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James 4:13-14 - Come 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”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
65 million people die each year in the world. That is 178,000 each day, 7,425 each hour, and 120 each minute.
In the United States, 2.6 million die each year. That is 7,123 each day, 297 each hour, and 5 each minute.
Most of those people who died did not wake up thinking that this would be their last day on earth. Some of them were in a medically induced coma and had no idea that they were dying. They had no idea that they would be involved in a car wreck or have a heart attack or stroke that they would not recover from.
Life is precious and life is fragile. In the grand scheme of things even if we are here for 100 yrs. Our life is like a vapor. People spend a lifetime seeking fame and fortune but no matter how famous you get people still forget who you are in a matter of years. No matter how wealthy you are when you die someone else will get all that you have.
When it comes to spiritual and Godly things, many people live with the philosophy that in Spanish is called – Manana. I will get right with God tomorrow. I will get back to church next week. One day I will make my peace with God. You have no idea if you are going to make it through today.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) - Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (NLT) - Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
Don’t procrastinate with your spiritual life. Today is the day of Salvation. Friend no one is guaranteed tomorrow. You could die today, or Jesus could come back before the day is over. If you aren’t ready for heaven, then I plead with you to get ready today!
Matthew 24:36 - But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
While there are many people who are boasting about tomorrow there are also many people who are worried about tomorrow.
We are to trust the will of God for tomorrow both with our positive plans and expectations but also with our worries, doubts and fears.
Someone said – Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows it only empties today of its strength.
Matthew 6:27-34 - Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
What is the answer to worry? – Seek God today. Today is the present and it is a present – a gift from God. He cares for you and will provide for you today and tomorrow. Some people are prone to worry. God commands us not to. How do you change that?
Psalm 118:24 - This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. You defeat worry by choosing to enjoy the day that you are in. This isn’t something you can WILL yourself to do if you are prone to worry. That is why you must choose to rejoice in the Lord. If you WILL rejoice, in the Lord, you will quickly find yourself enjoying the day.
No one is promised tomorrow except those who have been promised Eternal life.
1 John 5:13 - I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
John 11:25 - Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
I preach that last verse at almost every funeral. The truth is that even if we die… we will live.
One of the great realizations of the Christian life is knowing that even when you die, you get to live. In many ways the title of this message is only true for those who Don’t know Christ as their savior -They are not promised tomorrow. For those of us who DO know Christ as our Lord and Savior we ARE promised not just tomorrow but all of eternity.
I pray that this will bring you great peace, joy, hope and expectation.
Know that you are dearly Loved,
Pastor Marvin & Dawn.