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Introduction: Everything in life can be traced to non-optional principles found in the Scripture. Every person-regardless of culture, background, religion, education, or social status-must find and follow godly biblical principles. When the principles God has given us to govern our lives are violated, we suffer the consequences. By learning principles rather than rules, we can be equipped to make wise choices and avoid failure.
We live in a secular, humanistic society with a culture that does not have respect for biblical principles, convictions or values. In a poll of Americans, they were asked what they would do for $10,000,000. Here are some of their answers:
Abandon their entire family (25%)
Abandon their church (25%)
Become prostitutes for a week or more (23%)
Give up their American citizenships (16%)
Leave their spouses (16%)
Withhold testimony and let a murderer go free (10%)
Kill a stranger (7%)
Put their children up for adoption (3%).
As believers, our principles must be rooted in the Word of God. We must not allow our present culture to change our principles or to set our principles.
I. LIVING BY PRINCIPLE
A. LIFE PRINCIPLES
1. Life principles act as the guide to our actions. They are non-negotiable, non-optional, unconditional laws by which we govern the affairs of life and they are foundation to all our actions.
2. Principles for living
a. Thomas Jefferson: "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock."
b. George H. Lorimer: "Back of every life there are principles that have fashioned it."
c. Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles."
3. Principles and Values: Values are traits or qualities that are considered important. They represent our highest priorities and are deeply held forces that drive how we judge and make decisions, how we think, and how we live.
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