Boast Not Thyself of Tomorrow
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou
knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
- I just completed sermons “The Bible Cannot Profit,” “Starting Over,” “Spiritually Minded,” and “Seek Ye My Face.”
- How do we put these applications of the Word of God into practice? How do we actually get started and do them?
- If I were to warn you and save you from even small carnal dangers, you would appreciate both the warning and me.
- I speak this morning to those I believe want to be disciples indeed of Jesus Christ and walk with God their Father.
- God called me to lift up my voice as a trumpet and warn against the sin of procrastinating Christians today (Is 58:1-7).
- My simple point is this – all you ought to do to serve the Lord fully, do it today! In fact, do it right now! Hurry!
- You do not have a clue as to what is going to happen tomorrow, so don’t presume on it.
- God condemns all confident planning and boasting about the future (James 4:13-17).
- Life is incredibly short and uncertain (Job 7:6; 9:25-26; Psalm 39:4-6; 102:11; 144:4).
- Yet I call you to more than accelerated planning – I call you to immediate action, now!
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “I want to seek the Lord, and I am going to do it.”
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “That’s all well and good, but I am not ready yet.”
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “My goal is to be this or that, but a day can’t hurt.”
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “Why is the pastor so worked up on living right?”
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “Is that all he can preach? What about doctrine?”
- We boast of tomorrow when we say, “I do need to do something about that area of life.”
- How do you know tomorrow you will be convicted? Or will remember? Or will do it?
- Do not let Satan deceive you by God’s mercies in past days that you yet have mercy.
- Forget everyone else, for the whole matter of your soul before God is enough for you.
- Forget actuarial tables and average life expectancy, for you may easily die tomorrow.
- Forget worrying about others and their lives, are you examining yourself (I Cor 11:28).
- God created the heaven and earth one day at a time, which we can copy (Gen 1:1 – 2:3)
- Jesus warned us to seek first His kingdom and righteousness today (Matthew 6:33-34).
- Don’t be too concerned about tomorrow, for there is plenty of evil today for you.
- Don’t be too concerned about tomorrow and things, for He will provide them.
- We must focus on today, for it is the moment and time that God has presently given us.
- Satan loves to beat us with the past and distract us with the future. Resist! Do not let him discourage you with a lengthy future or depress you with a bad past. The Lord is only asking for today! It is something you can manage. Start now!
- God created days for us and they make a life (Gen 1:5,14; 5:4; 6:3; 25:7; 47:9).
- Due to evil hearts, God would have us exhort one another daily (Heb 3:13-13).
- Due to His providence, God calls us seek our bread from Him daily (Matt 6:11).
- Due to daily trials, God strengthened Paul by His Spirit for the day (II Cor 4:16).
- Due to our weakness and the length of a day, we are to fear all day (Prov 23:17).
- Due to human variability, God calls us to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23).
- Due to the folly of evil emotions, God calls us to end them each day (Eph 4:26).
- Due to the brevity of life, God calls youth to consider in these days (Eccl 12:1).
- David valued days (Ps 44:8; 71:8,15,24; 84:10; 96:2; 18:24; 119:97,164; 145:2).
- So we recall each duty and area of conviction in our lives, and we make changes now!
- Procrastination is foolish in the natural realm, but it is fatal in the spiritual realm.
- If we deal with days instead of weeks, months, or years, we won’t procrastinate.
- If your fellowship with the Lord is stale and sin may be there, confess it now.
- If you know things with your spouse are not as they should be, correct it now.
- Tell yourself. I must be a good father today. I must be a good wife today. I will be meek today. I will pray today. I will read today. I will avoid temptation today. I will resist the devil today. I will train my children today. I will love the brethren today. I will seek the face of the Lord today. And then do it, now!
- God will bless these daily efforts, as He blessed the loaves and fishes, for it is His way!
FOR THOU KNOWEST NOT WHAT A DAY MAY BRING FORTH
- A rich fool thought he was in great shape and could relax for the future (Lu 12:15-21).
- Felix and Agrippa wasted the day of opportunity and boasted (Acts 24:25; 26:28-29).
- So get started right in the morning, as David (Psalm 5:3; Genesis 22:3; Mark 1:35).
- So we beg God to help us number our days and use each one for Him (Psalm 90:12).
- What are you convicted to do better? What do you want to do with the Lord? Do it!
- Whatever you must do today to find time for the Lord, buy it back quickly (Eph 5:16).
- Whatever can be done for the Lord, should be done right now. Don’t assume tomorrow.
- A successful and godly life is a string of successful and godly days. Make today godly success!
- A successful and godly life is a string of successful and godly days. When will you start yours?
- Today is the first day of the rest of your life, as some say, so choose a life of holy obedience.
- Instead of “What have I done with my life?” we should say, “What have I done today?”
- Your life to date does not matter – forget it; and you don’t know about tomorrow. Do it today!
- Today is the day to start over and seek Jesus Christ. Today is the day to be spiritually minded.
- And don’t even wait for some time later in the day, do it right now! And hurry! Don’t hesitate.
- Learn from this simple sermon to hate hesitation and cast it from your habits (Psalm 119:60).
- Go to the Lord now. Confess any and all sins. Beg for Him to search you. Vow to changes.
- Get down on your knees, either literally or in your heart, and start over with the Lord; Who will forgive your sins, cleanse your heart, and renew your strength. Then rise to live perfectly today!