Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Precepts and Principles!

Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed your commandments. (Psalms 119:66)
 
 
Whenever you see the scriptural phrase "This is the will of God," you know for sure that's God's will. You also know that to disobey is to break His Word. Other clear indications of His leading are the precepts and principles in the Scripture.
 
Precepts are clearly marked statements like "Abstain from sexual immorality." That's like saying, "Speed Limit 35." What is speeding? Anything over thirty-five miles per hour. That's a precept.
 
Then there are principles. . . and these are general guidelines that require discernment and maturity if we are to grasp them....Like the sign that says, "Drive carefully." This may mean forty miles an hour on a clear, uncongested highway, or it may mean ten miles an hour on an ice-covered curve. But it always means that we must be alert and aware of conditions; it always means we have to be discerning.... These principles require wisdom and discernment.
 
The Mystery of God's Will

By God's grace, and His grace alone, I have been a law-abiding citizen my entire life. I must admit that there have been moments during my teenage years to want to do things that my mom wouldn't agree with. I have never gone so far to attempt drugs, not even alcohol. Thank God! There was a time during my youth that I found precepts (laws) and principles regardless of where they come from dull and boring and very restrictive to my "freedoms".

Years later, I came to the understanding that God has provided us with precepts and principles as a way to provide guidance and not restrict us from fulfilling the calling that God has upon our lives. The above devotional demonstrates to us and clarifies the role that precepts and principles have in our lives. To forsake and take for granted the precepts and principles means that we reject God and His sovereignty over our lives as we choose to live out our lives in rebellion to God. Quite frankly, the idea of rebelling against God is quite unnerving and at the very least, very disturbing as our societies continue to corrupt and deteriorate in an accelerated and rapid manner. With that said, let us be mindful of the way we live our lives before God and before man.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you make every effort to follow and stay with the precepts and principles that have been ordained by God Himself as we redirect those efforts to be in obedience to those in authority that God places before us. Always remember my amazing friends...JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).