30 Life Principles

Discover the memorable truths that have guided Dr. Stanley's life for many years.

1. Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives.

Genesis 1:26

2. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.

Exodus 19:5

3. God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.

Numbers 23:19

4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work.

Deuteronomy 20:1

5. God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable.

Joshua 3:8

6. You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.

Judges 2:1-4

7. The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.

1 Samuel 30:1-6

8. Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.

2 Samuel 15:31

9. Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.

2 Kings 6:17

10. If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will.

2 Chronicles 20:12

11. God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him.

Job 42:7-17

12. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God.

Psalm 4:8

13. Listening to God is essential to walking with God.

Psalm 81:8

14. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.

Isaiah 64:4

15. Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.

Jeremiah 15:19

16. Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes.

Ezekiel 25:6-7

17. We stand tallest and strongest on our knees.

Daniel 6:10-11

18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.

Hosea 3:4-5

19. Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose.

Amos 6:6-7

20. Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

21. Obedience always brings blessing.

Luke 11:28

22. To walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial promptings of the Spirit.

Acts 10:19

23. You can never outgive God.

2 Corinthians 9:8

24. To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.

Galatians 2:20

25. God blesses us so that we might bless others.

Ephesians 4:28

26. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.

Philippians 3:10-11

27. Prayer is life's greatest time saver.

2 Thessalonians 3:1

28. No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith.

Hebrews 10:24-25

29. We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.

James 5:10

30. An eager anticipation of the Lord’s return keeps us living productively.

Revelation 22:12

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26 Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

5 Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.

8 You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, `When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"

1 Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, `I will never break My covenant with you,

2 and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?

3 Therefore I also said, `I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.'"

4 When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.

1 Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;

2 and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way.

3 When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive.

4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep.

5 Now David's two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.

6 Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

31 Now someone told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." And David said, O LORD, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness."

17 Then Elisha prayed and said, O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You."

7 It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.

8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job.

10 The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.

11 Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the LORD had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold.

12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.

13 He had seven sons and three daughters.

14 He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.

15 In all the land no women were found so fair as Job's daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.

16 After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations.

17 And Job died, an old man and full of days.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

8 Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me!

4 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

19 Therefore, thus says the LORD, If you return, then I will restore you-- Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.

6 For thus says the Lord GOD, Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the scorn of your soul against the land of Israel,

7 therefore, behold, I have stretched out My hand against you and I will give you for spoil to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands; I will destroy you. Thus you will know that I am the LORD."

10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.

4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols.

5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.

6 Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.

7 Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles, And the sprawlers' banqueting will pass away.

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls,

18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.

28 But He said, On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

19 While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are looking for you.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

1 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

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