A. When Jesus was teaching about the cost of discipleship (Luke 14:25-33), He used a principle about planning that we should think about (Luke 14:28-32).
- Jesus didn’t teach something new (Proverbs 20:18).
- The fact is, decisions should be thought through considering what the results will be down the road (Hosea 12:7-13:4).
- He put forth much effort to forewarn them (Deuteronomy 8:11-20).
- He wished they would have listened (Deuteronomy 5:29).
- Yet, they opted to “live in the moment”, without weighing what would come of it all (Isaiah 10:1-3).
II. Body: It is not good to act without some forethought (Proverbs 21:5).
A. With spiritual and physical needs, learn to think and plan without the need for constant guidance (Proverbs 6:6-11).
- Certainly, I am making no attempt to downplay the value and importance of being amongst wise counselors (Proverbs 11:14).
- Ants show us that they know they have to eat so, without a guide, they prepare a harvest thinking ahead (Proverbs 27:23-27).
- The word of God teaches us that help is intended to get us up, not to carry us (Galatians 6:1-9; cf. I Thessalonians 4:11-12).
- Don’t think you’re not strong enough (Proverbs 30:25) or make excuses not to do what you need to do (Proverbs 26:13-16).
- What will happen if you don’t put forth the right efforts to take care of things for you and your family (Proverbs 19:15 and II Thessalonians 3:10)?
- Are you ready for the Lord to come today (Matthew 24:42-51)?
- Consider a reference made in last week’s lesson (Luke 12:13-48).
- With balance, learn to properly prioritize (Proverbs 24:27).
III. Conclusion: When you think ahead, plan ahead, you must also act to prepare for what is ahead (Hebrews 11:7)!
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