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Plan Ahead Chapter 10 James 4:13-17. When a believer is out of God’s will, he is a troublemaker. The dangerous life is being out of God’s will. Attitudes toward God Ignoring God’s will (4:13-14, 16) Arguments revealing the foolishness of ignoring God’s will Complexity of life

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Plan AheadChapter 10James 4:13-17


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  • When a believer is out of God’s will, he is a troublemaker. The dangerous life is being out of God’s will.

  • Attitudes toward God

    • Ignoring God’s will (4:13-14, 16)

      • Arguments revealing the foolishness of ignoring God’s will

        • Complexity of life

          • Apart from God’s will is a mystery

        • The uncertainty of life (4:14a)

          • Prov. 27:1 - Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

          • A farmer in Luke 12:16-21


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  • The brevity (shortness) of life troublemaker. The dangerous life is being out of God’s will.

    • Life is a vapor (Job 7:16, 7:9, 8:9, 9:25, 9:26, 14:1-2)

    • We count years at each birthday when God asks us to count days (Ps. 90:12)

    • Invest out life in things that are eternal

    • God shows His will in his precepts, principles, and promises, but most people ignore the Bible

    • Surest way to success: knowing and obeying the Word of God (Joshua 1:8, Ps 1:3)

  • The frailty of man (4:16)

    • Man’s boasting covers up his weakness

    • Man has neither wisdom to see the future nor power to control the future

    • Therefore, boasting is sinful

  • Disobeying God’s Will

    • People choose to disobey the will of God even though they know God’s will


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    • Pride troublemaker. The dangerous life is being out of God’s will.

      • 2 Peter 2:21 - For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

    • Man’s ignorance of the nature of God’s will

      • The will of God is not an option, but an obligation

      • God’s chastening until your submission ( Hebrews 12:5-11)

        • Evidence of God’s love

      • Danger of losing heavenly rewards (1 Cor. 9:24-27)

        • Castaway – disqualified

  • Obeying God’s Will

    • Constant attitude of the heart

    • God’s will for all believers

      • We must yield ourselves to God (2 Cor. 8:5)

      • We must avoid sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4:3)

      • We should rejoice, pray, and thank God (1 Thess 5:16-18)

      • Every commandment in the Bible is part of God’s will

    • God’s will tailor-made for every believer

    • The will of God is a loving relationship between God and believer, not a cold impersonal machine

      • If disobey, relationship is not destroyed, he will be chastened like Jonah

      • A growing experience


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    • We should know God’s will (Acts 22:14) troublemaker. The dangerous life is being out of God’s will.

      • Will for those who are ready and willing to obey

      • Col. 1:9; God wants us to be filled with knowledge of His will

      • Eph 5:17: God wants us to understand His will

      • Wisdom –the what and understanding – the why

      • Rom. 12:2; We must prove God’s will

      • We must do the will of God from heart


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