James 4:13-17

In these verses James is talking about something we all do. We try to have control over our circumstances. We plan.

“Don’t plan” – Is that what James is saying? No.

  • vs. 13 & 15 use the same words:  “we will go and do.”
  • The difference between the way we schedule our lives and how we should make plans is represented by four words:

If the Lord wills  (Deo Volente, Latin)

  • Without those words, it’s arrogant, boastful and evil.

“Then” .v17

  • James is saying that there is a sin that is so natural, you probably don’t even see it.
  • What is that sin? It’s to go about your life, make your plans and to forget God.

To be forgotten…

There’s almost nothing worse than to be ignored.

  1. Hurts God
  • Psalm 9:17 Those who forget God, will be forgotten. Those who remember will be remembered.
  • You remember what is important to you.  (Jeremiah 2:32)
  • When you forget God, you assume God’s place.
  • The serpent’s temptation: Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
  1. Is bad for us.
  • Worry is the frustration that comes from saying,  I know
  • Worry is forgetting who God is and what God has done.
  • If you forget God, you forget who you are.  You and I don’t know.
  • If you need to be in control all the time, you are forgetting God.
  • If you forget God you will be both proud and anxious.

How to avoid forgetting God

  • Remind yourself of the grace of God
  • Avoid religious jargon
  • When things are bad, let God’s grace pull you up.
  • When things are good, let God’s grace take you down.

I am what I am by the grace of God
(I Corinthians 15:10)

Why does God hold us up?  (Isaiah 49:15)

  • On the Cross, Jesus took our forgotten.
  • He always remembers us, so that we can remember him constantly.