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Audience: PR602 Class Text: Proverbs 19:21 Exegetical Idea: Subject: What does the compiler of Proverbs 19 say

the relationship between mans plans and the Lords purposes are? Complement: That although the plans of man are many, the Lords purposes are what come to pass. Homiletical Idea: Despite OUR plans, GODs purpose stands. Purposes: Think: understand that the Lords plans will prevail Feel: comforted by Gods sovereignty Do: acknowledge the ways His purposes have been manifested in their life Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Intro: The American dream. The idea that you can be whoever you want to be, do whatever you want to do, have whatever you want to have and live the life you want to live. In fact, you can even have your best life now. This is the culture that we live in; a culture that says if you can work hard enough and do your best, your life will go according to plan. But is that the reality? Dont people get cancer, die young, get divorced and go bankrupt? I think even we as Christians have bought into that lie; a lie that says, if I plan well and work hard God will give me what I want, but that does not seem to be found in Scripture. What we are constantly reminded of in the text is that even though we may have it all planned out, God is sovereign and brings His will to pass. Will you turn with me now to Proverbs 19:21 READ TEXT TRANS: Why do you think we, as humans, place such an emphasis on our own plans? While it is good to be wise and prudent, it ends up being that I. Much of our planning can turn into idolatry. (21a) **Relevance (what does it mean?) [Explanation with examples] If we make our plans ultimate, we put ourselves in Gods place. If we make our plans ultimate, we will let ourselves down. **Relevance (is it true?) [Explanation and my story] Seattle Story TRANS: What do your plans look like? Do they seek after things you desire or do they seek after the will of God? When our planning morphs into an idol it is devoid of Gods purposes, however II. Gods purposes prevail despite our idolatrous motives (21b) **Relevance (is it true?) [Argumentation with verses and examples]

Genesis 50:20 Isaiah 46:10 James 4:13-15

TRANS: So even though we might make our own plans, Gods purpose will be what stands at the end of the day. So when we think about the plans of men and the purpose of God, where does Jesus life fit in? We can see that III. In Jesus death, Gods purposes prevailed over mans plans (21) **Relevance (what does it mean?) [Explanation with examples] The Disciples plans Judas plans The Jewish leaders plans Conclusion: So how do we view our plans? Do we make our plans the only plans and get angry or frustrated when things dont go our way? Or are we like Jesus and submit our plans to the Father? Do we pray for our will be done or for thy will be done? As we go about our lives this week, examine how you react when things dont go your way. Pray that you will be like Jesus and and submit your will to Gods purposes.

Are we like Jesus? Do we pray like he does? Not my will, but yours be done?

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We think we have it all figured out. Some of us like to map out our lives Examples to show Gods will prevails over ours: Examples to show how Gods purposes work in-spite of us Culminate with the story of the Cross how the Romans and Jews thought they were squashing a messianic movement, when in fact they were working in line with the plans of the Lord What happens when our plans change? How do we react? Idolatry of playing God in our lives. Running it like we have a say in everything. Talk about my plans to Seattle

Making our plans the only plans We have little control over much of our lives (i.e. where we are born, what family we are born into, our genetics, our talents, etc.)

Seattle story- I want to lead my life. I wanted to be king over my destiny TRANS: So even though we might make our own plans, Gods purpose will be what stands at the end of the day. PAUSE Gods purpose will be what stands at the end of the week. PAUSE. Gods purpose will be what stands at the end of this life. PAUSE H.I. So when we think about the plans of men and the purpose of God, where does Jesus life fit in? We can see that