Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PRICELESS- WEEK 2 Gifts You Can’t Afford Not To Give

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Priceless Gifts- Part 2- INTEGRITY 

WHAT IS INTEGRITY?
Definition of Integrity – in the Hebrew, the word integrity meant completeness, moral innocence, or perfection. The exact opposite of compromise. IN OTHER WORDS, INTEGRITY IS WHEN YOUR BEHAVIOR MATCHES YOUR BELIEFS. Dishonor & disloyalty are born out of a divided heart.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTEGRITY?

• YOU CAN WALK CLOSELY WITH GOD.

“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?... 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart...” Psalm 15:1-5 (see also Psalm 41:12)


• YOU HAVE GUIDANCE & MAKE BETTER DECISIONS.
“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.” Proverbs 11:3


• YOU HAVE CONSTANT SECURITY IN YOUR HEART & PROTECTION OVER YOUR LIFE.

“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you.” Psalm 25:21
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
• YOU GAIN TRUST, RESPECT, HONOR & INFLUENCE. Matthew 23:25-28

HOW DO YOU BUILD INTEGRITY INTO YOUR LIFE?
Speak HONESTLY.
“...speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
“God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.” Proverbs 20:7
Confess REGULARLY.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matt. 5:23-24
Live CONSISTENTLY. (*see Matthew 7:21-23) 
Public life as well as our private life. 
Jesus said, "Take care and do not do your public deeds to be admired." What it means very simply is this: I am the same at home as I am here. That’s what it means. In fact, my definition of success is, "Those who are the closest to me, love and respect me the most."


 WHAT’S YOUR INTEGRITY WORTH?

 EVERYTHING!
…I will not deny my integrity. 6 I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live. Job 27:5-6


Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matt. 5:37