Wendy Pope

"Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom." Genesis 13:12 (NIV)

As I read the story of Abram and his nephew, Lot, today's key verse convicted me. I stumbled on the word "near." I knew the story of the evil and debauchery that took place within the walls of this city. There was contempt in my heart for this dreadful place and the sinful practices of those who called this place home. I stood in judgment against Lot for choosing to live near such a place. Through further study of the Word and the nudging to the Holy Spirit, I realized I was more like Lot than I wanted to be.

Lot chose the land in the Jordan Valley because of the lush green grasses and the promise of prosperity that it offered. He knew this land could provide in abundance for his family. Perhaps, he thought such prosperity could bring him notoriety in the region. He knew well the reputation of cities that lay adjacent to where he would pitch his tents. Lot had no idea of the power of sin and the draw it can have on those weak in the faith. He eventually moved inside and exposed his entire family to corruption. His decision to live close to sin brought him great heartache and led to the death of his wife.

Many times the draw of sin is so alluring that I decide to camp right outside its boundaries. I justify staying close to the sin because I can have advantages that I might not have otherwise. I want to watch or flirt with temptation, never intending to partake or participate. Then slowly, I move closer and closer until the temptation is too much. And when my faith is too weak, I give in.

I recently met a woman who was under conviction because of a life spent in sin in her very own Sodom and Gomorrah. The woman confessed a 20-year extra-marital affair. She asked me to pray for her and to offer counsel. Overwhelmed by the confession and feeling unequipped to help, I began to pray. As we prayed together, the Lord clearly whispered to me the counsel I was to give. I was to tell this woman to move, change her phone number, and never look back. Through my weakness, He made me strong and gave me the courage to say the words. Her response was no. She wanted to remain his friend. She could not cut off all ties with this man.

Ladies, we cannot be friends with sin. We cannot flirt with sin. We must move away from it. God has equipped you with all that you need to make the move. Later in Genesis, Abram pleaded with God to spare Lot and his family before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. He was gracious. He answered Abram's prayer and moved Lot out of city before its destruction. Sin will bring destruction to your life. Pray and let God help you move. Let me pray for you as Abram did for Lot.

Dear Lord, through the power of this prayer, You can help my friend move out of sin. You designed her life for a prosperous future full of hope, not for sin. Won't You help her today? Enable her – and me – to say “yes” to Your prompting and move away from sin, into Your arms of saving grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Application Steps:
Be alone with God. Sit quietly or perhaps with soft music. Allow Him to gently point out to you the areas from which you need to move. Make the decision - trust Him to help you.

What is my present state of sin?

What makes it so alluring?

What is God telling me to do?

Power Verses:
Mark 14:38, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (NIV)

1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (NIV)

2 Timothy 1:7, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (NIV)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't discussed often enough. After being convicted of a sinful relationship years ago, I moved within two days. It was the only way to break free. Immediately afterward, the Lord blessed me with a Christian man who has now been my husband for over twenty years.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can relate with the feeling of camping next to sin, and the allure that it offers. Through a dedication to the Lord to stay pure it has closed the door on many relationships, however the temptations are still there and GOD WILL SHOW A WAY OUT. Ask wisdom from the Lord who freely gives, however responding obediantely is everyones own choice, choose to TRUST in him. He will never leave nor forsake us. I fight the battle of surrender daily but knowing if I choose to trust in him, he will make all my pathways straight.

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