Daily Devotional – May 27 (Sodom Rising, Part 7: Going To Sodom!)

By admin On April 17th, 2015

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Daily Devotional – May 27

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Sodom Rising, Part 7: Moving Into Sodom!

To read part 1 of this article, click here… “August 22nd (Sodom Rising!)”

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http://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-dore/sodom

When Lot lifted up his eyes and saw the lush and green country surrounding Sodom, he decided that affluence and ease of accessibility were more important than keeping separate from the ungodly influences that awaited him and his family in that wicked city.

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And at first Lot, no doubt was determined to keep his family far away from the hedonistic and decadent sins so abundant there!

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But then, after some time, his family grew to love the selfish pleasures and proud pursuits of Sodom. 

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Sodom on Fire by Gustave Dore – www.wikiart.org US Public Domain

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PAUL WARNS US!

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And God has given us this fearful account as a stark warning against going after the lusts of selfishness…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg

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Listen to Paul’s duplicate warning… “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1st Timothy 6:6-8

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Here is one of the greatest warnings against seeking after earthly riches, and yet one of the least heeded!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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AFFLUENCE BRINGS DESTRUCTION

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But why is this important? Why should we be content with such a meager existcompanys-coming - revisedence, when so many in society are enjoying the world with all its many pleasures and interesting pursuits and proud career-choices?

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Listen as Paul continues… “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1st Timothy 6:9

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So here we see that riches will become the source of many temptations and snares, which eventually drown men in destruction and perdition! 

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And those who pursue affluence will one day awaken to discover that, “they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” v.10

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(This above Judgment Day cartoon really drives home the point of not becoming entangled in the cares and pleasures of the world, “as in a day of slaughter” James 5:5)

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FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME!

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Now the purpose of this devotional is to issue a further warning for all of us who call ourselves Christians, to follow Paul’s advice as he concluhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgdes this above warning from 1st Timothy… “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1st Timothy 6:11

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This above verse sounds much like God’s warning to Lot, on that fateful morning of Sodom’s Judgment Day… “But thou, O man of God, flee these things…” v.11

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Yes, just as Lot was told to, “Flee to the mountain”, we Christians are given very similar advice.

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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WHERE DO WE FLEE?

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But how do we flee? And where do we run?

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Well, the very first thing for a Christian to do, is to make sure that Sodom & Gomorrah is not being directly piped into his or her home, via the television, etc.!

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And even the Christian who has an uncooperative spouse, that Christian can personally stop watching the TV, and continue to plead for the blessing of the Lord for the other wayward members of the home.

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“REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE!”

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The next thing for the Christian to do, is to quit thinkinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_york_times_square-terabass.jpg about moving to a more prosperous city, so as to secure a better job, or to enjoy more earthly pleasures!

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You can just bet, the more affluent a city is, the more wickedness exists there! And the more wickedness in any city, the greater will be Satan’s ability to corrupt you or your family members!

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As Jesus warns us… “Remember Lot’s Wife!” Luke 17:32

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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WICKEDNESS ABOUNDS IN THE CITIES

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Don’t be fooled by outward appearances.https://www.google.com/search?q=drunkard+wikimedia+commons&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=bahCUf7THqWQ2AXs-oDoAw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1093&bih=498#imgrc=HeJcFvXRw-h2zM%3A%3BpKsPOsVLla76dM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fupload.wikimedia.org%252Fwikipedia%252Fcommons%252F4%252F47%252FHighbrow_drunkard.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcommons.wikimedia.org%252Fwiki%252FFile%253AHighbrow_drunkard.jpg%3B1280%3B1024

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The more affluence in a city, the more artificial that everyday life is!

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The more malls for your children to aimlessly wander through!

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The more restaurants and stores to waste your money in!

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The more unbelievers there are for you and your kids to become unequally yoked together with!

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The more secular entertainments to influence you and your children!

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The more friends to sell alcohol and drugs to your children!

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The more sexually-charged men and women to lure you and/or your children!

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The more expenses to drain your pockets, instead of giving to Christian ministries!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NYC_Night_lights_(7040124053).jpg

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The more accustomed you and your children will become to sin, as you behold sin everywhere you go!

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Yes, it would be better to just barely survive, than to enjoy the affluence in a city filled with temptations and snares!

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Highbrow drunkard – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

Children’s Street basketball during a church fair – wikimedia share-alike license

Time – New York City Night-lights – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0 Generic License

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PRAY YOUR WAY OUT!

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And so, if you O Christian are wondering how you may flee from the wrath which is now coming upon the earth, your deliverance will be achieved by much prayer, and much consecration to God.Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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And then, should you see a door beginning to open, then you may prayerfully enter through that door, to the safety of the “munitions of rocks”!

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“Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire (God)? …He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” Isaiah 33:14-16

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To read Part 8, click here… June 8 (Sodom Rising, Part 8: Women in the Pulpit: The Sin of Presumptuousness)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become wise as a serpent, yet harmless as a dove, as I walk through the battlefield of this world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”, or you can also read… “April 12th (Look For The Light At The End of the Tunnel! Part 2: Judging Others!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the weRevelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Waystern part of the sky, at winter’s end. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to below left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW…

“May 28 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 3: No Profit Under The Sun!)”

 

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