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|Monday, 28 June 2010 00:13|
Meaning of Integrity
In the Holy Bible the Hebrew word for integrity is תֻּמַּת Tummah that means the faithful upholding of a standard of high principles that are in the will of God.
Christian Integrity is a concept of godly moral principle of truthfulness and honesty in thoughts, actions, values, methods, and results that reflect the character of God in a consistent and unchanging way.
God’s Ways are Higher than Man’s Ways
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)
The Lord Jesus Christ is a God-Man of Integrity
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:5-8)
Lord Jesus Christ’s Mission is to do His Father’s Will
The Lord Jesus Christ declared: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (Jn. 6:38-40)Lord Jesus’ Integrity shown by refusing bribes from the devil
“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.“ 'Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” (Mt. 4:8-11)God of Integrity does not permit His people to accept bribes
"For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe." (Deut. 10:17)
"And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous." (Ex. 23:8)
You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous." (Deut. 16:19)
The Integrity of Samuel
Here I am. Witness against me before the LORD and before His anointed: Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to you." And they said, "You have not cheated us or oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from any man's hand." Then he said to them, "The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." And they answered, "He is witness." (1 Sam. 12:3-5)
Walk with Integrity
“He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.” (Pro. 10:9)“He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.” (Isa. 33:15-16)
Noah was a Man of Integrity
”But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:8-9)
From the time of Adam until Noah there was no rain on the earth (Gen. 2:5-6). Noah and his family were living on dry land and not near the sea. Noah was a farmer and he had never seen a boat before. Noah also had never trained any animals before. Noah’s only qualification to build the Ark is his integrity towards God.
What Noah and his family accomplished is truly amazing. The Ark is at least (450 feet length) one and half times longer than a football field and has three levels (45 feet). They stored food not only for themselves but also for (more than 10,000 species) of creatures (male and female). They were inside the ark for more than seven months before they came out.Noah and his family were saved through his Integrity
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Heb. 11:7)
The Integrity of Abraham
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." (Rom. 4:20-22) “And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29)
The Integrity of Joseph
“Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.” (Gen. 39:6-10)
The Integrity of Moses
“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Heb. 11:24-26)
The Integrity of David
“Here is what God told Solomon: Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, "You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kng. 9:4-5)God’s Warning to Solomon
Here is God’s warning to Solomon: “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.” (1 Kng. 9:6-7)Solomon had no Integrity
“For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.” (1 Kng. 11:4)
“Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, "Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” (1 Kng. 11:11)
Only those who do God’s will can enter into Heaven
The Lord Jesus has warned all Christians: "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Mt. 7:21)
How do we know whether or not we are doing God’s will
· Consider whether God would permit me to do this thing.
· Consider what would the Lord Jesus Christ do.
· Does the Scriptures have a similar example?
· Pray Earnestly to ask God for His guidance.
How do we know whether a certain gift is from God?
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (Jas. 1:17)
If such gift has the following effects it cannot be from God
· This gift has an ulterior motive of financial gain for the giver.
· The gift may be construed as a form of bribe and causes the recipients to make unfair judgments and decisions.
· The gift causes controversies, confusion and conflicts in the Church.
Prayer to God for Integrity
“Oh, keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.” (Psm. 25:20-21)
“As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.” (Psm. 41:12-13)
This Article is based on the Sermon preached by Paul Wong
to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on June 26, 2010.
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