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Proverbs 6: 16-19
“There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.”

I want to examine several verses today because they expose some sinful attitudes and actions that God hates. If God would declare His hatred for these sins, and He does in verse 16, then we must be sure we hate these sins as well. We must be sure that these sins are not a part of our lives.

I want to take these verses and consider their message today. I want you to know that the negative message in these verses can have a positive influence on our lives, if we will adopt the changes He has in mind. I want to preach on the thought God Hates It!

Let me share with you the thoughts that present themselves to us in this text. These thoughts will teach us that what God hates should never be found in our lives. If we are His, we will hate what He hates, and we will love what He loves.

HAUGHTY EYES

Isaiah 14:12-14
Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!”

What do you see in those verses? 

The Fall of Satan - Isaiah tells us what happened to satan

Satan had an excessively high opinion of himself and it got him int trouble.  He was kicked out of heaven, because of pride. 

You should appreciate everything the Lord enables you to do, but you don’t have to go around telling everyone about it.  If you are good at what you do, allow others to say how good you are. 

When Jesus was questioned by the high priest on whether or not he was the Son of God, Jesus answered, “That is what you say” (Matthew 26:63,64).  We should follow Jesus’ example.  If you are truly a talented and hard worker, then continue to be faithful, God will ensure you get exalted.  I believe it is fitting to close with the words of Peter. He said, “Be humble in the presence of God’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes” (1st Peter 5:6). And,

Romans 12:3
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment,each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

LYING TONGUE

God hates lying! A lie is the opposite of God’s very nature. God is truth, and a lie is an attack on His very Person. He will ultimately judge all those who use their tongues who tell lies, Rev. 21:15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 27  But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

The tongue was created so that we could use it to give glory to God. When we use it in an improper manner, we steal glory from Him!

Luke 6:45
The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.

In Luke 6:45 Jesus plainly said, “Your words show what is in your heart”.   You andyour words are one.  Your words flow out of the abundance of your heart.  If you constantly speak lies, then it is an indication that your heart is NOT filled with the truth.  And one day you, we, will all be held accountable for EVERY word that we have spoken.

Matthew 12: 35-37
The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

In Matthew 12 Jesus went on to say, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Mat 12:35-37). 

If you can learn to control your tongue then you will literally learn to control your life, because what comes out of your tongue is an outward representation of what is going on inside of you. 

Believers who lie are people who are losing the battle on the inside.  The Holy Spirit tells them to speak the truth, but their soul leads them to speak a lie.  This is a dangerous thing, because lies don’t come from God.  God is a God of truth and there is no lie in Him.

So listen to your inner witness, follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit, speak the truth in love, and you will be the person of integrity – fully integrated – that God desires for you to be.

 HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD

This phrase refers to murder. It speaks of those who take away the lives of other humans.

We all know that you can kill a person physically, but you can also kill them in other ways. You can kill then spiritually, psychologically, and mentally. When you hate another person to the point that you look for ways to attack them and destroy their lives in any way, you are guilty of murder. Ill. Matt. 5:21-22; 1 John 3:15; 4:20. 

Matthew 5: 21-22
“You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.” But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell.
1 John 3:15
Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
1 John 4:20
If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

A HEART THAT DEVICES WICKED PLANS

To understand why God hates the heart of a person that devises wicked imaginations, we must first understand what is meant by heart.  Your heart is your inner man, your inner person, your true self.  When God examines us, he does not look at our outward - physical appearance, strength (or lack thereof), agility, etc.

Matthew 15: 18-19
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Everyone has evil thoughts from time to time. That is one of the sad parts of being a human with a fallen nature. But, someone who plots evil, meditates on sin and on ways to accomplish those wicked plots is demonstrating that their heart is evil, Matt. 15:18-19.

1 Samuel 15: 18-19
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

He looks at the heart (1st Sam 16:7).  He examines us from the inside out.  He looks past the façade we show to others and He looks at our true nature, at the content of our character, at the motives behind what we do.

Remember, it’s not that God hates the sinner, He hates the sin.  He hates the practice of the person who perverts the power that He put down in them.  God gave us an imagination so that we could use it as a tool to walk by faith. 

The person who devises wicked imaginations is the person who is using God’s power of meditation for evil and not for good.  This is a person that is developing an image of the negative things they want to do to others.  The image becomes so strong that they can’t help but run into mischief

God placed this power down inside of you, so that you could use it to develop an image of righteousness and peace.  So think on things that are pleasing to God, develop an image of what He desires you to be, and get that image down in your heart. If you do, you will find yourself walking down the path that leads to God’s best for your life!

