The 30 Life Principles

  1. Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives.
  2. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
  3. God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.
  4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work.
  5. God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable.
  6. You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.
  7. The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.
  8. Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.
  9. Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.
  10. If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will.
  11. God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him.
  12. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God.
  13. Listening to God is essential to walking with God.
  14. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
  15. Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.
  16. Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes.
  17. We stand tallest and strongest on our knees.
  18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.
  19. Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose.
  20. Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice.
  21. Obedience always brings blessing.
  22. To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit.
  23. You can never out give God.
  24. To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.
  25. God blesses us so that we might bless others.
  26. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.
  27. Prayer is life’s greatest time saver.
  28. No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith.
  29. We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.
  30. An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively.
Life Principles Index

 

 

Life Principle

 

1

 

Our intimacy with God—His highest priority for our lives—determines the impact of our lives. Gen. 1:26

What the Bible Says About

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity, Gen. 1:1, 2

The Cover-Up, Lev. 6:6, 7

Enjoying God’s Presence, Eccl. 2:26

God as Our Lover, Song 2:4

The Best Friend You Will Ever Have, Song 5:16

Knowing All of God, Hos. 2:19, 20

God’s Forever Love, 1 Cor. 13:1–13

Spiritual Growth, 2 Pet. 3:18

Answers to Life’s Questions

What does the Bible say to lonely people? 1 Sam 12:22

What does it mean to “sit before the Lord”? 2 Sam. 7:18

How can I develop and maintain an attitude of active listening before the Lord? 1 Kin. 19:11–13

How can I find renewal and restoration? Ps. 23:2–4

How does my relationship with the Lord affect what and how I hear from Him? Ps. 79:13

What happens when we praise God? Ps. 150:1–6

What does God’s love look like? Song 6:4

When is the appropriate time to praise the Lord? Is. 25:1

How does God define sin? Jer. 2:13

How can I get to really know God? Hos. 6:6

What are the characteristics of a godly man? Matt. 1:20, 21

How can I know if my worship pleases God? John 4:23, 24

How can God use an imperfect person like me? 1 John 1:9

Life Examples

Phinehas: A Man with a Zeal for God, Num. 25:12, 13

Deborah: A Mother in Israel, Judg. 5:7

Hosea: A Longing for Intimacy, Hos. 11:8, 9

The Wise Men: Giving Passionate Praise, Matt. 2:1–12

The Centurion: A Bold Confession, Mark 15:39

Mary of Bethany: A Life Devoted to God, John 12:1–8

Judas: Rabbi Is Not Enough, John 18:3

Stephen: Echoing His Savior, Acts 7:59, 60

Timothy: A Man Who Honored God, 1 Tim. 1:2, 18

Luke: Laboring in the Background, 2 Tim. 4:11

Titus: Serving God with Abandon, Titus 1:4

Onesimus: Doing the Hard Thing, Philem. 13

James: A Changed Man, James 1:1

Life Lessons

Gen. 1:16

Gen. 2:18

Gen. 2:25

Gen. 3:7

Gen. 3:8

Gen. 3:15

Gen. 4:16

Gen. 4:26

Gen. 5:24

Gen. 8:20

Gen. 24:63

Gen. 29:35

Gen. 35:2

Ex. 20:3

Lev. 20:26

Lev. 26:12

Deut. 4:24

Deut. 7:4

Deut. 32:36

Judg. 17:3

1 Sam. 2:17

1 Sam. 7:3

1 Sam. 12:21

2 Sam. 6:22

1 Kin. 8:10

1 Kin. 8:43

 

1 Kin. 12:33

2 Kin. 17:33

1 Chr. 16:7

1 Chr. 28:9

2 Chr. 26:5

Ezra 7:10

Neh. 13:26

Job 31:4

Job 42:5, 6

Ps. 37:3

Ps. 42:1

Ps. 63:1

Ps. 84:10

Ps. 92:2

Ps. 103:1

Eccl. 1:18

Song 2:13

Song 5:16

Song 8:6

Is. 17:7

Is. 57:15

Jer. 2:32

Jer. 13:11

Jer. 24:7

Dan. 11:32

Hos. 2:16

 

Nah. 1:2

Nah. 3:19

Zeph. 3:9

Zech. 7:5

Zech. 12:10

Matt. 4:23

Matt. 14:23

Mark 1:35

Mark 6:46

Mark 15:38

Luke 2:47

Luke 3:11

Luke 5:16

Luke 14:23

Luke 15:32

Luke 19:10

John 4:23

John 7:37

Acts 3:19

2 Cor. 5:19

Gal. 4:6

Gal. 6:2

Eph. 2:13

1 John 1:3

Rev. 2:4

 

 

Life Principle

 

2

 

Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. Ex. 19:5

What the Bible Says About

The Thrilling Adventure of Obedience, Is. 30:21

Bearing One Another’s Burdens, Gal. 6:1–3

Spiritual Growth, 2 Pet. 3:18

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I rid myself of guilt? Lev. 5:5

What does it mean to live in “the fear of the Lord”? Lev. 25:36

Why does God tell us to “flee from evil”? Deut. 19:19, 20

Is “fleece-throwing” a good way to discover the will of God? Judg. 6:36–40

How can we effectively guard against temptation? 2 Sam. 11:2–4

Where do we draw the line between healthy and unhealthy compromise? 1 Kin. 11:4

How do I deal with the temptation toward pride? 1 Chr. 28:9

When is the appropriate time to praise the Lord? Is. 25:1

What role does obedience play in a mature Christian’s life? Jer. 42:1–6

How can I confront a believer who has fallen spiritually? Ezek. 16:2

How can I become a more obedient Christian? Dan. 1:4–16

What can I do when my feelings go from discouraged to hopeless? Hab. 3:17–19

What are the characteristics of a godly man? Matt. 1:20, 21

What does it mean to be conformed to the truth? Rom. 8:29

Why is it so important to forgive others? Eph. 4:31, 32

Can the devil really make me do it? Rev. 18:23

Life Examples

Noah: Obedient and Dry, Gen. 6:22

Aaron: A Fatal Compromise, Lev. 8:2, 3

Baruch: Given His Life as a Prize, Jer. 45:1–5

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Facing the Fire, Dan. 3:19–29.

