Say NO! to the Carrot!

Apr 30, 2017

Passage:Proverbs 1:10-19

Preacher: Tom Dunham

Series: #OWP

Category: Sermon

Detail:

Say NO! to the Carrot!

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Proverbs 1:10

Brief review: #OWP!LATGISOYS! … BLING! …

Note: the first 3 exhortations of Solomon have to do with relationships!

  • With God … … … with your parents … … … and today:
  • With your peers – particularly ‘bad’ peers …

Sin is attractive at the time, but later it yields pain as the ‘bills’ come due.

  • … the passing pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:25
  • You can make your own choices, but you can’t choose the consequences! …

There is also an attraction in the ‘pack’ mentality. But we should choose our friends carefully:

  • The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
  • …”Evil company corrupts good habits.” I Corinthians 15:33

So, say NO! to the ‘pack’! … … …

At the heart, Proverbs 1:10-19 is an invitation to a business partnership.

  • The key is ‘one purse’ … don’t mix your money with theirs …
  • Same principle – II Cor. 6:14,15 …

Þ Business … marriage … any partnership: say NO! to it …

Say NO! to the ‘carrot’!

  • The ‘carrot’ is an enticement to do something wrong/stupid …
  • Proverbs 1:15-18 …
  • They lay their own traps …

Lastly, the death sentence of greed:

  • ... It takes away the life of its owners. Proverbs 1:19
  • Greed is a cancer of the soul …
  • Note: wealth does not = greed, nor does poverty = ‘anti-greed’ …
  • Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation & a snare, & into many … lusts which drown men … I Timothy 6:9 …
  • Ct.: The generous soul will be made rich … Proverbs 11:25
  • Do not overwork to be rich. … Proverbs 23:4 … … …

We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap. A. Solzhenitsyn

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