Scriptures are from the King James Bible.
I didn't have a blog post planned until I read a message on Facebook this evening. The messenger, Ms. D.B., stated, among other things, that GOD is angry. Her message struck me strongly because our Lord had shared similar information with me. Prior to going to Facebook to read, our Lord led me to read two chapters from the Holy Bible and then to pray.
GOD has been dealing with the matter of integrity and credibility. He shared that He's weary of the lack of integrity, especially relative to those who claim to be His followers. Our Lord emphasized that it's a major issue with Him. After I read the Bible and prayed, the Spirit led me to look up the word integrity.
I asked our Lord whether I'm wrong for not respecting people who don't keep their words, especially those who profess Christ as Savior. He assured me that I'm not wrong; He expressed that He doesn't respect them either. Of course, He loves and forgives. It's mandatory that Bible doers love and forgive, as well. Certainly, we all need forgiveness when we falter. But increasingly, I'm less inclined to engage with people who lack integrity, and those who give lip service but their actions don't support what's expressed.
Indeed, we're all works in progress but we need to change and focus more on what pleases our Lord and less on what pleases our flesh. We have unique challenges and struggles but we cannot afford to keep making excuses rather than positive changes. Our Lord is longsuffering but His longsuffering does have expiration dates. Daily in my prayer times, I ask our Lord to help me to change. He doesn't desire that we resign ourselves to holding on to sin. We must steadfastly aim to keep our flesh under subjection. Making vain excuses does not result in victories in the Spirit.
We can examine ourselves and ask, "Are we steadfastly giving our Lord what He expects of us?" Do we need to grow up and stop milk diets? Has our Lord told us to be meat eaters and we resist?
Hebrews 5:12 states, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Do we want master degree results with kindergarten conduct?
This morning I watched Bishop T.D. Jakes. His message was "Betrayal always leaves clues." That spoke volumes!
Tonight, the Spirit had these passages to leap off the pages to me:
A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered himself.
Also, our Lord gave me Proverbs 19:22, "...and a poor man is better than a liar."
Lord please forgive us for our lack of steadfastness and for making vain excuses. We need to be righteous and credible and people of honor. When we're above reproach, we glorify You. Help us to submit to You, Lord so that we can resist the devil. Yokes are destroyed because of Your anointing. The Holy Bible says in Psalm 66:18, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" We need to be righteous to successfully impact and to be about Your full gospel business and the advancement of Your kingdom. We need to obey how You lead us to change for Your good pleasure. We must decrease and allow You to increase within us - John 3:30.
Thank You, Lord - Amen
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