Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rules for Living...

I absolutely love Jentzen Franklin and believe he is a wonderful teacher.  God has allowed him (Franklin) to help me understand the importance of fasting AND prayer.  Having grown up in the church, I had knowledge; however, he (Franklin) was able to put some things in perspective.  I was perusing his website reading the daily devotionals and found this to be very enlightening and wanted to share.  Feel free to browse other devotionals on the website for Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainsville, GA.  This devotional titled Rules for Living is one I thought would be helpful for any and everyone -

Rules for Living

“His…power has given us everything we need for life.”            2Pe 1:3 NIV
Here are three rules for living: (1) Learn to control the climate around you. Negativity is contagious; look out for its “carriers.” Love them, lift them, but don’t let them infect you. Filter what people say to you through God’s Word. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power (ability and a can-do attitude) and of love (which always looks for the best) and of a sound mind (which is stable and consistent)” (2Ti 1:7 NKJV). (2) Learn to laugh at yourself. A woman who’d been given a lovely plant took it home, watered it, fertilized it and set it in the sun. A year later she discovered it was silk—and she still laughs about it. When you’re secure in God’s love and approval you can laugh at yourself; it’s a mark of spiritual maturity. (3) Learn to factor God in. Ever hear of the 90/10 rule? When 90% of the circumstances are uncontrollable, focus on the 10% you can do something about. Paul did that. “We were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God” (2Co 7:5-6). Note the words, “Nevertheless God.” When you’re facing a mountain always remember: God can move it, He can level it, He can tunnel through it, or He can help you climb it. All you have to do is factor Him in by seeking His face and consulting His Word. “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise” (See Col 3:16 NLT). Keep a rich deposit of Scripture within you and draw on it daily.

Hope you enjoyed and will commit to these simple rules in order to experience God's best for your lives.krbz

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