It is imperative that we stand with integrity. The enemy and the world would have us to believe we can be halfhearted and not fully committed to integrity and it will be ok in the end because it will all work out. We are told to be like God as He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is One with Himself and we are called to be one person at all times. We are to be followers of Christ, people of integrity. We are to be people of integrity the same today when things are going well and same tomorrow when the bottom falls out of our lives. We must hold fast to same level of integrity, being the same person at all times. Holiness is being the same person at all times just as God is the same, He does not change.
Integrity is the covenant we make with ourselves and God to commit to live at His standard of moral behavior and conduct, especially when life comes to test our convictions. Everyone will be tested and tempted to take the easy way out but the results will be measured according to our integrity. The testing of metal is important to find the weak areas and our weak areas are found when the pressures of life are applied.
Holy comes from a Hebrew word, qadash, the root meaning clean, to dedicate, or to set-apart, or being whole. God wants us to be the same person when we are with our friends, as we are with our family. We are to be the same on the job as we are at church or in the community. So many of us have multiple personalities living in one body and it is difficult to know who the real person is. Many of us have different personas that we display depending who we are interacting with. People may not know which personality will may show up on any given day or which persona they will be talking to. It is important to remember we are called to be one person at all times.
It has been drilled into our minds that holiness is associated with our appetites. Holiness is more of the commitment to live an informed life and not be ignorant of God’s word. The truth we know and accept can change the way we think about ourselves and others. If we are one with ourselves and know who we truly are, foreigners living in a strange and different culture, we will be reverent and committed to our Sovereign King. God may call us to represent Him in some major battle and we are to be prepared to stand and not let our appetites or the world’s opinions rule over us.
Hebrew 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever NKJV
1 Peter 1: 14-17 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. NIV
When we know in our hearts and minds that we were created for greatness in the image and likeness of God, the enemy and the world cannot have us believe their lies. We can only do this by knowing what the word of God says about us and how He loves us. It is our knowledge of God’s truth that will keep us from destruction. It is our commitment and integrity to God’s word that propels us to success. It is not just intellectual knowledge but it is the truth that we commit to and do that sets us free.
Our commitment to integrity is what will keep us from being swayed by wrong motives, society, family or friends. It is our commitment, the decision we make when we are alone with ourselves to live by integrity that gives us the strength to stand in when the waves of life come crashing in on us. Many of us think we will be ready when the storm hits, and we will be able to just say no to life’s pressures. But many are not prepared with God’s truth or committed to integrity and that is why so many people fall to the ways of the world when they are under pressure. When the flesh is fighting for its life that is not the time to stop and figure out what God said or try to make a decision on the spot. Military personnel know you cannot do strategic battle planning in the middle of the fight. Those decisions must be made before you are in the battle and then your actions are on automatic based on the planning and training beforehand.
A covenant to God and commitment to ourselves is made in the quietness of our heart, and then we make a choice to stand for integrity. It is in the quiet times we will make a decision to stand for truth while we take into consideration the cost or repercussions that will follow if we do not go along with the world’s way. It is at this time we make peace with ourselves and commit to God’s knowledge, and then we are able to stand against the pressures of the world and are able to fulfill our purpose. Knowing Who God is and His purpose for our lives is what gives us the will and the strength to hold on to our integrity.
Integrity is to have a steady devotion and allegiance to act and adhere to moral and ethical principles and the soundness of moral character and to be honest. Only the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour is more important than our commitment to integrity.
John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” NIV
Psalms 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You NKJV
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
Our integrity is the most valuable asset we have and is a primary weapon against our enemy and against self-destruction. Integrity is our steady allegiance to moral principles which aid to our success and the success of our children. Right and ethical conduct according to the standards or rules of right practices is found in the word of God, the Bible. It is virtually impossible to have integrity apart from the commitment to the standard of God’s truth and His word and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Most people are committed to doing the right thing and they will try but when life brings chaos and shortage the nature of man returns to the fallen state of survival and self-preservation. Integrity is an individual choice. No one can give us integrity and no one can take away our integrity. Our integrity is linked with our God given will, our ability to choose to live by a standard of right conduct and principles outlined by the God our Creator to ensure our good success.
Our integrity is what allows us to be one with ourselves, that is to say we are one person all the times. Whether we are alone with no one looking or if we are before thousands of people we are the same person all the time. God calls this Holy, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Integrity is the contract or pledge we make to ourselves to uphold God’s word and God protects us from the challenges of this world, the pride of life and the appetites of the flesh. We all live in a fallen world as fallen humanity with pride that rails against God and passions of the flesh that if left unbridled would send us all into a vortex of corruption and decadence. Our integrity holds us to a commitment of control and restraint because it is a decision we made before we entered the battle.
Remember, it is our integrity that brings glory to God, which is why life comes to test us and to see if we are really committed to the truth we say we know. The world knows how it will respond in difficult times. We have seen it all too often in a time of crisis people lose their compassion for others and become self-absorbed. To see someone committed to their word and hold to their integrity even if it costs them, is an example to the world of the power of God to uphold and keep His people.
God will be praised when we are able to stand against the chaos and pressures of life, for our integrity come from our God.