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Living Upright In An Upside Down World


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Lesson by Mike Smith Investigate the turmoil this world is facing and how we can live upright despite the confusion that is all around us. Live for Jesus my friends!

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Living Upright In An Upside Down World

  1. 1. • In the beginning of Creation God made everything very good! Gen. 1:31; Eccl. 7:29 • But Sin turned the world upside down. –Now men live in a realm that is cursed. Genesis 3:14-24; Romans 8:18-ff –The future hope of the faithful is a world of righteousness! Rev. 21:7; 2 Peter 3:13 • Today the Devil deceives most… 1 Jn. 5:19 • Now, what seems upside down to most people in the world is really right-side up!
  2. 2. The World Sees God’s People and Ways As Upside Down • Sin seems acceptable to many but God’s Truth does not… John 3:19-21 • Paul had to deal with this. Acts 17:1-7 • Isaiah faced this problem in his day too. Isaiah 5:20-24 • How can we live upright in an upside down world? John 17:6-17; Romans 8:29 –God’s word teaches us how! 1 Jn. 2:15-17
  3. 3. We Must Live Upright! • We cannot be like the world! Luke 16:15 • The World must be allowed to see the Truth being lived out. 2 Corinthians 3:2 • The World must get the opportunity to hear the Truth of God. Mark 16:15 • We must live for Christ and show the world that He is upright. 1 Jn. 4:10-14, 19 • It can be done! Gen. 7:1; Job 1:1; Col. 1:23
  4. 4. The Transformation of the Upright • The upright will be constantly transforming to God’s ways… Romans 12:1-2 • One must build a firm Moral foundation… Ephesians 5:1-7; Gal. 5:16-26 • Develop sound speech… Titus 2:8 • Learn to dress in pure adornment. 1Tim. 2:9-10 • Proper entertainment… Phil. 4:8 • Be observing God’s providence… Ps. 107:43
  5. 5. The Attitudes of the Upright Proverbs 2:6-8 • They will have a good attitude to seek and understand God’s ways. Prov. 23:23, 26 • We must note that the end of our ways must be peace. Ps. 37:37; Jas. 3:17-18 • One must have an equal eye on all of God’s commands! Ex. 32:15; Mt. 28:20 • We must not bend but stand straight and firm as pillars, supporting God’s Truth. Acts 4:19; 20:27; Rev. 3:12; 1 Tim. 3:15
  6. 6. The Qualities of the Upright Psalm 15 • Shall allow God to direct their steps... Proverbs 16:9; 21:29 • We will have the heart which cannot bear evil! Rev. 2:2; Ps. 18:23 • Grows in holiness… Job 17:9 • Stays good in bad times… Job 27:6; 2:7-9 • Must develop and maintain a strong principle of faith… Gal. 5:6; 3:2, 9
  7. 7. We Must Choose To Live Upright In This Upside Down World! • Will you turn things around for your eternal good? 2 Tim. 1:9-10; Deut. 30:19-20 • Today is the day of salvation! 2 Cor. 6:2 • Be saved today! –Hear & Believe the gospel… Rom. 1:16 –Repent of sin… Acts 2:38 –Confess Jesus… Acts 8:37 –Be baptized into Christ… Rom. 6:3-6 –Then, Be faithful… Revelation 2:10