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Many of our daily routines can be cut into either Principles or Decisions.

Like, today a Principle you followed is: “I don’t go outside without clothes on.” You didn’t have to ask yourself, “Should I wear clothes today?” In fact, you wouldn’t be caught dead outside without anything on! Being clothed is a Principle, not a Decision. You get to decide what clothes to wear, but not IF you will wear clothes.

It’s important for us to know the difference between a Principle and a Decision.

A Principle is defined as “a personal or specific basis of conduct or management”. It’s what you believe in and live by.

A Decision is defined as “the act of or need for making up one’s mind”. It’s something you “do or not do“.

Now consider these issues:

* I read my Bible every day.

* I pray for others every day.

* I go to Church or Bible Study weekly.

* I share the love of Jesus to others who need Him.

 

Are they Principles or Decisions?

If you make them to be Decisions, then you will have a choice to “do or not do”. If something comes up and interrupts your schedule, you may decide not to do them.

If you make them to be your Principles , then God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, and Witness  become issues “you live by”. They dictate your life, conduct, priorities and schedules.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58.

 

May we be known as Men and Women of Principle!

Grace and Mike Ibay

 

 

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Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
-Psalm 71:18
The psalmist was concerned that he not be forsaken until God declared His power to the next generation. Every generation must know firsthand the power of God. It is not enough to hear about how God visited the previous generation in great power, wonders, and miracles. Our generation must see that power manifested. Without a true manifestation of the power of God, each generation grows progressively dubious of God’s reality.

“One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases” (Luke 9:1). This action was more than simple religious protocol-it was a transferal of Jesus’ power to the next generation. What would have happened to the world if Christ had departed without giving anyone the same power He had to help people?

The same power that flowed from Christ’s robes to heal the woman with the issue of blood is available today. From generation to generation, God’s power has been passed on. Now it is our turn to rise up and show God’s power to the next generation.

Daily Readings: Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23 • Luke 8:40-9:6
• Psalm 71:1-24 • Proverbs 12:5-7

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