Words Of Truth - March 30, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Integrity"

Great Wall of China
The troubles of my heart are enlarged:  O bring thou me out of my distresses.  O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
Psalms 25:17, 20-21


   

        Integrity is defined as “the state of being complete, unified.”  When I have integrity, my words and my deeds match up.  In other words, I am who I am, no matter where I am or who I am with.
        The test of our integrity will always come during times of trouble.  While it is easy to say one thing during good times, it is harder to do that thing during tough times.  Sadly, integrity is a vanishing commodity today.  Personal standards are crumbling in a world that has taken hot pursuit of personal pleasure and shortcuts to success.  The more trouble we see in our world the less integrity will be seen.
        King David prayed that his integrity would preserve him in times of trouble.  Too often people make compromises during a tough time, thinking that will help them, but in reality they only find temporary relief while causing greater long-term problems.
        In ancient China the people wanted security against barbaric attacks from the north, so they built the great wall. They believed it was so high that no one could climb over it and so thick no one could tear it down.  Yet, in the first one hundred years of the wall’s existence, China was invaded three times.  Not one of the barbaric armies broke down the wall or climbed over it.  Each time they bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right through the gates.  The Chinese were so busy relying on walls for protection that they forgot to teach integrity to their children.
        Make sure your inner man is strengthened with the convictions of God.  Then your integrity will preserve you in times of trouble.  Stand on what you believe in, and you won’t fall for anything.


Study verses: 
I Kings 9:4-8; Job 2:3,9; 27:1-5; Ps 7:8-10; 26:1; Prov 11:3; 19:1; 20:7  
 



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"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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