Rules To Live By

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The Three Life Rules
Never chase a man off a cliff.
Never embarrass an upline or a bigger pin.
Honor God. Revelation 4:11; Proverbs 3:9
Revelation 4:11 NKJV
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Proverbs 3:9 NKJV
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
Honor those in authority. Ephesians 6:1–3; 1 Timothy 5:17; Romans 13:1–7
Ephesians 6:1–3 NKJV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
1 Timothy 5:17 NKJV
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
Romans 13:1–7 NKJV
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Honor those who are older. Leviticus 19:32
Leviticus 19:32 NKJV
‘You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.
Honor everyone. 1 Timothy 5:1-2; 1 Peter 2:17
1 Timothy 5:1–2 NKJV
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
1 Peter 2:17 NKJV
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Always check upline before doing anything for the first time.
Get Wisdom. Proverbs 4:1-9
Proverbs 4:1–9 NKJV
Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
Get Counsel. Proverbs 19:21; Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 15:22; Hebrews 13:7-9, 17
Proverbs 19:21 NKJV
There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
Proverbs 11:14 NKJV
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 15:22 NKJV
Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Hebrews 13:7–9 NKJV
Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
Hebrews 13:17 NKJV
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Get Wise Counsel. Proverbs 13:20; Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 1:7
Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Psalm 1:1–3 NKJV
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
Proverbs 1:7 NKJV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Don’t spread negative crossline.
Don’t be around negative people. Titus 3:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Titus 3:9–11 NKJV
But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
1 Corinthians 15:33–34 NKJV
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Don’t be a negative person. Ephesians 4:29–32; Philippians 4:8-9
Ephesians 4:29–32 NKJV
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Philippians 4:8–9 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Bring problems to the individual or authority. Matthew 18:15–17; Ephesians 5:8–13
Matthew 18:15–17 NKJV
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
Ephesians 5:8–13 NKJV
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
The Three Nevers.
Never mess with anyone’s money.
Don’t love money. 1 Timothy 6:6-10
1 Timothy 6:6–10 NKJV
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Deal honestly. Ezekiel 45:10; Deuteronomy 25:15–16
Ezekiel 45:10 NKJV
“You shall have honest scales, an honest ephah, and an honest bath.
Deuteronomy 25:15–16 NKJV
You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
Never mess with anyone’s spouse.
Don’t get caught! Proverbs 23:26–28; Proverbs 5:20–23
Proverbs 23:26–28 NKJV
My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways. For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well. She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men.
Proverbs 5:20–23 NKJV
For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Don’t even get close! Proverbs 6:32–7:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:21–22
Proverbs 6:32–7:5 NKJV
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts. My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
1 Thessalonians 5:21–22 NKJV
Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Guard your reputation. Proverbs 22:1; 1 Peter 2:12
Proverbs 22:1 NKJV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
1 Peter 2:12 NKJV
having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Never mess with anyone’s ego.
Don’t murder their spirit. Matthew 5:21–26;
Matthew 5:21–26 NKJV
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Show honor to all. 1 Peter 2:17
1 Peter 2:17 NKJV
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Love everyone! 1 John 4:7–8
1 John 4:7–8 NKJV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
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