Principles for Christian Living

Over the past two years I’ve been using a very helpful study Bible, annotated by Dr. Charles Stanley, that includes 30 life principles. These useful precepts have given me a healthy perspective on how to face the challenges in my life, and they also fill me with hope as I look to the future.

I want to encourage you, as we begin a new year, to challenge yourself to reflect on these fundamental principles—all of which are rooted in biblical truth—and to assimilate them into your life. They have been life-giving for me, and I pray that they will also be for you.

Life Principles by Dr. Charles Stanley

  1. Our intimacy with God, His highest priority for our lives, determines the impact of our lives. (Genesis 1:26)
  2. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. (Exodus 19:5)
  3. God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm. (Numbers 23:19)
  4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work. (Deuteronomy 20:1)
  5. God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable. (Job 3:8)
  6. You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. (Judges 2:1-4)
  7. The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us. (1 Samuel 30:1-6)
  8. Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time. (2 Samuel 15:31)
  9. Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees. (2 Kings 6:17)
  10. If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will. (2 Chronicles 20:12)
  11. God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. (Job 42:7-17)
  12. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God. (Psalm 4:8)
  13. Listening to God is essential to walking with God. (Psalm 81:8)
  14. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 64:4)
  15. Boldness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness. (Jeremiah 15:19)
  16. Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes. (Ezekiel 25:6-7)
  17. We stand tallest and strongest on our knees. (Daniel 6:10-11)
  18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances. (Hosea 3:4-5)
  19. Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose. (Amos 6:6-7)
  20. Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
  21. Obedience always brings blessing. (Luke 11:28)
  22. To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit. (Acts 10:19)
  23. You can never out-give God. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
  24. To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. (Galatians 2:20)
  25. God blesses us so that we might bless others. (Ephesians 4:28)
  26. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. (Philippians 3:10)
  27. Prayer is life’s greatest time saver. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
  28. No Christian has ever been called to ‘go it alone’ in his or her walk of faith. (Hebrews 10:24)
  29. We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops. (James 5:10)
  30. An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively. (Revelation 22:12)

From The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible (Thomas Nelson).

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