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Personal Holiness - continued

Unfolding Prophecy Truth
May God bless you all!
As we use Scripture to express ourselves to God, we are engrafting it into our souls which fulfills the instruction of James 1:21: ". . . recieve with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."
6. Focus on One Word at a Time
There is a vast world of truth and meaning in each word of Scripture, because "All Scripture
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
By focusing on each word in the sequence of the verse, we expand our understanding of its meaning and increase our ability to think God's thoughts after Him. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).
Where possible and appropriate, personalize the passage. This is done by using the words I, my, and me rather than he or they.
7. Share Your Results With Others
We are told to ". . . exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13). There is no better way to exhort others than by sharing the overflow of our meditation.
By telling what God is doing in our lives through meditation, we also deepen our own grasp of the verses and often see new applications of them.
As we meditate on Scripture, God will bless us in significant ways. As we share these blessings with others, they should be motivated to follow our example and meditate on Scripture day and night.
But what should we meditate on? I would like to suggest that we start at meditating on verses that deal with principles found in the Scripture upon which we can build our lives. First a definition from
; Fr.
; L.
1. In
a general sense,
the cause, source or origin of any thing ; that from which a
thing proceeds ; as the
of motion ; the
of action.
2. Element ; constituent part ; primordial substance.
Modern philosophers suppose matter to be one simple
or solid extension diversified by its various shapes.
3. Being that produces any thing ; operative cause.
The soul of man is an active principle.
4. In
a truth admitted either without proof, or considered as having been
before proved. In the former sense, it is with synonymous with
; in the
latter, with the phrase,
established principle.
5. Ground ; foundation ; that which supports an assertion, an action, or a series of
can this be affirmed or denied ? He
justifies his proceedings on the
of expedience or necessity. He
reasons on sound
6. A general truth ; a law comprehending many subordinate truths ; as the
of morality, of law, of government, &c.
7. Tenent ; that which is believed, whether truth or not, but which serves as a rule of
of the Stoics, or of the
8. A
principle of human nature,
propensity common to the human species. Thus it is a
principle of human nature
to resent injuries and repel insults.
Man conceives many principles that may have either a false premise or false subsequent behaviors associated with them. Some hold to principles of economics, for example, that embrace socialism and thus deny principles held by others such as free-market supply and demand. A close examination of all of man-made principles will most likely reveal flaws and shortcomings.
Entire systems of principles exist that one can follow such as the ethics and fiduciary principles in banking, medicine, law, and management of corporations. Principles exist in various disciplines like science (try violating chemistry principles regarding mixing chemicals and substances and see what happens). Math has well-known principles (add a column of numbers in any order and they still sum the same, etc.).
Where we lack knowledge and understanding is in the area of biblical principles. Biblical principles guide and direct our lives, as God would desire. Although not all of the principles we know about are specifically spelled out in the Scriptures (I don't recall reading about the law of gravity), all valid principles are in harmony with Scripture (thrown rocks come crashing down back to earth).
The Scripture is filled with principles that affect every area of our lives. Principles can be found that provide direction for us to follow in:
The list above is only a partial list and can be broken down further. For example, in marriage, one can find principles for guarding your heart, for protecting your spouse, for intimate relationships, for roles and responsibilities, etc.
Some Biblical Principles to Follow:
More Biblical Principles to Follow:
Personal holiness assumes that you are under proper authority. Without that, you are unable to control yourself and react to those around you (or the world, flesh and Devil) without the power of Christ - because you have decided to be your own authority. Let's look at this word a moment from
1. Legal power, or a right to command or to act ; as the
of a prince over
subjects, and of parents over children. Power ; rule ; sway.
2. The power derived from opinion, respect or esteem ; influence of character or
of age or example, which is submitted to or
respected, in some measure, as a law, or rule of action. That which is claimed in justification or support of opinions and measures.
3. Testimony ; witness ; or the person who testifies ; as, the Gospels or the
for the miracles of Christ.
4. Weight of testimony ; credibility ; as a historian of no
actions or of reasoning. On what
action or the basis of a system ; as the
office ; credit ; as the
evangelists are our
5. Weight of character ; respectability ; dignity ; as a magistrate of great
in the city.
6. Warrant ; order ; permission.
By what
dost thou these things.
Mat. xxi. Acts ix.
7. Precedents, decisions of a court, official declarations, respectable opinion
and sayings, also the books that contain them, are call
influence the opinions of others ; and in
the decisions of supreme courts
have a binding force upon inferior courts, and are called
8. Government ; the persons or the body exercising power or command ; as the
of the states.
1 Pet. iii.
the justices of the peace are denominated the
civil authority.
1 Timothy 2:1-4:
giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Romans 13:1-10:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall recieve to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to
wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore
subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute
is due
; custom to whom
custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if
there be
any other
commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love
fulfilling of the law.
1 Peter 2:13-17:
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using
liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of
God. Honor all
Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Get under God's proper authority!
(Webster, 1987)
American Dictionary of the English Language:
(Webster, 1987)
American Dictionary of the English Language:
is a law of action in human beings ; a constitutional
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
as they
all that are in authority;
must needs be
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