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Sunday, 7 July 2013

'SEIZE THE DAY'

Rev. Juliet Schimpf
By Rev. Juliet Schimpf   

Rev. Juliet Schimpf  is the Minister of 
First Baptist  Church in Perth, Ontario:

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LINK to CFRA broadcast of Sunday, July 7th, 2013)
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Broadcast Notes:
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'Seize the Day'


SEIZE THE DAY!

Psalm 39 4 "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.

5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Each man's life is but a breath.  Selah 6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:  He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.


BIG GOD +
SMALL ME =
PLANNING WITH HUMILITY

SELF-SUFFICIENCY=========èGOD-DEPENDENCY


  1. PLANNING THE WRONG WAY
  2. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY
  3. SEIZE THE DAY!


  1. PLANNING THE WRONG WAY

Verse 13:  “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’”

  • three kinds of merchants at the time of James: 
    • (1)  the old Hellenistic mariners who never left the sea and shipped  and sold cargo from one port to the next;
    • (2)  the caravan traders who used camels, wagons, horses and mules to bring and sell goods from one city to the next;
    • (3) local shop-keepers who traveled abroad to find goods and merchandise for their stores and businesses
      • choose their own time, location, operation—NO MENTION OF GOD…THEY HAVE MADE THEMSELVES INTO GOD
      • these traders pick the exact day of their departure:  “today or tomorrow”
      • they pick the city they will visit:  “this or that city”—one can imagine them pointing the town out to one another on the map
      • they determine the length of their stay:  “a year”
      • they state what they will be engaged in:  “carry on business”
      • and they even state that they will make money

2X PROBLEMS

A.WE ARE FINITE

Verse 14A:  “Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. 

  • We tend to forget that we are mere human beings who are finite.  We do not know what tomorrow will bring.  Only God has that ability; only He is infinite and all-knowing.
  • Solomon warned:  Proverbs 27:1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
  • TITANIC When the New York office of the White Star Line was informed that Titanic was in trouble, White Star Line Vice President P.A.S. Franklin announced " We place absolute confidence in the Titanic. We believe the boat is unsinkable." By the time Franklin spoke those words Titanic was at the bottom of the ocean.”
  • Charles Spurgeon:  “It is a great folly to build hopes on that which may never come.  It is unwise to count your chickens before they are hatched.” 

Verse 16:  “As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.”

  • 1 Corinthians 1:26  “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord”

  • Galatians 6:14  “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which  the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

B. WE ARE FLEETING

VERSE 14B:  “What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

NASB:  “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
MESSAGE:  “a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing”

  • Life is like mist or fog:  uncertain, transient, and temporary.
    • Isaiah 40:7-8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them.  Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

    • Hosea 13:3  Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window.”


  1. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY

  • Verse 15:  “Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’”
  • message:  Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

FALSE MEANING OF VERSE 15
“Lord willing and the creek don’t rise”—means “barring catastrophe”

TRUE MEANING OF VERSE 15:  GOD IS SOVEREIGN; GOD IS KING

Isaiah 46:9-10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

 

Lamentations 3:37 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Who has spoken and it came to pass, UNLESS the Lord has commanded it?

My Days Are Numbered
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
(Psalm 139:16)


JOB 12:10  New International Version (©2011)
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.


WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR PLANS

  • Proverbs 16:1  “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.”
  • Proverbs 16:9  “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
  • Proverbs 19:21  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
  • Proverbs 20:24  “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand his own way?”

  • THOMAS A KEMPIS:  “MAN PROPOSES BUT GOD DISPOSES.”

  1. SEIZE THE DAY!

  • Should we even plan?
  • Winston Churchill:  “It is better to have an ambitious plan than none at all.”
  • It is not wrong to plan
    • Apostle Paul:  1 Corinthians 4:19  “I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills.”
    • Apostle Paul:  1 Corinthians 16:7  “I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits”

PROPER PLANNING IS DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD
  • give God our future; it is His to do with as He pleases
  • FIRM CENTRE; SOFT EDGES--ALLOW ROOM FOR GOD TO CHANGE YOUR PLANS
  • ALLOW TIME FOR GOD TO BREATHE INTO YOUR PLANS
  • HOLD ONTO YOUR PLANS LOOSELY
  • PLAN WITH GOD’S PRIORITIES AND GOALS IN MIND
  • “Pray as if everything depended upon God; work as if everything depended upon you.”

PLAN FOR TOMORROW BUT SEIZE TODAY

  • 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

JONATHAN EDWARDS—AGE 21
  • Resolution #5: “Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.”
  • Resolution #6: “Resolved, to live with all my might, while
I do live.”
  • Resolution #17: “Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.”


Friends, that is planning God’s way, and that is seizing the day.
So today we learned by looking at James 4, don’t plan the wrong way. God always has the final say, and make sure you seize the day.

Will you join me in our closing prayer?

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your word which reminds us that you are God and we are not; that you are big and we are small; that you are infinite while we are finite; that you are perfect while we are imperfect; that you are eternal whereas we are temporary.
We thank you for that reminder because, well frankly, Lord, it’s good for us to be reminded, and it can allow us to sigh a sigh of relief that not everything depends on us: that you’re in control; that you are sovereign, and in your perfect timing you will work out all things for good for those who love you.
(I) pray for each listener today that they will not pray the wrong way, but instead they will remember that you have the final say, so that they will seize each day and remember, always, to say, “...if the Lord wills it.”
We thank you, God, for each day, for each breath, and each heart beat. May we use them for your glory! Amen.

Rev. Juliet Schimpf
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To listen to the above broadcast, click on the following link:
http://proxy.autopod.ca/podcasts/chum/6/14601/good_news_060_july07.mp3



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