“Principles to Live By” – Dr. Charles Stanley

LIFE PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY

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Recently one of my favorite people in my home church (Kim Herrera) was promoted to Heaven. As I prepare to speak at her memorial service tomorrow I’m impressed by her marked up Bible. One of the book marks in her Bible is composed of these principles from Charles Stanley on living the Christian life. I think they are excellent and want to share these with those who read my blog. I believe that Kim battled many illnesses and suffered immensely for her Lord and in the midst of all that applied these principles in her own life. She was a wonderful testimony of the peace that surpasses all understanding Paul talked about in Philippians. She truly reflected the glory of our suffering Savior. Here are the 30 principles to live by:

(1) Our intimacy with God–His highest priority for our lives–determines the impact of our lives.

(2) Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.

(3) God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.

(4) The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work.

(5) God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even when it seems unreasonable.

(6) You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.

(7) The dark moments of our life will last only so long as necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.

(8) Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.

(9) Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.

(10) If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will.

(11) God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him.

(12) Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God.

(13) Listening to God is essential to walking with God.

(14) God acts on behalf of those who wait on Him.

(15) Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.

(16) Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes.

(17) We stand tallest and strongest on our knees.

(18) As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.

(19) Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose.

(20) Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice.

(21) Obedience always brings blessing.

(22) To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit.

(23) You can never outlive God.

(24) To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.

(25) God blesses us so that we might bless others.

(26) Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.

(27) Prayer is life’s greatest time saver.

(28) No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith.

(29) We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.

(30) An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively.

 

The “Putting On” The Full Armor Prayer

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By Charles Stanley (Winning the War Within, pp. 128-130)

Good morning, Lord. Thank You for assuring me of victory today if I follow Your battle plan. So by faith I claim victory over _______________ (I normally list some things I know I will be faced with that day).

To prepare myself for the battle ahead, by faith I put on the belt of truth. The truth about You, Lord–that You are a sovereign God who knows everything about me, both my strengths and weaknesses. Lord, You know my breaking point and have promised not to allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able to bear. The truth about me, Lord is that I am a new creature in Christ and have been set free from the power of sin. I am indwelt with the Holy Spirit, who will guide me and warn me when danger is near. I am Your child, and nothing can separate me from Your love. The truth is that You have a purpose for me this day–someone to encourage, someone to share with, someone to love.

Next, Lord I want to, by faith, put on the breastplate of righteousness. Through this I guard my heart and emotions. I will not allow my heart to attach itself to anything that is impure. I will not allow my emotions to rule my decisions. I will set them on what is right and good and just, I will live today by what is true, not by what I feel.

Lord, this morning I put on the sandals of the gospel of peace. I am available to You, Lord. Send me where You will. Guide me to those who need encouragement or physical help of some kind. Use me to solve conflicts whenever they may arise. Make me a calming presence in every circumstance in which You place me. I will not be hurried or rushed, for my schedule is in Your hands. I will not leave a trail or tension and apprehension. I will leave tracks of peace and stability everywhere I go.

Lord I now take up the shield of faith, Lord. My faith is in You and You alone. Apart from You, I can do nothing. With You, I can do all things. No temptation that comes my way can penetrate Your protecting hand. I will not be afraid, for You are going with me throughout this day. When I am tempted, I will claim victory out loud ahead of time, for You have promised victory even now because I know there are fiery darts headed my way even as I pray. Lord, You already know what they are and have already provided the way of escape.

Lord, by faith I am putting on the helmet of salvation. You know how Satan bombards my mind day and night with evil thoughts, doubt, and fear. I put on this helmet that will protect my mind. I may feel the impact of his attacks, but nothing can penetrate this helmet. I choose to stop every impure and negative thought at the door of my mind. And with the helmet of salvation those thoughts will go further. I elect to take every thought captive; I will dwell on nothing but what is good and right and pleasing to You.

Last, I take up the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word. Thank You for the precious gift of Your Word. It is strong and powerful and able to defeat even the strongest of Stan’s onslaughts. Your Word says that I am not under obligation to the flesh to obey its lusts. Your Word says that I am free from the power of sin. Your Word says that He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. So by faith I take up the strong and powerful sword of the Spirit, which is able to defend me in time of attack, comfort me in time of sorrow, teach me in time of meditation, and prevail against the power of the enemy on behalf of others who need the truth to set them free.

So, Lord, I go now rejoicing that You have chosen me to represent You to this lost and dying world. May others see Jesus in me, and may Satan and his hosts shudder as Your power is made manifest in me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

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