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How Long Will You Falter Between Two Opinions?
11/1/2010

How long will you falter between two opinions?
Being A Deer In The Headlights

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him"...1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV)

Have you ever seen someone with that "deer in the headlights look" about them?  You know the look I am referring to.  It is the one where they are caught between going forward or turning around and going back.  It can be when someone is trying to decide what to order at a restaurant, or when someone is deciding on buying a car, or even when someone is trying to decide whether to do the right thing or not.  

I have to think this might have been the look on Lot's wife's face when she was told it is time to get out of Sodom because it was going to be destroyed.  She obviously didn't want to leave this type of lifestyle and it ultimately cost her greatly as she decided in her heart that she would rather be back in town than to continue to go forward and follow God.  The end result is she was turned to a pillar of salt.

But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 (NKJV)

Q:    What happened to Lot's wife that caused her to falter between two opinions?  

My guess is she was enamored by the temptations of this world and the lifestyles of those who chose to follow their own fleshly desires.  Maybe it was because she didn't know what was waiting ahead, but she knew what was behind, and in that one moment, she looked back with a longing and sadness as if her life was coming to an end - needlessly, it did.  We too, can be like Lot's wife at times in our Christian walk.  We can have God attempting to lead us out of our own personal Sodom - some situation, or bad habit we have, and yet we can find ourselves stopping to look back because we actually miss whatever it was that had a stronghold on us.

Lot couldn't force his wife to make the proper choice, and neither can we force others to make the right one.  The fact is, no one can force us to choose properly either.  God has given us the privilege of choosing our path in life whether we will follow Him and His way of living, or whether we will attempt to go it on our own and follow our fleshly desires. As sad as it may sound, as Christians, we can find ourselves meandering around, lost between the two opinions or choices, like a deer in the headlights.   And we will reap from our choices -  both the good and the bad depending on what we choose.

As Christians, we have been led out of the bondage of sin.  We have been buried with Christ through baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.  So how is it we should even be considering going back to our old way of life, or to any way not of God?

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:11-13 (NKJV)

When we choose to submit our body to unrighteousness we are worshiping the created rather than the creator - this is idolatry - the worship of false gods.  We see this happening in the Old Testament as the Israelites had been influenced by the opinions of other cultures and were worshiping false gods as well.  The Prophet Elisha confronted them and asked them, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him."

These people were double-minded; they professed to be followers of God, but then they followed the desires of their flesh instead of being obedient to Him and His commands.   We too, must guard ourselves against being double-minded as we can find ourselves making a halfhearted commitment to following Jesus.  We need to resolve this battle against being conformed to this world within our minds, as the enemy's temptation will continually pull at us just like gravity pulls us to the earth (See Rom. 12:1-2).  We must make a conscious commitment to following Jesus within our heart - knowing as Christian soldiers we will be engaged in a daily spiritual battle.  

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you.  You are not alone.  God is with you and will never forsake you.  He will empower you and give you everything needed to have victory over the enemy.  Choose to follow Jesus with all your heart, mind and soul today - you will be blessed beyond measure.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from Romans 6:11-13 with regards to how we should use our bodies and address sinful habits?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to get rid of any sinful habit or practice you may have that is reigning in your body?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and ask Him to deliver you from any sinful habit or practice you are partaking of.  Make a commitment to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.  

Father, Thank You for freeing me from the bondage of sin.  Thank You for giving me the power to overcome any temptation.  Help me to get rid of any and all sin that may be reigning in my body.  Help me to identify those areas so I can lay them at Your feet.  Empower me to be cleansed of them.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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