Insist on Integrity
Intro: Our integrity should be a priority.
- Psalms 7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
We will be judged by our righteousness and according to the integrity that is in us.
A. Job’s Resolve
- It is Personal – vs. 5
Even an unbeliever can have integrity.
First Mention Principle:
- Genesis 20:5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
- Genesis 20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
- It is Persistent – vs. 5 “…til I die…” – vs. 6 …so long as I live.
- It is Public
God saw it.
- Job 2:3 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.
- Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
His wife saw it.
- Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
B. Job’s Restraint
- 4a My lips shall not speak wickedness…
- 4b …nor my tongue utter deceits
- 6a …my righteousness I hold fast, I will not let it go
- 6b …my heart shall not reproach me
C. Job’s Reasoning – vs. 8-23
- 11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
- 12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
Job understood more about righteous living than most Christians today.
Job gave just 4 reasons why we should Insist on living a life of Integrity.
I. Insist on Integrity for Prayer Life
- 8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
- 9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
- 10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
II. Insist on Integrity for Posterity
- 13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
- 14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
- 15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
- Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
III. Insist on Integrity for Possessions
- 16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
- 17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
- 18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
IV. Insist on Integrity for Peace
- 19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
- 20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
- 21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
- 22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
- 23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
- Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
- Psalms 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.