Integrity

Job 2:1-3
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.
2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
KJV
INTEGRITY (Gen 20:5; 1 Kings 9:4; Job 4:6; Ps 25:21; 101:2; Prov 2:7; 10:9); AV also PERFECT , UPRIGHTLY, UPRIGHTNESS; NEB also BLAMELESS LIFE, CLEAR CONSCIENCE, PURITY , The basic meaning of "integrity" in the OT is "soundness of character and adherence to moral principle," i.e., uprightness and honesty, whether referring to Abraham (Gen 20:5), David (1 Kings 9:4), Job (Job 2:3,9; 4:6; 27:5; 31:6), or the psalmist (Ps 7:8; 25:21; 26:1,11; 41:12; 101:2). A common expression is "to walk in integrity," indicating an habitual manner of life. In Proverbs integrity is seen as an essential characteristic of the upright life: Yahweh will protect those who walk in it (2:7); their security is assured (2:21; 10:9; 20:7; 28:18); it is a trustworthy guide for living (11:3), and better than wealth (19:1; 28:6).
The day that we live in is a “wicked and perverse generation”, this generation is striding in the same footsteps as the society of Sodom and Gomorrah. As Christians in this society we are challenged everyday by Satan but mostly by our own Lustful desires. Satan believed in his heart that Job would curse God and die if his earthly achievements were took away from him. We find that Job did not WAIVER while he was being tested. In the end he was of more wealth than he was before but I do not believe that Job was even focused on his wealth. Job had a relationship with God that Satan himself could not destroy and I believe that Job knew that if he could keep his INTEGRITY with God, that God would be faithful and just to him. How many of us today can stand the test of time and keep our integrity with God thru every trial and tribulation that we go thru. Remember most of the time Satan is nowhere near us, that it is our own desire that is causing us to fail. In these last days we must stand for everything that Jesus stands for! People, Governments and Politicians will fail us BUT JESUS will never fail us! Trust Him.
With Love, Pastor Scott

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