Amos: Obedient Without Compromise, Amos 2:6

Matthew: Leaving It All Behind, Matt. 9:9–17

Mary: Woman of Faith, Luke 1:31–38

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 3:7

Gen. 3:10

Gen. 3:12

Gen. 17:23

Ex. 1:17

Ex. 4:12

Ex. 5:22

Ex. 8:15

Ex. 9:12

Ex. 16:4

Ex. 16:18

 

Ex. 23:22

Ex. 32:34

Lev. 1:17

Lev. 9:24

Num. 11:1

Num. 12:14

Num. 20:12

Num. 33:55

Josh. 22:22

Josh. 23:13

Judg. 2:2, 3

1 Sam. 10:22

1 Sam. 15:9

 

1 Kin. 8:18, 19

2 Chr. 1:1

Neh. 4:1

Ps. 5:4

Matt. 6:32

Matt. 10:28

Acts 4:19

Acts 12:5

Acts 14:22

Acts 23:11

Rom. 13:14

1 Cor. 15:58

Heb. 11:13

 

 

Life Principle

 

3

 

God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm. Num. 23:19

What the Bible Says About

How God Speaks to Us, Ex. 31:18

The Importance of Developing a Discerning Spirit, Deut. 6:6

The Immense Value of Meditation, 2 Sam. 7:29

Binding Satan, Matt. 16:19

The Importance of the Scriptures, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I know it’s God’s voice I hear and not something else? 1 Sam. 3:19, 20

What steps can I take when I really need to hear from God? 2 Kin. 7:1

How can I gain wisdom from God? Prov. 2:1–7

Where can I look for good advice? Prov. 13:10

What does God really think of me? Rom. 3:24

What does it mean to be conformed to the truth? Rom. 8:29

How can I rightly comprehend God’s truth? 1 Cor. 2:9, 10

How can I develop a better self-image? Eph. 2:10

How can I combat my fears? 2 Tim. 1:7

How can I claim God’s promises? Heb. 10:23

How can I enrich my time alone with God? James 4:8

Life Examples

Ezra: Applying God’s Word, Ezra 7:10

King Jehoiakim: God’s Word Stands, Jer. 36:30, 31

Habakkuk: Trusting God in the Dark, Hab. 3:17–19

Joshua: A Picture of the Messiah, Zech. 6:9–13

Life Lessons

Gen. 8:22

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 21:33

Gen. 28:15

Gen. 46:4

Ex. 3:2

Ex. 33:19

Num. 7:89

Num. 13:31

Num. 14:9

Deut. 17:19

Deut. 26:7

Deut. 27:2, 3

Deut. 32:31

Josh. 1:8

Judg. 19:25

Judg. 20:46

1 Sam. 8:6

1 Sam. 28:19

1 Kin. 12:15

2 Kin. 22:10

 

2 Chr. 6:15

Ezra 5:1, 2

Neh. 6:2

Esth. 7:9

Job 23:12

Job 38:1

Ps. 4:8

Ps. 9:10

Ps. 12:6

Ps. 31:3

Ps. 43:3

Ps. 46:1, 2

Ps. 61:2

Ps. 109:4

Ps. 111:2

Ps. 117:2

Ps. 119:11

Ps. 119:28

Ps. 119:67

Ps. 119:105

Ps. 119:125

 

Ps. 119:162

Ps. 138:2

Prov. 6:23

Prov. 18:10

Is. 40:8

Is. 41:10

Jer. 25:11

Ezek. 12:25

Joel 2:11

Amos 2:4

Matt. 4:4, 7, 10

Matt. 28:18, 19

John 12:16

Acts 4:29

Acts 6:4

Col. 3:16

1 Thess. 1:6

2 Tim. 3:16, 17

Titus 1:9

Heb. 4:12

 

 

Life Principle

 

4

 

The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work. Deut. 20:1

What the Bible Says About

The Value of Hard Work, Gen. 39:2–6

Enjoying God’s Presence, Eccl. 2:26

The Value of Diligence, Eccl. 11:6

God’s Empowering Presence, Jer. 1:6–10

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I find courage in times of adversity? Josh. 1:6–9

How does my relationship with the Lord affect what and how I hear from Him? Ps. 79:13

How can I find fulfillment in my work? Eccl. 9:10

How do I deal with burnout? Is. 40:28–31

How can I feel secure in the Lord during troubled times? Hag. 2:4

When and how am I filled with the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:4

How can I cope with feelings of loneliness? 2 Tim. 4:13, 17, 21

How can God use an imperfect person like me? 1 John 1:9

Life Examples

Elijah: Responding to Stress, 1 Kin. 19:3

Micaiah: Bold Servant of God, 2 Chr. 18:13

Isaiah: A Life-Changing Encounter, Is. 6:1–7

Zacchaeus: A Life That Counts, Luke 19:1–10

Martha: Worship as You Work, John 11:19–44

John Mark: Learning to End Well, Col. 4:10

Luke: Laboring in the Background, 2 Tim. 4:11

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:15

Ex. 28:3

Deut. 3:20

Deut. 7:17, 18

Deut. 8:18

Josh. 3:10

 

2 Kin. 1:10

2 Kin. 2:21

1 Chr. 15:26

Ps. 100:2

Prov. 16:3

Eccl. 9:10

 

Eccl. 10:18

Hag. 2:4

Acts 1:5

Acts 1:8

1 Cor. 15:10

 

 

Life Principle

 

5

 

God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable. Josh. 3:8

What the Bible Says About

How to Control Our Anger, Is. 64:9

      Answers to Life’s Questions

What does it mean to be set free in Christ? John 8:31, 32

Why is it so important to forgive others? Eph. 4:31, 32

Life Examples

Gideon: Circumstances Convey Confirmation, Judg. 6:36–40

Mary: Woman of Faith, Luke 1:31–38

Simeon: Whole in the Arms of God, Luke 2:25–35

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 12:7

Gen. 15:6

Gen. 17:23

Gen. 18:14

Gen. 22:5

Ex. 2:8–10

Ex. 4:12

Ex. 8:15

Ex. 10:11

Ex. 16:4

Ex. 16:8

Ex. 16:18

Ex. 30:9

Lev. 1:17

 

Lev. 15:31

Num. 2:2

Num. 9:23

Deut. 19:5

Josh. 6:5

Josh. 8:2

Josh. 17:4

Josh. 23:13

1 Sam. 1:5

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 10:22

1 Sam. 10:27

1 Sam. 15:9

1 Sam. 24:6

1 Sam. 26:10

1 Kin. 8:18, 19

 

1 Kin. 17:9

2 Kin. 3:7

2 Kin. 5:14

Job 26:7

Job 40:8

Job 42:10

Ps. 13:1

Jer. 13:1

Mark 13:13

Luke 24:31

John 4:10

John 7:17

John 16:33

John 18:11

2 Cor. 5:7

Rev. 2:10

 

 

Life Principle

 

6

 

You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. Judg. 2:1–4

What the Bible Says About

The Forbidden Practice of the Occult, Deut. 18

The Deadliness of Anger, 1 Sam. 18:7, 8

How God Judges and Rewards Our Work, Rev. 22:12

Answers to Life’s Questions

Why does God tell us to “flee from evil”? Deut. 19:19, 20

How important is it to set goals? Phil. 3:11–14

Will God really meet all my needs? Phil. 4:19

Life Examples

David: Competent over Time, 1 Sam. 17:48–51

Nebuchadnezzar: A Lesson in Humility, Dan. 4:30–37

Tychicus: Beloved Messenger, Eph. 6:21

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:20

Gen. 3:16–19

Gen. 4:11, 12

Gen. 4:23

Gen. 8:1

Gen. 17:5

Gen. 19:9

Gen. 19:29

Gen. 19:36

Gen. 25:18

Num. 11:34

Num. 12:14

Num. 15:30

 

1 Sam. 25:21

1 Sam. 30:6

2 Sam. 16:21

2 Sam. 19:4

2 Sam. 21:1

1 Kin. 2:32

1 Kin. 12:1

1 Chr. 9:1

1 Chr. 21:14

2 Chr. 21:19

2 Chr. 24:21

Esth. 2:10

Job 21:7

 

