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copper25
Dec 10th 2008, 02:07 PM
Genesis 19:26) But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt

looked back - What caused her to look back? Weakness and curiosity, she was not focused on her destination, but instead wanted to look back behind her. In our lives we cannot allow weakness to take hold of us. Even a bit of curiosity is hurtful, when it is applied to the wrong things can have disastrous results. Lot’s wife looked back for only a second and it cost her her life. In life if we want to reach the finish and overcome, we can not look back nor turn toward evil on ether side of us. Proverbs 4:27) turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil)), yet how many people don’t heed this warning, looking back to the ways of worldliness, sin, and lust which will only hinder us, if not stop us altogether. We need to break free from the “bondage of sin” that infest this world. It is part of the same world that is going to be destroyed, like Sodom and Gomorrah. What hope does one have if they still are entangled, trapped, and snared by sin? Yes, God is forgiving and merciful but that is not a license to sin. People have forgotten that God is a consuming fire, whose wrath comes upon the children of disobedience. Having our mind focused, being distracting on the past, wanting to look back and turn back will be a stumbling block, and sin is it. When someone looks back anywhere and chooses to sin or go back to sin, what is that saying? Lot’s wife couldn’t help but look back, but Lot on the other hand did not look back, but just kept running straight, fleeing from Sodom.

Sodom was a place of corruption, so why by any means look back to destruction. This is what people are doing each and every time they turn to sin, submitting to it. Looking back and are petrified, stiff, and dead in sin, unable to move like Lot’s wife. Even a little glance or turning back to the sinful nature is harmful. The cost are real and the stakes are high, except the wage is your soul and sin is the death of it. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”, “what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and yet he receive him not whom God hath ordained, and he lose his own soul, and he himself be a castaway?” Submitting to sin is like casting away your soul for a cheap thrill, temporal substance which will not last long, but only a short time and past away. My people, my fellow Christians, we must run for eternal substance, that which is pure, striding against sin and all appearance of iniquity. “thou hatest all workers of iniquity”, this is what God’s word says, again, “God is angry with the wicked every day”, again, “but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth”. God’s love is shown to only those who obey, and turn from the ways of sinfulness.

People saying God’s love is unconditional, they are lying and fooling their selves, and if they pass it on, are fooling others as well. 2 Timothy 3:13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.)) Many shall be deceived and those deceived shall deceive others. “And shall begin to smite his fellow servants”, this is what many are doing teaching doctrinal errors, like leniency on the avoidance of sin in one’s life or teach that one can be saved by saying I believe, but don’t realize that this only qualifies that person to potentially be a child of God, but by no means ensures nor guarantees their election into grace. This is the truth, stay away from sin because “when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death”, no in-between, no mid way, but we have to by the grace of God leave it behind us and not look back at it lest we become dead in it, dead in sin rather then dead to sin because life is short.

theBelovedDisciple
Dec 10th 2008, 07:25 PM
People saying God’s love is unconditional, they are lying and fooling their selves, and if they pass it on, are fooling others as well.

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Well, your not calling me a liar.. but your calling God a liar.. because it was "His" REVELATION to ME of His unmerited favor and goodness .. His Unconditional Love... Love that I did not deserve...... in my life that drew me back to Him and eventually made a stubborn hard hearted man break down crying and asking Him for His forgiveness and for Him to take over my life..

It was His unconditional Love and His unconditional 'protection' of me and my life when I did not deserve it.. He was there as the Accuser of the Brethern petitioned for my life.. he wanted to to take it and let me spend Eternity without Jesus.. But God who is Rich in Mercy and Grace and is Longsuffering... He told him (the Accuser).. to begone or back off.. because I belonged to Him... The Captain of the Hosts had His angels warring behind the scenes on numerous occasions when the Accuser snuffed his nose at God Himself and decided to attempt to take my life and end it.. thru numerous suicided attempts and car accidents... but Again.. God who is Rich in Mercy and Favor and is sooo Longsuffering was there to stop it or thwart it... He waited patiently for that Day in 1994 when He would get me to a point to where I could recognize His 'character'.. His unmerited favor, Grace and Longsuffering in my life.. these characteristics of His Unconditional love in my life... this 'revelation' bringing me to 'REPENTANCE'.... On that day I realized what the 'bloody tree' was all about.. that CROSS.. that Jesus the Christ, God manifest in the flesh.... hung on.. How He died in my place..

I often wonder How many have actually really 'tasted' that Grace/mercy that is in Jesus the Christ.. to have His Unconditional Love and Mercy 'revealed' to you.. to feel what its like to be 'loved unconditionally' even when you dont deserve it.. to 'know' and 'understand' the Greatness of the Cross and what actually took place there... to understand, and 'know' that you are forgiven.. to Hear His Words and understand when He says... My son/daughter... be of good cheer.. your sins are forgiven....

To know when He says it He means it with no condemnation or guilt attached...

