For the Graduate: God's Guidance for the Road Ahead

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Everywhere they go, graduates are bombarded with the same question: What are you going to do now? Even if there's an answer, there are many unknowns. This artfully designed gift book provides guidance to equip the graduate for the road ahead. Using 20 key words, it highlights core values to propel young adults into a life of integrity and accomplishment. An attractive design enhances each page, and Scripture verses and quotes from such Christian communicators as Philip Yancey, John Ortberg, Gary Smalley, and Bill...
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Overview

Everywhere they go, graduates are bombarded with the same question: What are you going to do now? Even if there's an answer, there are many unknowns. This artfully designed gift book provides guidance to equip the graduate for the road ahead. Using 20 key words, it highlights core values to propel young adults into a life of integrity and accomplishment. An attractive design enhances each page, and Scripture verses and quotes from such Christian communicators as Philip Yancey, John Ortberg, Gary Smalley, and Bill Hybels point the way to a truly successful life rooted in and led by Christ.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780310978084
  • Publisher: Inspirio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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For the Graduate

God's Guidance for the Road Ahead

Zondervan

Copyright © 2000 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-97808-4


Chapter One

ATTITUDE

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

Continually revise your attitude towards God and see if it is a going out of everything, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder-you do not know what God is going to do next. Each morning you wake, it is to be a "going out," building in confidence on God. "Take no thought for your life, ... nor yet for your body"-take no thought for the things for which you did take thought before you "went out."

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?

Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him-what an impertinence worry is! Let the attitude of the life be a continual "going out" in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it which is a satisfaction to Jesus. Oswald Chambers

Be still and know that I am GOD. Psalm 46:10

It was 2:20 A.M. I suddenly awakened from a restful sleep, sensing God had something to say to me. In a matter of seconds, Psalm 46 came to mind. I turned on the light and began to read....

The tenth verse arrested my soul: "Be still and know that I am God." In the quiet of the night, I knew God was revealing something that I desperately needed to know. I prayed, asking God to open up the meaning of the verse so that I might receive his fullness, and then I returned to bed.

The next morning I met with a group of pastors. As we prayed together, I shared my experience with one. He opened his Bible and read Psalm 46:10 from another translation (NASB): "Cease striving and know that I am God."

As soon as I heard the words "cease striving," I knew what God was saying to me.... I breathed a sigh of spiritual relief as I saw the futility of my attempts to carry out God's commands with my resources and his amazing adequacy for every demand. I can "cease striving" to be holy and righteous, because "in Christ" I already am holy and righteous. I don't have to strain to gain God's approval, because he already loves me unconditionally.

Do you see how this removes the struggle? Do you understand how this can help you to relax and rest in the all-sufficiency of God's grace? Christ, who indwells you through the Holy Spirit, is your peace, strength, comfort, wisdom, hope, joy, and guide. You have all this because you have Christ. Charles Stanley

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:3-8

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:4-8

Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:12

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Focus

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

If there is one topic that I delight in meditating upon repeatedly, it is ... the unfailing love of God. Nothing so comforts me, so steadies me, so nourishes me as the truth of God's unfailing love for his people....

I would like to suggest a spiritual exercise that I believe can revolutionize your knowledge of God and your relationship with him. The concept is expressed in the oldest psalm of the Bible, penned by Moses: "Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days" (Psalm 90:14).

Each morning, think upon God's unfailing love, how it is expressed to you, its immensity, its power, its nature. Let God satisfy you with the sure knowledge that he has set his love upon you and will never turn it away. The more frequently you ponder God's boundless love, the more joyful you will become. The more joyful you are, the more exciting is your walk with Jesus and the more dynamic is your faith.

The unfailing, steadfast love of Christ for you is your anchor for every storm, sustaining you, keeping you, upholding you. It satisfies the deepest longing of your heart. Charles Stanley

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Accountability
Achievement
Attitude
Change
Character
Communication
Compassion
Dreams
Excellence
Focus
Imagination
Initiative
Innovation
Integrity
Leadership
Perseverance
Priorities
Respect
Service
Strength
Sources
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