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Spiritual Wimpiness

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Spiritual Wimpiness
Words of Faith 4-7-2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2022
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Genesis 19
    [27] Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. [28] He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
    [29] So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
    [30] Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.

         Lot is a remarkable example of weakness and fear. Not "weakness" in the sense of not being "strong" or "powerful" in the flesh. God used many "weak" people who trusted Him. Lot was weak in terms of more important things. A better word might be wimpy.
        Lot had a remarkably wimpy faith. Lot had stunningly wimpy resolve. Lot had miserably wimpy character. He failed his family terribly because of this, and it was all rooted in fear.
         We first saw Lot's wimpiness when he pitched his tent toward the iniquity of Sodom. He did not trust in the provision of the Lord. He was afraid he would miss out on something. Because of this fear, he sought the provision of the world rather than God.
         It was not long before Lot was living in the depraved city. He was wimpy in his resolve to stay separate from evil. When the evil men of Sodom came wanting to assault the Angels in his house, the fearful Lot offered his daughters to them! Lot eventually lost his sons-in-law because they did not take his leadership seriously. They had not learned from him to fear the right things. Lot even lost his wife because of his failed leadership in the home!
         When he escaped with his daughters, Lot demanded to live in the little town of Zoar because he feared the mountains. Then Lot moved to the mountains because he feared the town! Lot settled in the mountains living in a cave with his daughters. They were a miserable, broken family, isolated by fear.
         Fear can be a terrible tyrant. When we allow fear to rule us, instead of faith, our lives become broken and fragmented. We become isolated. When we allow fear to dominate our thoughts, we succumb to one of the primary ploys of the Enemy.
         Is fear ruling your life? Not the healthy reverence for the Lord God, but the fears of all the "what ifs" surrounding us each day? Are you afraid to trust the Lord? Do you pitch your tent toward the world because it seems safer? Perhaps today is a day to recommit yourself to the Lord God. He is the one true and living God. He is in charge. He has the matters of the world in His hands. He has You in His hands.

         Father God, I trust You. I fear only You and your magnificence. I trust wholly in Your unfailing love for me. I know that You are in charge. I will listen to You and nothing else. In Jesus' name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)        
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