Sunday, August 02, 2020

My Plans, or God's Plans for Me?

James 4:13-17 by Dr. Cory Gonyo
“My Plans, or God’s Plans for Me?” James 4:13-17 Purpose: To leverage our lives for God’s will 1. A Circumstance! James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” What are your plans? Have you prayed about that? Have you sought God’s will? 2. The Reality! James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Do you know what you life will be like tomorrow? What is your life described as? See Psalm 39:5-6 and Proverbs 27:1 3. If the Lord Wills, a Way of Life! James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. Leveraging everything for the will of God! How then should we think? Three possible answers: 1. In God’s Will, Yes! Our plans must me IN God’s will (v. 15) 2. Sinful Boasting, No! We must not boast (v. 16) Why? Because any plan confidently made outside God’s will discerned through prayer and meditation is not just foolish, it’s sin, literally “evil” Boasting “robs” God of His Sovereignty 3. Do the right thing then! (v. 17) If we know the right thing to do and do not do it, we sin! See Luke 6:20-26