Some of the character traits of wickedness include:
A. Abominable– Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
B. Destructive– Isaiah 59:7, “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
C. Boastful– Psalm 10:4, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”
D. Blinded– 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
E. Covetous– Romans 1:29, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,”
F. Blasphemes– Luke 22:65, “And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.”
G. Deceitful– Roman 3:13, “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:”
III. The Application
I found that Jeremiah faced a wicked and rebellious people in 2:19, “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.”
He reprimands them for Idolatry and wickedness in verse 7, “And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.”
Read Romans 12:1-21 again, if time.
Let me say that this is not a motivating message as such. In this message we want to simply look at some of the driving forces in the life of Paul.
There are four duties given in chapter twelve:
A. Our duty to God verses 1-2.
B. Our duty to ourselves verses 3-9.
C. Our duty to others verses 10-13.
D. Our duty to the warfare verses 14-21.
Paul’s three great motivating driving forces are:
• The Love of Christ constrained him. The motive for dedication is love.
• His faith empowered him. The Holy Spirit gave him the power to live for Christ.
• God’s grace enabled him. He does not say, “I command you,” but “I beseech you.”
Four of the greatest forces in life and our service to God in a more practical way are:
• To please God.
• To win souls.
• To endure in the battle.
• To do the will of God.
TOMMORROW: “WHAT SHOULD MAKE THAT FORCE FOR US?”