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. 

Hebrews 4:13 Being Accountable

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to who we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

People who acknowledge that there is a God, are also usually willing to acknowledge that He is everywhere. They are even willing to acknowledge that God knows everything, in word. However, most do not live with that truth in their lives.

Many believers try to live their lives with secret sins. Behind closed doors they live a different life. Language is used and actions are done that they would not want their pastor or fellow believers to know about. These are just the outward actions that can be seen. There are also the inner thoughts that go on also. As they do these things they often think that it is also hidden from God.

All over the world people love to have their own freedom. They want to be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want, with no one to tell them differently. They do not want to be accountable to anyone. Yet, at the same time they will hold another person accountable for his words or actions.

Every person will be held accountable for his words and actions by God. God sees everything, even the little things done in secret in your closed room or in your mind. There is nothing that God does not know or see.

It may seem at the moment that you are getting away with something, but God is still watching. Even when you think you are alone, you are not, God is still present with you. There will come a day when you must give an account to Him for every word, action and thought you did.

Since this is the case, you must strive to live your life for God all the time. Be willing to be accountable to God and to others. Watch what you do, say or think.

Live your life in such a way that you will not be embarrassed knowing that God is watching you. Keep it in your mind that God is always right there beside you.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will know that God is watching your every move; that you will be willing to give an account to God for all you do; and that everything you do, say or think will bring honor to Jesus.

Luke 8:17 Secrets Exposed

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17

Jesus had just finished talking about sowing the seed everywhere. Now He starts talking about letting a light shine out for everyone to see. He points out that everything that is hidden will be made known.

Secrets are something everyone has. Children often have secrets that they are proud of. They will tell another child, “I have a secret that I will tell you, if you promise not to tell anyone else”.

Adults, also have many secrets, although they do not like to share them with anyone.

The secrets that many adults have are often secret sinful acts. Since the beginning of mankind, there have been secret acts that men and women have tried to hide.

Cain tried to hide the fact that he killed Abel. David tried to hide the fact of his being with Bathsheba. Today, all the time in the news you can read about a CEO getting caught for embezzlement, men/women caught cheating on their spouses, important people who had previously did drugs, and much more.

In today’s technological society, many are learning how hard it is to keep secrets. With Facebook, and Twitter, people can see or learn of something, post it, and within matter of seconds, thousands of people around the world know about it.

Jesus said everything will be exposed. Those little things you do in private, will be exposed some day. If nothing else, God sees it. If you do not willingly bring it out into the open with God and turn from it, God will eventually expose you openly.

Turn from all sin and turn to God. Let the light of God shine in and through you. When there is light in you, everything will be exposed. Allow Jesus to clean you of all dark spots in your life. Do not be exposed as dirty. Don’t try to hide any secrets from Him.

You are a witness for God. Let His light shine.

I pray today that God will shine in and through you; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will allow yourself to be open before God; that there will be no secret sins that you are trying to hide; and that God will use you to be His witness.