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Christian Life Principles Part 3

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Today we are continuing with our series, Christian Life Principles. Webster’s Dictionary’s defines the word principle as: a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption; a rule or code of conduct.
The first principle we looked at was the principle of laying down our lives for others the same way Jesus laid His life down for us.
Last week we looked at the principle of giving and we found that giving encompasses much more than finances!
Today we are looking at the principle of Staying Connected to God. The reason we have to stay connected is simple and we find it in
Matthew 12:33 AMP
33 Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.
In order for us to make our tree good and bring forth good fruit, we need to stay connected to God. So let’s get started!
Joshua 24:14–15 ESV
14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Staying Connected to God is a Choice!

The one thing that makes us different from every other species on the planet is that God has given us the free will to choose to stay connected to Him. He never forces us to serve Him, we have the ability to choose. Now there are consequences for choosing wrong, and there are blessings for doing good, but we decide!
John 8:31–32 NLT
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Staying Connected to God Sets Us Free!

We stay connected to God because it sets us free from guilt and condemnation about our past mistakes and failures. That connection sets us free from the temptation of sin! This freedom is a great blessing that no one but Jesus can give us!
Matthew 7:24–29 AMP
24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it. 28 When Jesus had finished these sayings [the Sermon on the Mount], the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His teaching, 29 For He was teaching as One Who had [and was] authority, and not as [did] the scribes.

Connection Helps Us be Doers of His Word!

We cannot build a house or a building without a plan. We have to connect with architects and contractors and financing, and we need to stay connected with them throughout the planning and the building process. Anything that is not clear can literally cause the project to fail.
It’s the same with the Word of God and staying connected with the One Who is the Word made flesh, Jesus. If we don’t do this, we will not be able to “build” a life that can withstand the uncertainties of life. We will collapse when the storms of life hit. But if we stay connected, we will weather those storms!
Matthew 7:21–23 NIV
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Doing the Word Gives Us a Connection for Eternity!

The reason we need to get this principle of connection with God is because the world we live in has so many things vying for our attention. It can come to the point where we neglect our Connecting with God and in turn even jeopardize our eternal life. We never want to get to the point where we are connected to church, to others, to community clubs, to important people but not connected to God. Stay connected!
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