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Optional Vs. Obligated Living

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Optional Living or Obligated Living

James 4:13-17


Everywhere we go and in everything we do we live and love options.  Sometimes we let these options enter into our relationship with Jesus.  Lord, what are my options, choices, preferences, alternatives?  We may be shocked to hear God say, “No Substitution.”


            I.  (Verse 13)  Optional living is doing things without Jesus.

A.  Doing my plans, priorities, purpose, goals, because if not you live a boasting life,

      selfish, self-confident, independent, and you are playing God.

                 B.  It’s good to have goals, dreams, and ideas.  Let’s make sure that Jesus is asked,

                      considered, has approved, been consulted, and is involved.

                       1.  Today or tomorrow

                       2.  Be willing to go to such a city

                       3.  Spend a year there

                       4.  Engage in the business

                       5.  Make a profit


           II.  (Verse 14)  Optional living is not to know what is your life.

  • To know Him
  • To let Him be known
  • To serve Him
  • To be happy without sinning
  • To fulfill and complete
  • To become better

                 A.  Who is my life for?

                 B.  How long is my life lived?

                 C.  We must live with a soberness, urgency.

                 D.  We must be watchful versus wasteful.


          III.  (Verse 15) Optional living is to not put importance on the will of God.

                 A.  (Romans 12:2)  The will of God is found in the Word of God

                      1.  (1 Thessalonians 4:3)  Sexual purity

                      2.  (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Being thankful, grateful, appreciative.

                      3.  (Hebrews 10:36)  Being patient.

                      4.  (1 Peter 2:13-16) To live orderly.

                      5.  (1 Peter 4:19) To suffer by crucifying the flesh and living an obedient life to


                 B.  The will of God won’t always be easy, fun, convenient or what you want, but it

                       will be what He wants.




         IV.  Optional living is to know what is right but not do it.

 A.  It is not what you do but what you don’t do.

 B.  It is not what you give but what you don’t give.

 C.  It is not what you have done but what you are not doing.





Please keep the following families in your prayers:




James Pineda


Bereavement Family of ALFC Member


Dorothy Dolly – Sister of Georgia Sims

Thomas Jefferson Johnson – Father of Muriel Lark

Shiner Mac Waddy – Aunt of Allayne Hambright and Juanita McLean






Weekend of August 22-23, 2015


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