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James: Heart in Hand - Our Plans as Mist

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James: Heart in Hand - Our Plans as Mist

Mike Butler

We all make plans to succeed or fail. There is no other real description of our lives. When we make those plans, we don’t always include the most important factor - which is we don’t control time. We are given only so much time to make the most of our lives and we don’t know how much time that is. This week Pastor Butler, speaks to us from James about making the most of our time by remembering that we are mist. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. We have a number of opportunities for children, students, and adults. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

James 4:13-5:6 13 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.” 14 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. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.  

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. u 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

When making plans we must avoid the pitfalls of:

Selfish Pride

James 4:8-9, NIV 2011 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Unfair Criticism

James 4:10-12, NIV 2011 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Misplaced Confidence

James 4:13-17, NIV 2011 13 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.” 14 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. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 5:1-6, NIV 2011 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. u 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Making plans can be healthy, exciting, and sinful.

Colossians 3:24, NIV 2011 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

Ecclesiastes 9:9-10, NIV 2011 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Proverbs 12:11, NLT 11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

Our plans for life must be shaped by both how and what.  

Proverbs 16:9, NLT 9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

Honest questions to ask of our plans:

  1. Have I planned enough time for growth?

  2. Is there room in my plan for others?

  3. Am I ready for God to change my plans?

  4. Does the return of Jesus shape my plans?

Proverbs 30:7-9, Holman Christian Standard Bible 7 Two things I ask of You;  don’t deny them to me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. 9 Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, k saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning n the name of my God.

Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.