Job 36:11

Is. 14:24

Dan. 7:25

Hos. 8:7

Hag. 2:19

Matt. 7:12

Luke  20:47

1 Cor. 5:5

1 Cor. 5:11

2 John 8

Rev. 2:23

 

 

Life Principle

 

7

 

The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us. 1 Sam. 30:1–6

     What the Bible Says About

God’s Limitations on Adversity, 2 Chr. 20:29

How God Limits Our Adversity, Job 1:12–2:6

The Process of Spiritual Growth, Jer. 18:1–6

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can a good God allow suffering in a believer’s life? Joel 1:19

How does God deal with our disobedience? Jon. 3:1

How does God teach me patience? 2 Thess. 3:5

How do I handle a difficult trial not of my own doing? 1 Pet. 1:6, 7

Life Examples

Joseph: Waiting and Trusting, Gen. 40:23

Moses: God’s Pattern for Success, Ex. 3:1–4

Ezekiel: Watching Dead Bones Come Alive, Ezek. 37:14

Life Lessons

Gen. 6:18

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 21:16

Gen. 22:1

Gen. 32:31

Gen. 39:2

Gen. 39:21

Gen. 41:1

Gen. 41:46

Gen. 42:5

Gen. 50:20

Ex. 5:9

Ex. 5:22

Ex. 13:21

Ex. 14:2

Ex. 15:18

Ex. 17:7

Ex. 33:19

Lev. 14:33, 34

Num. 21:2

Num. 35:10, 11

Deut. 2:7

Deut. 8:2

Deut. 8:16

 

Josh. 11:23

Judg. 2:22

Ruth 1:21

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 9:16

1 Sam. 30:1, 2

1 Sam. 31:2

1 Kin. 14:5

1 Kin. 19:18

2 Kin. 11:17

1 Chr. 21:16

2 Chr. 26:16

Esth. 9:22

Job 5:7

Job 7:11

Job 16:9

Job 29:2

Job 34:12

Job 36:15

Job 42:8

Job 42:12

Ps. 10:1

Ps. 13:1

Ps. 18:18

 

Ps. 22:1

Ps. 43:3

Ps. 44:22

Ps. 55:6

Ps. 66:10

Ps. 119:105

Eccl. 7:14

Song 2:3

Is. 10:25

Is. 41:17

Is. 43:20

Is. 45:15

Is. 49:15

Is. 50:10

Mic. 7:8

Luke 12:6

John 11:37

Acts 27:20

Rom. 5:3, 4

1 Cor. 7:11

2 Cor. 1:3, 4

2 Cor. 1:9

James 1:2, 3

 

 

Life Principle

 

8

 

Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time. 2 Sam. 15:31

What the Bible Says About

Asking God for Specific Things, 1 Kin. 3:5

Effectively Tackling a Prayer Burden, Neh 1:4–6

Binding Satan, Matt. 16:19

The Many Faces of Prayer, Col. 1:9–12

Principles for Effective Intercession, James 5:15, 16

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I find courage in the face of stiff challenges? 1 Sam. 17:12–54

What role does faith play in doing great things for God? 1 Sam. 17:26

What can I do to help change the spiritual and moral climate of my nation? 2 Chr. 7:14

How can I deal with the anger or bitterness of another? Prov. 14:10

How can I deal with discouragement? Jer. 29:11

How can I make my prayer life fresh and new? Jer. 33:1–3

How can I become a godly influence on others? Ezek. 22:30

How can I learn to pray effectively? Dan. 9:2

What tools has God provided to help me share my faith? Mark 16:15

How do I handle nagging doubt? Luke 24:38

What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”? 1 Thess. 5:17

How can I combat my fears? 2 Tim. 1:7

Life Examples

Jacob: Wrestling with God, Gen. 32:24–32

Hannah: Asking in Faith, 1 Sam. 1:10, 11

Elisha: Enjoying a Hedge of Angels, 2 Kin. 6:18

David: The Joy of Forgiveness, Ps. 32:1–11

Daniel: A Man of Prayer, Dan. 6:10

Rhoda: Joy in Prayer, Acts 12:12–17

Life Lessons

Gen. 20:17

Gen. 24:12

Gen. 30:2

Num. 14:19

Deut. 4:7

Josh. 10:12, 13

Judg. 5:13

1 Sam. 1:10

2 Sam. 12:4

 

2 Kin. 19:20

1 Chr. 5:20

2 Chr. 14:11

2 Chr. 16:12

Ezra 8:31

Neh. 4:4

Job 26:14

Ps. 20:7

Ps. 115:3

 

Matt. 7:7

Matt. 18:20

Mark 14:35

Luke 21:36

Acts 4:31

Acts 16:25

Eph. 6:18

Heb. 4:16

Heb. 5:7

 

 

Life Principle

 

9

 

Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees. 2 Kin. 6:17

What the Bible Says About

The Origin, Work, and Destiny of Satan, Ezek. 28:12–19

How Adversity Reveals Our Level of Faith, Mark 4:35

Growing in Our Faith, Luke 18:1–8

The Grace in Which We Stand, Rom. 5:2

      Answers to Life’s Questions

Why doesn’t God answer my prayers sooner? Gen. 45:25–46:4

Can I really trust God to provide what I need? Ex. 16:1–3

How do I keep my focus on God and not on the obstacles in my life? Num. 14:8, 9

Is “fleece-throwing” a good way to discover the will of God? Judg. 6:36–40

How can I deal effectively with jealousy? Ps. 37:4

How can I praise God when life doesn’t go well? Lam. 3:40

How can I overcome anxiety? Matt. 6:25–34

How do I handle nagging doubt? Luke 24:38

Why do I still have the impulse to sin? Gal. 2:20

Will God really meet all my needs? Phil. 4:19

How can I partner with the Holy Spirit in my life? Col. 2:6, 7

How can I be the kind of faithful person God honors? Heb. 6:11, 12

How can God use an imperfect person like me? 1 John 1:9

Life Examples

Sarah: Laughing All the Way to the Crib, Gen. 18:9–15

Caleb: A Profile in Boldness, Josh. 14:6–12

Nehemiah: Daring to Believe, Neh. 4:14

The Preacher: Rich Doesn’t Mean Expensive, Eccl. 2:4

Habakkuk: Trusting God in the Dark, Hab. 3:17–19

The Centurion: A Bold Confession, Mark 15:39

Simeon: Whole in the Arms of God, Luke 2:25–35

Thomas: From Doubt to Faith, John 20:24–29

Silas: Singing for Victory, Acts 16:24–34

Life Lessons

Gen. 12:7

Gen. 12:18

Gen. 15:6

Gen. 17:23

Gen. 22:5

Gen. 35:5

Ex. 2:7–10

Ex. 3:19

Ex. 4:2

Ex. 14:2

Ex. 14:13

Ex. 15:22, 23

Ex. 17:7

Ex. 21:33

Lev. 8:35

Lev. 15:31

Num. 11:28

Num. 13:28

Num. 13:31

Num. 14:9

Josh. 8:2

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 13:8

1 Sam. 13:14

 

