Is Your Tent Pitched Toward Sodom?
- Date: May 13, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:14)
- From Friends
We want to talk about friendship with the world. I want to see if we can, practically, unmask Satan's tactics so we are not ignorant of his devices. If we are asked directly, "Are you a friend of the world?" the majority of us would say, "No." The question, then, we must answer is this: "Do I habitually apply biblical standards, biblical wisdom, and biblical mandates to my life? Do I habitually choose the will of God against my own will?" The world is not separate from the same sin that is in our members, and the Adamic tendency of self will, pride, and independence. That is what the world is comprised of; and that's what each of us naturally gravitates toward. What am I saying? Don't give yourself more credit for being separate from the world than you should. It is in every one of us. We all have sin in our members! In other words, we have the world in our members. The world already exists within us. What makes us different, as believers, is that when we become regenerated we become a new creation. The spirit man is regenerated and becomes the dominant force. We are now reconciled back in relationship with God as the children of God. The things I used to hate, I now love; and the things I used to love, I now hate. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new. But sin/world is still in there, isn't it? How often do you feed that appetite?
So, what do we have to do? We have to look at our intentions and our philosophy. Just as Lot should have done, we have to ask ourselves in which direction our tent is facing on a regular basis, and why it is facing in that direction. "Well, I have no intention of going to Sodom." You could have pitched the opening of that tent in three other directions: "Make not provision for the flesh" (Romans 13:14); "[Shun] all appearance of evil" (1 Timothy 5:22). How many things do we flirt with in our minds, in our ideologies, in our politics, and in our relationships, that are the mingling of the holy with the profane? It is very important for us to stop and take a look inside. Jeremiah has spoken, and we have talked about it many times: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9).
I wonder how well we are able to analyze our hearts, our intensions, and the course of our lives, for ourselves. How many of you have been able to read the lives of others pretty clearly? You see, the deceitful heart has to do with dealing with self, with the awareness of self. We lie to ourselves as to what the voice of God is, what the will of God is, and why we are doing some of the things we are doing. What I see, as I have been looking at my own life, is that I don't know if I have ever had a totally pure motive. If I have, I was probably unconscious, and the Holy Spirit spoke through me. We are wicked. "Pastor, you keep talking about how bad we are." That's because we are, but we don't believe it; we still trust ourselves, and we still really think we have got our act together. And we say, "Bless God; I know my heart." Really? The Holy Ghost, through Jeremiah, said that you don't. Maybe we have some true friends who can speak, and help us in our way. Do you want to know what will judge your heart? This Word, by reason of use, by habitually applying it, comes and "is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). Why don't we let this Bible judge your heart, instead of you?