|Ilagan Baptist Church|
Weak Spiritual Influence
Text: Genesis 19:12-14 IBCWPM May 17, 2006
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
Christians with strong spiritual influence are the kind of people we need today to inspire and strengthen others in their spiritual walk. A believer who has the desire to win souls for Christ, but not totally separated from the ways of the world, will never be able to present the Gospel of Christ in truth. Instead, he will lead others into the path of confusion. Weak spiritual influence is so apparent today in the lives of many professing believers.
Studying Genesis Chapter 19 makes us realize that the life of Lot illustrated a life with a weak spiritual influence. He could have led many people to repentance and faith toward the Living God if he had shown a godly testimony before the wicked inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah.
How tragic the lives of people would become if they miss God's great deliverance. Lot's sons-in-law had the opportunity to be saved, but they took the warning of Lot as a mocking.
In Genesis 19:14, it is written, And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. (KJV) Through this verse, we could see how weak Lot's spiritual influence to his sons-in-law. Some believers say that it is harder for a Christian to lead his loved ones to Christ than the people outside his family circle. Well, it could be situational, but if it's true, Christian should then behave more wisely before their loved ones so they could shine more for the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we study the life of Lot, we should be sensitive to the things which God impresses to our hearts so we may not overlook the importance of having a strong spiritual influence to others. On the other hand, we could avoid being influenced by the enticing ways of the world. Be aware of the causes of weak spiritual influence and be wise to establish a godly testimony for the glory of God.
(I) The Result Of Living By Sight
-Living by sight is not pleasing to God
-Living by sight keeps a man away from God's
-Living by sight is deceitful
(II) The Result Of Worldly Influence
Genesis 19:1-8 II Peter 2:6-9
-Worldliness hinders one's spiritual growth
-Worldliness robs one's opportunity to serve God
-Worldliness steals one's sound wisdom
(III) The Result Of Not Following The Will Of God
-Questioning God's way
-Demanding selfish desire from God
The consequences of not following the will of God are always painful. Lot's life became tragic because he overlooked the perfect direction of God for his family. As a sad result, he lost his opportunity to be a guiding light for his family and the wicked people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Romans 12:1-2, it is written, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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. (KJV)
The Lord wants His people to separate themselves from things of the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life so they may truly identify themselves with the Holy One and become influential believers.
In Genesis 18:17-19, it is written, And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (KJV) These Bible passages remind us of our vital role in influencing other people, most especially our loved ones. Abraham did an excellent job in commanding his children and his household to the way of the LORD.
The Bible tells us that Abraham lived by faith and was a friend of God. Through his great faith in the LORD, he became a man of influence who inspired millions to look up to the Living God.
You want to be a powerful witness for the Lord? Have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Live a God-glorifying life and you will be amazed how God will use you in leading people to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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