Three Mistakes When Planning For the Future (3 of 4) by Stan Coffey
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Series: Faith for the Future
Well, today we are in the book of James 4:13-17 and we are going to look at the subject "Faith For The Future". This is the third in a series of messages about faith for the future. A lot of people look at the future with fear and trepidation and that is because we don't know what the future holds. But we do know who holds the future and we must never forget that. We must never forget that the Lord is on the throne, that God is in control. But there are some cautions however as we face the future that we ought to hear from God's Word. And there are three mistakes that we can make when we think about the future. We are going to look at those mistakes so that we might avoid them and that we might be sure that we know what they are that we might not commit these mistakes and so that God can bless us and give us the best possible year.
James 4:13-17 "Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."
Now as we think about the future we know that only God knows the future. It is not a mistake to plan for the future, it is not a mistake to have life insurance, it is not a mistake to save for the future, to plan for the future, to plan for retirement, and it is not a mistake to watch the trends in business, in the economy. That is not what the Bible is talking about here. But he is telling us that there are three very definite mistakes that we ought to avoid.
I. PLANNING WITHOUT GOD
Now the first on ...
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