30 Life Principles to Live By From Dr. Charles Stanley, Day 1

During his more than 60 years of ministry, Dr. Charles Stanley has faithfully highlighted the 30 Life Principles that have guided him and helped him grow in his knowledge, service, and love of God. Here, he helps you explore each of these principles in more depth, teaching you how to put them into practice each day, and leading you to enjoy the abundant life Christ desires to give to you.

Our Intimacy With God

Life Principle 1: Our intimacy with God—His highest priority for our lives—determines the impact of our lives.

One of our greatest needs is to know we are loved. Each of us has to feel certain, deep down, that someone loves us, cares for us, and has our best interest at heart. That is how God designed us. He wants us to know He loves us with a passionate intensity too deep for words. 

God created human beings with fellowship in mind—first with Himself and then with others. But we cannot fully love one another until we have ourselves experienced the love of God. We experience His love when we willingly surrender to His call to be our Savior, Lord, and Friend.

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, He not only forgave you but also made you into a new creation. You were no longer standing at a distance from God but were then able to draw near to Him.

If you have drifted in your devotion to the Savior and feel as though you grow more distant each day in your relationship with Him, then pray that He will draw you near once more. He knows your weaknesses, and if you will tell Him you want Him to take control of your life, He will come to you in a mighty way and bring hope and light to your situation, no matter how dark and hopeless it may feel (Is. 55:6-7).

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 1:26 NIV

Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Isaiah 55:6-7 NIV

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