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If The LORD Wills…

James 4:15
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

This is a disclaimer that Apostle James recommends that every Christian must add to all their plans and promises and wishes. A disclaimer is a statement that denies responsibility. A disclaimer reminds others that you are not fully responsible as it may seem or assumed. Apostle James advises those who make plans with certainty and even brag about it, that though they seem to be fully in charge, they are not, God is. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

James 4:13
Boasting About Tomorrow
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—

James 4:14
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:15
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

James 4:16
As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

James 4:17
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

If the Lord wills is a disclaimer statement that must be common in our daily regular speeches. In our chats on social media and anywhere else. It is a statement that recognises that in all we do, however mundane, God actively participates and either approves or disapproves. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

This statement recognises the freedom of God to interfere with our lives and have His way. This statement surrenders everything to God and allows Him to have the final say. This statement down plays our abilities which indeed are useless since regardless of how good they are, they cant guarantee a tomorrow. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

This statement recognises that even what we think is good and must happen, is still at the mercies of God who determines what is good and should happen. When consciously proclaimed, this disclaimer forces us to let God take His rightful place in our lives. This statement makes God indispensable in our lives and in all, absolutely all that we do. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

Verse 16 cautions us that failure to use this disclaimer is bragging of abilities we don’t have and is actually evil therefore sin. To make promises and plans without declaring that God has a final say is evil. It is evil because you disenfranchise God. It is evil because you don’t recognise God who is our partner in all that we do. It is cheating on a faithful partner. This statement recognises that God is a partner in all that we do. By this statement you tel the people that i must consult God my greatest partner and if He approves it will happen. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

Luke 12:16
And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,

Luke 12:17
and he thought to himself, What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’

Luke 12:18
And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

Luke 12:19
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’

Luke 12:20
But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

Luke 12:21
So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

The rich fool in that parable was a skilful and very successful farmer. He had admirable achievements of a bumper harvest. He was the kind of person people will learn from and look up to. The rich fool had made it in life. The rich fool became a fool when he forgot that his success was because of the unseen contribution of God. The rich fool made plans and wishes of a better future without God. This is when his folly was exposed, God withdrew His contribution to his success. God withdrew life that night and the rich fool. his success, his plans, his wishes, came to nothing – he died! Unless God wills, we are doomed even under the best favourable circumstances. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

The parable of the rich fool demonstrates how success that doesn’t involve God can be so short lived. Success without God who guarantees tomorrow will not be enjoyed. Success without God is not success. Plans without God are not plans. God’s contribution in our lives is so significant that if we fully recognise it, we will include Him in everything by this disclaimer in all we say or do. We should always say, If the Lord wills…

If the Lord wills is the same as God willing. It is the same as, if God wishes.

If the Lord wills i will see you…

If the Lord wills i will return…

If the Lord wills i will arrive at this or that time…

If the Lord wills…

May we recognise the role of God in all that we do, and may this be our permanent disclaimer with attendant blessings in Jesus name, Amen!(c)rkesis@gmail.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)


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