PRINCIPLES FOR PLANNING

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Aug. 16, 2020

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PRINCIPLES FOR PLANNING

James 4:13-17; 1 John 2:15-17

Introduction:   COVID-19 has taught us how uncertain the future is.  The Bible teaches that it is wise to make plans.  But how often do we exclude God from those plans?  

  1. THREE WARNINGS ABOUT PLANNING
  1. Planning Without God (v. 13)
  1. Wisdom in planning
  2. Functional atheists
  1. Presuming About Tomorrow (v. 14, 16)
  1. Life is uncertain
  2. Life is brief
  1. Procrastination (v. 17)
  1. Sin of omission
  2. Wasting your life
  1. HOW TO PLAN:   “DEO VOLENTI”
  1. “IF…” Include the Lord in Your Plans
  1. “refer” to God’s will
  2. “defer” to God’s will
  3. “prefer” to God’s will
  1. Submit Our Plans to God (v. 16)
  1. Example of Paul
  2. Proverbs 16:1, 9
  1. Discern What God is Doing and Join Him

Conclusion:  Our lives are not our own to do as we please.  When life is over all that matters is if we have done God’s will.  

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:17