Many people are treating My principles as fads. When it’s new it’s exciting and as long as it brings change or release, it is adhered too and practiced.
However as time goes by the newness wears off and it becomes a back burner item. Eventually it fades out altogether and people finding their life emptier than before, start to look for another fresh revelation.
Take for instance, early morning devotions. Seeking Me early before anything occupies your thought process, is more than a practice, it’s the principle of seeking first My Kingdom, Matthew 6:33.
How can you begin your day by doing your business first, and say you are seeking Me first. Is there more than one meaning to first? There is nothing in front of first, and everything else follows or is behind.
A fad is a popular person, place, or thing that rushes to first place for a short time and then fizzles to nothing. My revelational truths are never to be treated as fads, but as principles. A principle is something to live by, that becomes a permanent part and practice for life, Deuteronomy 6:5-11.
Neither is a principle a preference. A preference is something you prefer to do but if something more pressing conflicts with a preference you do that instead. If it’s a principle with you, nothing can deter you from practicing it.
Western believers have very few principles and a lot more preferences. Living a life of preferences will eventually “change My truth into a lie, and you will worship and serve the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen,” Romans 1:25.
Many prefer to have a daily time of prayer, but are easily deterred by a football game or TV show. Others prefer not to curse but if something angers them enough unclean language spews forth. Some prefer to be faithful to their marriage partner, but if someone more attractive comes along they will cheat.
Most prefer not to lie, but will do it if saves embarrassment. Kingdom people do not live by preferences, or fads, but principles. Principles are kingdom building blocks that result in kingdom character!
Every person that has My character, has built his life on My principles. This is why you must “seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the cherished hope and confess your acknowledgement of it, for I AM reliable and faithful to My word and My promises,” Hebrews 10:23 AMP.
Bottom line: Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the Holy Spirit; 21 But test and prove all things, then hold fast and make a principle out of that which is good, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 21.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|