1 Sam. 17:33

1 Sam. 22:3

1 Kin. 5:12

1 Kin. 8:18, 19

1 Kin. 14:5

2 Kin. 6:17

Esth. 2:23

Job 3:25

Job 4:4, 5

Job 13:15

Job 17:15

Job 19:23

Job 21:22

Job 40:8

Job 42:10

Ps. 1:3

Ps. 1:5

Ps. 7:17

Ps. 9:7

Ps. 13:1

Ps. 22:1

Ps. 23:6

Ps. 27:1

Ps. 34:7

 

Ps. 55:6

Is. 55:9

Dan. 2:16

Dan. 3:28

Hab. 3:18

Matt. 14:27

Luke 1:30

Luke 1:37

Luke 24:31

John 4:10

John 11:14, 15

John 16:33

John 18:11

Acts 10:20

Acts 11:17

Rom. 4:21

Rom. 8:18

Rom. 8:28

1 Cor. 2:12

2 Cor. 5:7

2 Cor. 7:6

Phil. 4:8

1 Pet. 4:19

 

 

Life Principle

 

10

 

If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will. 2 Chr. 20:12

What the Bible Says About

The Importance of Developing a Discerning Spirit, Deut. 6:6

Seeking God’s Guidance, Ps. 27:14

How the Holy Spirit Guides Us, John 16:13

Answers to Life’s Questions

What good does fasting do us? Neh. 1:4

Why do I sometimes fail to hear God when He speaks? Jer. 22:21

How can I rightly comprehend God’s truth? 1 Cor. 2:9, 10

Life Examples

John the Baptist: A Man of Discernment, Mark 6:14–29

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:15

Gen. 6:22

Gen. 8:1

Gen. 15:1

Ex. 2:8–10

Ex. 9:16

Lev. 24:12

Num. 8:4

Num. 17:8

Deut. 32:36

 

Josh. 14:9, 10

1 Sam. 3:7

1 Sam. 23:13

2 Kin. 4:2

2 Kin. 4:17

2 Kin. 8:5

1 Chr. 10:14

Esth. 8:8

Ps. 148:8

Eccl. 8:5

 

Is. 20:2

Is. 45:19

Matt. 1:20

Acts 4:31

Acts 5:19, 20

Acts 9:4

Acts 12:9

Rom. 12:2

Titus 2:11, 12

 

 

Life Principle

 

11

 

God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. Job 42:7–17

     What the Bible Says About

Gagging on Financial Indebtedness, 2 Kin. 4:1

The Thrilling Adventure of Obedience, Is. 30:21

Finding Confidence in God, Lam. 3:23, 24

Answers to Life’s Questions

Can I really trust God to provide what I need? Ex. 16:1–3

What place should money take in my life? Ex. 20:2, 3

How should I respond to failure or setbacks? Josh. 7:6–15

Why do I sometimes fail to hear God when He speaks? Jer. 22:21

What role does obedience play in a mature Christian’s life? Jer. 42:1–6

How can I overcome anxiety? Matt. 6:25–34

How can I learn to feel content? 1 Tim. 6:7, 8

Life Examples

Naomi: Sowing in the Midst of Suffering, Ruth 1:18–22

The Preacher: Rich Doesn’t Mean Expensive, Eccl. 2:4

John the Baptist: A Man of Discernment, Mark 6:14–29

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:20

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 3:7

Gen. 17:23

Gen. 22:5

Ex. 1:20

Ex. 4:12

Ex. 5:22

Ex. 8:15

Ex. 9:12

Ex. 10:11

Ex. 16:4

Ex. 16:8

 

Ex. 16:18

Ex. 23:22

Lev. 1:17

Lev. 9:24

Num. 11:1

Num. 14:24

Num. 33:55

Deut. 19:5

Josh. 5:12

Josh. 23:13

1 Sam. 10:22

1 Sam. 15:9

2 Sam. 15:25

2 Kin. 11:2

 

1 Chr. 22:13

Job 42:10

Job 42:12

Ps. 1:3

Ps. 5:4

Ps. 112:2

Matt. 6:4

Matt. 10:42

John 7:17

Acts 18:9, 10

Phil. 4:6

James 4:3

Rev. 2:3

 

 

Life Principle

 

12

 

Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God. Ps. 4:8

What the Bible Says About

The Cover-Up, Lev. 6:6, 7

Confidence in Times of Distress, Ps. 46:1–11

God as Our Comforter, Jer. 8:18

Your Identity in Christ, Heb. 3:1

Answers to Life’s Questions

What should I do when I feel distant from God? Judg. 6:6

What does the Bible say to lonely people? 1 Sam 12:22

How can I find renewal and restoration? Ps. 23:2–4

What does God’s love look like? Song 6:4

How can I have God’s peace? Is. 26:3

How can I get to really know God? Hos. 6:6

How can I endure in my faith during hard times? Zeph. 3:17

How can I know if my worship pleases God? John 4:23, 24

What does God really think of me? Rom. 3:24

Is there a limit to God’s forgiveness? 1 Cor. 6:9–11

Life Examples

The Wise Men: Giving Passionate Praise, Matt. 2:1–12

Jesus: Example or Sacrifice? Matt. 26:39

Nicodemus: Unclean but Unblemished, John 3:1–21

Mary of Bethany: A Life Devoted to God, John 12:1–8

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:25

Gen. 4:26

Deut. 12:18

Josh. 21:44

2 Kin. 6:15

1 Chr. 22:9

 

Job 23:12

Job 25:4

Ps. 4:8

Ps. 17:8

Ps. 92:2

Is. 26:12

 

Is. 57:21

Jer. 6:14

John 14:27

Rom. 5:1

Heb. 13:20, 21

 

 

Life Principle

 

13

 

Listening to God is essential to walking with God. Ps. 81:8

What the Bible Says About

How God Speaks to Us, Ex. 31:18

How Listening Spares Us Pain, Josh. 7:1–13

God’s Desire to Communicate with Us, Ps. 139:1–24

Principles for Effective Intercession, James 5:15, 16

Answers to Life’s Questions

How does God get our attention? Deut. 4:42–44

How can I know it’s God’s voice I hear and not something else? 1 Sam. 3:19, 20

How can I develop and maintain an attitude of active listening before the Lord? 1 Kin. 19:11–13

What steps can I take when I really need to hear from God? 2 Kin. 7:1

How does my conscience differ from the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Rom. 2:14, 15

How can I develop a better self-image? Eph. 2:10

How important is it to set goals? Phil. 3:11–14

How can I enrich my time alone with God? James 4:8

      Life Examples

Samuel: Learning to Hear God’s Voice, 1 Sam. 3:1–10

King Solomon: We All Need God’s Wisdom, Prov. 3:5, 6

Life Lessons

Gen. 5:24

Gen. 6:8

Ex. 3:2

Num. 1:1

Num. 7:89

Num. 9:8

Deut. 5:24

Josh. 1:1

Judg. 1:1

2 Sam. 2:1

2 Sam. 5:19

2 Sam. 5:23

 

