Most people learned about Sodom and Gomorrah in Sunday school. The two cities were deep in unspeakable wickedness. The Lord became angry with them. Abraham pled with God to spare the city if ten righteous men could be found living there. The only righteous people found however, were Lot and his family.
The destroying angels spared their lives and they escaped impending doom. But, before he left them, they were told not to look back. In her disobedience, Lot’s wife (who is never named) looked back and was instantly killed. Scripture says that she turned into “a pillar of salt”.
When we accept Jesus into our lives, we take our first steps to becoming “new creations”. Our sinful nature is left behind. God tells us not to be ensnared again in the trap of sin (Galatians 5:1). Christ has freed us and we are to live as “liberated” men and women.
Some people, however, will “look back” on their past wickedness with unfortunate consequences. They may not die physically, but resuming their sinful life leads to spiritual death, which is worse. If you feel the temptations of the world tugging at the back of your mind, speak the promises of God out loud. “…because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV, paraphrase)
All Christians struggle with worldly temptations. No one is immune. But, there are ways to make ourselves less susceptible: 1) Pray daily, 2) Read the word, 3) Fellowship with other believers, and 4) Speak His word. Prayer humbles us before God and allows us to hear His voice. Reading and studying the word, gives us the much needed knowledge of God’s will. Fellowship with others lets us know that we are not alone in our struggles. Speaking His promises strengthens us in the fight against Satan by bringing His word to life in us.
Do not let your “curiosity” kill you chance at eternal life with Christ. God’s love is strong enough to uphold us when the urges come. Let Him fight for you.
What sin are you having trouble giving up?
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