Summary: To show the differences between an upright person and a perverse person.
Are you an upright person or perverse?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the differences between an upright person and a perverse person.
Proverbs 14:2 (Amplified Bible)
14:2 He who walks in uprightness reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, but he who is contrary and devious in his ways despises Him.
Proverbs 14:2 (King James Version)
14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have given me uprightness because of Your finished work on the cross, I worship, adore You LORD JESUS.
Upright vs perverse
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. Upright person reverently and worshipfully fears the LORD
"He who walks in uprightness reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord,"
Walketh or "halak" in Hebrew means:
1. to walk
2. be conversant
3. be eased
Uprightness or "yosher" in Hebrew means:
1. the right
2. equity, meet, right
Feareth or "yare" in Hebrew means:
1. to fear
2. to revere
3. to frighten
Show our fear of GOD by walking right or in the right way. The way of the LORD is JESUS - John 14:6 Our ways are not the ways of the world but our ways is JESUS Himself.
John 14:6 (Amplified Bible)
14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
Proverbs 10:29 (Amplified Bible)
10:29 The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity.
Some encouragements from the bible to walk in the way of the LORD:
1. Our ways are a highway that turns aside from evil.
Proverbs 16:17 (Amplified Bible)
16:17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.
2. We walk in integrity always better even if you're poor physically but rich in GOD's sight
Proverbs 28:6 (Amplified Bible)
28:6 Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who willfully goes in double and wrong ways, though he is rich.
3. The whole duty of every man on earth: Fear GOD.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (Amplified Bible)
12:13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.
4. If you're GOD-fearing and obedient, GOD will send someone your way for you to be born again
Acts 10:22 (Amplified Bible)
10:22 And they said, Cornelius, a centurion (captain) who is just and upright and in right standing with God, being God-fearing and obedient and well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, has been instructed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house; and he has received in answer [to prayer] a warning to listen to and act upon what you have to say.
5. GOD receives everyone who has reverential fear for GOD
Acts 10:35 (Amplified Bible)
10:35 But in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].
B. Perverse person despises the LORD
"but he who is contrary and devious in his ways despises Him"
Perverse or "luz" in Hebrew means:
1. to turn aside
2. to depart
Ways or "derek" in Hebrew means:
1. a road
2. a course of life or mode of action
Despiseth or "bazah" in Hebrew means:
1. to disesteem
2. think to scorn
3. vile person
4. despise, disdain, contemn
Some characteristics of despisers of GOD:
1. They love everything, everyone except GOD
2 Timothy 3:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
3:2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
3:3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.