Integrity And Tenacity
Integrity – “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. The state of being whole and undivided.”
Tenacity – “the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly, the quality or fact of being very determined; determination, the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.”
“6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”
Brothers and Sisters we need to Walk and Speak with Integrity, to be Different than the World Is, we should in one sense stick out like a sore thumb. When people see us they should know pretty quickly that there is something different than they are, and, even as most people are. There are, however, a few things that we should Blend Into. Our Lives should always Represent Strong Moral Principles, but NOT as the World would count it, but as God IS!
We must always keep in mind that Our Ways are not necessarily Gods Ways and with that in our mind we must always be Willing To Change To Gods Ways, having this understanding that we are not going to understand Gods Full Plan in our Lives. There are times He will have you Go, Speak and Do things that in the beginning makes no Logical Sense, But God sees beyond the Current and sees The End Of A Thing.
We must also understand that God Is NOT DIVIDED! The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit Are One, which means that Whatever The Father Speaks, so will The Son and The Holy Spirit and whatever The Holy Spirit Speaks, it is What Jesus Speaks and Jesus only Speaks those things that His Father Has Said! They Will NOT Contradict each other, no matter what, They Are One!
Two things that you MUST Understand. Firstly, there should not be 14 Million Church’s all Speaking and Doing THEIR OWN THING! Secondly, if The Holy Spirit Speaks and says Thus, He will not go and tell someone else something that is in Contradiction to the other person. If He was to do that, then God would be a Lunatic, being Divided within Himself!
Now before anyone gets on their High Horse, I know that The Holy Spirit will speak one thing dealing with a Scripture and to another person speak something different on the same Scripture, you need to understand that the Two Are One, they are Different Perspectives dealing with the Individual, but both lead To God, having the Same Answer! In this it deals with the Maturity Of The Person. An example: The Holy Spirit may tell someone to Have Faith and give $10.00 to someone, but it would be hard, to another person He may say give $1000.00 but that would be are to them, but not $10.00. Both are Identical, they both deal with Faith In God and the amounts make no difference. The same Principal deals with Scripture, one Verse can mean one thing to one person, and the same Scripture Verse can mean, what seems, a total different thing. But if you see through God’s Eyes, they both mean the same thing, but deal with each person at a level of their understanding, of what they can deal with. A scripture will tell you something specific to your needs at the time.
God is Integrity! Meaning He Has, Is and Will Always deal with everything In Integrity.
“God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
“And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.”
1 Samuel 15:29
“34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.”
“16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”
In order for us to Walk In Integrity, we Must Have Tenacity. We must Hold On to God, His Word and His Ways, gripping them so tight that there is No Gaps in Our Lives. Having Tenacity is a Rare Quality, for most people. People are wishy washy, being moved by fleshly means and fleshly Principles. I’ll pick on one subject, Sports. Let there be some sort of Football, Soccer, Baseball or Basketball game on and God is put in the corner, is in Time Out.
There are a lot of Blood Bought people who have made Sports their God. They push it in and on their children as a Good Thing, but in reality is a very destructive life style. Sports have caused more fights, more arguments, more separations and more divorces than any other thing, that is mostly in the United States. It has caused “ “ Pastors, to gear their sermons based on Time and Season, NOT God! People give up God for this or that having NO Tenacity in them except for those things that make them a part of Man, Society and Satan’s Plans.
Now, it is not only Sports that has caused this, there are many other things, such as Money, Jobs, Recreations and the list goes on. But WE, That is, THE BLOOD BOUGHT, should not be a part of this type of Life Style, no matter the topic. We should Hold To The Principles Of God, Walking In Integrity and Tenacity above All Things! We are to PUT God ABOVE ALL THINGS! No matter the size, no matter who, no matter of the desire, God is a Jealous God, demanding Full Attention.
“3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
Integrity and Tenacity Walk Hand-n-Hand. In God they are inseparable, they are Attributes that make God who God is! If we, that is, The Blood Bought, have made Jesus Lord, then…WHAT ARE YOU DOING? What Gods have you put Above The ONLY True God, What Sacrifices have you made to them!
Now, here comes a mind blower, it is not only the Physical Things that cause a lack of Integrity and Tenacity, it can be your thoughts, your actions in everyday Life. What do you Think About, What do you Meditate On, Who are your Friends and Who Is YOUR Family? All of these things can and do bring a Lack Of Integrity and Tenacity in a person’s Life. These are Elements that become Gods! It is the Inner Things, that Make The Outer Things Alive!
How far do these things reach…
“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].”
“8 Thou shalt not make thee [any] graven image, [or] any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me, 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.”
“21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
“34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes [shall be] they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
“37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In all of the above Scriptures, the one thing that makes us Loose Integrity and Tenacity is… Man’s Personal Walk With God. Most Christians like to use the last Scripture and say there is nothing that can separate us from God, but if you look at the Scripture correctly, there is one thing, Man’s Free Will, Man’s Choice To Do or Not To Do.
I have seen lies destroy relationships to the second, third and fourth generations. I have seen God’s House accept things as truth when they are a lie.
To the Five Fold, I Rebuke You! For you have taught the generations not to Honor God, but to honor the flesh, the world!
“8 The priests said not, Where [is] the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after [things that] do not profit.”
“10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
“1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 2:8; 12:10; 23:1
Where is it found the Integrity and Tenacity of God’s House! To those who have Ears to Hear what the Spirit saith Blessed are you!
God Is … God Is … God IS Calling for His People to Stand, to be The Head not the tail, to be A People that bring Honor to Him not shame. Is Integrity and Tenacity going to Cost You…YES YES YES it will! But are you willing to lose your life for the lack of Integrity, the lack of Tenacity? I have many, many, many people that Hate me because of it, including my own flesh and blood. But I desire and strive to Have A Relationship with God that is Unspeakable, yet Spoken Very Loud. I am a Living Epistle showing those around me Whom God is IN ME!
Weigh your Thoughts, Actions, Friends, Acquaintances and Family, are any of these your god? Are any of these things put upon a pedestal; are any of these guiding you into Disobedience?
You must Weigh Integrity by God’s Holy Word, by His Holy Spirit and you must Live Out The Word In Your Life with Tenacity, never letting go, no matter what the cost. Your Reward will be Great!
As always, your Choice, God is waiting as long as He can, then the Door will shut. The Age Of The Gentiles is closing…are you ready?
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savor!!!
Amen and Amen!!!