Are You ‘Integrity Challenged?’

The Word of God clearly demonstrates the importance of integrity for every Follower of the Christ. In this sinful world it is obvious that the Believer’s integrity must fulfill the righteousness of God. The example of  sinless integrity can only be found in Jesus. However, the ability to accomplish the impossible is present in every Follower of the Christ. It is absolutely imperative for every Believer to follow the steps of the Spirit of Jesus, “Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:8-11 HCSB.

There are those among us who claim to be Christian and challenge those who are able to demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives with consistency. Do these folks sometimes sin? Absolutely, but the consistency in their walk will always overshadow the weaknesses that are in every Believer. What we must understand that no one among is perfect. I wish this were not the case, but, “Hello, we live in a fallen world and sometimes the best of us will commit sin.” I hope that you are not surprised by this.

Please note this admonishment coming from the pen of the Apostle Paul, “And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. Therefore don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.” Colossians 2:13-17.

What we now understand from the message of the Gospel is that the Law was/is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Jesus made the complete sacrifice for our sin which was/is the revelation of God’s will for everyone who believes in what Jesus did on the Cross. Jesus made possible everything possible for salvation which was completed on the Day of His resurrection. By this one event we have in Christ what is required and by faith we are in Him.  There is now the circumcision of the heart because of the crucifixion of the flesh of the Christ, the death and burial the defeat of sin, and the resurrection to newness of life proves that our sins are forgiven.  Everyone who now chooses to Follow the Christ is delivered from the curse of the Law. Through Christ we who were dead in sins, are now made alive in the risen Christ. Christ’s death was the death of our sins; Christ’s resurrection gives the Believer’s soul life everlasting. What more are we able to say? I am certain that I may have missed something. But this is the reason that

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.” Proverbs 11:3.

 “And who will harm you if you are passionate for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.  However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:13-17.

For this reason, the death burial and resurrection of my Lord, I am able to live a victorious life in the Holy Spirit every day that I live. I do not understand why every Follower of the Christ does not live like this and I want to encourage every Believer with the words of the Apostle, “Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 8:4. This is the foundation of our walk of Christian Integrity, the Spirit of God lives in you. Jesus is Lord.

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About BobW

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary and personal evangelist. Avid supporter of Texas Tech, Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks and Texas Rangers Enjoy my wood shop, Nikon camera, oil painting, yard work and light workouts. My wife, children and grand children are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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