The Secrets of Good Planning

Scripture Passage: James 4:13-17

Someone wisely noted that to fail to plan is to plan to fail. There is much to be said about being intentional when it comes to making plans. The Scriptures offer great advice on how to plan.

1. Careful Planning



How would you describe your plans? Do your plans take into consideration the purposes of God and how He can use you to advance the interests of His kingdom?

Isaiah 32:8 notes, “But a noble person plans noble things; he stands up for noble causes.”



2. Flexible Planning



Are you flexible and available for whatever door of opportunity God opens for you?

Scripture talks much about doors of opportunity. A door represents opportunity and challenges us to decide whether we will accept or reject that opportunity.

Revelation 3:8 notes, “I know your works. Look, I have placed before you an open door that no one can close because you have but little power; yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”



3. Dependent Planning



Is God factored into your plans? Is He an afterthought? Do your plans show that you are dependent on Him?


Deuteronomy 8:11 cautions against forgetting the Lord: “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His commands, ordinances, and statutes that I am giving you today.

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