2 Sam. 13:32

2 Sam. 15:8

1 Kin. 8:58

2 Kin. 14:10

2 Kin. 20:17

2 Chr. 33:10

2 Chr. 35:22

Esth. 3:4

Job 33:14

Job 38:1

Ps. 16:7

Ps. 31:3

 

Ps. 77:10

Ps. 143:8

Is. 28:29

Jer. 22:21

Jer. 33:3

Lam. 3:25

Luke 5:16

John 6:38

Acts 10:20

1 Thess. 4:3

 

 

Life Principle

 

14

 

God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. Is. 64:4

What the Bible Says About

The Process of Spiritual Growth, Jer. 18:1–6

God’s Forever Love, 1 Cor. 13:1–13

Answers to Life’s Questions

What can I do to earn a more spiritually responsible role? Ex. 3:3–9

What should I do when I feel the need to act in haste? Neh. 2:3

How can I become a godly influence on others? Ezek. 22:30

How does God teach me patience? 2 Thess. 3:5

Life Examples

Abraham: The Man of Endurance, Gen. 21:1–3

Joseph: Waiting and Trusting, Gen. 40:23

Simeon: Whole in the Arms of God, Luke 2:25–35

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:20

Gen. 8:1

Gen. 17:5

Gen. 17:17

Gen. 22:14

Gen. 41:1

Ex. 2:23

Ex. 8:23

Deut. 1:30

Judg. 1:8

Ruth 3:18

1 Sam. 1:10

1 Sam. 13:8

1 Sam. 22:2

1 Sam. 26:10

 

2 Sam. 3:1

2 Sam. 5:23

1 Kin. 9:3

1 Kin. 16:30

1 Kin. 18:43

2 Kin. 6:33

2 Kin. 24:20

Esth. 8:12

Esth. 9:1

Job 30:20

Job 42:8

Ps. 25:4, 5

Ps. 36:5

Ps. 40:1

Ps. 46:10

 

Ps. 62:5

Ps. 77:10

Ps. 123:2

Ps. 130:5

Eccl. 3:1, 2

Is. 25:9

Is. 38:14

Is. 64:4

Ezek. 39:22

Dan. 10:13

Hag. 2:19

Matt. 28:4, 5

Rom. 4:20

James 5:7

2 Pet. 3:8

 

 

Life Principle

 

15

 

Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness. Jer. 15:19

     What the Bible Says About

The Benefits of Prayer and Fasting, Esth. 4:16

God’s Hatred of Human Pride, Prov. 16:18

How to Handle Feelings of Guilt, Is. 44:9–11

God as Our Comforter, Jer. 8:18

Brokenness, the Way to Blessing, Joel 2:12–20

How God Uses Adversity to Get Our Attention, Acts 9:1–20

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I rid myself of guilt? Lev. 5:5

How should I respond to failure or setbacks? Josh. 7:6–15

What should I do when I feel distant from God? Judg. 6:6

What can I do to help change the spiritual and moral climate of my nation? 2 Chr. 7:14

How can I help to restore someone to fellowship with God? Ezek. 36:16–38

How does God deal with our disobedience? Jon. 3:1

What does it mean to do spiritual battle? Rom. 7:15–25

Life Examples

David: A Case Study in Repentance, 2 Sam. 12:13

Uzziah: The Downfall of Pride, 2 Chr. 26:16–23

David: The Joy of Forgiveness, Ps. 32:1–11

Isaiah: A Life-Changing Encounter, Is. 6:1–7

Gomer: What Did She Want? Hos. 2:14

Martha: Worship as You Work, John 11:19–44

Paul: Strength in Weakness, 2 Cor. 12:7

John Mark: Learning to End Well, Col. 4:10

Life Lessons

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 21:16

Gen. 25:21

Gen. 39:2

Ex. 5:9

Josh. 13:1

Judg. 13:3

Ruth 1:21

1 Sam. 1:10

 

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 9:16

1 Sam. 30:1, 2

2 Chr. 26:16

Job 42:17

Ps. 113:7, 8

Ps. 126:5

Is. 40:29

Is. 41:17

 

Is. 64:8

Jer. 18:6

Zech. 1:17

Acts 8:4

Acts 9:4

James 1:2, 3

James 4:10

 

 

Life Principle

 

16

 

Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes. Ezek. 25:6, 7

What the Bible Says About

The Deadliness of Anger, 1 Sam. 18:7, 8

Gagging on Financial Indebtedness, 2 Kin. 4:1

Answers to Life’s Questions

How does God define sin? Jer. 2:13

How can I learn to feel content? 1 Tim. 6:7, 8

Life Examples

Pharaoh: A Bad Case of a Hard Heart, Ex. 3:19, 20

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 3:12

Gen. 6:18

Gen. 11:4

Gen. 16:4

Gen. 19:24

Gen. 19:36

Gen. 25:34

Gen. 41:16

Ex. 3:11, 12

Num. 11:34

 

Num. 12:2

Judg. 7:2

1 Sam. 4:13

1 Sam. 12:21

1 Sam. 18:8

1 Sam. 22:8

2 Sam. 2:10

2 Sam. 16:3

2 Sam. 18:18

1 Kin. 1:5

2 Kin. 8:18

2 Chr. 20:37

 

Ps. 49:20

Ps. 106:15

Ps. 107:9

Prov. 23:4, 5

Eccl. 2:11

Eccl. 2:17

Jer. 2:11

Jer. 8:9

Mark 14:10

Acts 12:23

2 Cor. 3:5

3 John 9

 

 

Life Principle

 

17

 

We stand tallest and strongest on our knees. Dan. 6:10, 11

What the Bible Says About

How to Pray with Authority, 1 Kin. 18:20–40

Effectively Tackling a Prayer Burden, Neh 1:4–6

The Many Faces of Prayer, Col. 1:9–12

Answers to Life’s Questions

Why doesn’t God answer my prayers sooner? Gen. 45:25–46:4

What is our authority in prayer? 2 Chr. 20:3

How does my relationship with the Lord affect what and how I hear from Him? Ps. 79:13

How can I make my prayer life fresh and new? Jer. 33:1–3

How can I learn to pray effectively? Dan. 9:2

What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”? 1 Thess. 5:17

Life Examples

Stephen: Echoing His Savior, Acts 7:59, 60

Silas: Singing for Victory, Acts 16:24–34

Life Lessons

Gen. 30:2

Num. 14:19

Deut. 4:7

Josh. 10:12, 13

Judg. 5:13

1 Sam. 1:10

1 Sam. 7:8

2 Kin. 19:20

1 Chr. 5:20

 

2 Chr. 14:11

2 Chr. 16:12

Neh. 4:4

Job 26:14

Ps. 115:3

Dan. 9:18

Matt. 7:7

Matt. 14:23

Matt. 18:20

 

Luke 6:12

Luke 21:36

Acts 4:31

Acts 12:5

Eph. 6:18

Phil. 4:6

Heb. 4:16

 

 

Life Principle

 

18

 

As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances. Hos. 3:4, 5

What the Bible Says About

God’s Desire to Communicate with Us, Ps. 139:1–24

The Origin, Work, and Destiny of Satan, Ezek. 28:12–19

Answers to Life’s Questions

Does God bring us adversity? Gen. 39:20

How can I find courage in the face of stiff challenges? 1 Sam. 17:12–54

What role does faith play in doing great things for God? 1 Sam. 17:26

How can I find the strength to endure when I face spiritual opposition? Ezra 4:1–24

