
- Americans ungratefully worshipped themselves, so God blinded them (Rom 1:18-32).
- God sends strong delusion and lies to Catholics hating truth (II Thes 2:9-12; I Tim 4:2).
- When God turns a man over to delusions, he does not perceive he is now following lies.
- Why didn’t Pharaoh and Egypt consider the danger of the Red Sea (Ex 14:17)?
- Consider the absurd darkness and blind hearts of pagan idolaters (Is 44:9-20).
- Why didn’t the Jews, looking for Messiah, see His miracles (John 12:37-41)?
- Sodomites are so blinded they cannot see the perversity of their abomination.
- Gentiles, our relatives, were blinded to many gross perversions (Eph 4:17-19).
- If we seek Him with our whole heart, He will be find of us (Jer 29:13; II Chr 15:4,15).
- The LORD, Jehovah God, will show Himself strong for the pure in heart (II Chr 16:9).
- He will come to us gloriously, if we are separate and seek holiness (II Cor 6:14 – 7:1).
- He has promised to never leave or forsake us, if we will simply serve Him (Heb 13:5-6).
- Remember! In all the examples above, there was sin and rebellion, not faithfulness.
- Our Judge does right: He will not slay the righteous with sinners (Gen 18:25).
- God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love (Hebrews 6:10).
- The righteous (Job, David, Peter) were blessed much after the test (James 5:11).
- And He gave them repentance quickly (Job 42:5-6; II Sam 24:10; Lu 22:61-62).
- Confess sins! Don’t wait even for minutes (Job 33:27-28; Ps 66:18; Pr 28:13; I Jn 1:9).
- Conviction is a gift (Ps 80:3,7,19). It may be gone tomorrow (II Samuel 24:10).
- We should pray to be turned, and we should repent when turned (Jer 31:18-20).
- You do not have unlimited time for repentance (Isaiah 55:6; Revelation 2:21)?
- Do not come to God with idols in your heart or stumblingblocks (Ezek 14:1-11).
- Glorify Christ! Jesus Christ is the Source of all Truth, Knowledge, and Understanding.
- He is the Word of God and Light, but darkness never recognized it (John 1:1-5).
- It is by the eternal life He gives we know God and Jesus (John 17:3; I Jn 5:20).
- Our faith and religion must be Christ-centered, lest we die (Gal 6:14; I Cor 2:2).
- He gloriously hides and reveals, but He tells us to come to Him (Matt 11:25-30).
- Believe on Jesus Christ, you shall never be confounded (I Peter 2:6; Is 45:17).
- Be humble! Even if you are very faithful, you are an unprofitable servant (Luke 17:10).
- Be separated! Friendship with the world is spiritual adultery and hating God (Jas 4:4).
- Be humble! Trembling before His Word will bring blessing (Is 66:1-2; Matt 11:25-27).
- Don’t look back! For some looking back have missed God’s best (Luke 17:32; 9:62).
- Run forward! We must move forward with the light He gives us (Pro 4:18; John 7:17).
- Be holy! Perfecting total holiness will bring His blessing (James 4:6-10; II Cor 7:1).
- Be humble! We must crave the spirit of the publican over the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14).
- Exalt Scripture! Make the Bible your family standard (Deut 11:16-21; Psalm 119:113).
- Be humble! Confidence in ability will lead to a fall (I Cor 10:12; Prov 16:18; Gal 6:3).
- Examine yourself! Search yourself before God (Pr 14:8; 16:2; Ps 139:23; II Cor 13:5).
- Be holy! If you have sin in your life, you are being deceived (Eph 4:22; Hebrews 3:13).
- Fear your heart! Your own heart is the basis of deception (Jer 17:9-10; Prov 28:26).
- Be foolish! God cannot stand those who think they are wise (I Cor 3:18-20; I Kgs 3:7).
- Be loving! We must make sure we rank love and faith/truth as the Lord (I Cor 13:1-13).
- Be humble! Admit often you are unworthy of His favors (Gen 32:10; II Sam 7:18-20).
- We have been lean before in carnal religion and doctrinal pride, and we don’t want to go there again.
- The response to this subject should be, “But we are bound to give thanks alway …” (II Thess 2:13-15).
- Don’t reject the truth of Jesus Christ. Believe on Him and obey Him: you will never be confounded.
- “I stand amazed in the Presence, of Jesus the Nazarene; and wonder how He could love me, a sinner …”