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Summary: 8. Nowhere is the Christian’s faith presented with a greater challenge than in the work place. The Christian who has learned to worship God in spirit and truth and has become a good parent, mate and citizen is often shocked to realize that the moment he

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The Devil Goes To Work

INTRODUCTION:

1. Christianity is definitely not a religion for wimps.

2. It takes a great deal of courage, conviction and faith to be able to walk the walk and talk the talk, to dare to be different.

3. The word holy means set apart.

4. Christians are the true non conformists. They are the ones who are strong enough to be different.

5. People stapling their ears and piecing their belly buttons and noses aren’t really brave nonconformist.

6. They are just conforming to the rebellious attitude of their peers.

7. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

8. Nowhere is the Christian’s faith presented with a greater challenge than in the work place.

9. The Christian who has learned to worship God in spirit and truth and has become a good parent, mate and citi-zen is often shocked to realize that the moment he clocks in The Devil Goes To Work.

10. This morning we want to discuss some of the challenges that are peculiar to the work place for the Christian who is trying to live a holy life.

11. What sin would you say presents the greatest challenge to the Christian in the work place?

12. The Tongue

discussion:

I. When you go the work, the Devil goes to work on your tongue.

A. It shouldn’t surprise us that the Devil would work so hard on our tongues.

James 3:8 (NKJV) But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

B. Profanity and filthy stories often fill the air at work and in the cafeterias.

C. Christians telling dirty stories at wor.

D. Certain occupations seems to lend themselves to this kind of talk.

E. Carpenters and people in difficult manual labor.

F. Recently it has began to become more prevalent in the corporate world.

G. Often the women talk worse than the men.

H. Then there is he problem of viscous gossip, and talebearing about fellow workers bosses or a family member.

I. Reputations have been tarnished careers destroyed by vicious talk repeated throughout the plant or the office.

J. Often the talk is motivated by:

1. Jealousy,

2. Rivalry,

3. A heart so corrupted that it can only believe the worst about he people around it.

K. What does the Bible say about the sins of the tongue and how to cure them.

II. The reckless tongue is detestable to God.

Proverbs 6:16-18 (NIV) There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,

Proverbs 11:13 (NKJV) A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

Proverbs 26:20-22 (NKJV) Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. 21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a conten-tious man to kindle strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.

Proverbs 20:19 (NKJV) He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 17:4 (NIV) A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.

Proverbs 25:23 (NKJV) The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

James 1:26 (NKJV) If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

1 Peter 3:10 (NKJV) For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

III. The Flattering tongue.

Job 32:21 (NKJV) Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man.

Proverbs 20:19 (NKJV) He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not as-sociate with one who flatters with his lips.

Proverbs 29:5 (NKJV) A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet.

Jude 1:16 (NIV) These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

A. It’s one thing to offer honest compliments to encourage those around us it is yet another to flatter with dishonest words for personal gain.

IV. Dirty language.

A. It is wrong to take the lord’s name in vain.

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