John 3:16. For God so loved the world that HE gave his only SON……
Genesis 19. The story of Lot and his family.
The book of Genesis 19. talks about the story of the two angels that visited Lot while he was in Sodom. The book also reveals to us several occurrences particularly dealing with perverted sexual practices by the Sodomites especially after the angels had accepted the invitation to Lot’s house.
The angels visited Lot amid sin. That time, Lot and her children, together with the wife were bound in sin. They were living in a sinful environment. Their minds were full of corruption owed to sin. Homosexuality,incest, Lesbianism and all the rest. They were living in luxury, a pleasant life and environment that satisfied their bodily desires. They were also full of pride. No reverence for God. It may be no wonder that Lot’s wife remembered her luxurious property and looked back when she had been instructed not to look back. Her heart was attached to wealth, property and investment made while in Sodom. She may have also forgotten the reverence and obedience she needed to hold for God and obey instructions. She became a pillar of salt. Dead.
Genesis 19: 4-7 reveals to us the lust that men of the city of Sodom were harbouring. They wanted to make love and engage in sexual activities with the two angels that had visited Lot. That was very unwelcoming, an abuse of the highest order in God’s kingdom affairs and an ominous attempt that nobody who’s spiritual and sober would ever like to try.
Well, let’s get the point here…..
As long as Lot was still in Sodom, sin prevailed. God wanted Lot out of Sodom, a reason why he sent the two angels. Sadly speaking, Lot was found as the gatekeeper of Sodom. He was in the business. He was right in the middle of the business. He had conformed to the culture of Sodom.
Abraham loved Lot. He interceded to God for Lot and his family. God was faithful, so he sent the two angels to bring salvation to Lot and his family. Initially the angels had refused to enter Lot’s house but after petition by Lot in an earnest manner, the angels accepted.
Right now as you are reading this sermon, where are you? Are you still in Sodom? Why are you still in Sodom? Meditate on this teaching and answer these questions.
If you are still in Sodom, it’s never too late. God can send angels to rescue you. God is faithful. Even as intercessors in the world today pray for you, God is listening. He will sent angels to carry you up and out (Psalm 91) of Sodom. God never fails to listen to anyone who prays to him.
Sodom represents our lust of the flesh. Our desire to live luxurious. I am not condemning luxury but it should not be the order of the day so that God doesn’t have a place in our hearts. We shouldn’t be led by what we see and think about. We shouldn’t stay in sin. We shouldn’t make life look good outside when inside, all is not well. We should be true to our hearts as well as the heart of God. That’s when only God can accept us.
When the demands of the flesh override our spiritual hood, then we are no longer in Jerusalem but in Sodom. Many people are bound in homosexuality, Lesbianism, gay and all other forms of indulgences. They can’t come out. It’s hard for them, just the way it was hard for Lot to come out. Many of us are still in Sodom. It’s not surprising also that many of us who even go to church today are still bound in Sodom. Going to church is one thing. Knowing and understanding what God requires of you is another thing.
It’s my prayer that we come out of Sodom and see the salvation of God.
This Sunday, make up your mind not to be driven by flesh. Be spiritual. Take the faith and face the battle of the flesh and tell yourself that enough is enough. May God help you and me.
God bless you so much.