Be a Person of Principle, Part 4: Commitment

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Be a Person of Principle, Part 4: Commitment

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Do you show God the same commitment He shows you?

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[Steve Myers] On BT Daily, we’ve been discussing how to be a person of principle. And I put it into the concept of no matter what, we must do certain things in order to rise to that calling that God’s given us, to be Christlike, to have His mind. And so no matter what, we have to obey God. No matter what, we must trust Him. And no matter what, our daily life has to reflect honesty. God is truth. He is love. We reflect His character when we do these “no matter whats”. I have one more – one more to close out the thinking on a person of principle, and being that honest individual, no matter what.

In order to be a person of principle, one thing that I think is so important is that we have to be committed. We have to be committed in so many ways. So commitment is a key. Since we’ve been called, we must be committed to God. We must be committed to His way. We must be committed to His principles. And there’s a wonderful passage that expounds on this in Deuteronomy 30:11 Deuteronomy 30:11For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.
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. Deuteronomy 30:11 Deuteronomy 30:11For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.
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says this: “This commandment which I command you today, it is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.” Because we look at all the guidelines and principles that God gives us and sometimes, we may feel a little overwhelmed. It’s like, how can I do all of these things? How can I possibly rise to this level of perfection? And so sometimes, we may find ourselves thinking this very thing. Is it even possible for me to do these things?

And yet God says it’s not too mysterious. It’s not way over there. It’s not out of reach. Verse 12, He says, “It’s not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’” He goes on, saying, “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it?’” But here’s what God says; “The Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” (Deuteronomy 30:12-14 Deuteronomy 30:12-14 [12] It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? [13] Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? [14] But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
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). You see, God’s given us the power to accomplish His will, and when we follow the “no matter whats”, we’re really following God’s Spirit. We’re submitting to His way, and that deep commitment flows from within us through the Spirit of God. And so that commitment – really, that first and foremost commitment in our life – must be to God, to His will, to His way. And as we follow Him, we can have that kind of determination because God is backing us up. And I think that becomes so critical. It doesn’t all depend on us. We depend on God, and He promises to work in us and through us as we commit our lives to Him.

A powerful passage that makes this point is over in the Psalms. Psalms 37:5 Psalms 37:5Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
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, I think, makes this point so clear. Here’s what Psalms 37:5 Psalms 37:5Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
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says: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” So you almost see a little summary of the “no matter whats”. If we’re to be people of principle, no matter what, obey Him. No matter what, trust Him. No matter what, be honest. And no matter what, keep that commitment to God. And as we do those things, He promises to help us rise to the standard of Jesus Christ, because God’s committed to us. And He promises He’ll bring that to pass.

That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.