“I Told You So”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. Israel wanted an earthly king (I Samuel 8:1-9).
1. Gold told them that this was not a good idea (I Samuel 8:10-17).
2. He then told them that they’d regret their decision (I Samuel 8:18-22).
3. God objected, but they refused and later had to cry to Him over this matter (I Samuel 12:17-19).
B. God is an “I told you so” god (II Chronicles 36:14-21).
1. No one can reject God’s counsel and not pay the price (Jeremiah 6:19 and Zechariah 7:8-13; cf. Job 4:8).
2. Remember, God warned about a king bringing hard labor, making of armies with citizens, etc. – He told them so (I Samuel 14:52, I Kings 4:7, I Kings 9:22-23, I Kings 12:1-4, etc.).
II. Body: If we fail, it’s not because God didn’t tell us so (Isaiah 62:6, Colossians 1:27-28, II Timothy 3:16-17, and James 1:21).
A. “I told you so”, don’t be naēve (Proverbs 14:18).
1. We shouldn’t believe every word (Proverbs 14:15, Proverbs 26:24-28, and I John 4:1; cf. Matthew 7:20).
2. Learn to accept that you are prey (Luke 10:1-3, Romans 16:17-18, and I Peter 5:8).
3. If you’re going to be naēve about anything, be so about evil (Romans 16:19).
4. If we’re naēve, we’ll be lost (Proverbs 22:3).
B. “I told you so”, live godly lives (Titus 2:11-14).
1. We are to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts (Isaiah 55:6-7, Romans 8:13, Romans 13:14, and I Peter 2:11).
2. If we live ungodly lives, we’ll find out what “I told you so” really means (I Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:5-6, and Revelation 21:8).
C. “I told you so”, watch out for negative influences (Psalms 119:115, Proverbs 9:6, Jeremiah 15:17, Galatians 5:7-9, and Ephesians 5:11).
1. You’ll be corrupted by sinners and lost because of it (Proverbs 13:20 and I Corinthians 15:33).
2. You can’t blame others when they lead you astray (Isaiah 3:12, Isaiah 9:16, and Matthew 15:14).
III. Conclusion: God tells us so, but we have to be willing to listen (Jeremiah 6:10-19)?
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager