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Faltering Between Two Opinions
11/11/2013

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 found yourself caught between two choices?  Perhaps you were indecisive between going forward or turning around and going back.  Or maybe you were trying to decide what to order at a restaurant, or whether to do the right thing or not. 

I have to think this might have been what Lot’s wife’s faced when she was told it was time to get out of Sodom because it was going to be destroyed.  She obviously didn’t want to leave her home and her lifestyle to follow God, and it ultimately cost her greatly.

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.  

Can we find ourselves faltering between two opinions in our Christian walk?  Are there times when God is desiring to lead us out of our own personal Sodom—out of some situation, or bad habit we have?   Do we find ourselves looking back, and missing whatever it was that had a stronghold on us? As sad as it may sound, as Christians, we can find ourselves meandering around, faltering between the two opinions or choices, like a deer in the headlights.   And we will reap from our choices (Gal. 6:7).

Lot couldn’t force his wife to make the proper choice, nor can we force others to choose what is right.  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 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 worshipping 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 worshipping 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; professing to be followers of God, but following the desires of their flesh instead of being obedient to Him and His commands.   We must guard ourselves against being double-minded, and from making a half-hearted commitment to follow Jesus.  We must continually make this commitment with each and every choice we face. 

I want to encourage you today—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?

PRACITICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord and ask Him to deliver us from any sinful habit or practice we may be involved in. Let’s make a commitment to follow the Lord whole-heartedly. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for freeing us from the bondage of sin.  Thank You for giving us the power to overcome any temptation.  Help us to get rid of any and all sinful patterns within our lives. Help us to identify those areas so we can lay them at Your feet.  Empower us to be clean of them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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