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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Person of Integrity

Psalm 112:1-3 (ESV) 
1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! 
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 

Being a person of integrity means making a decision once and for all to follow all the teaching of God's Word, and to live by God's standards. Being a person of integrity starts with taking a look into our own hearts and seeing the things we hold as dear, and putting to death that which is in opposition to God's Word. In Psalm 66 David addresses the secret sins in his heart and confesses them before God. That is the place that a person of integrity starts, looking inward. Do we want to follow the teachings of Christ, and become more Christ-like? Or are we content talking about Christ and living as the world and our sinful nature would dictate to us? The Lord once showed me that calling oneself a Christian, but living as the world is a person who takes the Lord's name in vain. In God's eyes, it is sin. Really, when we don't put God first and work hard to live by His holy standards, we are creating something in our lives to be an idol. What consumes your secret thoughts? or even your actions? Are you focused on the things of this world? Are you focused on a past lifestyle that you long to return to? Do you think about lusting after the flesh? Do you consume your time gathering material items? Are you consumed with a man? or another person? Recently I saw on facebook a post that said " Share this if you want to see God's Word return to our country". Sounds good, but here is the problem, we want others to live by God's standards, but God is saying to us, if you would live by My standards and be an example to others, they would follow. When Christians live by God's Word, all of it, every page of it, then the world will see the Truth and the power in our lives over our sinful condition and they will see Jesus. As Christians we like to put on display how much we love Jesus with lots of chatter, while we keep hidden in our hearts our real desires. But God is not like man, He is looking into our hearts and will judge us rightly, our outward appearance doesn't get His attention like our hearts. Do you want the blessings and the rich rewards promised to you in Psalm 112?
Then GREATLY delight yourself in God's Word this week, and deal with the issues in your heart that would offend the Lord. In the end, it will not be what you say that affects the lives of others around you, it will be how you live. In the end, it will not be how many hallelujahs you shout, but how much your actions reflect Christ-likeness. There is a great line in the movie Shawshank Redemption. The character, Andy says "get busy living, or get busy dying". As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to get busy living for Christ, or we will be busy working toward a backslidden condition leading to death. Which is it?

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