Principles of Integrity

Greetings all,

I have not posted anything in a while and I have really just been waiting for God to move me to write. I thought about posting a video blog but decided that I should write this one out. I feel like I need to write about some principles about living in integrity. Notice that I wrote, “Living IN integrity” and not WITH integrity. The word “in” says that we are in the midst of integrity and implies that we have integrity as a normal part of who we are,  where “with” says, to me, that we are just living alongside integrity not really a part of who we are.

This morning I came across a verse in proverbs 28:6 that says, “Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.” Which brings me to the word integrity. What does it mean? Well, I have always heard that integrity is that you live what you say you believe in public and in private. So, there is no difference in the way you live, think and love when people are around or when you are by yourself. This led me to ask myself, am I living in integrity and not just with it? I have been asking God to show me anything that is not pleasing to Him in my life. As I have been examining myself I feel confident that I am living in integrity. I am not saying that I don’t  have things in my life that need to be worked on by the Holy Spirit, but as a normal day to day issue, I feel like I do my best to live the same way in public and in private with a life based on the principles of Jesus. This does not mean that I don’t mess up or have lapses of integrity or bad attitudes or anger.  I hope this does not sound like I am boasting about myself.  I am just being honest about a journey that I have been learning to walk for a while now. During this journey of integrity, I have learned some principles that go hand in hand with integrity.

Principle #1
The enemy will do everything he can to keep you from living in integrity. He will throw things at you and tempt you to do things, say things and tell you all kinds of lies so that you will cave in.

Principle #2
We can’t live “in” integrity on our own. We need the power of the Holy Spirit “in” us so that we will not give in to the enemy. This is a daily battle! Run towards chaos!!

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you. Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your brothers in the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. To Him be the dominion forever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:6-11 HCSB)

“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18 HCSB)

Principle #3
Living “in” integrity will bring all kinds of persecution and slander by the enemy and other people who do not really understand principles 1 & 2

Principle #4
Rejoice in principle #3 because we are in a long line of those who have gone before us. Also if the enemy is attacking that means he sees you as a threat to his purposes. I think that is something to celebrate.

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12 HCSB)

I close with this: why do we do live in integrity?

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 HCSB)

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason