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Summary: To face the future set up a plan, stay in the Word and step out in faith.

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FACING THE FUTURE

Years ago there was a TV program I was reminded of the other day called "Early Edition." I only saw it once or twice but if I remember the basic storyline centered around a young man who was given tomorrow’s newspaper today. In other words, he was able to know what was going to happen a day before it actually happened. Now let me ask you. If you were able to know what was going to happen before it happened, how would you use that knowledge? Would you use it to get rich? If you knew the stock market or tomorrows lottery ticket numbers would you use that information just to make money? Would you use it to help those in need? If you knew that someone was going to be in trouble or would die would you rush to help them? What would you do if you knew what was would happen tomorrow?

Human beings have an unquenchable thirst to know about the future. We will do anything to find out what’s going to happen next. People will pay good money for palm reading, fortune telling, tea leaves, fortune cookies, crystal balls, astrology. None of this stuff works. Predicting the future is big business. Books like Megatrends and Megatrends 2000 are best sellers. Many magazines seek to forecast the future – economically and culturally.

Eccl 8:7 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?

Years ago Naomi and I were travelling on the 401 and I lost control of the car on the icy highway. It was a terrible feeling – we were completely out of control. Sometimes it seems the future is like that – you feel like you are out of control and unable to deal with what will happen next. Nobody knows what the future holds except God. What does He say about the future? To Face the Future there are 3 things that you should NOT do:

a. DON’T PRESUME ABOUT TOMORROW!

Prov. 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day may bring forth.

You can’t brag about what you’re going to do next year, you don’t even know if you’re going to have tomorrow. Remember the man Jesus talked about in Luke 12:18 who said to himself "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry". Each of us are only a heartbeat away from eternity.

b. DON’T PANIC ABOUT TOMORROW!

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself

Live one day at a time. Worry is an attempt to control the future and it doesn’t work. Worrying is stewing without doing. It is living tomorrow before it comes. The future doesn’t come to us all at once but in bite sized, 24 hour segments called days. We are to live one day at a time. You can plan for the future, but you can’t live there. You can only live today. Yard by yard, life is hard, but inch by inch life’s a cinch.

c. DON’T PROCRASTINATE ABOUT TOMORROW!

Eccl. 11:4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap!

What has God told you to do this year that you haven’t done yet? The year is almost over! Do it now! Don’t wait! Perfectionism is often the root of most procrastination. You set such a high standard that you never get started.


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