Three Things To Live By

Posted on Sep 24 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons

Three Things To Live By

© By Brad L Hodges

When it comes to the realm of loving God, every believer has their favorite Bible verses, hymns, Christian quotes or special prayers.

I would like to share my own personal favorites of three things I consider banners under which to live by as a believer in Jesus Christ:

The refrain from the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Composer Helen H. Lemmel

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

I cannot even begin to recount the number of times in the face of adversity, trials or tears that I have “turned my eyes upon Jesus” in an effort to look beyond difficulties and to focus upon the eternal prize represented by the Glory and Grace of my Lord. In those times when I have centered on Christ, the things of earth do grow strangely dim in His glorious light as I realize earthly trials are but temporary adversities that can be overcome by my faith and trust in God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6. in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

These 28 words make up the foundation from which I build my life now. I even have them as the background on a photograph on my cell phone so that they are clearly visible below my primary app icons. Every time I face a decision, become fearful of a situation or question the direction I appear to be going in life, I verbally or silently utter these words with complete belief in their power and truth. They quiet my mind when it is spinning out of control with worry, analysis, scenario development or chaos induced confusion.

Philippians 4:12 (NIV)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

These words from the apostle Paul have significant meaning in my life. I have truly lived them vividly. I have been at a pinnacle of financial success and fiscal well-being and I have been at the bottom, having at one point lost it all. Through all of this transformation these words have rung in my heart and mind and guided me in truly learning to be content in any situation because God is in control, not me. It was not an easy lesson to learn and very painful in its teaching but in the outcome I have been given the peace and trust derived by submitting my free will to God instead of lamenting about my circumstances.

We all need to build, with God’s blessing and support, a fortress to live in against the onslaught of the world and our enemy the devil who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NIV).

For me my fortress has been partly built around these three profound truths. Of course they are but a mere thin slice of the pie that is God’s Word, the Bible, or inspired by Him in hymns. I rely on all of God’s word, as all believers should, but I have been able to use these three axioms as central points in my spiritual compass that guides me through this life here on earth.

What about you, what are your favorite God love compass points? I’d love to have you share them!

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