How can I endure in my faith during hard times? Zeph. 3:17

Life Examples

Sarah: Laughing All the Way to the Crib, Gen. 18:9–15

Cyrus: An Instrument of God, Ezra 1:1

Job’s Friends: Adamant, but Wrong, Job 42:7–9

Jonah: No Fleeing the God of Everywhere, Jon. 1:3

Rhoda: Joy in Prayer, Acts 12:12–17

Life Lessons

Gen. 4:16

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 16:9

Gen. 32:31

Gen. 39:21

Gen. 41:46

Gen. 50:20

Num. 11:14

Num. 13:28

Num. 14:18

 

Num. 20:21

Deut. 1:27

Ruth 1:21

1 Sam. 1:10

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 30:1, 2

1 Sam. 31:2

2 Chr. 13:18

Ezra 6:12

Job 4:17

 

Job 20:4, 5

Job 29:2

Ps. 31:15

Ps. 42:11

Luke 13:3

Acts 2:23

Rom. 8:28

Rom. 11:33

Phil. 1:6, 12, 29

1 Pet. 1:3

 

 

Life Principle

 

19

 

Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose. Amos 6:6, 7

     What the Bible Says About

Gagging on Financial Indebtedness, 2 Kin. 4:1

Brokenness, the Way to Blessing, Joel 2:12–20

Answers to Life’s Questions

What place should money take in my life? Ex. 20:2, 3

How do I deal with the temptation toward pride? 1 Chr. 28:9

How do I deal with burnout? Is. 40:28–31

How does God teach me patience? 2 Thess. 3:5

Life Examples

David: A Case Study in Repentance, 2 Sam. 12:13

Uzziah: The Downfall of Pride, 2 Chr. 26:16–23

Nebuchadnezzar: A Lesson in Humility, Dan. 4:30–37

Gomer: What Did She Want? Hos. 2:14

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 3:12

Gen. 6:18

Gen. 11:4

Gen. 16:4

Gen. 19:36

Gen. 41:16

Ex. 3:11, 12

 

Num. 11:5

Num. 11:34

Num. 12:2

Judg. 7:2

1 Sam. 2:29

1 Sam. 4:13

1 Sam. 18:8

1 Sam. 22:8

2 Sam. 3:9

 

Ezra 1:6

Prov. 23:4, 5

Eccl. 2:11

Eccl. 5:15

Matt. 6:21

Matt. 6:24

1 Tim. 6:9

 

 

Life Principle

 

20

 

Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice. Hab. 3:17–19

What the Bible Says About

Your Identity in Christ, Heb. 3:1

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I deal with discouragement? Jer. 29:11

How can I praise God when life doesn’t go well? Lam. 3:40

Why doesn’t God keep us from tests and trials? Dan. 6:16

Life Examples

Joshua: The Need for Courage, Josh. 3:5–17

Job: Choosing to Trust, Job 19:25, 26

Ezekiel: Watching Dead Bones Come Alive, Ezek. 37:14

Life Lessons

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 39:2

Gen. 41:46

Ex. 5:9

 

Ex. 6:9

Num. 13:28

Ruth 1:21

Ezra 3:3

 

Ps. 42:11

1 Cor. 16:9

2 Cor. 2:14

2 Tim. 3:12

 

 

Life Principle

 

21

 

Obedience always brings blessing. Luke 11:28

What the Bible Says About

The Forbidden Practice of the Occult, Deut. 18

The Thrilling Adventure of Obedience, Is. 30:21

Grieving the Holy Spirit, Eph. 4:30

How God Judges and Rewards Our Work, Rev. 22:12

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I become a more obedient child of God? Gen. 12:1

What can I do to earn a more spiritually responsible role? Ex. 3:3–9

How do I keep my focus on God and not on the obstacles in my life? Num. 14:8, 9

What should I do during times of adversity? 1 Chr. 22:13

What role does obedience play in a mature Christian’s life? Jer. 42:1–6

How can I become a more obedient Christian? Dan. 1:4–16

Should I tithe when I am struggling financially? Mal. 3:8–12

Do I have a role to play in communicating God’s truth to others? Matt. 28:19, 20

What does it mean to be set free in Christ? John 8:31, 32

How can I be the kind of faithful person God honors? Heb. 6:11, 12

How can I claim God’s promises? Heb. 10:23

Life Examples

Pharaoh: A Bad Case of a Hard Heart, Ex. 3:19, 20

Deborah: A Mother in Israel, Judg. 5:7

Josiah: Committed to Following the Lord, 2 Kin. 23:25

Mordecai: Bowing Before No Man, Esth. 3:2

Baruch: Given His Life as a Prize, Jer. 45:1–5

Peter: Willing to Change, Matt. 16:18

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:20

Gen. 3:1

Gen. 3:5

Gen. 4:7

Gen. 12:1

Gen. 12:7

Gen. 17:23

Gen. 18:19

Gen. 22:18

Gen. 24:1

Gen. 24:7

Gen. 28:9

Ex. 1:20

Ex. 4:12

Ex. 5:22

Ex. 8:15

Ex. 16:4

Ex. 16:18

Ex. 19:5

Ex. 20:12

Lev. 1:17

Lev. 8:35

Lev. 25:21

Num. 9:23

Num. 11:1

Num. 11:28

Num. 14:24

Num. 15:39

Num. 16:28

Num. 20:12

Num. 22:12

Num. 33:55

Deut. 5:24

Deut. 5:29

Deut. 5:33

 

Deut. 6:5

Deut. 6:18

Deut. 11:13, 14

Deut. 23:12, 13

Deut. 28:3, 4

Deut. 30:1–3

Josh. 5:8

Josh. 11:11

Josh. 23:13

Josh. 24:24

Judg. 9:4

Judg. 13:23

Judg. 16:20

Judg. 17:13

Ruth 3:10

Ruth 4:15

1 Sam. 1:20

1 Sam. 2:35

1 Sam. 22:18

1 Sam. 26:10

1 Sam. 30:20

2 Sam. 6:3

2 Sam. 6:13

2 Sam. 7:21

1 Kin. 17:17

2 Kin. 4:2

2 Kin. 4:17

2 Kin. 5:14

2 Kin. 6:31

2 Kin. 18:7

1 Chr. 5:26

1 Chr. 14:12

1 Chr. 15:13

2 Chr. 15:7

2 Chr. 20:25

 

2 Chr. 31:21

Neh. 3:5

Neh. 8:17

Esth. 2:10

Esth. 8:8

Job 1:10

Job 36:11

Job 42:12

Ps. 1:3

Ps. 66:18

Ps. 72:17

Ps. 81:10

Ps. 81:13, 16

Ps. 88:3

Ps. 112:2

Is. 1:5

Is. 3:10

Is. 28:29

Is. 55:2

Jer. 5:12

Jer. 23:3

Jer. 38:20

Nah. 1:9

Nah. 2:13

Hab. 1:13

Mal. 3:16

Matt. 10:42

Luke 1:45

John 6:38

John 13:17

Acts 7:9, 10

Heb. 12:11

1 John 1:4

2 John 8

Rev. 2:10

 

 

Life Principle

 

22

 

To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit. Acts 10:19

     What the Bible Says About

How the Holy Spirit Guides Us, John 16:13

Grieving the Holy Spirit, Eph. 4:30

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I become a more obedient child of God? Gen. 12:1

What are the characteristics of a godly man? Matt. 1:20, 21

How does my conscience differ from the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Rom. 2:14, 15

How can I partner with the Holy Spirit in my life? Col. 2:6, 7

Life Examples

King Ahasuerus: A Restless Spirit, Esth. 6:1

Tychicus: Beloved Messenger, Eph. 6:21

Life Lessons

Gen. 3:12

Gen. 12:7

Gen. 17:23

Gen. 35:5

Ex. 4:12

Ex. 8:15

Ex. 10:10, 11

Ex. 16:4

Ex. 16:18

Lev. 1:17

Lev. 8:35

Num. 1:1

Num. 7:89

Num. 9:23

 

Num. 11:28

Num. 16:28

Deut. 5:24

Josh. 7:21

Josh. 23:13

1 Sam. 3:7

1 Sam. 10:22

1 Sam. 16:3

1 Kin. 8:58

1 Kin. 17:9

1 Chr. 12:18

Ezra 1:5

Neh. 2:12

Neh. 7:5

 

Job 33:14

Job 40:8

Ps. 63:6

Jer. 26:2

Mark 2:22

Luke 4:1, 14

Luke 24:31

Acts 1:8

Acts 16:6, 7

Rom. 3:23

1 Cor. 2:12

Heb. 13:20, 21

2 John 8

 

 

Life Principle

 

23

 

You can never outgive God. 2 Cor. 9:8

     What the Bible Says About

How God Defines Wealth, 1 Chr. 29:12

Spiritual Shortsightedness in Giving, Hag. 1:2–11

Tithing and Giving, Mal. 3:8–12

Answers to Life’s Questions

Does God consider loyalty an important trait in His people? Ruth 1:16, 17

Should I tithe when I am struggling financially? Mal. 3:8–12

Life Examples

Matthew: Leaving It All Behind, Matt. 9:9–17

Zacchaeus: A Life That Counts, Luke 19:1–10

Life Lessons

Gen. 11:4

Gen. 13:8

Gen. 31:42

Gen. 48:11

Num. 14:11

Num. 18:20

Deut. 15:7

Deut. 15:11

Deut. 16:17

Judg. 11:24

 

1 Sam. 2:21

2 Sam. 7:8

2 Sam. 7:11

2 Sam. 9:7

1 Chr. 17:1

1 Chr. 29:9

1 Chr. 29:14

2 Chr. 25:9

Ezra 2:69

Neh. 10:38

 

Ps. 108:12

Ps. 109:27

Matt. 6:4

Matt. 6:32

Luke 14:14

2 Cor. 9:7

2 Cor. 9:8

2 Cor. 9:15

 

 

Life Principle

 

24

 

To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. Gal. 2:20

What the Bible Says About

Adversity as a Revealer of Our Strengths and Weaknesses, Judg. 6:12, 13

How to Control Our Anger, Is. 64:9

True Religion, Mic. 6:8

Loving the Unlovable, Matt. 5:44

Growing in Our Faith, Luke 18:1–8

Spiritual Growth, 2 Pet. 3:18

Answers to Life’s Questions

What does it mean to live in “the fear of the Lord”? Lev. 25:36

How can I deal effectively with jealousy? Ps. 37:4

How can I confront a believer who has fallen spiritually? Ezek. 16:2

How can I avoid burnout in doing God’s work? Zech. 4:6, 7

When and how am I filled with the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:4

What does it mean to do spiritual battle? Rom. 7:15–25

What value could there possibly be in weakness? 2 Cor. 12:9

Why do I still have the impulse to sin? Gal. 2:20

What is the fruit of the Spirit and how does it grow in me? Gal. 5:22, 23

How can I cope with feelings of loneliness? 2 Tim. 4:13, 17, 21

Life Examples

Jeremiah: Sorrowful Compassion, Jer. 14:17

Jesus: Example or Sacrifice? Matt. 26:39

Judas: Rabbi Is Not Enough, John 18:3

Stephen: Echoing His Savior, Acts 7:59, 60

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:25

Gen. 6:22

Ex. 7:5

Ex. 21:36

 

Ex. 22:28

Lev. 8:35

Lev. 18:4

Lev. 19:9, 10

 

Lev. 22:21

Gal. 2:20

Col. 2:6

Col. 3:2

 

 

Life Principle

 

25

 

God blesses us so that we might bless others. Eph. 4:28

What the Bible Says About

How God Defines Wealth, 1 Chr. 29:12

The Benefits of Prayer and Fasting, Esth. 4:16

The Best Friend You Will Ever Have, Song 5:16

Accountability Relationships, 2 Cor. 5:10

Answers to Life’s Questions

What does God’s love look like? Song 6:4

Do I have a role to play in communicating God’s truth to others? Matt. 28:19, 20

What tools has God provided to help me share my faith? Mark 16:15

Life Examples

Barnabas: Always an Encouraging Word, 1 Cor. 9:6

Life Lessons

Gen. 1:22

Gen. 30:27

Gen. 33:11

Ex. 25:2

Num. 10:29

Num. 22:12

Deut. 15:7

Deut. 15:11

Ruth 2:15

1 Sam. 30:6

 

1 Kin. 2:6, 9

Ps. 37:3

Ps. 70:4

Ps. 106:3

Prov. 3:27

Prov. 17:5

Eccl. 4:9, 10

Eccl. 5:19

Is. 58:6

Jer. 38:20

 

Ezek. 22:30

Matt. 10:8

Luke 12:48

Acts 9:4

Acts 11:29

Acts 27:25

1 Tim. 6:18

2 Tim. 1:6

 

 

Life Principle

 

26

 

Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. Phil. 3:10, 11

     What the Bible Says About

God’s Limitations on Adversity, 2 Chr. 20:29

How God Uses Adversity to Get Our Attention, Acts 9:1–20

Answers to Life’s Questions

Does God bring us adversity? Gen. 39:20

How can I find courage in times of adversity? Josh. 1:6–9

What role does Satan play in our adversity? Job 2:4–7

Where is God when I’m in pain? Is. 63:9

Why doesn’t God keep us from tests and trials? Dan. 6:16

Is there a limit to God’s forgiveness? 1 Cor. 6:9–11

How do I handle a difficult trial not of my own doing? 1 Pet. 1:6, 7

Life Examples

Joel: Prophet of Revival, Joel 2:13

Paul: Strength in Weakness, 2 Cor. 12:7

Life Lessons

Gen. 6:18

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 22:1

Gen. 32:31

Gen. 39:2

Gen. 41:46

Gen. 42:5

Gen. 50:20

Ex. 5:9

Ex. 14:2

Ex. 17:7

Ex. 33:19

Lev. 14:33, 34

Num. 13:31

Num. 14:9

Num. 21:2

Num. 35:10, 11

Deut. 8:2

Deut. 8:16

Josh. 1:9

Josh. 11:23

Judg. 2:22

Ruth 1:21

 

