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Colossians 2:8 (ESV) “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”

Watch for cracks family.  Be careful not to leave doors open where the enemy can slip in.  Remember he is deceitful and sly as a serpent.  When we are delivered from a thing, we must be mindful to never turn back.  Let me share the story of Lot’s wife.

Genesis 19:15-23 (NLT)

At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. “Hurry,” they said to Lot. “Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!” 16 When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful. 17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!” 18 “Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged. 19 “You have been so gracious to me and saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. 20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.” 21 “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village. 22 But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means “little place.”) 23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. 24 Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.”

Because of great sin in this town, God chose to destroy it, but Lots family was given favor and escaped.  The angel of the Lord told them to run and never look back.  Unfortunately, Lots wife was not obedient to this command and when see looked back she turned into a pillar of salt.

Many lessons can be learned from this event.  God will always give us a way of escape… 1 Corinthians 10:13.  When God is looking to do something in your life, he will always give you a warning.  He will send His ministering angels to direct you and advise you in what He desires to do with you.  When God delivers us we should never look to turn or go back to that sin.  This is where we open doors that God allowed to be shut for our own protection.  But we being the stubborn people that we are sometimes choose to do things our way and we tell God what we think we can handle.  As if God doesn’t know what’s best for us but we sometimes choose not what’s best but what our flesh desires over what God has commanded.

Lots wife was killed for her disobedience.  Don’t allow a spirit of disobedience to take you out!  2 Timothy 3:13 (ESV) tells us, “While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. “

Don’t fall in the pit holes of the enemy.  Cracks eventually grow wider and deeper allowing more and more things to fall into it.  Be mindful each day of where you are in your walk, there should be evidence of growth daily. 

Yes, we stumble but you don’t go back.  You look forward, press forward, allowing God to take you upward!

Meditation verse – Luke 21:6-9 (ESV) “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”



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