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“Now Or Later”

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Even with new restrictions, we still possess freedoms we don't fully utilize!

James 4:13-14a NKJVCome 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" 14a whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.


Reasons For Procrastination:

1. We have an Image problem.

⇒ We are not who we think we are or say we are.

2. We have a Delegation problem.

⇒ We fail to give responsibilities to others they can and should handle.

3. We have a Time Management problem.

⇒ We underestimate the size of the project or have too much on our plate.

4. We have a Planning problem.

⇒ We make plans without looking to the Master Planner.

James 4:13-14a NKJVCome 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" 14a whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?

How would you answer that?

MY ANSWER: My life is a miraculous gift from God and should be treated accordingly. My abilities and opportunities are His unconditional gifts to me. As such, they should be used for purposes that reflect my sincere gratitude. My life is the one thing I possess that allows me to experience a genuine relationship with God and promote His goodness to others.

James 4:14b-16 NKJVFor what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

5. We have a Perception problem.

⇒ We misinterpret the resistance we face.

James 4:17 NKJVTherefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

HOW EMOTIONALLY DRIVEN ARE YOU?

Many a Christian's good intentions are side-tracked by their emotions and feelings.

The more willingly we follow God's "universal" plan, the sooner He'll reveal His "unique" plan.

Overcoming our "perception" problem involves...

  • Learning about God's plan. (Because knowledge, not feelings, informs our faith.)
  • Committing to God's plan. (Because obedience, not feelings, fuels our faith.)
  • Persistently following God's plan. (Because perseverance, not feelings, increases our faith.)

Takeaways:

  • Aim to follow God's will regardless of your feelings or emotions.
  • Don't ignore your feelings, but do check them.
  • View resistance as a necessary obstacle.
  • Remember, when we let our emotions get the best of us, we are rarely at our best!

Application:

Pick one area of your life where you are clearly letting your emotions/feelings dictate your response/behavior and commit to doing what you SHOULD DO instead.

Will you do it Now or Later?