8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” 10Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. (At the time if you were one of the men guarding the gates you were considered to be a leading citizen in charge)
After the two parted ways Lot moved on toward the plains and set up camp facing Sodom. At the time Sodom was a town in which the men were sinning greatly against God. He would then eventually move into Sodom and then become one of them.
Lot’s choices back then are very similar to the progression of choices many of us make today or have made in the past. Lets break down Lot’s choices and compare them to the choices we make.
It Looks Good:
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD
The adult industry does a great job at making things look good. The woman are perfect or at least made to LOOK that way. You never hear the girls say no or at least made to LOOK that way. The adult industry does everything they can to make it LOOK good but, that is the illusion of pornography. Just like Lot we look in that direction and just by looking we like what we see and we then set up camping looking towards it. But we do not stop to think about what the long lasting consequences might be.
Setting Up Near Looking In:
Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
While searching for information on the Internet, checking out our Facebook accounts, or for the people that still use it Myspace. The images that appear to us LOOK good and then we turn our attention toward it setting up camp[ looking upon it from afar. You may look at some of the sites from time to time, buy that magazine in the store, or even visit the strip club just once in awhile. All along the way you find yourself frequenting these things more and more but, you haven’t quite yet moved to the end of porn boulevard. Just like Lot we sit and we observe what is going on around us just getting a taste until that next move.
Becoming One of Them:
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city.
Lot moves into Sodom surrounding his life with all of the actions, thoughts, and material things that go on in Sodom. Just like Lot we eventually end up doing the same thing in regards to sexual integrity. We have moved from the hill over looking what once just looked good and we now must have it. We cave into our sexual thoughts and fantasies allowing it to become a daily part of our lives. Living among the lies, deceptions, and falsehoods of porn.
Take a good look into your life and were you are right now. If your looking at this and you like what you see take a moment and think about were this could lead you in your life. Like Lot have you set up your tent and are now facing this sin taking more of it in? Sometimes you will not fee like you are here but, take a look back and see were you have come from. Are you looking at porn more than you were 3 maybe 5 months ago or even a year ago? Is it easier for you to look at this stuff than before when you felt the guilt of looking at it? For some of us we are there living smack dab in the middle of Sodom letting ever bit of it soak into our pours.
At one point or another we have to make a choice. Do we bounce our eyes when we see this LOOKS good and walk away from it knowing the destruction it can cause? When we have realized that we are now sitting in our tents facing this sin and allowing it to enter into our lives more do we pack up and leave. Maybe we even ask for help from someone to help round up all this stuff and help you move away so you do not have second thoughts of staying. If you are living in this sin and find it being the norm in your life it is not to late to pack up and move out. There may be a lot of junk collected over the years and it may be tough to leave what has become a part of your life. This choice will be the most important choice you make. This will be the choice that allows you to live in a world full of life or a life of death.
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Every Man’s Battle – (Men, Teens, & Women)
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