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Do Not Be Conformed
7/30/2015

When I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die," and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. Ezekiel 3:18-19 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself surrounded by people who aren’t walking with God, and you knew the things they were doing were wrong?  Such was the case for a man named Lot.  Lot lived in the city of Sodom, a city exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.  We are told they were a haughty people and they committed abomination before the Lord (Ezek. 16:49-50).  The inhabitants had fully surrendered to the lust of the flesh, as sexual perversion was rampant, and they had no use for God or His will for their lives.

Lot had turned a blind eye to the sexual preferences, and practices of those he was around — he may have not approved of what they were doing, but he certainly didn’t speak out against it either. Perhaps it would have cost him his great reputation and standing with the popular people and the social elite, and he wouldn’t be important anymore, or worse yet the entire community may have even ostracized him — calling him a hater.

2 Peter 2:8, tells us, “Righteous Lot was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked, and that even though he dwelled among them, he was tormented in his soul from day-to-day by the sins he saw and heard.”  So Lot’s soul was being tormented on the inside, but he was a cool cucumber on the outside — He was everybody’s friend.  The problem was Lot didn’t make any impact upon the people he was living amongst — he was compromising. 

It can be the same with us today — we can find ourselves compromising with the sinful behavior of those around us because we fear being ostracized or kicked out of the cool group.  We can find ourselves becoming complacent with sin rather than abhorring it and clinging to what is good (Rom. 12:9).  If we continue to live this way we can become conformed to our surroundings.   We have been instructed in God’s Word to guard against this.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Chances are we will find ourself in the midst of those who are practicing sin, just as Lot did.  There will be times were God will lead us to let our actions do the talking, as we live in a way pleasing to Him.  But there will also be times where we will be confronted with sin and He will lead us to speak out and react to it in righteousness (cf. Ezek. 3:17-21).  In either case, we must be willing to be used by God by responding in love and meekness lest we be tempted (Gal. 6:1).

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to live a holy and sanctified life before others so they can see the love of Christ in you.  Be willing to confront others when necessary. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ezekiel 3:18-19 how does God view our responsibility to warn those who are in sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to use you to make an impact upon the lives of those around you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord daily and ask Him to use you in whatever way He chooses to impact this world for Him.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for showing me Your heart for how I am to live.  I need You to guide me and lead me with a proper heart today so I can live properly before those who are in sin.  Give me Your heart Lord and help me to make an impact upon this world.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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