Rubber Meets The Road

Gen 13:5-9

Wednesday night we spoke of the renewing of our mind. Pray you take the time, if you haven’t, to listen to it.

  • One of the things I mentioned was this: YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE HOW YOU THINK. Solomon said: Pr 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …”
    • Even a born again believer who has allowed laziness, worldliness, fear, or superiority to reign in their hearts lose their sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
    • When we don’t understand God’s good purpose for our lives. When our thinking is improper because of allowing other things to reign in our hearts we act, behave improper.
  • When we spend time in God’s word, hanging out with God’s people. Filling our life with things that help us learn and apply the things of God.
    • We learn truth. Lies we believed become corrected. 
  • Joh 8:31-32,  “… If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

In this scripture we find two men having to face difficult issues, we are able to see and compare how they respond “where the rubber meets the road”. 

Scripture: Gen 13:5-9

  • Worrying Circumstances.
    • We all have them, sometimes it’s marriage, sometimes it’s sickness, financial, family. Most of the time it’s a combination of these and others. Having issues in life is not always a sign of our failure as it is life.
      • How we go about handling these issues is a different matter.
    • God’s word is full of directives here.
      • Ps 55:22, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
      • Mt 6:25, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
      • 1Pe 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
    • God’s word never contradicts itself. This is in no way, shape, or form saying don’t work or provide but is speaking of trusting God. Don’t place priority on these worldly things. It is best expressed when He states:  Mt 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
    • Here in our scripture we find a good problem but nonetheless a problem.
      • God had richly blessed these two men and it had become too much for the land to bear.
  • A Carnal Resolve. Both of these men had been blessed. What we see is three things marking Lot’s choice.
    • Weak in his devotions.
      • We are told that Lot had flocks and tents just like Abram, but there was something we read about Abram but not Lot. Ge 13:4, “Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.”
        • There is not a hint that Lot had an altar or that it was important to him.
      • Sadly it is like what we see today where a lot of men leave the God stuff to the women because they have a world to conquer. 
      • Too many of us depend on others to be the Godly one while we coast.
    • Worldly in his desires.
      • We see Lot looking at the well watered plain of Jordan. He wasn’t concerned with the people that would impact his children, the filthy lifestyle that would influence his soul. It was all business. Money to be made. 
      • There are some things more important than a paycheck, some things that last longer and have a greater impact on this world.
      • That is how much of you you invest in your children.
    • Wrong decisions: 
      • A person who is weak in the devotion worldly in their desires is going to be wrong in their decisions. 
        • The next thing we see in Lots life is he set his tent towards Sodom. Very important to see this. He didn’t start off in Sodom just let it occupy his mind. It won’t be long before he is right in the midst of it.
  • A Divine Resolution. A spiritual man’s approach to life.
    • An old cliché’. We most often hear “don’t just stand there, do something.” But when it comes to God’s word we most often see “don’t just do something, stand there.”
      • Abram had been promised by God that this was going to be his land. He could have stood for his rights and demanded that Lot go find his own land.
      • His reaction to the problem at hand was: wait. He had learned all too well what happens when a child of God takes matters in his own hand. A lesson that will be repeated in his life.
      • When confronted with worrying circumstances that seemed to be crying out for immediate action he waited. He was sure God would soon make his way clear.
    • An old sore. Abram made Lot a problem from his own choosing. God had specifically told him to leave his father’s house and kindred. That one thing he held onto that he thought he needed, or thought he was being a help to was now starting to demand attention.
      • They always do.  Abram was now learning how to deal with things God’s way. The first thing we see as a spiritual man, Abram surrenders his personal rights.
    • He deals with spiritual directness.
      • Look at the wording in verse 8: between me and thee. He named himself first as though he was the cause of the trouble.
      • He came directly to the point and called the problem what it was, strife. He wasn’t giving the devil no room to run.  
      • He wasn’t willing to give God a bad name in front of their wicked neighbors.(V.7)
    • He dealt with spiritual discernment.
      • “We are brethren,” the things that unite us are far more important than the things that divide us.
      • Would to God, we as a believer could reach that point in our spiritual journey.
    • He dealt with spiritual dignity:
      • Sovereignly he was the stronger. Socially he was the senior. Spiritually he was the securer.
      • Abram put aside his rights and let Lot choose. He took whatever was left. Why, you ask? Because his confidence was not in a land or an economy but in God.
  • Whose does your thought pattern resemble? The carnal or the spiritual?
    • As born again believers the bible tells us: Ro 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
      • Lot filled his mind with the things of this world. His lifestyle and decisions suffered for it. 
      • God blessed Abram. Where the world would have called him a fool for giving up the good land. God had a better plan.
    •  WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD, YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE HOW YOU THINK/BELIEVE!

 

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