Where Have You Pitched Your Tent?
Genesis 13:12 (kjv): Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Are you one of those people who let others influence how you behave?  Do you do things with your friends that are out of your character and are things you'd never do on your own?
It is very important for us to have real friends and to associate with other people, but we MUST be careful how we let others influence us.  It is also important, to us as Christians, who we associate with on a regular basis.
Now, do not misunderstand me.....we are to love, witness, and guide those who are lost.....I AM NOT saying to disassociate with the people of the "world."  But, I am saying be careful where you pitch your tent.
Doesn't make sense to you?  Hang on....it will.....
Today, I'm going to cover several verses from the book Genesis dealing with the story of Lot. 
The first thing I want you to take note of is that in the verse for today Lot has pitched his tent toward Sodom.  He was not there in the city yet, but he and his family could see the happenings of Sodom. Every day their attention was drawn to and placed on that city.  They were seeing how things "worked" in Sodom.
Here is what the Word says about those that lived there. "But the people, [men and women alike], of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly" (Genesis 13:13, amp).
Lot and his family were intrigued by the sin of Sodom.
Just like in the days of Lot, it is the same for us today.....whatever we focus our attention on will influence us.  Things will intrigued us, make us curious and want to know more about it. It will draw us in like a magnet. 
If we focus our attention on God, our physical families, our church families, our proper friends that's what we will be drawn to. 
But....if we focus on partying and moral misconduct of any type (getting drunk, taking drugs, watching porn, sexual perversions, violence etc...) that will also influence us and we will slowly turn from the right path to the road of destruction.
You don't think so?  Look what happens next.....
The next time we read about Lot his tent is not just pitched toward Sodom....he is living IN Sodom.
And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed (Genesis 14:12, kjv).
Lot and his family, from watching outside the city, had been drawn like magnets to what they had been focused on, and had moved from outside the city into the city itself.
And then it progresses more.....the next we find Lot, he is even further entrenched among the people of Sodom.  Genesis 19:1 declares that Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
In Eastern cities, the "gate" was a place devoted to business transactions, the administration of justice, and the enjoyment of social discourse and amusement. That was where all the excitement was, it was the "happening" place.
So now.....Lot is right "in the thick of things."
But, you see, it happened by degrees.  It was a process.
First, he departed from the God-based family influences by leaving Abram.  Then he moved to the cities of plains, bigger cities/more action. Then he "pitched his tent" toward Sodom. 
Sodom and Gomorrah were the two cities of the plains. Sodom apparently held a more attractive view of sin and perversion than Gomorrah in Lot's eyes. Also, Sodom must have been, at least somewhat, more "open" and "out of the closet" with their wickedness because the word "sodomy" comes from the city of Sodom.  You don't ever hear of anybody practicing "gomorrahy." Also, Sodom is always mentioned first in references.  This indicates that it was actually worse than Gomorrah although both were utterly destroyed for their wickedness.
After Lot pitched his tent "toward" Sodom and watched the happenings for awhile.....then he moved his family into the city of Sodom.  Then, eventually, he is associating and living his life in the ways and manners of the people of Sodom. 
Little by little, Lot and his family were drawn into the life of sin and were on the road to destruction, quit literally.  Remember.....God utterly destroyed Sodom because of it's wickedness.
Genesis 19:24-25 (kjv): 24Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
And guess what it works the same way with us today.  We can have that one "social drink" to "fit in" with our friends at a dinner, party, wedding reception, etc... and the next thing we know we can be sloppy drunk.  And in the worse case scenario, that one drink turns into one more and one more until we turn into an alcoholic.  We may take that one hit of a joint to not be thought of as "uncool" and the next thing we know we've moved on to cocaine, heroine, meth...etc... and we are before a judge facing possession charges and prison time.  We can start with an innocent flirtation, then a little afternoon delight that "nobody will ever know about" and the next thing we know we are in divorce court because of infidelity.  We can get angry, tell people off, then progress to physical violence, then end up on the business end of a gun.  The examples could go on forever. One thing leads to another until it will completely consume you and destroy you.
You don't think so?  Remember that Lot's wife was so involved with and drawn to the sin of Sodom that should could not resist looking back in longing not to leave Sodom and was turned into a pillar of salt.  She was destroyed in her sin just the same as the city she loved.
Genesis 19:26 (nerv): But Lot's wife looked back, with longing and mourning for the city she loved, and she became a pillar of salt and was destroyed along with her city.
And the influences of Sodom did not end there with the destruction of Sodom and of Lot's wife.  In verses 30-38 of Genesis 19, we learn that Lot and his daughters were influenced as well by the alcoholism and sexual perversions of Sodom.  After they had left Sodom and moved into the mountains, the daughters were so sexually depraved that they got Lot drunk, had sex with him and became pregnant with their own father's children. 
Now, don't be deceived into thinking this was to just preserve their family line like the older sister said to the younger.  Pay attention to everything she said. True she said they were childless and there wasn't a son to carry on the line, but then she added..... "Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth" (verse 31).  In other words.....Lot was the only man around for them to have sex with.  So they got him drunk and seduced him.
Now....don't go thinking Lot was all innocent in this either.  Yes, he was drunk and yes they came to him.....but consider the following.....
Common sense says that this wasn't the first time one of them had seduced or slept with their father.  It is also common sense that this is NOT the first time Lot had went along with it or possibly initiated it.  It was too easy for them.  There was no debate or misgivings for even thinking it. The younger sister didn't say a single word about it being wrong.  And it doesn't say anywhere that Lot was worried one bit about it, before the actual act or even afterward. I don't care how drunk a man is, he KNOWS his daughter when he sees her.  And Lot KNEW there were no other women, (just like there was no other men), around for him to be having sex with, it HAD to be his daughters. All three of them were willing participants in this incestuous act.
The results of that action were the oldest daughter's child, Moab, being the father of the Moabites and the youngest daughter's son, Benammi being the father of the Ammonites.  Both tribes would later become enemies of the Israelites and would also eventually be utterly destroyed.  
What you view, listen to, and the company you keep, will influence you.....sometimes in very subtle ways.....and will play a role in shaping your values and character. Whatever you focus on is what you will become. And furthermore, whatever you focus on, if it is not of God, will eventually utterly destroy you, your family, and everything you love.
Where have you pitch your tent?  Is it pointed Heavenward or is it looking down the path of destruction? 

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Nov. 19, 2010 at 2:08 AM

Thanks for sharing!

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Nov. 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Amen This Is So True Thank U Great Women Of God.clapping

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