Proverbs 10:9 The Value Of Integrity

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Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 

Going through life there are many choices to be made. Some of those choices will be made in the public eye. Most of those choices will be made in private, in the heart and mind of a person or behind closed doors.

It is very commonly thought that what a person does in private is kept private and does not effect anyone else, because no one else knows about it or can know about it. The true reality is that things done in secret often come out into the open eventually.

In this proverb, Solomon points out that one who walks with integrity will be secure. Those who do not walk with integrity will be found out.

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching or can know about it. This can be with thoughts, actions, or words.

Many people are finding out that words or actions that they said or did twenty, thirty years ago are coming back to haunt them. It does not matter whether they have changed their words or not, it is just that they had said them.

Men and women who had good reputations in the public eye are being destroyed because of things that they had done in private. Their lives were not matching up with what their words were saying or the appearance that they gave people.

This, sadly, is also very common in the church. Ministers, leaders and others who were respected and honored are found out to be thieves or worse. These people did not walk in integrity at all times.

The person who walks in integrity does not have to fear that someone will find out about what he did. The one who does not walk in integrity will be found out and destroyed…eventually.

Everything that you do is seen by God. Jesus said that what is said in private will be proclaimed from the rooftops.

If you do not want to be found out as false, walk in integrity today. Do this in every area of your life, publicly and privately. Do not cut corners in any area of life, but walk as Jesus walked, in truth and in the light.

As you walk with full integrity, you will know that you will not be destroyed. There is nothing that the enemy can use to destroy you, because you are right before God.

I pray today that God will guide you in your actions, thoughts and words; that you will always do what is right before God and man; that you will know how God wants you to walk this life; and that your life will be the same everywhere you are. 

Psalm 101:2 Being Careful

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I will be careful to lead a blameless life–when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2 

It is common to hear of people whose lives look great in the public world, but are horrible in the home. Inside the home, behind closed doors there is often abuse, lies, cheating, and more.

This occurs because most people think that no one can see or know about what is happening behind the closed doors.

Those who live like this, will often begin to live in the same way in the public life. If they cheat or lie in the private home, they will do the same in the public world. Often these actions are excused and accepted by many, except by those who are hurt by the actions.

In the psalm, the write states that he will conduct his private affairs with a blameless heart. He will strive to make sure that there is nothing that he can be blamed on.

There are many in the church who are living in the same way as the world. During church, they live and speak as a believer, but in the private of their homes, they live in perpetual sin.

Being private can be in the physical home or in the mind. Thoughts and physical actions occur that are sin. Sadly it is common to hear of abuse, both physically and mentally, inside of Christian homes. Often it is heard of ministers or leaders in the church who have been caught in a private sin, destroying their ministry.

Believers must strive to live a blameless life, no matter where they are. Jesus said that what is said in private will be broadcast in the open. Private sins will be revealed in the end.

In your private life, both in the home and your mind, what are you living? If someone where to take a look at it and judge it, would there be purposeful sin?

Many believers talk about the grace of God and that they are free to live life. This is true, but not to sin. You must flee all sin and strive to live a blameless life. Jesus did not forgive you so that you can go and sin again.

Allow God to take control of your home and your mind. Change the way you act and think to mirror that of Jesus. Strive to live a blameless life because of what Jesus did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal to you things you must change; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in living a blameless life; and that your thoughts and actions will be ones of God.

2 Chronicles 21:13 Prostitution And Murder

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But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. 2 Chronicles 21:13

As whole in most nations the acts of prostitution and murder are not acceptable practices. These actions are looked down upon and usually carries a punishment if caught.

These acts of prostitution is done on a regular basis in every nation by many people, although not the physical act. People sell their bodies and lives to get what they want, while claiming loyalty to another. The desires are for money, fame, material thing, positions, love, family, recognition, and more.

They also perform acts of murder upon wishing people were dead, cursing people, abortion, and physically killing people. Many of those who do these things appear to be good people in society. Very few people look down upon these actions, though they are still wrong.

