The Steps of the Righteous by John L Hemphill III


Psalm 37:23-27 (KJV)23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

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Evening has come; with it comes the end of the Sabbath and the preparation of worship for Sunday. Today rather than preaching let’s just talk and think about the world we live in and our own lives. Think about the memories we have about our childhood.
In life we see a lot of things that we see. We see and hear things that we think our right and we see things that we think are wrong. What makes us want to do right and wrong? Well, it stems to the Garden of Eden which speak about the knowledge of Good and Evil.

However, if we are living the right way then how do we know it? And also what occurs with those who live right versus those who do wicked.
Proverbs 29:27 “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.”
This tells us that those who live wrong or do not abide by the ways of God or right are disgusting to those who do live a pleasing life to God. Likewise, if you are living the way that God approves of then you can be sure that those who are rebellious to the Lord or living in a less than pure way will hate you for it. Have you ever seen someone talk about a person that is living right and they don’t have a realistic reason to talk negative about them? Have you ever seen a person not like you simply because they don’t like the way you look when you are trying to live right? This is a good example.
Listen, if you live right then you will find those who live wicked as being detestable. If you don’t find a person who is living wrong as being detestable then that should be a warning sign to you that we should go to God in prayer about you own life; humble ourselves to the Lord and let Him change us. Likewise, if everyone likes you; even those who don’t live right the something is wrong because if you are living right then those who live wrong won’t like you.
But ask yourself the question; how do you know your living right; how do you know God approves of you? Well, its not how you feel or what you think because that can be programmed by how you grow up. If you are raised up to be prejudice then your conscience will operate around it so you can’t trust how you feel.
Listen, when it comes to programming everyone is right in our own eyes. Look at Proverbs 21:2
Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
We will always think we are right and ladies and gents that includes me yet it is God you decides what is right which is why we can not justify the evils of one person over another. The Lord, or in this word for God; Adonai or Master; our God and Master ponders our heart, our feeling, our emotions and He considers what we are approving of or who we approve of.
So we know we want to be right; we know that if we are right then we will see what is wrong as being wrong; we know that those who are wrong will hate us if we are pleasing God; but we also have to be careful because its easy to think we are right if we don’t use the word of God to measure what is right and wrong. When we are not right but we base it on ourselves it is easy to think our wrong is right; everyone is in danger of this truth; I am; a pauper who begs for change or the President; if God is not the standard of righteousness we fall short and we will be punished for it because we bring it on ourselves.
Proverbs 25:26 “A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.”
In this case here it shows the danger of those who are Christians who support anything that is evil no matter what it is; you place your testimony on danger just like a troubled spring. Image if you were starving on a hot day and you just wanted a cold drink because you’ve been in 100 degree heat; and imagine you went to a water fountain and you looked for relief and found the fountain isn’t working; that is what type of testimony you would be living; those who see you and expect you to uphold the gospel and the truth of God; the moral standards that God has set will see you as being a let down and you don’t want that do you? It wouldn’t make sense to go that way so why not use God as the foundation.
So often people say they believe in God but they justify wrong because they believe everything that God says except what they want to overlook and then you fall in the danger of this verse. Proverbs 28:4
Proverbs 28:4 “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.”
We have to be careful who we praise and speak well of and support because we must deny what God puts in us; the knowledge of right and wrong and we can find ourselves praising someone who is wicked or praising actions that are wicked. However, Ladies and Gents, if you are living right and you use God’s word; the Holy Bible to guide your life then your life will contend with the wicked; you will be at odds with those who live wickedly; as a matter of fact you can’t help it because you will be moving against the grain of those who are wicked.
There is joy however to come from this for those who depend on the Lord and use the word of God to guide there lives spiritually, morally, ethically, and physically. You will see the wicked and the wicked policies come to an end; you will see those who uphold wrong ways come to an end because you will outlast them if your foundation is on the Lord, not race, not social stances, not clubs, not even personal ideas based on how we were raised; but on the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 29:16 “When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.”
Ladies and Gents, we live in a time when like a decade ago our people are being murdered in our cities; schools aren’t teaching people right and wrong but only what they want to instead of what they need; we see an immoral push to try to turn away the very fabric of what a family is away from Americans by mocking marriage and by doing so mocking the salvation work of Jesus Christ who loves us as a husband should love a wife; they mock the very righteousness of who God is by trying to call homosexuality a civil right when it is a mockery of the divine and the hope of everyone, even them who mock of how a God can restore us all out of love. We are under attack by Hollywood who hope to force Americans to reject Jesus and the Bible and what it teaches for immorality and its not just Hollywood but now even the very Democratic Party.
We are under attack, on Television, in Music, in the Movies, on the Radio, how then can you wonder how years ago we had the strength to see children play outside or people having dignity in where they lived but now they don’t; it’s been a slow steady attack. Christians we are at war; we need to be proud of who we serve; Jesus Christ; and we need to stand up for what we believe by using the Holy Bible to determine what is right and rejecting wrong.

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