FEET THAT ARE SWIFT TO RUN TO EVIL

They are eager to do evil, quick to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful; they crush and destroy.

Feet Swift In Running To Mischief – Someone said “The heart blazes the trail the feet follow.” When “wicked imaginations” are formed in the heart, the feet will be quick to carry them out, Isa. 59:7.

Do you get the sense of urgency?  Not only has this person planned to do wrong, but they are in a hurry to do it.  They run, rush, and race to do evil.  They have spent time devising an evil plan and they then carry it out with twisted passion.  As if they were afraid of losing time, they impatiently hasten towards wicked deeds.

God hates this, not only because the sin premeditated, but because the sinner finds a twisted enjoyment in doing it. They willingly, enthusiastically, and diligently do the work of the enemy.  This is not someone who slipped into sin, this is someone who passionately and purposefully lives there; and God hates it.  Once again, He does not hate the person, but rather the state of the person.  He hates the fact that this person is so deceived that they are putting their all into serving the wrong side.  They get an enjoyment out of making others miserable; stirring up strife, discord, and disharmony along the way.

The paths the feet follow in life reveal the condition of the heart, Matt. 12:33. When your feet carry you to do evil; when they carry you to worldly places; when they carry you around the country spreading lies, rumors and gossip; when they carry you from bed to bed, from pleasure to pleasure, your feet reveal the condition of your heart. What you do is what you are!

A FALSE WITNESS WHO POUR OUT LIES

The modern day word for this is slander.  Slander is a defamation of character; a malicious, false, and derogatory statement or report about someone else; an attempt to defame someone’s good name. God hates this, because it shows that you clearly don’t value the life of the other person.

They willingly tell lies on someone to see that person convicted. It speaks of those who spread lies, and rumors in order to tear others down.

Romans 16: 17-18
Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive.
People like that are wolves among the sheep and they are deadly to relationships and churches. They prey on those they think are weak. They are always looking for people they can convert to their cause. Be very careful of those who talk to you about others because they will talk to others about you!

Slanderous words can destroy someone’s name, career, livelihood, marriage, and etc.  Why would you want to do that?

So what does this mean to you today? Simply put, it means that you should use your words to build up and never to tear down.  Paul said it best when he said, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4:29).  Your words can either minister grace or destruction.  Which will you choose?

A PERSON WHO SPREADS DISCORD AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS

People who sow discord are all around us. They are in the political arena. You find them in the community, on the job, at school, and even at church. You might even find one where you are sitting.

 They work their mischief by planting a seed of doubt over here, by sowing a rumor over there, by sowing a little gossip over there, by registering a complaint here, and by dropping a word of criticism there. The fruit of their labor is disunity, disharmony and discord.

Beware of the gossip, Lev. 19:16; Pro. 11:13; 26:19-20. They are engaged in Satan’s work and they will drag you down with them.         Beware of the person who comes and says, “Well, I don’t know if it’s true, but I just wanted you to know about it so you could pray.” That kind of person is not concerned about the issue at hand. They don’t care about you. They don’t care about what’s in the best interest of the church, the family or the community. They are merely out to destroy someone, and they want you to help them. The best thing you can do is grow a backbone and tell them the truth! Tell them you don’t want to hear it!

*For these reasons, the telephone might be more the instrument of hell than the handgun. In this day you can add Facebook and Twitter to that.

*God places those who seek to undermine harmony in the same ranks as liars, perjurers, murderers, and the vilest of sinners. Be careful that you are not included in that number!

*Discord is sewn with the needle gossip and the thread of malice. Again this is the work of the devil. Those who engage in it have locked arms with Satan in his efforts to steal the glory of God and to undermine the harmony He desires to produce! There will be a price to pay, Pro. 6:15!

I would say that it would be better for an arsonist to burn down the church than for our tongues to be set one against another. A burned out building can be rebuilt, but a congregation destroyed by discord and strife may never rise from the ashes of contention.

There is tremendous power released when believers unite.  This is why the enemy is so busy attempting to pull us apart and that is why God hates it when we allow it to happen.  One of the basic tenets of warfare is ‘divide and conquer.’  Jesus Himself said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand” (Mat 12:25).  The enemy knows that if he can divide us, he can keep us from being affective in the earth.  So please don’t allow him to use you as a tool of division and don’t allow yourself to be divided because of race, color, age, gender, styles of worship, minor differences, and etc.  We have too much at stake to allow division to slow down the mission of the Kingdom!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!