Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Life of Integrity - Part 1

Genesis 39:9b “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

This last Sunday, Pastor Obie continued in the Sermon series based upon the book of Genesis. He made the statement that there is something to say about authenticity. Then asked; “Is the person on the inside, the same person on the outside?” We are the “real deal?” The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Integrity” as; The entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but has a special reference to uprightness in mutual dealings. Is what we think, say and do, in line with God’s code of conduct, living out His Holy Word as people of honor? God directs our steps when we trust and obey Him in all that we do.

Obie pointed out that living a life of integrity will advance our position in our relationship with Almighty god. So, bloom where you are planted. Embrace your circumstances, knowing that advancement may not happen fast. The longer the development time, the greater the outcome. Know that God is working to advance us to exactly where He wants us. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for man. Put God before anyone else and work for God. You have to do what is honest and right in the eyes of the Lord. Character matters …Integrity is the Christian life.

Living a life of integrity will save you from destruction. Know that there is an enemy out there and the devil wants to steal, kill and destroy us and our relationship with God. There are numerous temptations and opportunities for sin around us daily. Know that sin always negatively affects our relationship with God and others in our life. So, prepare yourself for battle by putting on the full armor of God. Anything outside of God is to be avoided. Think as Joseph said; How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Let’s continue Pastor Obie message on “Integrity” on the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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