God’s Man: Principals To Live By

“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)



While completing a very good book recently, called The God-called Preacher, the author ended with these wise-words from one of the great preachers/men of our time, Bob Jones Senior. 

Every person as they grow in their walk develop ‘principals’ based on scripture, that speaks to their lives and the path they walked with Jesus and it becomes indelible – and more so it becomes personal. They become the heart of the man and woman, and their guiding force to put it loosely; I have my own list (however small), but this one is worth sharing and taking note off:

  1. “The Greatest Two Words in the English language are ‘DO RIGHT’” (Genesis 18:25; 1 Peter 3:14; James 1:22)
  2. “It is never right to do wrong to get a chance to do right” (see Acts 16:17-18 and 2 Kings 5:22-27 for examples)
  3. “The right road leads out at the right place” (Matthew 7:14)
  4. “It is never a compromise to go as far as you can along the right road with ANYBODY; it is always a compromise to go ANY distance on the wrong road with anybody” (see 1 Kings 22:4; 2 Chronicles 20:37; Ezra 4:1-3)
  5. “Finish the Job” (see above)
  6. “It is a sin to do less than your best” (see above)
  7. “Prepare for the worst” (Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-8) and hope for the best” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 1 Peter 1:3,13,21; James 5:6-11)
  8. “Make sure your ‘convictions’ are not just ‘prejudices’” (see 1 Corinthians 11:14-16 and Romans 14:2,5-6, 13)
  9. “The best preparation for tomorrow is to do what you ought to do TODAY” (see above)
  10. “The man in this life who is a success is the man that finds out what God wants HIM to do and does it” (see Romans 12:1-3 and Colossians 4:12)
  11. “Duties never conflict” (see 1 Corinthians 14:33; James 1:8; Acts 8:7-8,26).
  12. “Never sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate (see Hebrews 12:16-17; Genesis 13:9-11; 2 Timothy 4:10)
  13. “No doubt the trouble is with YOU” (see Romans 14:12; Matthew 7:1-5)
  14. “At the root of every doubt there is some kind of sin” (Matthew 14:31; Luke 18:8; Romans 14:23; Hebrew 11:1,6; Matthew 8:10)
  15. “Do right, though the stars fall” (Daniel 6:10-13, 1 Peter 3:13-17; Jeremiah 20:7-9; and John the Baptist in Mark 16:18)


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