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Summary: To show that GOD is displeased when you rejoice over your enemies that will sure to fall because they don't have JESUS in their hearts. To give our clear reasons to rejoice according to the bible.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have enemies?

Yes.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD is displeased when you rejoice over your enemies that will sure to fall because they don't have JESUS in their hearts. To give our clear reasons to rejoice according to the bible.

IV. TEXT:

Proverbs 24:17-18 (Amplified Bible)

24:17 Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles or is overthrown,

24:18 Lest the Lord see it and it be evil in His eyes and displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him [to expend it upon you, the worse offender].

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have overthrown and crushed our enemies, we rejoice and celebrate only in You, not in our victories or defeat of our enemies.

Proverbs 12:7 (Amplified Bible)

12:7 The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.

1 Peter 4:13 (Amplified Bible)

4:13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].

VI. TITLE:

How to treat an enemy?

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Authors: Credited generally to King Solomon before his character downfall/decline.

B. Date written: from 931 to 686 B.C.

C. Purpose: To give moral instruction

D. Main Theme: Fear of the LORD

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Don't rejoice when your enemy falls

"24:17 Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles or is overthrown, "

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (Amplified Bible)

13:6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

13:7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Obadiah 1:12 (Amplified Bible)

1:12 But you should not have gloated over your brother’s day, the day when his misfortune came and he was made a stranger; you should not have rejoiced over the sons of Judah in the day of their ruin; you should not have spoken arrogantly in the day of their distress.

Psalms 42:10 (Amplified Bible)

42:10 As with a sword [crushing] in my bones, my enemies taunt and reproach me, while they say continually to me, Where is your God?

Don't do like your enemies does to you in the first place.

Psalms 35:15 (Amplified Bible)

35:15 But in my stumbling and limping they rejoiced and gathered together [against me]; the smiters (slanderers and revilers) gathered against me, and I knew them not; they ceased not to slander and revile me.

Psalms 35:19 (Amplified Bible)

35:19 Let not those who are wrongfully my foes rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye who hate me without cause.

John 15:24-25 (Amplified Bible)

15:24 If I had not done (accomplished) among them the works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin. But [the fact is] now they have both seen [these works] and have hated both Me and My Father.

15:25 But [this is so] that the word written in their Law might be fulfilled, They hated Me without a cause.

Let love be your motivating factor even in your enemies.

What are some of the reasons to rejoice?

1. We rejoice in GOD's comfort

Isaiah 66:13-14 (Amplified Bible)

66:13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

66:14 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like green and tender grass. And the [powerful] hand of the Lord shall be revealed and known to be with His servants, but His indignation [shown] to be against His enemies.

2. When our country is glad

Psalms 106:5 (Amplified Bible)

106:5 That I may see and share the welfare of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your heritage.

3. We rejoice in the LORD. We rejoice in GOD's Presence.

Zechariah 10:7 (Amplified Bible)

10:7 Then Ephraim [the ten tribes] shall become like a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall rejoice as through wine; yes, their children shall see it and rejoice; their hearts shall feel great delight and glory triumphantly in the Lord!

Philippians 4:4 (Amplified Bible)

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

Philippians 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

4:10 I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it.

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