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Righteous Lot

 “. . . He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men  8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:7-8 NASU).


When I read this the first time, I was already familiar with the record of Lot in Genesis (ch 13 -19), I was perplexed.  I didn’t see Lot as a righteous man.  I saw him as a selfish, self-centered rich nephew of Abraham, who took the best pastureland, and made some seriously bad decisions.  Here is a man who was a herdsman that moved, with his wife and children,  into one of the most wicked cities that ever existed. He was willing to offer his daughters to the wicked men of Sodom to protect his guests, which was prevented by the angels. The Lord delivered righteous Lot, and his wife and daughters, from certain death when He destroyed the cities, As they were leaving, however, Lot’s wife, contrary to the angels’ command looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot later got drunk and committed incest with his daughters.


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He Is Risen

   “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; and you are still in your sins” (I Corinthians 15:17).

This time of year you can see in yards white plastic crosses with “He is Risen” written on them.  The first Gospel message proclaimed was centered on the resurrection of Jesus.  If Jesus had not been raised, He would have only been one in a long line of martyrs.  His death would have served no purpose other than to be an example of faithfulness, and we would still be lost sinners.


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Desiring To Be Spiritual

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set you mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth”  (Colossians 3:1-2.).

 

There are lots of people who would like to be spiritual, but they are not willing to put forth the effort to become spiritual.  They have too many lusts – things in which they are interested that pull them away from those things that are spiritual.  Many of the “things” that pull them away are not sinful in themselves, but simply a distraction.  Christians become focused on activities of the world rather than spiritual activities.  The key to spirituality is one’s mind. 


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