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Having Forethought So You Are Not Unprepared | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Having Forethought So You Are Not Unprepared
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I. Introduction:

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).

  1. Jesus didn’t teach something new (Proverbs 20:18).
  2. The fact is, decisions should be thought through considering what the results will be down the road (Hosea 12:7-13:4).
B. Think about God’s concern about Israel’s shortsightedness (Deuteronomy 32:18-29).
  1. He put forth much effort to forewarn them (Deuteronomy 8:11-20).
  2. He wished they would have listened (Deuteronomy 5:29).
  3. 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).
  1. Certainly, I am making no attempt to downplay the value and importance of being amongst wise counselors (Proverbs 11:14).
  2. Ants show us that they know they have to eat so, without a guide, they prepare a harvest thinking ahead (Proverbs 27:23-27).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
B. What if you’re unprepared for what you know is coming physically (Proverbs 20:4) or spiritually (Matthew 25:1-13)?
  1. 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)?
  2. Are you ready for the Lord to come today (Matthew 24:42-51)?
C. BALANCE - Planning for tomorrow without planning on tomorrow (James 4:13-16).
  1. Consider a reference made in last week’s lesson (Luke 12:13-48).
  2. 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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