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JAMES 4:13-15

TOMORROW

WHAT IF YOUR
TOMORROW NEVER
COMES?
ACTS 24:25

FELIX POSTPONED HIS


SALVATION FOR
TOMORROW: HIS
TOMORROW NEVER CAME!
IF ONLY FELIX KNEW…!
THAT…
• HIS COULD HAVE…
• AND SHOULD HAVE…
• AND WOULD HAVE…WOULD NOT
SUFFICE HIM AFTER THE FACT…
SEPT. 11, 2001 COULD HAVE BEEN A
CONVENIENT DAY FOR THE STOCK
BROKERS HOUSED IN NEW YORK’S
TWIN TOWERS. THEIR TOMORROW
WAS SHORT-LIVED!
WHAT ABOUT YOUR
TOMORROW?

WHAT IF YOUR
TOMORROW NEVER
COMES?
JAMES 4:13, 14
1. YOU HAVE NOW …NOT TOMORROW

• DO YOU HAVE A LIFE TO LIVE? LIVE IT NOW!


• DO YOU HAVE A SONG TO SING? SING IT NOW!
• DO YOU HAVE A GIFT TO GIVE? GIFT IT NOW!
• DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER TO PRAY? PRAY IT NOW!
• DO YOU HAVE A SERMON TO PREACH? PREACH IT
NOW!
• DO YOU HAVE TO VISIT THE SICK? VISIT HIM/HER
NOW!

WHY? WHAT IF YOUR TOMORROW NEVER COMES!


2. YOUR TOMORROW IS
MERCURIC
MOUNT OF BLESSINGS, p.101
ONE DAY ALONE IS OURS, AND DURING
THIS DAY WE AE TO LIVE FOR GOD.

• ANNA-NICOLE SMITH’S TOMORROW


WAS FULL WITH APPOINTSMENTS,
DATES, VENUES, AND PARTIES.
HER TOMORROW NEVER CAME!
IN NOAH’S WORLD…

THE ANTEDILUVIAN
PEOPLE IN HIS TIME…DID
THEY LIVE FOR GOD?
HEBREWS 12:27, 28
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR TOMORROW?
• YOU HAVE A BUSINESS TO TEND TO?
• YOU HAVE A DESTINATION TO FLY TO?
• YOU HAVE STUFF TO COMB THROUGH?
• YOU HAVE A BOOK TO READ THROUGH?
• YOU HAVE A SPEECH TO LISTEN TO?
• YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO GO TO?
• YOU HAVE A VACATION TO ESCAPE TO?
• YOU ARE LIVING IN A BUBBLE!
MY FRIENDS, ALL THESE ARE PIPE DREAMS!
LEARN TOMORROW’S
LESSONS TODAY…FROM THE
RICH FOOL!
LUKE 12:17-21
THE RICH FOOL HAD PLANS TO:
• BUILD BIGGER—AND BETTER—AND
HIGHER—AND STRONGER –TO LAST
LONGER

THE RICH FOOL HAD PLANS OF:


• EXPANDING—STORING—RELAXING—
ENJOYING—FEASTING [EATING –
DRINKING & CELEBRATING]
WATCH GOD’S RESPONSE IN
LUKE 12:17-19
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE?
THE RICH FOOL CARED MORE ABOUT:
• STORING UP STUFF RATHER THAN
SAVING HIS SOUL
THE RICH FOOL CARED MORE ABOUT:
• HAVING A TITLE RATHER THAN
SHARING HIS TESTIMONY

N:B: UNFORTUNATELY, HIS TOMORROW


ENDED THAT SAME NIGHT! (VS.20)
WHAT ABOUT YOUR
TOMORROW?
LUKE 12: 21
SO IS HE THAT LAYETH UP
TREASURE FOR HIMSELF,
AND IS NOT RICH TOWARD
GOD.
IS GOD CALLING ME A
FOOL?
•NOT IF HE’S THE C.F.O
OF YOUR WALLET!
•IS HE?
3. YOUR TOMORROW
DEPENDS ON GOD’S WILL
TODAY
DO YOU KNOW THAT GOD HAS TWO
WILLS?

1. GOD: PERFECT WILL—JOHN 3:16


• IT’S UNCHANGEABLE
2. GOD: PERMISSIVE WILL—
• HE ALLOWS
ROMANS 8:28 & JAMES 1:2, 3
1. LETS EXAMINE GOD’S
PERFECT WILL
THREE THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW
1. GOD WANTS TO REASON WITH US
—ISAIAH 1:18
2. GOD CARES ABOUT OUR
SALVATION—ROMANS 13:11
3. GOD SAYS: NOW IS THE TIME TO
SURRENDER….NOT TOMORROW
2 CORINTHIANS 6:2
HEROD BEGAN HIS
SPEECH---BUT DID NOT
FINISH IT!

ACTS 12:21-23 & LUKE


9:62
2. LET’S EXAMINE GOD’S
PERMISSIVE WILL
GENESIS 19: LOT & FAMILY IN SODOM
• VS.15 ANGELS SAID: ARISE & TAKE…
• VS.16 AND WHILE HE LINGERED, THE MEN…
• LOT WAS A JEW…AND HIS FAMILY WAS A
MICROCOSM OF THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH BACK
IN HIS WORLD.

