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A 'Lot' Of Compromise (or) Lot Had Less (4 of 4)
Series: Bad Bargains
Gen. 13:1-13; 19:1-29
INTRO: The most tragic stories are those of believers who neglect their walk with God and find their lives later in a terrible broken condition spiritually. How is it possible that someone who knows the ways and joys of God can get lost down the road?
The process of a life that starts out so well but ends up so badly is a story of gradual processes of ignoring important spiritual realities, it almost never happens overnight!
ILLUS: You know the old story of how to boil a frog. You don't put him in a pot of boiling water. You drop him in the boiling water and he'll jump out before he's injured. So you put him in a pot of cold water, and he's perfectly comfortable. Then you put him on the stove, and little by little the water gets warm. It's very pleasant at first. Then it gets to Jacuzzi level, and he begins to be a little alarmed. Finally, when it's boiling, it's too late. Christians are like that, aren't we? We get into the world and it's oh so pleasant at first. And then it gets a little warmer and it's pleasanter yet. And one day we realize the danger: "This is going to kill me, and I haven't the strength to get out!" -- Donald Hoke, "The Stockholm Syndrome," Preaching Today, Tape 30.
Lot is an example of a man who knew God and had it all, but exchanged all the good stuff for great losses through a gradual move away from God's ways to those of the world. In the end, a man named LOT HAD LESS!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to be careful not to "pitch out tents toward Sodom" (the world) but toward "Bethel" ("God's house"). It is possible to start out well but finish poorly if we drift from the Lord. Anything the world offers will be a bad bargain compared to what God offers.
I. A 'LOT' OF COMPLAINING! Gen. 13:1-9
A. Servant's Desires Gen. 13:1-4
1. The story of Lot starts out by establishing the godly charac ...
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