I often wonder how many are 'truly' Born Again' from above?

God's love is Unconditinal.. if its not then I'm unsaved and not born again.. I don't know Jesus as my LORD and Savior.. but I know thats not true.. because I do... and anything other than that or any attempt to lessen that is a 'lie' in itself....
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And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not 'knowing' that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Kahtar
Dec 10th 2008, 07:57 PM
God’s love is shown to only those who obey, and turn from the ways of sinfulness. Thus, salvation is dependant upon your works, rather than his unmerited grace.
Sorry, can't agree.............
Love is shown to those who are searching for it, and when Love is seen, and received, repentance follows.

mikebr
Dec 10th 2008, 08:52 PM
Sodom was a place of corruption, so why by any means look back to destruction. This is what people are doing each and every time they turn to sin, submitting to it. Looking back and are petrified, stiff, and dead in sin, unable to move like Lot’s wife. Even a little glance or turning back to the sinful nature is harmful. The cost are real and the stakes are high, except the wage is your soul and sin is the death of it. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”, “what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and yet he receive him not whom God hath ordained, and he lose his own soul, and he himself be a castaway?” Submitting to sin is like casting away your soul for a cheap thrill, temporal substance which will not last long, but only a short time and past away. My people, my fellow Christians, we must run for eternal substance, that which is pure, striding against sin and all appearance of iniquity. “thou hatest all workers of iniquity”, this is what God’s word says, again, “God is angry with the wicked every day”, again, “but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth”. God’s love is shown to only those who obey, and turn from the ways of sinfulness.

People saying God’s love is unconditional, they are lying and fooling their selves, and if they pass it on, are fooling others as well. 2 Timothy 3:13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.)) Many shall be deceived and those deceived shall deceive others. “And shall begin to smite his fellow servants”, this is what many are doing teaching doctrinal errors, like leniency on the avoidance of sin in one’s life or teach that one can be saved by saying I believe, but don’t realize that this only qualifies that person to potentially be a child of God, but by no means ensures nor guarantees their election into grace. This is the truth, stay away from sin because “when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death”, no in-between, no mid way, but we have to by the grace of God leave it behind us and not look back at it lest we become dead in it, dead in sin rather then dead to sin because life is short.

His love is so unconditional He even loves you if you believe He doesn't.:pp

mikebr
Dec 10th 2008, 08:54 PM
but we have to by the grace of God leave it behind us


God's grace isn't a tool to enable us to do better, it is a salve because we can't do better.

Gregg
Dec 11th 2008, 01:31 PM
People saying God’s love is unconditional, they are lying and fooling their selves, and if they pass it on, are fooling others as well.

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Well, your not calling me a liar.. but your calling God a liar.. because it was "His" REVELATION to ME of His unmerited favor and goodness .. His Unconditional Love... Love that I did not deserve...... in my life that drew me back to Him and eventually made a stubborn hard hearted man break down crying and asking Him for His forgiveness and for Him to take over my life..

It was His unconditional Love and His unconditional 'protection' of me and my life when I did not deserve it.. He was there as the Accuser of the Brethern petitioned for my life.. he wanted to to take it and let me spend Eternity without Jesus.. But God who is Rich in Mercy and Grace and is Longsuffering... He told him (the Accuser).. to begone or back off.. because I belonged to Him... The Captain of the Hosts had His angels warring behind the scenes on numerous occasions when the Accuser snuffed his nose at God Himself and decided to attempt to take my life and end it.. thru numerous suicided attempts and car accidents... but Again.. God who is Rich in Mercy and Favor and is sooo Longsuffering was there to stop it or thwart it... He waited patiently for that Day in 1994 when He would get me to a point to where I could recognize His 'character'.. His unmerited favor, Grace and Longsuffering in my life.. these characteristics of His Unconditional love in my life... this 'revelation' bringing me to 'REPENTANCE'.... On that day I realized what the 'bloody tree' was all about.. that CROSS.. that Jesus the Christ, God manifest in the flesh.... hung on.. How He died in my place..

I often wonder How many have actually really 'tasted' that Grace/mercy that is in Jesus the Christ.. to have His Unconditional Love and Mercy 'revealed' to you.. to feel what its like to be 'loved unconditionally' even when you dont deserve it.. to 'know' and 'understand' the Greatness of the Cross and what actually took place there... to understand, and 'know' that you are forgiven.. to Hear His Words and understand when He says... My son/daughter... be of good cheer.. your sins are forgiven....

To know when He says it He means it with no condemnation or guilt attached...

I often wonder how many are 'truly' Born Again' from above?

God's love is Unconditinal.. if its not then I'm unsaved and not born again.. I don't know Jesus as my LORD and Savior.. but I know thats not true.. because I do... and anything other than that or any attempt to lessen that is a 'lie' in itself....
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And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not 'knowing' that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Amen!

Great post! Thank you.