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Honest Idoims
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Text: Proverbs 21:2

Introduction: What is the point?
There should be a difference between those preparing to depart and those preparing to stay. Start packing! We are moving not only to a new building but also moving to another world. There is a judgment to come and God is looking for a people that will represent him accurately to the world before we depart.
A. Idioms
  1. Definition of Idiom
    a. An expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one's head, or from the general grammatical rules of a language.
    b. A language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.
  2. Idioms of a certain church  - We love you, “I’m sure.”  It was a local idiom and all the people were used to saying it. Sometimes we get so used to the things that we do that it takes a source outside from us, removed from us to bring the natural things that we do to light, so we can really examine them. Habits, sins. (Every man is right in his own eyes... Prov. 21:2).
B. The 9th commandment, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. What does that mean?
  1. Our world is FULL of falsehoods!: Some feel lying is an ART form to be developed.
    a. Survey about lying.
    b. Fake alibi - article
  Is it possible that something could become so prevalent that it will become the accepted norm? Isn’t that why we go to church and send our children to a Christian school, and choose our friends and associations carefully? If we are in the church are we not safe? Ananias and Sapphira were in the church.
C. Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11  What did they do? Lying to the HS.
  1. Men cannot deceive God.
  2. Why does God destroy the wicked?
  3. Pretending to be righteous
  4. Wanting to fit in but unwilling to pay the price
  5. Practicing deception, with themselves, others and with God.
D. What God wants from his people
  1. Is it possible that God wants Honest Idioms emanating from his people.
    1 Peter 2:9-10 - But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. NKJV
    Isa. 3 - A sweet savior unto God... not a stench.
    Prov. 21:2-3 - Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. NKJV
    Ps. 51:16-19 - For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart– These, O God, You will not despise. Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, NKJV
    Phil 2:15 - that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, NKJV
    Lev. 2:14-16 - 'If you offer a grain offering of your firstfruits to the LORD, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits green heads of grain roasted on the fire, grain beaten from full heads. 15 And you shall put oil on it, and lay frankincense on it. It is a grain offering. 16 Then the priest shall burn the memorial portion: part of its beaten grain and part of its oil, with all the frankincense, as an offering made by fire to the LORD. NKJV
  2. Infiltrating all that we do?
    a. Business
    b. Finances
    c. Diet
    d. By my look and my demeanor?
Conclusion:
In this world... but not of this world... not influenced by what others are doing around me.
Your word even to your own hurt
Ps. 119:65 - Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. KJV

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