Bible Food For Thought (Part 1).

NOTE:
This
is the first in a series of Guest Posts used with permission from Pastor Jerry Johnson of
Beacon
Of Light Christian Center Church

in Overland Park, Kansas
.
Bible Food For Thought (Part 1).
 
1.
CHOICE, NOT CHANCE, DETERMINES HUMAN DESTINY.







Deuteronomy
30:19 (NIV) says “
This
day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I
have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose
life, so that you and your children may live.”






2.
A TRUE FRIEND NEVER GETS IN YOUR WAY



UNLESS
YOU HAPPEN TO BE GOING DOWN.







Proverbs
17:17 (NIV) says

A
friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of
adversity.”






3.
CHARACTER IS NOT MADE IN CRISIS; IT IS ONLY EXHIBITED.






Psalm
16:8 (NIV) says

I
keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will
not be shaken.”






4.
SWALLOWING ANGRY WORDS BEFORE YOU SAY THEM



IS
BETTER THAN HAVING TO EAT THEM.







Proverbs
18:20-21 (NIV) says

From
the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the
harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

The
tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will
eat its fruit.”






5.
WISDOM IS THE QUALITY THAT KEEPS YOU



FROM
GETTING INTO SITUATIONS WHERE YOU NEED IT.







Proverbs
4:11-12 (NIV) says

I
instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you
will not stumble.”






6.
RANK DOES NOT CONFER PRIVILEGE OR GIVE POWER.



IT
IMPOSES RESPONSIBILITY.







Luke
12:48 (NIV) says

But
the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will
be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much,
much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with
much, much more will be asked.”






7.
GOD HAS A HISTORY OF USING THE INSIGNIFICANT



TO
ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE.







Mark
10:27 (NIV) says

Jesus
looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with
God; all things are possible with God.’”






8.
DEPEND ON IT. GOD’S WORK DONE IN GOD’S WAY



WILL NEVER LACK GOD’S SUPPLIES.







Isaiah 1:19 (NIV) says If
you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things
of the land;”






9.
IT’S NOT HOW MANY HOURS YOU PUT IN



BUT
HOW MUCH YOU PUT INTO THE HOURS.







Colossians
3:23-24 (NIV) says

Whatever
you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not
for human masters, since you know that you will receive an
inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are
serving.”






10. THE TROUBLE WITH MOST OF US IS THAT WE WOULD



RATHER BE RUINED BY PRAISE THAN SAVED
BY CRITICISM.







Proverbs
15:31-32 (NIV) says

Whoever
heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

Those
who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds
correction gains understanding.”






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Of Post


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