Integrity

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People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. (Proverbs 10:9 NLT)

 

Integrity is so important that the Bible says in Proverbs 28:6 (ESV), "Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways." What does integrity mean that the Bible holds so much value in it? Integrity simply means being true to ourselves at all times with strong moral principles and strong moral uprightness. Integrity demands honesty to ourselves and others without wearing any mask when dealing with others as to deceive them.

Love Not The World

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"15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)


Have you ever wondered why God has so much concerned about us His children loving the world? First of all, though we still live in the world but we are not of the world (John 17:16) and the world is the place where God is not wanted for the world is centered on all the pursuits and pleasure of the flesh as mentioned in 1 John 2:16. Satan is the god of this world with its corrupt value system contrary to God's (2 Corinthians 4:4). Therefore, God in His mercy and grace wants to protect us from loving the world with its corrupt value system than His.

The Power Of Confession

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32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV).


The word "therefore" is a conclusion of the thought prior to the current statement made by Christ. Five verses before Christ was talking about the fear of God and He concluded His thought in verse thirty-two by saying, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." This is a promise made by Christ Himself that He will not cast out anyone who confesses Him before men but rather him He will also confess before His Father who is in heaven. Christ did not give any promise that was based on deeds but rather about confession that was based on faith.

 

Spiritual Blessing

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV).


The Greek word for "Spiritual Blessing" is "Pneumatikos", which refers to blessings that are by their very nature such as come from the Holy Spirit. The spiritual blessing Paul was talking about in verse 3 is that He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (v.4). In other words, when He chose us, we were not created yet. How can this be? Does it mean that it is our fate if we are not chosen and therefore we put the blame on Him for not choosing us? Did God give us the ability to make our own choice prior to making His choice?

 

How To Respond In A Crisis

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45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.   (1 Samuel 17:45 NKJV)


From 1 Samuel 17, we learn that that Philistine's army represented by Goliath has defied the Israeli army to choose a man to fight him one on one. If the man whom the Israel army chooses to fight him (Goliath) can kill him, then all Philistine will become servants to Israel. But if Goliath prevails against the man whom the Israel army chooses to fight him, then Israel shall be servants to the Philistine. The Bible tells us in verse 11, "When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid." All Israel are experiencing mental crisis, none of them has the courage to take the challenge given by Goliath, at least not until David comes who steps forward in defiance.