The Fleeting Nature of Life (James 4:14, Ecclesiastes 1:12-18, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Bob SchultzBob Schultz, August 26, 2012
Part of the Sunday Messages series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

This week we are going to take a one week look at a subject that many struggle with in our churches. We are going to consider the brevity of life or the fleeting nature of life so that we would be changed for the glory of God.

It’s no philosophical secret that mortality leads people to one of two extremes; either a full immersion into the things of this world via sin or a full immersion into the things of God via the Holy Spirit. The idols that are keeping many from living the Christian life need to be dealt with before we glorify God practically and actually.
Look forward to an edifying time in God’s Word for the glory of God.

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James 4:14 (Listen)

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.

(ESV)

Ecclesiastes 1:12–18 (Listen)

12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

15   What is crooked cannot be made straight,
    and what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

18   For in much wisdom is much vexation,
    and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

(ESV)

Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 (Listen)

13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

(ESV)

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