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Psalm 19:1 Integrity


Alan

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 “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity,

than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool

Proverbs 19:1

 

The meaning of integrity is moral soundness or purity; incorruptness, uprightness; honesty.

 

Job is an excellent man of integrity. 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 [ hate ] evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

 

Job eschewed, or hated, evil. Job was upright, morally pure, incorrupt in business, and honest in his dealings.

 

A person who hates sin, and stays away from sin, is a person of integrity. Psalms 97:10, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.” Job, a man of God, was a man of integrity.

 

“... than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool”

 

The meaning of perverse is: to be obstinate; in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; or stubborn.

 

Balaam, a false prophet, because his way of life was contrary to God, was perverse. Numbers 22:31 & 32, “Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me.”

 

Balaam, and other false teachers, are obstinate, contrary, and stubborn against the ways and doctrines of God as written in the scriptures. They are fools and perverse in the sight of God.

Jude 11, “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” See also 2 Peter 2:1-22

 

Conclusion

 

Job is a fine example of a man of integrity. Job maintained his integrity in spite of intense physical, mental, social (his three friends), and spiritual testing. In these last days of spiritual unrest, false teachers, political uncertainty, wars and rumors of war, legal persecution, verbal animosity, and other trials of these perilous last days, we need to maintain our integrity. May God bless you all.

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

The essence of integrity is Holiness. Job purposed in his heart to have personal holiness, integrity, in his life.

May we purpose in our lives to be like Christ. In Holiness and Integrity.

Alan

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

One of my favorites as well.  Truly praising the Lord in song, as hymns should be. Imagine.... when one day we shall also be in the presence of the Holy One and I believe we will be in awe beyond description... at His holiness, His righteousness, His pureness and goodness. I believe we will fall down stunned by the true holiness of Him and worship Him with an understanding we never could fully grasp in these human bodies. He truly does deserve our reverence. Sadly I believe that very reverence is lacking in today's "modern professing christian", where the focus has been taken off of God and mistakenly placed on mankind's "feelings" and worldly desires.  I am eagerly awaiting the blessed hope and the desire to be away from all the evil sinfulness of this world. Imagine being in the very presence of He who never sinned! As we ourselves and those around us in glorified bodies will also have shed the sin nature forever. What wonderful promises we have to look forward to! Maranatha!

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Ronda,

Thank you very much for your comments. It will indeed be a day of awe when we stand before the presence of the Lord Jesus and God the Father.

King David brought out, "He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name." Psalm 111:9

Thank you again for reminding us of the reverence due to God and the worship due to His name and work.

Regards,

Alan

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Brethren,

The attached photo is not copyrighted and is for your enjoyment and edification.

Proverbs 19v1Tree Peony (pink).jpg

 

God Bless!

Alan

 

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Thanks for sharing your devotionals as they have benefited me greatly. We often don't hear or see integrity on display, even among Christians. Jesus said, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" And, "be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." The lack of discipline and unchristlike behavior is monumental and unprecedented in Christendom today -- which is a sign leading to the Greate Apostasy spoken of in scripture. It is almost as if "Christians" go out of their way to behave worse than the unbelieving world, and keep NOT the commandments of God out of love for Him. The Lord will separate the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the tares at the harvest. Just keeping the commandments alone does NOT prove oneself to be a Christian; it is the outward manifestation of the inward man/woman which shows what is truly in their hearts (Matt.12 :34-37). It is our "desire" to  "please" the Lord with our obedience which is the correct beatitude attitude. Anything other than that is wood, hay, and stubble.

God Bless!

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