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Sermon Supplement

June 13th, 2021

Man Proposes, but God Disposes

Gary Henry – Reaching Forward – June 13, 2009

“There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel-that will stand.”

 Proverbs 19:21

If we think we have the power to accomplish all of our plans, we are being not only foolish but arrogant. We may have our plans and purposes, and that is all well and good. But God also has purposes, and His are the only ones that are certain to be fulfilled. Our plans are always tentative; His, never.

There is nothing wrong with making plans, of course, and we surely ought to do so. Wisdom teaches us to look ahead, to whatever extent we can, and formulate both goals and strategies for reaching those goals. If we have no plans, then we’re not the forward-looking, goal-striving beings that we were intended to be. It’s hard to imagine how a person could “reach forward” without making a few plans for what he or she intended to do in life.

But there needs to be a healthy dose of humility mixed in with our plans. For one thing, the fulfillment of our plans depends on many factors that are, quite frankly, beyond our control. In many cases, our goals can’t be reached if other people don’t do certain things, and there is no way of knowing whether they will do them or not. But more important, the Lord may have plans that conflict with ours. He may have purposes the fulfillment of which require some adjustment in our intended path. It’s good to have an “itinerary” in mind as we journey through this world, but we’d better not have an itinerary that can’t be changed on short notice.

James said, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?...Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:!3-15). If the Lord wills! That must be our guiding thought constantly.

But obviously, the wonderful truth is that whenever God says no to some plan or purpose that we have made, it is always because He has some-thing better in mind. It should be a joy to yield our plan to His purpose. So let’s hold on to our plans, if need be, but let’s hold them loosely. When we say, “Let’s do this,” and God says, “No, let’s do that,” then our love for Him will say, “Yes!”

Sow a Seed, Change a Life

Luke 10:34-35

“So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 "On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'”

It’s been said that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Helping others is something you can start doing today, whether it’s spending more time with your family, developing an employee who shows potential, helping people in the community, or putting your own desires on hold to benefit your team. The key is to find your purpose and help oth-ers while you’re pursuing it. As entertainer Danny Thomas said: “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.

The Anchor of the Soul

I. Indifference/Apathy

a. Heb. 6:1, 4

b. Rev. 3:16

II. False Teaching

a. 2 Pet. 3:17

b. 2 Pet. 2:1ff

c. Eph. 4:14; 2 Pet. 3:18

d. Acts 17:11

III. Temptations of the Flesh

a. James 1:12, 13-14

b. 1 Cor. 10:13

c. Mat. 4

d. Matt. 5:13

e. 1 Cor. 15:33

f. Eph. 6:1-3

IV. Ridicule and Persecution

a. 2 Tim. 3:12

b. Matt. 5:10-12; 1 Pet. 412ff

c. James 3:17

V. Hypocrisy of Others

a. 2 Tim. 1:12

b. 2 Tim. 4:10

c. Gal. 2:11ff

VI. Overwhelmed by Sorrow/Distress in Sickness or Death

a. John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18

VII. Material Wealth

a. Luke 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:9

The Christian's Joy

I. Is Not Worldly “Happiness”

a. James 1:2

b. 2 Cor. 5:7

c. 2 Cor. 4:18

d. 2 Cor. 5:7

e. James 1:2

II. Is “In the Lord”

a. Eph. 1:3

b. 1 John 1:3-4

c. Matt. 7:24-25

d. Neh. 8:10

e. Acts 5:40-42

f. 1 Pet. 1:6

g. Heb. 13:6

III. Is “Always”

a. Gal. 5:22

b. Gal. 5:18

c. Acts 8:39

d. 1 John 1:8-9

e. Phil. 1:3-4

f. Phil. 1:18

g. Matt. 5:12

h. Acts 5:$1

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