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We Gotta' Walk Our Talk

I was reading about Lot, the nephew of Abraham, when I found something very interesting. The Lord told Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah were going to be destroyed. Abraham was naturally fearful for Lot who lived in Sodom. After a lot of double talk, he asked God to spare the righteous in the city. When the angels went to remove Lot, they asked if there were any other people that Lot needed to tell. These didn't live with Lot, he went out to tell them.

"And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law." Genesis 19:12-14

God made a way for everyone connected with Lot to escape the destruction that was coming on Sodom. But when Lot tried to tell them that God was going to destroy the city because of the cry about the wickedness, Lot seemed as one that mocked. That means they didn't take him seriously. They thought he was joking around and play acting. They must have laughed at him and joined in the fun. Why didn't they think Lot was serious? Because his walk didn't line up with the sudden warning from God.

Sodom was a very wicked place and Lot lived right in the midst of the wickedness. 1 Peter 2:7 says Lot was vexed (troubled) with their filthy conversation (way of life). He had to fight a constant mental fight with the wickedness of Sodom. It put a strain on him but he still didn't separate himself out. He may not have talked as bad as the rest, or acted as bad as they did, but he stayed right there in the midst of them.

The effects of us being around the wicked may not be as apparent to us as it is to them. They couldn't see a difference in Lot's life. They thought Lot was right in there with them. When he talked about God they thought it was a good joke. Makes me wonder if they had joked about God before. The Bible does say that Lot was a righteous man (1 Peter 2:8); but it also says in Genesis 19:16 that those men had to firmly take hold of him and take him out of the city because he lingered.

This whole episode made me think about us in this day. If our walk now doesn't line up with the things we are telling others about God, how can they take us seriously? My friend is always telling me, "we gotta walk our talk." What you say and what you do has to balance out now so you will be taken seriously at the most crucial time.
        Danean Spearman

As Long As I Live

As long as I live
  As long as I try
    As long as I have Christ
      As long as I have air
        As long as I am talking
          As long as I am walking
           As long as I am singing
             As long as I am praying
               As long as I can be with you
                 As long as I made anew
                   As long as I have that shine
                      As long as I have the time
                        As long as I am alive
                         As long as I try to be Christ-like
                           As long as I fight
                             As long as I do what's right
                               As long as I follow Him
                                As long as I finish the race
                                 As long as I seek His face
                                  As long as I am on this earth     Amen
                                                                Jason Huff - 17

*** In the TOFY article entitled "Drugs Don't Open Doors They Close Them" Jeff Johanneck's address was incorrect. We apologize for any inconvenience. The correct address is:

Jeff Johanneck J-41688
P.O. Box 7500 A-1-208
Crescent City, Ca 95531-7500


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