Proverbs 4:14 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
14. Pro 4:14 - "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men." A. Enter not into the path of the wicked, i. A path is where people walk. a. Path n. - 1. a. A way beaten or trodden by the feet of men or beasts; a track formed incidentally by passage between places, rather than expressly planned and constructed to accomodate traffic; a narrow unmade and (usually) unenclosed way across the open country, through woods or fields, over a mountain, etc.; a footway or footpath, as opposed to a road for vehicles; hence applied also to a walk made for foot-passengers, in a garden, park, wood, or the like. Sometimes said more vaguely of any way or road: cf. sense 3. 3. a. The way, course, or line along which a person or thing moves, passes, or travels b. A path is usually made by people taking the easiest way through an area, walking around obstacles such as trees and rocks. (i) A path usually comes about naturally, not by design and aforethought. (ii) Walking on a winding path takes much less effort than does designing and building a straight road to get from one place to another. c. The path of the wicked is the course of this world which was laid out by Satan in which the wicked walk (Eph 2:2). d. Course n. - II. The path, line, or direction of running. 11. a. The line along which anything runs or travels; the path or way taken by a moving body, a flowing stream, etc. ii. If we walk on the same path as the wicked we will end up in the same places they go. a. If we spend time with wicked people we will learn their ways. b. A companion of fools will be destroyed (Pro 13:20). iii. Jesus taught us to watch and pray that we enter not into temptation (Mat 26:41). a. In order to not enter into temptation we must not enter into the path of the wicked where temptation will be present. b. It's important to enter not into the path of the wicked in order to make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof (Rom 13:14). c. Pray that God will not lead you into temptation and deliver you from evil (Mat 6:13). iv. Keep yourselves from the paths of the destroyer (Psa 17:4). B. and go not in the way of evil men. i. There is a way in which we should go (Pro 22:6). ii. Here are three examples in scripture of the way of evil men that we must go not in. a. Men should be very cautious to go not astray in the paths of a strange woman (Pro 7:25). b. Go not after other gods (Jer 25:6). c. Go not after false Christs which evil men preach (Luk 17:23).
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