Principles – Living by the Truth
Principles hold us steady in life. They are continual guides.
What are your values and principles?
Write your own guiding principles.
Question asked by Francis Schaeffer: “In a world that is more and more hostile towards Christian values and principles, how shall we then live?”
1 Peter 2:12 “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”
Moses, like many of us, had to deal with four basic questions of life:
Who am I? - vs. 24
What are my choices? - vs. 25
What is really important? - vs. 26
What are my goals? - vs. 27
The answers can be found in Hebrews 11:23 to 29...
1. Who Am I?
Hebrews 11:24: It was the decision that is important. A choice that would impact him, and others, for the rest of his life.
“If you are willing to abandon your principles for convenience or social acceptance, they are not your principles. They are no more than window dressing – a superficial, misleading presentation of something you are not.”
“Methods are many, principles are few. Methods can change, principles never do.”
2. What are my Choices?
There is something liberating about living the truth.
Some might consider it a curse. They can't live the lie. However, telling the truth is liberating.
It is exhausting to live a lie - to fight the truth. We call living a lie “incongruence”, such as when our heart, mind and soul is not in agreement... in harmony with our values and beliefs. When we surrender to the Truth, all the energy we used to fight the Truth is now available to live and grow.
Who/What is Truth?
John 14:6 – 7
Embracing the truth, embracing Jesus, makes available not only more power from within, but His power to work in our lives.
3. What is Really Important? Living by our Values
Your happiness will be determined by your character in life. Your character is determined by the choices you make.
It is hard to “just say no”. It is easier to say "yes" to God, than "no" to worldly values.
What has God got to offer us?
Short term/long term
What has the world to offer us?
Short term/long term
Moses decided three things:
1. God's purpose is more valuable than acceptance and approval of others.
2. People are more valuable than worldly pleasure and treasures.
Principles of life: Use things, not people. Love people, not things.
3. He chooses God's reward offered to him over the treasures of the world.
God's peace is more valuable than treasures. So many people have so much to live on, and so little to live for.
4. What are my Goals?
Accept responsibility for your own life.
Colossians 3:1 – 2