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Haughty Eyes (1 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Proverbs 6:16-17; 21:4; Deuteronomy 8:6-20
INTRO: When the Bible tells us that God hates something you can be sure it is because of the damage it causes us. God hates anything that separates us from Him, hence his hatred for sin.
In telling us the 7 things God hates in Proverbs the writer is attempting to map out a path for us to follow, a path that leads to life and not death. The reason the 7 things start first with "haughty eyes" is that pride is the foundation for all sin; it is at the root of all sins in our lives.
ILLUS: The essential vice, the utmost evil, is pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison. It was through pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice; it is the complete anti-God state of mind. -- C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) - Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 9240.
God hates such pride, called here "haughty eyes" because the elevation of self leads to destruction and separation from God, thus God hates sin, not sinners; because it destroys us and God's purposes for our lives. Pride is self destructive!
ILLUS: Many a bee has been drowned in his own honey. -- Vern McLellan, The Complete Book of Practical Proverbs and Wacky Wit (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1996).
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to guard our hearts against arrogance; the pride that destroys. God hates such pride because it does destroy us, He desires good for us.
I. GOD'S WILL Deut. 8:6-10
A. Delightful Gifts Deut. 8:6-9
1. God has a formula for blessing us, for us to experience all the joy and benefits He has for us: (Deut. 8:6)
a. "Observe the commands of the Lord your God..."
b. "...walking in His ways..."
c. "... and revering Him."
2. Doing these 3 things will prevent unhealthy pride from ...
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