Jehoram had become king of Judah and led the people back into sin and away from God. A prophet had come and accused him of leading the people into prostitution and murder. They had prostituted themselves against God. They claimed to be God’s people, but worshipped idols.

Thousands of people attend church on a regular basis and claim to be believers. While at the same time, selling out their soul to their job or some dream not honoring God.

When Jesus died upon the cross, every believer became a part of the bride to the Father. They were now married to God and were to remain loyal to Him in every area of their lives. While still claiming this relationship with God and attending church, many live in purposeful sin and rebellion against God.

They refuse to hold themselves accountable to God and sell their body and souls to the things of this world, hoping to get more. They are jealous and hating of others, causing murder in the heart.

If you are a child of God, you are the bride of Christ. Do not allow yourself to be defiled by living as the world does. Do not flirt with the world. Remain loyal and faithful to God for what He has already done for you.

Do not allow your self to be able to be accused of prostitution against God or murder. God has given you a new life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that you will not follow the ways of this world; and that your life will a sign of God’s great love. 

Deuteronomy 25:13 Different Weights

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Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

It is common for people to have different standards for different people. They do not treat each person equally. For one person, they are very generous and kind, while to the next person, they are stingy and tight-handed. They change as to how they act or react according to who they are around.

There are businesses that have different standards of prices depending on who is doing the purchasing. For one group of people, the price is one set price. For everyone else it is a different price. This can be seen as differing weights

During the time of Moses, weights of things was used to determine the price of something. They weighed out gold, silver, grains, and other items to pay people. Each business person was to carry a set of weights with him to make the measurement and payments. One would often carry two different sets of weights, one light, one heavy. When selling something, they would use one set of weights demand more payment. When purchasing something, they would use the other set of weights to spend less.

God did  not like this practice. People were not treating others equally or fairly. They were cheating other people out of what they deserved.

Jesus treated every person equally. He did not walk around with different weights in how he worked with people. Everyone was treated the same.

Although there are many laws for businesses in how to do business, there are many people who still cheat others out of what they are due. They treat different people differently, taking advantage of some, while being generous to others. Sometimes this is with money, but it is more common with general actions.

This can be seen in churches. One who comes in dressed very nicely is treated much differently than the person dressed very sloppily.

As a believer, you should live your life as Jesus did. Treat every person equally with His great love and generosity. Do not treat each person differently. Every person is the same in God’s eyes, either they are a lost child, or a found child. God loves each one the same.

God does not want you to have different weights in your bag. It is not how He acts.

Are your weights the same as God’s? Or are they different like the world’s?

I pray today that you will know how God treats people; that you will love as God loves; that you will keep the same standards as God’s with every person; and that you will treat people with God’s great love. 

Deuteronomy 8:2 The Reason For Tests

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Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Very few people like to go through testing. It is often a time of high anxiety and fear. The higher the importance of the test, the higher the level of fear and worry a person may have.

Testing usually determines what is next in the life of a person. If the person passes the test, he can move on to the next level in whatever field the test was for. If he fails the test, he steps back and either quits or has to re-take the test.

While the common thought of what a test is, is that it is a written test, the majority of tests people take are not written down. They are tests of character. When a person is working for someone, the boss is testing the person by watching how he works and reacts to things. This is done to determine if the person can get a promotion.

Moses tells the Israelites to remember what they went through in the wilderness. That time of wandering was a test from God. It was an unwritten test to determine what was in their hearts and how well they will follow God’s commands.

Even to this day God still tests people. Even though He already knows what is in their hearts, He tests them to see how they will react to situations and how well they will obey God. Although with God, He gives the answers to the test. He tells people how to act and follow Him. All a person needs to do is obey God’s commands and he will pass the test. Once a person passes God’s test, God will move him forward to the next level.

Think about the hard times in your life, the times of being in a wilderness. Those times are there to help build you up. They are a test to determine how well you will follow God.

Each time you are tested by God, you have to make a choice. Will you follow God’s commands in the situation? Or will you follow the ways of this world?

Following the ways of this world, will be failure. Following God will always be passing. God can then move you up and forward.

How are you passing?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will recognize the tests of God; that you will pass every test of God; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life.