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DON'T LOOK BACK GENESIS 19:16

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THE RESULTS OF DISOBEDIENCE

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INTRODUCTION

The following is a Russian parable. A hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. When about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soft, soothing voice, “Isn’t it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Let us negotiate the matter.”

Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied, “I want a fur coat.” “Good,” said the bear, “that is a negotiable question. I only want a full stomach, so let us negotiate a compromise.”

They sat down to negotiate, and after a time the bear walked away alone. The negotiations had been successful. The bear had a full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat.

Compromises rarely satisfy both sides in equal measure.232

THE PSALMIST SAID, I HAVE HID THY WORD IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE
WHEN GOD WANTS TO BRING YOU OUT OF SOMETHING OR PURIFY YOUR LIFE
HE CALLS YOU FORWARD AND TO PROGRESS
HE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO EVEN REGRET WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND
HE DOESN’T REALLY CARE HOW COMFORTABLE THAT YOU ARE
HE WANTS YOU TO FREE FROM WHAT WAS HOLDING YOU YESTERDAY
AND EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO GO, GRACE MOVES YOU OUT OF THE WAY OF DESTRUCTION
MOST OF US WANTY TO STAY IN OUR COMFORT ZONES
BUT, SINCE GRACE, WILL PULL YOU OUT, IT IS BETTER TO OBEY THAN TO SACRIFICE
THE SODOMITES WERE PRACTICING ALL KINDS COMPROMISES
2 Peter 2:7–8 KJV 1900
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
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BECAUSE WAS VEXED IN HIS SOUL, THE LORD MADE HIM LEAVE
HOW IS IT SO EASY TO LEAVE ONE’S CITY
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WE ARE GOING TO EXAMINE HOW LOOKING BACK, STOPS OUR PROGRESS AND REALLY USES YOU AS A SIGN TO OTHERS NOT TO LOOK BACK
THE BIBLE REMINDS US TO REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE
WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE EFFECTS OF A LITTLE COMPROMISE IN OUR LIVES CAN DO.

1. LOOKING BACK HINDERS OUR PROGRESS

EARLIER IN THE TEXT, LOT AND HIS FAMILY DELAYED TO BEY GOD’S COMMAND
EVEN LOT HESITATED TO LEAVE AND FIRST THE VISITORS GRABBED HIM AND PULLED HIM OUT OF THE CITY
LOT RECOGNIZES THAT HE IS ALIVE ONLY BECAUSE THESE ANGELS AND GOD’S MERCY HAD PROTECTED HIM
BUT, LOT’S WIFE LOOKED BACK AS A SIGN OF FAVORABLE ACCEPTANCE FOR SODOM AND GOMORRAH
DON’T LET YOUR PAST KILL YOUR FUTURE
WHEN GOD IS BRINGING YOU INTO A NEW PLACE AND EVEN A CHANGE, YOU HAVE TO TRUST THAT HE IS MOVING YOU TO SOMETHING BETTER
HOWEVER, IN SODOM, THERE WAS THE GRATIFICATION OF THE FLESH AND THERE LOT’S WIFE DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE UP SOME OF THE THINGS THAT SHE HAD IN SODOM
YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING TO BE A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST
PEOPLE HAVE TO STOP LOOKING BACK
BECAUSE WE KNOW THE CONSEQUENCE OF HER LOOKING BACK
SHE TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT
SHE COULD GO NO FURTHER
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT COMPROMISE, IT WILL HINDER AND EVEN STOP YOU PROGRESS
SHE WOULD BE STUCK IN THE SAME PLACE FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE
THIS IS THE FRUIT OF COMPROMISE
YOU NEVER GO FORWARD AND NEVER PROGRESS, YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY IN THE SAME PLACE
THAT’S WHY, LUKE TELLS US TO REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE
WE MAY THINK THAT WE ARE IN THE BEST OF PLACES, WHEN IN REALITY YOU ARE IN THE WORST OF PLACES
DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PAST TO STEAL YOUR FUTURE
YOUR PAST WILL SNEAK UP ON YOU AN CAUSE YOU TO MISS YOUR DESTINY
WE CAN REMEMBER FORMER BLESSING BUT NOT FORMER SINS
THE MAIN REASON THAT PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING BACK TO YESTERDAY, INSTEAD OF WHAT GOD HAS TOMORROW
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