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Summary: Now just where do you think you're going there Mr. (Miss)? Getting Ready for 2011. A message of proper planning and being ready (Salvation) for meeting the LORD when the time comes.

2011.01.02.Sermon.Now Where do you think you’re going?

William Akehurst, HSWC

Now just where do you think you're going there Mr. (Miss)?

Getting Ready for 2011

Wisdom needed

Proverbs 3:5-6

Isaiah 55:6-8 (whole chapter)

Matthew 25:1-13

Has anyone ever asked you the question: “Now just where do you think you’re going?..Mr…Miss.”

Those words can put a check in our hearts to our intentions and dealings.

As we move from 2010 to 2011, I want to ask the question…Just where do you think you’re going?

But it brings with it this question

Diana Ross made the song famous: “Do you know where you’re going to?

Do you like the things that life’s been showing you

Where are you going to?

Do you know?”

How would you answer that series of questions?

Answer #1 I don’t know

Answer #2 I’ve got plans…This way or That way

James 4:13-15

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

I used to find it odd to hear my Father-in-law always ends his sentences stating his plans with those words. "Lord Willing". This is exactly what James states. Unless the LORD's will is in it, what good are our plans?

Do you know where you're going?

And in order to answer that question, I want to reach into the Word and see what principles from the Bible we should consider?

Where are you going in 2011?

• Do you have plans?

• Will you continue as you have in the past?

• Are you making any changes in the future? And “getting older” is known…

What are the rumblings about 2011?

• All the predictions and talking of the end times. All these rumblings of Christ’s soon return. I believe we are getting closer and closer to Christ’s Return.

There are many predictions of 2011 as being the time of Christ’s return. I say if so LORD, let it be. If not, then let me be ready whichever way it goes.

1,2,3 John, James, Jude all warn us of being led by false teaching and false prophecy. Therefore, if you listen to these preachers take it and ponder the thoughts in your heart. And whether they are right or wrong, at the least, make sure you are ready to meet the LORD. It doesn’t matter if Christ Returns in 2011 or He calls you home. What matters is if you are ready to meet Him.

• Concerned about the future? The direction of our country and its economy?

What if the bottom dropped out?

What if things got really truly bad?

• What is important?

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth.

1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

What is most important?

1. Seek the Lord while he may be found Isaiah 55

2. Commit our way to the LORD and HE will establish our direction Prov 16:3

3. Trust in the Lord and he will direct your paths Prov 3:5-6

4. Be Ready Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13

1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

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