Integrity means knowing what you believe and living as though you believe it. No one is a better model of this than Jesus. Though we can never be perfect as he was, we can always grow in integrity. This involves being faithful in every area of your life, no matter how small. In fact, you’ll probably find that it is in the small things that your integrity will be tested the most.
Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10
The most rewarding thing about working out is how you feel. When you document your scores and look back and see how much stronger you are, you feel a sense of accomplishment. The more disciplined we are and stay the course, the stronger we become. The same with our relationship with the Lord. The stronger our faith is the more we exercise it. God is our strong tower. There is no situation too big for Him to handle. His strength sustains us when we are weary. It is a training process to become strong physically and spiritually. God will give you the endurance to push the “GO” button in life!
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33
The parables are illustrations containing life lessons that can be applied to common situations. Most of us could relate to any of these. If you are looking for something to read in your devotion time, read the parables. The Parable of the Talents is a story about a man giving a certain amount of money to three of his servants. The two servants that received the most money used it wisely and doubled their investment. The third servant was given the least amount and failed because of fear. He hid his talent in the ground. His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Because of fear he hid his talent and reaped nothing.
Look at the gifts God has given you. What spiritual gifts has God given you. Do you use them for His glory or do you hide them? Are you fearful and stay in your comfort zone? Pray that God will make you faithful to fulfill his goal for our life.
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ Matthew 25:24-25
Do you feel overwhelmed by the press of everyday life? We are all extremely busy with our schedules. We forget to slow down long enough to spend time with God. If we are frantically searching for God’s direction, are we slowing down long enough to get directions? Instead of turning over our thoughts and prayers to Him, we may lean into our own understanding. Our wisdom is limited to what God can do. Take time to stop and open you heart to God.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.