January 17, 2017
... is moral soundness. I have a steel girder in my office that I look at often. It has a slight imperfection—like someone bumped their head on it—but the massive girder is solid and has been standing for over 25 years.
Spiritual and moral integrity does not mean perfection. That would be unattainable in this life. But it means there are no areas which will cause a collapse.
ABIDING WITH GOD
King David asks the question, ""O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?"" (Psalm 15:1) To abide means to ""remain in a stable or fixed position."" Jesus would later tell us that the key to fruitfulness was such abiding (John 15).
And here was God's answer to David’s question: ""He who walks with integrity and works righteousness"" (Psalm 15:2)
He goes on to describe this moral and spiritual soundness in Psalm 15. Integrity makes a man …
INTEGRITY IS GAINED
... by attention to detail. By listening to the Lord daily at His gates and responding to what He says. A man gains integrity by inspecting the interior and exterior structure of his heart and making sure it is sound. Day after day after day. This is not a morbid introspection, but simply walking with Christ daily and letting Him disciple you.
It is aided in its development by transparent honesty. A man who desires integrity will quickly admit his faults and have nothing to hide from trusted friends. He is willing to be accountable and admit when he fails, and repent.
THE STABILITY OF INTEGRITY
""He who does these things will never be shaken,"" David says.
I have often told my sons that a man who has a lack of integrity will always be found out. He always falls. Always. It just takes the right pressure to expose his fatal weakness and his unwillingness to repent in the closets of his life.
Integrity is not perfection, but the soundness that helps a man finish well as a testimony to the faithfulness of God he follows. Christ can make you a man of integrity, if you will draw near—and stay near—to Him.
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December 03, 2020
In scientific equations there are certain elements that cause certain reactions. If those elements are not present, you do not have what you intended. For instance, if you take hydrogen out the equation of H2O, you will not have water, one of the most essential combination of elements in the universe.
... is the essential element for the believer. And faith, in itself, has several parts ...
December 02, 2020
November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.