NO EXCUSES - Desiring the world...IS NO EXCUSE!

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James 1:22 | But do not just listen to Gods word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

Genesis 19:12-26 | 12 Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. Do you have any other relatives here in the city? They asked. Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else. 13 For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.
14 So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters fiances, Quick, get out of the city! The LORD is about to destroy it. But the young men thought he was only joking.
15 At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. Hurry, they said to Lot. Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!
16 When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the LORD was merciful. 17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, Run for your lives! And do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!
18 Oh no, my lord! Lot begged. 19 You have been so gracious to me and saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. 20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; dont you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.
21 All right, the angel said, I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village. 22 But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there. (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means little place).
23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. 24 Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. 26 But Lots wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.

1 John 2:15-17 | 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Discussion

  1. Why do you think Lots wife looked back at all she was leaving behind?
  2. What are you afraid of missing out on if you follow Jesus? How does this impact your walk with God?
  3. According to 1 John 2, what happens to the pleasures and achievements of this world? What happens to our spiritual growth and accomplishments?
  4. Would you rather invest in what is temporary or what is forever? Does your life actually reflect this when it comes to worldly vs. spiritual treasure?
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