N:B: LOT’S WIFE HAD GOTTEN OUT OF SODOM;


YET , SODOM HAD NOT GOTTEN OUT OF HER!
SELECTED MESSAGES, VOL 2,
p. 354
LOT HAD TOO MUCH OF A LINGERING
SPIRIT. LET EVERY MAN BE WIDE
AWAKE FOR HIMSELF, AND TRY TO
SAVE HIS FAMILY.

• VS 17 …WHEN THEY HAD BROUGHT


THEM…HE SAID…ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE
A. ANGELS: PLURAL IN VS.15
B. MEN: PLURAL IN VS.16
C. HE: SINGULAR PRONOUN IN VS.17
D. HE: SINGULAR PRONOUN IN VS.21
SO WHAT’S THE
MESSAGE?
OUR PRAYERS GIVE GOD OUR
EXPRESSED PERMISSION TO SEND
ANGELS TO OUR AID, OR TO SHOW
UP HIMSELF.
JOHN 1:14
N:B: HOWEVER, DISOBEYING GOD’S
ORDERS CAN RESULT IN FATALITY
OR EVEN DEATH.
READ GENESIS 19:26
TOMORROW = A
THERMOMETER
TODAY = A THERMOSTAT
HOW SO?
• A THERMOMETER: A DEVICE WHICH
ADJUSTS TO THE TEMPERATURE
AROUND ITS ENVIRON.

• A THERMOSTAT: THE NOB THAT


TURNS ON THE HEAT.
QUESTION: ARE WE ADJUSTING TO THE
TEMPERATURE OF CRIME, VIOLENCE,
CORRUPTION, AND EVIL IMAGINATION,
OR ARE WE TURNING ON THE HEAT?
READ PSALMS 119:71
PATRIARCHS & PROPHETS, p. 101
THE SINS THAT CALLED FOR
VENGEANCE UPON THE ANTEDILUVIAN
WORLD EXIST TODAY. THE FEAR OF
GOD IS BANISHED FROM THE HEARTS
OF MEN, AND HIS LAW IS TREATED
WITH INDIFFERENCE AND CONTEMPT.
4. TOMORROW’S SINS
ARE PREVALENT TODAY
EDWARD GIBBONS [HISTORIAN] MENTIONS SIX
REASONS FOR ROME’S DOWNFALL

1. RAPID INCREASE IN DIVORCE.


2. BELITTLING OF SANCTITY OF THE HOME.
3. HIGHER AND HIGHER TAXES WITH PUBLIC
MONEY BEING WASTED.
4. THE MAD CRAZE FOR PLEASURE THAT
BECOME EXCITING.
5. GIGANTIC ARMAMENTS FOR WAR WHILE
NATIONS ARE DECAYING INTERNALLY.
6. DECLINE OF FAITH IN GOD THAT HAS
BECOME A MERE FORM OF CEREMONY.
GREAT CONTROVERSY, p.
500
REPROOF OF SIN STILL AROUSES THE
SPIRIT OF HATRED AND RESISTANCE.
WHEN GOD’S MESSAGES OF WARNING
ARE BROUGHT HOME TO THE CONSCIENCE,
SATAN LEADS MEN TO JUSTIFY
THEMSELVES AND TO SEEK THE
SYMPATHY OF OTHERS IN THEIR COURSE
OF SIN. INSTEAD OF CORRECTING THEIR
ERRORS, THEY EXCITE INDIGNATION
AGAINST THE REPROVER, AS IF HE WERE
THE SOLE CAUSE OF DIFFICULTY.
NOW IS THE FINAL
BOARDING!
IF JESUS WAS TO COME NOW, WOULD
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BE READY?
• GOD IS LOOKING FOR CONVERTS NOT
CONVICTS!

LAST DAY EVENTS, p. 230


WHEN PROBATION ENDS, IT WILL COME
SUDDENLY, UNEXPECTEDLY,--AT A
TIME WHEN WE ARE LEAST EXPECTING
IT. BUT WE CAN HAVE A CLEAN
RECORD IN HEAVEN TODAY, AND KNOW
THAT GOD ACCEPTS US.
A POEM: GLORIA PITZER
QUOTED BY LLOYD CORY

PROCRASTINATION IS MY SIN;
IT BRINGS ME NAUGHT BUT SORROW.
I KNOW THAT I SHOULD STOP IT,
IN FACT, I WILL TOMORROW.

• ARE YOU SURE OF TOMORROW?


• WHAT IF GOD PULLS YOUR PLUG
TODAY?
TOMORROW’S EVENTUALITY
COULD BECOME TODAY’S
TRAGEDY
MICHAEL JACKSON’S “THIS IS IT”
TOUR WAS SCHEDULED FOR
JULY 13, 2009.

HE DIED ON JUNE 25, 2009.

– WHAT ABOUT YOUR


TOMORROW?

• WHAT IF YOUR TOMORROW


NEVER COMES?