In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times. Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.
We have all heard this song sung by children and other Christians everywhere: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. Well, then, how do we know that what we read in the Bible is really what God wants us to know? (Deut 6) Wasn’t it written a long time ago by other men just like us? And since it was written so long ago, does what is written still apply to us today? The answer is a resounding YES! (Joshua 1:8)
God’s Word was taken down over a long period of time. Why it was stopped at Revelation, perhaps nobody on earth will ever know. The New Testament letters were written to certain churches and to/by certain disciples of Jesus, but they were written FOR all of us for eternity.
In Touch Life Principle number three states: “God’s word is an immovable anchor in times of storm”. Someone might say “You believe the Bible is God’s Word because your Bible tells you that. You’re just talking in circles.” I think we Christians can put together enough testimony to prove our belief in God’s word and to prove that the Bible is just that – God’s Word for our lives.
To test this life principle, I would challenge anyone to live for 3 months, as stringently by God’s word as possible and they will see that their lives will be changed miraculously for the better. Be very careful, though. Claiming a promise that is not explicitly given in the Word can cause frustration, disillusionment and failure. As believers, we are spiritually wealthy because of the exceedingly great promises we have in Jesus, our Savior. (2 Peter 1:1-4)
Click the link below to review some of the better known, wonderful guarantees, out of HUNDREDS, we have been given in Scripture. God challenges us to expect these promises to be fulfilled when we live in accordance to His will. (Matt 6:28-34)
In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts
to life in modern times. Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.
God’s Best For Us
I have lived now for more than half of a century on this planet. I have broken all of the 11 commandments and yet I can tell you I have found peace and contentment in my life. It is the peace of God, the grace of His forgiveness and the contentment of knowing He will always take care of me as long as I live within His will for my life.
An example: I stayed in a concrete apartment building in Brandon the night that hurricane Irma ravaged southwestern and central Florida. I watched the storm track on my phone as the center literally passed right over my house. My wife and I knew our house may not be standing as we cautiously approached our street the next morning but we knew that whatever the outcome, we had peace about it because God was guiding us through those circumstances.
The foundation of my life now is summed up with two basic principles:
We know that God causes all things to work for the good to those who are called according to His purpose.(Rom 8:28)
With these principles in mind, we can be assured that as long as we stay in God’s word, meditate on it and obey it (Josh 1:8), we will be able to find peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves facing. These are the life principles that allow us to accept the tragedies we see nearly every day and still find peace in our lives, if we stay in God’s path. We should obey God, accept His forgiveness, stay in His word so we know how to communicate with Him and leave everything else up to Him.
The Holy Bible is full of stories and wisdom teaching us life lessons. But possibly the most comprehensive and condensed passage is the sermon on the mount. In just 3 chapters, Jesus, God himself, personified, tells us all that we need to live a peaceful and fulfilling life.
Starting at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5, we are taught many of God’s promises in the Beatitudes (Matt 5: 3-12). We learn the promise of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:3), the promise of the Lord’s comfort (Matt 5:4), the promise of the fulfillment of righteousness (Matt 5:6), mercy (Matt 5:7), and our rewards in heaven (Matt 5:11). All of this, straight from the mouth of God himself.
Why would we not listen and believe these things He has said? He tells us that we “are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). So then, as salt improves the flavor of food, so should we improve the “flavor” of the world.
“You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14). As believers we should be shining our lights ahead on the way through the “narrow path” (Matt 7:13) so that others may follow us and we need to lead by example. The narrow path is more difficult because it takes concentration and focus to aim ourselves in the right direction to get through it. The wide path is easy to find and easy to pass through, so many people find their way to it. It is not easy to find and follow the narrow path (Matt 7:14), so we should shine our lights (living by example) so that other can see, learn and follow behind us. As believers, we should be leading the way to the kingdom of heaven and righteousness and peace here on earth.