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.
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.
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.”
End Of Post