Proverbs 2:1-22 ESV
1 My son, if you receive my wordsand treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdomand inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insightand raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silverand search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lordand find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justiceand watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justiceand equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart,and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 discretion will watch over you,understanding will guard you, 12 delivering you from the way of evil,from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightnessto walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing eviland delight in the perverseness of evil, 15 men whose paths are crooked,and who are devious in their ways. 16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,from the adulteress with her smooth words, 17 who forsakes the companion of her youthand forgets the covenant of her God; 18 for her house sinks down to death,and her paths to the departed; 19 none who go to her come back,nor do they regain the paths of life. 20 So you will walk in the way of the goodand keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will inhabit the land,and those with integrity will remain in it, 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
Proverbs 3:1-8 ESV
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.
I.PROVERBS AND POPULARITY
A.Popularity is fleeting.
B.Popularity doesn’t matter.
II.OUR CULTURE AND POPULARITY
A.Popularity is the worldview of our culture.
B.The cancer of popularity is not just a teenage problem but an adult one, too.
III.CURING THE CANCER OF POPULARITY
A.To beat the cancer of popularity we must continue to believe the Gospel.
B.Popularity won’t make us happy because we were made to only be happy with Jesus. (Col 1:16-17)
C.God loves us enough to discipline us and crush our idol of popularity.
D.God’s voice is the only one that matters God delights in us the same way He delights in Jesus. (2 Cor 5:21)
1.Believe The Gospel anew each day.
2.Believe we already have everything we need to be happy in Jesus. (2 Cor 12:7-10, Phil 4:19-20)
3.Satan is not lying about us but he is lying about Jesus. (Rev 12:10-11)