Preparing for Your Future

January 16, 2021   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Getting Ready for the Future
Preparing for Your Future

I. Introduction

A. Joshua 7:13a (NLT) “Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow.”

II. False Approaches to the Future

A. Useless about the future

1. Matthew 6:27 (NLT) “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

B. Arrogant

1. Proverbs 27:1 (NAS) Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2. Isaiah 56:12 (NAS) “Come,” they say, “let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; and tomorrow will be like today, only more so.”

3. James 4:14-16 (NAS) 14Yet 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. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.

4. Two reasons you should never presume to know the future:

a. Life is .

b. Life is .

5. Whatever you’re going to do with your life, !

C. Faulty

1. James 4:13 (NAS) 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.”

2. What’s wrong is that there’s no of in this verse!

3. You are without !

4. James 4:15 (NAS) Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

D. Lazy

1. James 4:17 (NAS) Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

III. The Wise Way to Deal With the Future

A. !

1. I John 2:3-4 (NLT) 3And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 4If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.

2. II Corinthians 6:2c (NLT) Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

a. Our next Water Baptism is February 27-28, 2021.

3. What is it that you’ve been in, and now getting ready for your future, you want to start God in?

IV. Conclusion

 

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