Integrity makes a difference when it comes to Restoration
The integrity of church and Christianity is on the front line.
The Covid has placed both the church and its leaders there.
Now is not about how much money your church is raising or whether you are being paid fairly. Now is the time to engage people with the truth of the gospel and encourage them to get a vaccination.
Stop waiting on the church to gather inside again and just like John the Baptist in the wilderness go forth and tell those closest and near you.
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Socially distance
- Take the vaccine
That safe lives and just maybe your life…..
Do you have integrity?
There are so many reasons why integrity is important in ourselves and in life in general.
While integrity does still exist today, it is not as prevalent as it was in times gone by.
Integrity could be defined by saying it is the type of person you are in your inner self or when you are by yourself.
- You are honest
- You are trustworthy
Integrity is the essence of who you choose to be when hard choices press you and there are some choices that may not be as ethical.
- INTEGRITY MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON
2. ITEGRITY GIVES YOU A GOOD REPUTATION
3. ITEGRITY IS UNCOMMON
4. ITEGRITY SHOWS WHO YOU REALLY ARE
5. OTHERS WILL APPRECIATE THAT YOU INTEGRITY
6. YOU WILL REAP BENEFITS OF A LIFE WITH INTRGRITY
7. ITEGRITY IS THE RIGHT WAY TO LIVE
Are you maintaining your integrity?
What does the Bible say about integrity?
Integrity is a long-term character trait.
Caleb was faithful from the start.
As one of the original spies sent into the Promised Land (Numbers 13:30–33), he saw great cities and giants, yet he knew God would help the people conquer the land.
Because of his faith, God promised him a personal inheritance of land (Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:34–36). Here, forty-five years later, the land was given to him.
HIS FAITH WAS STILL UNWAVERING.
The integrity with which he had boldly contradicted the cowardly advice of the ten spies years before was as strong as ever.
Although his inherited land still had giants, Caleb knew the Lord would help him conquer them.
Like Caleb, we must be faithful to God, not only at the start of our walk with him, but through our entire lives.
We must never allow ourself to rest on our past accomplishments or reputations.
MAY INTEGRITY AND HONESTY PROTECT ME, FOR I PUT MY HOPE IN YOU. (PSALM 25:21)
Integrity is being what we say we are. CALLED BY GOD!!!
If ever we needed two powerful forces to preserve us along life’s way, we need integrity and honesty.
The psalmist asks for these to protect him step-by-step.
Honesty makes us learn God’s requirements and strive to fulfill them.
Integrity—being what we say we are—keeps us from claiming to be honest while living as if we do not know God.
Honesty says, “This is the Shepherd’s way,” and integrity says, “I will walk consistently in it.”
Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TESTS OF INTEGRITY IS WEALTH.
Our integrity often meets its match in money matters.
God calls us to be honest even in small details we could easily rationalize away. Heaven’s riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth.
But if we are not trustworthy with our money here (no matter how much or how little we have), we will be unfit to handle the vast riches of God’s kingdom.
Don’t let your integrity slip in small matters, and it will not fail you in crucial decisions either.
God trusted me with the ministry of Coffee Time with the Preacher
God trusted me with the 8:30 hour daily.
God trusted that I would be on time daily and prepared.
The ministry is God’s, the people are his, and the time is his.
Things come up that test my integrity to what it is that God has given me.
Coffee Time is small but I must be faithful.
WHAT INTEGRITY IS NOT…
Job 2:7–10 (NLT)
7 So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.
8 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Integrity does not give up on God
Integrity does not question the will of God in others life
Integrity trusted God unto the end.
God gave Job’s wife to him as a helpmate
God gave Job’s wife to him as an encourager
God gave Job’s wife to help bear the burden
She had enjoyed the good times in life now her integrity was being tested to see if she could or would support her husband during the worst trail of his life.
Integrity in marriage is not those years of vacation and travel but those years of sickness and failing health.
Can you keep your integrity for better or for worse?
“James Cleveland once sang a song”
My way may not easy
You did not say that it would be
But when it gets dark
I can’t see my way
You told me to put my trust in Thee
That’s why I’m asking you
Lord Jesus Lord Jesus Help me to Hold out I am just
about to make it over I need a little help the
Devil tryn to stop me
Lord I need you to help me to hold out
though the mountain tops to high
I need you to help me to hold out
Give me the patience I need to hold out
Thank you Jesus—Until
until my change come
Your integrity may be on trail in 2021 keep holding on to God unchanging hands….