03, November, 2017Posted by :House of Favor
The way to start is to ask the question, what is integrity?
- The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness
Synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor
Someone says you can explain integrity like this: it’s doing the right thing, even when there’s no one there to see you do it.
Let us look at Psalm 15
This Psalm is also called Psalm of question and answer. The question was asked of the Lord in verse 1 of this Psalm and the remaining four verses were in response to the question.
The question was, Lord who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
In the tabernacle, God meets with his people. The question is God who are those qualified to be members of your church? Who are those qualified to be on your holy hill? Holy hill was reference to Mount Zion, on which the temple was to be built by Solomon. Who are those to be citizen of Zion or of the heavenly Jerusalem? In summary, who are those that will make it to heaven – heavenly Jerusalem?
The answers began to come
V2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Note three words there
Walk – walketh
Work – worketh
Speak – speaketh
Walk – God has an interest in how we walk.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly
Psalm 37: 23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
That means our actions and steps are either Satan driven, or God-driven.
Who are your friends? What kind of advice do they give you? If all your married friends have boyfriends, you will soon join them.
They walk uprightly – erect in carriage or posture. They are straightforward not people who are doggy people. Who wriggle as snakes. God wants us to be sincere people.
Worketh righteousness – His faith shows itself by good works. He is honest and just in his dealings.
Speaks the truth in his heart.
God hates liars because their father is Satan.
John 8: 44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is liar, and the father of it.
But God is talking about truth in the heart.
In Gen 18: 10 – The angels that visited Abraham promised that God will give them a son.
Gen 18: 17 – Therefore Sarah laughed within herself saying, after I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
But the LORD said unto Abraham, why was Sarah laughing?
V15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, nay; but thou didst laugh.
That means if your friend asks you, how am I looking? Your answer internally is terrible, but you told her fantastic. You are not a candidate for heaven.
Hebrews 4: 12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
V3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up reproach against his neighbor.
God is saying don’t mess up the character of your neighbor with your tongue. It is sinful to spread lies or untruths about your neighbor. Watch your tongue.
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
That means you can kill with your tongue and you can make others to be sick or depressed with lies spread about them.
In Gen 39:17-20, Joseph was sent to prison as a result of the lies of Potiphar’s wife.
In 1king 21:10-14 Naboth was stoned to death because two sons of Belial lied against him.
God now went a step further by saying not taketh up a reproach against his neighbor.
God was saying here don’t be a receiver of evil/false news about your neighbour.
Someone said both the thief and the receiver of stolen goods are both guilty. So if there were no gratified hearers of evil reports, there would be an end of the trade of spreading them.
You all know the sister who is full of gist of what is going on, mainly bad news. You invite her to gist you regularly. You say to yourself I don’t tell her anything, but I just listen. You encouraged her bad behavior, God says you are both guilty.
In whose eyes a vile person in contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Are you envious of the wicked? Do you honour wicked people because they are rich? A vile person is a wicked person even if they are in high office. We must respect their office but despise them in line with the word of God.
We must honour those that fear God even though some of them may not be rich.
He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
You must keep your words even if you gave it in error or by deceit.
V21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
V22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
V23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
V4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
V5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
V6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
Don’t make vows you do not intend to fulfill.
What happens if we were deceived? God will still hold you to the standard of his son/ daughter.
In 2Sam 21:1-6
There was famine for 3 years in Israel and David went to ask God for the cause. God said it was due to Saul and his bloody house because they slew the Gibeonites.
What was the story behind the famine?
In Joshua 9:1-27 The Gibeonites deceived Joshua and the children of Israel that they came from a far country and wanted to make a peace peat. It was made in the name of the Lord.
V15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.
V16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they dwelt among them.
In spite of the agreement made on false information, God enforced the terms of the agreement. It was sealed in God’s name. To solve the problem, David gave up seven sons of Saul that the Gibeonites hung.
It is amazing how people treat contracts nowadays including executed agreements.
Finally, God said he that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.
This is a warning for those who make wealth or money out of the poor or vulnerable. God says it is ungodly.
God is also against bribery especially against the rights of the innocent.
God concludes by saying He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
No storm shall tear him from his foundation, drag him from his anchorage, or uproot him from his place.
Like Jesus, whose dominion in everlasting, the true Christian shall never lose his crown. He shall not only be on zion but like Zion, fixed and firm. He shall dwell in the tabernacle of the Most High, and neither death nor judgment shall remove him from his place of privilege and blessedness.