July 6, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 26

The Blessing of Integrity

What is integrity?  The dictionary definition is, “the state of being whole and undivided.”  In other words being in reality who you say you are.  I’ve often heard integrity defined as what you would do if you could do anything you want and no one would ever find out, and there would be no consequences.  What you would do then defines who you really are.

So why is integrity such a blessing?  Without it we live our lives in constant fear wondering when someone will find out our secret.  We force ourselves to hide and lie.  Integrity allows us to be free – to have peace – to be whole.

David was a man with integrity.  He was able to say with confidence to God (who knows everything about us):

Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity;  I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. (v.1)

…I live with integrity. (v.11)

How could David be THIS confident?  What strategy did he use?

Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. (v.2)

David asked God to examine him – to test him and show him where he came up short – where he was living a double life.  This isn’t the only time David prayed this.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.  Psalm 139:23-24

Do use this strategy?  Do you pray this prayer?  Most of us would rather God would not look in our minds – we’re afraid of what He will find.  We need to pray and ask Him to.

I began this practice a few years back – trying each day to ask God to search me as I go to sleep and when I wake up.  Confessing whatever God brings to my attention and doing my best to change it.

  • Will you pray now and ask God to search your heart and life?
  • Will you commit to doing that each day?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “July 6, 2016”

  1. There must be a consistency between a person’s convictions and his character, and yet who can hold claim to having fully attained it? Only by living as before the Lord can a person live without hypocrisy and duplicity.

    This heart needs changing Lord, test it and try it. I will follow where you lead (v.3), confess what you forbid (v.6), love what you love (v.8).

  2. Trying to hide our sins from God is as silly as a three year old saying, “I didn’t eat the cookies,” all the while having crumbs all over his chubby, little face. While we know this, we still do it.

    Rationlization is a way we hide our sin but from ourselves. If we can justify in our minds why we weren’t slow to anger, or why it’s okay to “borrow” officr supplies since the company makes more than you, then there’s nothing to confess. Which is why it’s important to pray passages like Psalm 139:23-24 Psalm 51:10. This way the Holy Spirit convicts us of things we have covered up explained away. You may be able to convince yourself that a sin isn’t really a sin, but you can’t convince God when He brings it up. Believe me, I know. I’ve tried. He’s yet to say to me, “You know, I hadn’t thought of it that way before.”

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