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 8:6

1 Sam. 9:16

1 Sam. 30:1, 2

2 Sam. 4:9

2 Sam. 10:12

1 Kin. 19:18

2 Kin. 11:17

2 Chr. 26:16

2 Chr. 28:22

Ezra 4:23

Esth. 9:22

Job 1:20

Job 5:7

Job 10:20

Job 12:13

Job 16:9

Job 29:2

Job 36:15

Job 42:8

Job 42:12

Ps. 10:1

Ps. 13:1

 

Ps. 35:27

Ps. 57:1

Ps. 66:10

Ps. 107:19

Ps. 119:67

Eccl. 7:14

Is. 9:13

Is. 29:24

Is. 38:17

Is. 41:17

Is. 51:12

Jer. 31:14

Lam. 3:31, 32

Lam. 4:17

Mark 13:13

Luke 12:6

John 11:37

Acts 27:20

Rom. 5:3, 4

2 Cor. 1:3, 4

2 Cor. 1:9

James 5:11

Rev. 2:10

 

 

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Prayer is life’s greatest time saver. 2 Thess. 3:1

What the Bible Says About

Asking God for Specific Things, 1 Kin. 3:5

Seeking God’s Guidance, Ps. 27:14

The Many Faces of Prayer, Col. 1:9–12

Answers to Life’s Questions

What does it mean to “sit before the Lord”? 2 Sam. 7:18

What steps can I take when I really need to hear from God? 2 Kin. 7:1

What good does fasting do us? Neh. 1:4

How can I deal with the anger or bitterness of another? Prov. 14:10

Will God really meet all my needs? Phil. 4:19

What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”? 1 Thess. 5:17

Life Lessons

Gen. 13:4

Gen. 19:29

Josh. 7:5

Josh. 9:14

1 Sam. 7:8

 

2 Sam. 12:4

2 Kin. 20:5

1 Chr. 4:10

Ezra 8:21

Ezra 8:31

 

Job 26:14

Ps. 115:3

Matt. 7:7

Mark 9:24

James 4:2

 

 

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No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith. Heb. 10:24, 25

What the Bible Says About

The Need for Christian Friendship, 1 Sam. 20:42

Loving the Unlovable, Matt. 5:44

Accountability Relationships, 2 Cor. 5:10

Bearing One Another’s Burdens, Gal. 6:1–3

The Making of an Encourager, 1 Thess. 3:1–10

Answers to Life’s Questions

Does God consider loyalty an important trait in His people? Ruth 1:16, 17

How can I find the strength to endure when I face spiritual opposition? Ezra 4:1–24

Life Examples

Ruth: Loyal to the End, Ruth 4:13–22

Nathan: The Value of Godly Counsel, 2 Sam 12

Barnabas: Always an Encouraging Word, 1 Cor. 9:6

Life Lessons

Gen. 2:18

Gen. 2:20

Ex. 17:12

Ex. 18:8

Ex. 18:23

Lev. 23:2

Num. 13:31

Deut. 1:13

Deut. 1:38

Deut. 3:20

Deut. 7:17, 18

Deut. 31:6

Deut. 33:27

Josh. 1:9

Josh. 23:6

Judg. 5:13

Judg. 6:16

Ruth 1:6

1 Sam. 12:23

1 Sam. 18:1

 

1 Sam. 20:12, 13

1 Sam. 23:16

1 Sam. 30:6

2 Sam. 1:26

1 Kin. 2:3

1 Kin. 8:66

1 Kin. 19:18

1 Chr. 22:19

Neh. 2:18

Job 2:11

Job 10:20

Ps. 3:2

Ps. 9:10

Ps. 10:14

Ps. 26:12

Ps. 43:3

Ps. 104:4

Ps. 122:1

Ps. 124:1, 3

Prov. 15:22

 

Eccl. 4:9, 10

Song 1:4

Is. 37:4

Acts 2:42

Acts 4:31

Acts 11:29

Acts 13:2

Acts 27:25

Rom. 15:2

Rom. 15:30

1 Cor. 1:10

1 Cor. 12:7

1 Cor. 13:9

1 Cor. 14:12

Eph. 6:18

Col. 3:16

2 Thess. 1:3

James 5:16

 

 

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We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops. James 5:10

What the Bible Says About

Adversity as a Revealer of Our Strengths and Weaknesses, Judg. 6:12, 13

How Adversity Reveals Our Level of Faith, Mark 4:35

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I handle criticism during times of adversity? Job 2:10

Does Satan cause all of our adversity? Job 16:11

Where is God when I’m in pain? Is. 63:9

How can I help to restore someone to fellowship with God? Ezek. 36:16–38

How can a good God allow suffering in a believer’s life? Joel 1:19

What can I do when my feelings go from discouraged to hopeless? Hab. 3:17–19

What value could there possibly be in weakness? 2 Cor. 12:9

Life Examples

Moses: God’s Pattern for Success, Ex. 3:1–4

Life Lessons

Gen. 12:10

Gen. 21:16

Gen. 32:31

Gen. 39:2

Gen. 41:1

Gen. 41:46

Gen. 42:5

Gen. 50:20

Ex. 5:9

Ex. 14:2

Ex. 17:7

Lev. 14:33, 34

Num. 13:31

Num. 14:9

Num. 21:2

Deut. 2:7

Deut. 8:2

Deut. 8:16

 

Josh. 11:23

Judg. 2:22

Ruth 1:21

1 Sam. 1:18

1 Sam. 9:16

1 Sam. 17:37

1 Sam. 30:1, 2

1 Sam. 30:20

2 Sam. 4:9

1 Kin. 19:18

2 Kin. 11:17

2 Chr. 26:16

2 Chr. 28:22

Ezra 4:23

Job 5:7

Job 16:9

Job 23:10

Job 29:2

 

Job 36:15

Job 42:12

Ps. 66:10

Eccl. 7:14

Is. 29:24

Is. 41:17

Is. 43:20

Is. 49:15

Luke 12:6

Luke 22:31

John 11:37

Acts 27:20

Rom. 5:3, 4

2 Cor. 1:3, 4

2 Cor. 1:9

Rev. 2:10

 

 

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An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively. Rev. 22:12

What the Bible Says About

The Value of Diligence, Eccl. 11:6

How God Judges and Rewards Our Work, Rev. 22:12

Answers to Life’s Questions

How can I find fulfillment in my work? Eccl. 9:10

Life Examples

Timothy: A Man Who Honored God, 1 Tim. 1:2, 18

Luke: Laboring in the Background, 2 Tim. 4:11

Titus: Serving God with Abandon, Titus 1:4

Life Lessons

Gen. 45:7

Ex. 28:3

Deut. 3:20

Eccl. 9:10

Matt. 25:13

 

Luke 21:34

1 Thess. 5:6

2 Thess. 3:5

1 Tim. 6:12

Heb. 6:12

 

Rev. 19:16

Rev. 22:7

Rev. 22:20

 

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[1] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version. Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

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