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Boasting About Tomorrow

Rain-checks abound in the human agenda. There is never a future appointment that we can secure as humans living in a sin-cursed and fallen world. Although this is true, many of us have so grown accustomed to scheduled events, alarm clocks, planners, and watches that we often go to the extreme of believing our future plans are as certain as the rising sun. When we become so convinced in our daily agendas that we fail to express our utter dependence upon God for everything, this is when we are miserably arrogant in our boasting. So does this mean that all planning is ‘of the devil’? No, for why would Paul develop plans to visit churches and preach the gospel in Spain and other places? So what does James mean when he tells us this in James 4:13-17:
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little …

Sermon Notes on James 4:13-18

Once again my recording device malfunctioned and I could not record the audio from this sermon, but here are my notes from it:
7/28/13- James 4:13-17- Boasting About Tomorrow
Intro: Pilot who was originally scheduled to fly plane that crash landed on 9/11 and was switched with other pilot night before. He realized he was living on borrowed time.
Context: Starting in verse 13 and going through 5:6, James begins targeting the wealthy that refuse to honor God with the way they spend wealth. In the first few verses of this section, we’re going to see how Christians ought not boast about the future but should depend fully on God throughout the days of their short lives.  
How we relate to this: We’ve all put a period or an exclamation mark in our planner where we ought to have a question mark. Although we should not presume to be certain about our future, we have all walked forward when God has called us to stop and pray. How many times have we all gotten up and gone about the day only to…