~ Those Who Do Not Know God Will Perish ~
Introduction ~ “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:1-6).
12 Characteristics of Some Ungodly People…
Self-Centered ~ “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
Not Sober-minded ~ “Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: ‘They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink’?” (Proverbs 23:31-35).
Lacks Self-control ~ “A fool [another word for ungodly] vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back” (Proverbs 29:11). “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32).
Weak Prayer Life ~ “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:2-3).
Uncontrolled Lust ~ Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).
Resents Biblical Reproof ~ “Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool [another name for an ungodly person]” (Proverbs 17:10).
Pretends To Be Better Than He Is ~ “Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Justifies His Own Sin ~ “And Jesus said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).
Misrepresents God’s People ~ “Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, ‘Is that you, O troubler of Israel?’ And he answered, ‘I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals’” (1 Kings 18:17-18).
Dwells With Wrong Companions ~ “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).
Doesn’t Exercise Godly Leadership in His Home ~ “Then Jezebel his wife said to him, ‘You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.’ And she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth” (1 Kings 21:7-8).
Doesn’t Provide For His Family ~ “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith” (1 Timothy 5:8a).
Closing Comment ~ The ungodly currently have their brief time in the sun. The godly will have eternity with the Son (see Psalm 37:2, 20, 35).
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~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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