Tuesday, August 15, 2006

INTEGRITY

As a christian I ask, "Does our integrity matter"? I sometimes wonder if we worry more about the outer man, then the inner man? The outer man is harder to hide. We can't always hide behind makeup or bigger clothes or masks. But the inner man is easier to hide, by phoniness. But what is more important to God?

1 Samuel 13:14, "But now your kingdom shall not endure, 'The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart.'"

What is more important to God is the heart of man, not how he looks, but by the way he lives his life. We all battle with desires in our life, but integrity is shown when we follow the Lord's leading. We have to decide which prevails, pleasing God or pleasing self? We struggle every day making the right or wrong decisions. If we are a man/woman of itegerty we will do what God would want us to do.

We have to keep remembering that God sees all, sometimes I forget this, God Please forgive me. Psalm 44:21, "Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart." He sees everything we do! Now this is very humbling. When I sin, I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit working in me and I sometimes actually feel like lowering my head in shame, and rightfully so.

Hebrews 4:13, "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."

It is just like Adam and Eve felt when they sinned in the Garden, they felt naked before the Lord.We have to remember sin grieves our Lord, yet when we repent He is joyous over it, Wow!! What a Lord we serve, such a love for His own, that He continuelly forgives us and restores us.

Now I look at the description of The Virtuous Woman and think to myself, now there's "Intergerity." http://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-bible-text/Pr-31.html
To follow what the Word of God says by being "A Virtuous Woman" is something we as women should strive for.

Integrity for the position of Pastor is so important too because without integrity how can you lead a church.

Titus 1:7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain.

So, when you look at that verse, you have to ask yourself, "What should a leader of a church be like?". The leader of a church should be a man of integrity. He should be a husband that loves his wife and is a good leader of his home, because if there are problems at homes, he will surely bring them to the church. He should be a humble man, not self willing. How can you serve two masters and have integrity, it's impossible. We must serve him selflessly, Him and Him alone. Integrity never comes cheap. It also reveals who, or what, you worship.

Prov 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (KJV)

Christians must seek to behave among men in a way that brings praise to their Father in heaven.J.I. Packer Now that's Integrity!!

You see, we are successful when we are steadily becoming the unique person God intends us to become and when we are doing what he asks us to do.

We are to conform to His likeness, and when we compromise our integrity for sake of pleasing ourselves we are taking the Glory from the one who deserve it. Integrity falls in the same line as Humility, we are to walk with the Lord so that others that are watching see Christ in us. He was fully 100% humble and had 100% integrity. How much of a percentage do you have , how much do I have? Integrity, is what the world sees of you as they look at us under a microscope watching and waiting for us to sin. What a responsibility we have!


Your character is who you are when no one but God is watching you.

Cristina

2 comments:

Mike Ratliff said...

Very good post Cristina! I appreciate the solid exegesis you used as well. Yes, all we really are is our character. As believers shouldn't our number one drive to have God transform our character unto Christlikeness? That is why Romans 12:1-2 is probably my favorite passage in the New Testament followed closely by Matthew 11:28-30. Our pride stinkith in the nostrils of God. Oh Lord, continue to make us humble.

In Christ

Mike Ratliff

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Mike,
Great verse! We all struggle with pride, don't we. It's a battle only won by humility.

Cristina