7 Principles

7 Principles  

1. Faith: Take faith that God has a plan for you and that you are able to do great things in Him. If you do not believe God can work through you, then you are destined to fail. Faith for a good future, good life, great purpose, healing, and all the other promises God has for us is the most important principle you can start with. So how do we get faith? You don’t pray for faith. That is unscriptural. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Build yourself up in the Word, and let it soak into every fiber of your being. Stop with the cliche traditions and empty words of ignorance. Truly know Him and the power of His Word and faith will abound.  —  Romans 10:17

2. Focus: In the digital era it’s tough to maintain a singular focus. There is a saying that says, “Jack of all trades, master of none” which is true for many people. This means, it’s possible to multitask and spread your attention, but the more you do, the less effective you are at any one thing. Think about the great artist Michelangelo. Michelangelo created some of the most memorable pieces of art in the world. He lived and breathed his art and mastered it. Likewise, the Apostle Paul lived and breathed the missionary life and focused on it every day. He achieved his calling and his example stands the test of time. Think about where your focus is placed. What do you spend time on each day, week, and month? Will those things produce long-term results? If your focus is divided and you habitually give yourself to fruitless endeavors, you will never achieve your calling. Focus yourself and mastery will follow. — Philippians 3:13-14

3. Judging Others: This is a common misstep among all people. Judging others is simply a psychological security blanket to make the person who is judging feel better about their own shortcomings. No one is perfect. Why waste time pointing out someone else's problems when you have your own life to live? Be better and judge not, for you yourself will be judged — 1 Corinthians 4:5

4. Avoid Negative Influence: Negativity is a like virus or a flesh-eating bacteria. It can take root in one’s mind and destroy everything. It is the anti-type of faith. Avoid negative influences and people who constantly pour them out. If you are besieged with negative thoughts, look at what you are surrounded by; find the problem and change it. Things are rarely as bad as your imagination will make them out to be. Rather, set your mind on the things that are right and pure according to the Word of God.  — Philippians 4:8

5. Humility: A person should not think of their own abilities any more or any less than they actually are. Humility avoids self-praise and is the absence of pride. Yet, false modesty can be equally distasteful. Don’t swing to either extreme, but instead avoid the competition of pride and when someone recognizes your achievements, be respectful and accepting in good taste. — Proverbs 11:2

6. Sincerity: The lost art of being sincere is something our culture needs to be reunited with. Sincerity has been replaced with false appearances. It’s better to look good and lie, than to be sincere and humble. Social media is now a tool people can use on a daily basis to deceive themselves and others. To be sincere you must be free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy. Sincerity is the face of a person's soul. If you don’t move towards a goal with sincerity, you are like a ship lost at sea with an unknown destination. — 2 Corinthians 2:17

7. Lessons in Failure: People fail all the time. Failing at something doesn’t mean you are out of God’s will. Failure can provide valuable lessons and instructions for the future, but only if you learn from those failures. Failure doesn’t always have to be horrible and disappointing, if you did everything perfect all the time you wouldn’t be human. Don’t beat yourself up. Learn from your mistakes, get better and overcome, because from your greatest failures can arise your most inspiring triumphs. — Psalm 37:23-24