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49 Commands of Christ

words to live by
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Keeping the commands of Jesus begins with recognizing what they are. Following is a collection of 49 of Jesus’ commands.

Learning to Fear the Lord

deepen your awareness of God’s presence
The fear of the Lord is an awareness that you are in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God and that He will hold you accountable for your motives, thoughts, words, and actions.

Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

how to avoid the trap of bitterness
Have you ever wondered, Why did God let me suffer that injury? lose my job? have a car accident? forget that appointment? have a fight with my spouse? let my parents get divorced? let me be born with a defect?

How to Conquer Impure Thoughts

find victory in and through Christ Jesus
Many Christians are discouraged because they are unable to conquer impure habits. Impure habits are a by-product of impure thoughts, and only as the battle is won in the thought life will there be hope of victory over impure actions.

Freedom From Bondage

deliverance from hidden moral failure
Growing up, I had the typical “Leave It to Beaver” family. Mom stayed at home and made sure dinner was on the table at 5:30 when Dad walked through the door. I had one brother, one sister, and everything I could ask for—loving parents, a warm home, and all my needs met.

Common Excuses for Not Asking for Forgiveness

avoiding God’s command to be reconciled
Sometimes when God asks us to do something, instead of obeying, we try to rationalize away the need to take action. With seeking forgiveness, our pride can get in the way, because asking for forgiveness requires us to humble ourselves before those we have offended.

The Rewards of Fearing the Lord

a requirement for riches, honor, and life
The rewards of developing the fear of the Lord are emphasized throughout Scripture. In fact, all the things a person would hope to find in the proverbial pot of gold come with humility and the fear of the Lord.

Winning the War Against Lust

summoning reinforcements for individual “battles”
Accountability is more than going to a brother or sister in the Lord and confessing failure. Accountability is going to them in the middle of a battle, before we’ve fallen, and asking for their help.

The Fear of the Lord

awareness of God’s presence and coming judgment
If we knew that all of our secret thoughts, words, and actions would be displayed publicly so that everyone could watch them and evaluate them, it would make a profound difference in the way we live!

Discouragement

defined and described
All of us deal with discouragement in one form or another, throughout our lives. “Discouragement” covers a broad range of concepts.

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