“Integrity”

“Integrity”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.  This quote from J.C. Watts makes the same point: “There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”   Funny thing is, you can’t escape “getting caught” by God.  He sees everything.  Tonight my Pastor talks about why it’s so important to overcome temptation and live a life of integrity.

We can’t play with sin.  It’s the reason Jesus Christ died for us.  When we purposefully sin, I bet Jesus sees it as a slap in the face.

Hebrews 10: 16, 26 (NIV)
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”  (verse 16) If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. (verse 26)

When you are acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Savior and decide to live your life according to His plan, it will bother you when you do something wrong.  Some call it a conscious, but as a born-again believer, I call it the Holy Spirit.   You can’t mix the old you with the new you.  Once you’ve been delivered from certain temptations, you can’t go around it anymore.  You have to “self-police” yourself as if you had handcuffs.  And, there are some temptations that only Jesus can set you free from.

Temptation Example:  Pornography.
Pornography is ungodly because it mentally invites other people into your bed.  When you’re with your spouse, you will be thinking about who you saw and what you want to try.  God invented sex for marriage ONLY.

Galatians 5:1, 9, 13 (NIV)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (verse 1) ”A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (verse 9) You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (verse 13)

Something to think about: Our flesh has a big appetite, so don’t feed it! We have to watch what we listen to and who we hang around.  It’s okay to be picky about who you let into your inner circle of friends!  It’s so important to do this if you truly want God to use you.  The Lord cannot place a pure anointing on someone who is not pure.  Have a blessed week!

1 Comment

  1. I have never heard the term “self-police yourself”. Thanks for the encouragement.

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