Summary: This message deals with the way the Lord works with the inner motives of a man and how that ultimately all have to stand the test of time.
THE WAYS OF A MAN
TEXT: Proverbs 16:2
Proverbs 16:2 KJV All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
I. INTRODUCTION—THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN
-The pursuit of this terrorist. Came about because of a tip the CIA received from a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay in late 2003, early 2004. Identified a courier named Al Ahmed Kuwaiti.
-After Bin Laden had escaped Tora Bora in 2003, he had stopped using a cell phone, satellite phone, and a computer connected to the internet. To communicate with Al Qaeda, a courier would bring information to him and they would use portable hard drives and jump drives to carry documents and videos to be uploaded to the internet.
-The CIA found this courier in Pakistan in 2011. He was slipping into a compound in Pakistan that had no electrical lines running to it, no internet capabilities, and so forth. But by watching this courier, the CIA picked up on the fact that Osama Bin Laden was there.
-After an intense discovery period that lasted only a few weeks, they went in on May 2, 2011 and took out the mastermind of 9/11/01. In addition to this, he had been the force behind much of the terrorist activities around the world for more than a decade.
-From the outside looking in, it appeared that Bin Laden was very secure in his position but what was not considered was the fact that there was something that became a liability to him. Seemingly out of nowhere came his takedown.
II. THE WAYS OF A MAN
-Spiritual failures take place in the church and even those who are lost often think of their ways as being clean. Yet the collapse often exposes the darkness of sin.
• Reputations explode.
• Testimonies dissolve.
• Men believe they are doing right when they are doing wrong.
-It is only when the right time comes that the liabilities are exposed.
-What man did the wise man of Proverbs have in mind when he was writing this?
A. The Man Who Is Living in the Ways of the Wicked
-The wicked and sinful often find themselves in a place of total self-deception and they think they are clean in their own eyes.
-There are deceptions that they live under to create this self-deception:
• They give acceptable names to their sin. . . Called addictions, weaknesses, and imperfections.
• They think they are better than others and they make them much worse than themselves.
• They look for excuses for themselves to live as they do.
B. The Man Who Is Religious
-There is another kind of man who can fall into this trap. He is a man who seems to think that he is religious.
-He will come to church and to a certain degree will spend time with those who are serving the Lord.
• He pays his bills on time.
• He has a good name where he works.
• He contributes to social causes.
• He will occasionally help someone who is down and out.
• He speaks up in behalf of good political causes.
• He has an idea that he minds his own business.
-But the reality is that he has never really had a transforming work of the Spirit and the Word in his life. The Lord weighs those spirits and looks at the motives and discovers that a religious man is doing his best to save himself.