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Life Management… Beliefs That I’ve Built My Life On Pt. 1

01.28.18 | by Ray Jones

    Life Management… Beliefs That I’ve Built My Life On Pt. 1

    Today I will conclude a month-long series on the importance of making God First in every area of our life. It’s really Biblical Life Management 101! I have shared with you in the past that one of my most favorite gifts given to me by our daughter was a hammer that she had custom made with the inscription on the handle that said, “Thank you daddy for helping me build my life.” The fact is, all of us are building our lives. The question is, what beliefs are you building upon? With that in mind, in the weeks that follow, I’d like to share with you some of the beliefs that I have tried to build my life on—It is my prayer that they’ll be helpful to you as you contemplate what beliefs you are constructing your life upon and as you practice making God First this year.

    1. I Believe that God’s Word is True… I don’t just believe parts of the scripture are true, no, I believe it is all true and fully inspired by God. Consequently, it shapes my worldview, my decision making, my leadership of God’s people and my preaching and teaching. I am bound by its truth and I am compelled by Paul’s statement in 2 Timothy 3:16–17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
    2. I Believe that God’s Call/Voice is Personal and Takes Priority Over All Other Voices… I believe that God still speaks and that He desires to speak to me. I believe that God’s voice is the most important voice in the universe and that I must train my spiritual ears to hear Him. With so many voices all clamoring for my attention, learning to discern His call and voice is a pursuit that demands my utmost discipline and consistent devotion. Several passages serve as reminders of the reward of seeking and hearing God’s voice—

    (Proverbs 2:1–5)  “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

    (Isaiah 30:21) “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

    (Jeremiah 33:3) “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

    I hope that these are encouraging and stirring. Next week I’ll share a couple more of the Beliefs that I’ve built my life on. In the meantime, Make God First this week in everything.

    Prove the Tithe Sunday… Next Sunday is Prove the Tithe Sunday. By now you have received a letter from me with information and instruction for that day. Remember, this is not an “extra” offering. It is something we’ve done for several years in obedience to God’s command to “test” Him by tithing of our income. It works! There will be no march, no special collection, just the request that all of us demonstrate our belief in God’s Word and bring our “tithe” into the storehouse… via envelope, electronic giving through texting or online. Thanks and may the blessing of obedience rest on you! And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    God First,

    Bro. Ray