Monday, February 14, 2022

Daily Devotion: Principles vs. "Principles"

Bible Reading:  Matthew 15:1-9

Key Verse:  Verse 9 - But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Key Words:  teaching … the commandments of men

All of us have principles that help guide our lives.  The road to spiritual success though is not simply a man-made code or set of standards but Scriptural principles.

I have been told on a few occasions that my principles were too high, too lofty, unattainable; and on a few occasions, I have been told I have no principles.  In all candor, on most of these occasions, I have found that what some considered Biblical principles were not Biblical at all, they were man-made standards.

Below is a list of ten principles that General Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, used to guide his life. 

1.       Consider your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and treat it with reverence and care.  I Corinthians 6:19-20

2.      Keep your mind active.  Stimulate it with thoughts of others that lead to doing something.  Philippians 4:8

3.      Take time to be holy through daily Bible reading and prayer.  Psalm 119:11

4.      Support your church and pastor, for if you don't they will both cease to be!  Hebrews 10:25, I Timothy 5:17-18

5.      Take God into the details of your life.  You naturally call upon Him in time of trouble but thank Him for all things.  Romans 8:28

6.      Cultivate the presence of God.  Always remember that God is near.  Hebrews 13:5

7.      Pray for the troubled, war-threatened world and its leaders who hold the destiny of so many in their hands.  I Timothy 2:1-2

8.      Have a thankful spirit.  I Thessalonians 5:18

9.      Work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God.  Philippians 1:21

10.   Think of death, not as something to be dreaded, but as a great and new experience where loved ones are met, ambitions realized, and Jesus seen face to face.  II Corinthians 5:8

 What principles do you have that guide your life?

What to do:
✞ Live by God's Word, not man's code of ethics.

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