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Integrity 2 - Firm Ethical Standards of Conduct

A balanced life needs to have firm ethical standards of conduct. There are two types of ethical conduct. The first is built on proven and clear standards. One's that have been tried and tested for generations and always bring positive results to the person who operates under them. Where can we find these? They are clearest in the Bible. Written by men who were moved along by the Holy Spirit, they show us the standards of God and illustrate them in the lives of people throughout the centuries. Exodus 20 shares the Ten Commandments given by God to His people after they departed from the slavery of Egypt and before they received the Promised Land. They are a good place to start in gathering firm ethical standards of conduct. Further, there are in the Bible other standards of conduct such as Paul suggested in Romans 12:9-13, "Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection. Never be lazy,…

Integrity

The prophet Samuel spoke the word of God to Saul saying, "Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys." (1 Samuel 15:3) This was to be done because of what the Amalekites had done to the people of Israel when their wandering in the wilderness was ending. So, Saul and his men did as told, except they kept King Agag alive, and the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs-everything that appealed to them. Saul said to Samuel as he returned that he had done nothing wrong (denial), blamed his men and justified the animal's presence because they were going to sacrifice them, and gave the excuse of his own personal fear of his men as the reason he let the men bring back the best of the spoils. This is the point where Saul is rejected by God and Samuel said, "Obedience is better than sacrifice." (15:22) This story illustrates a lack of integrity on the pa…

Proclaim 3

Words are important. They can uplift, enthuse, encourage, challenge, comfort, confront, criticize, belittle, inform, and many other things. Actions too are important. They can show you care, protect, push others away, express your anger, express your joy, make you successful, destroy your life, make your life better and many other things. God wants us to choose our words and actions carefully. In the book of Proverbs it speaks about a person who by his words or actions shows himself to be a fool. That does not glorify God because as His creation He has not made us to be fools. What would it look like for you to choose your words? It might mean that you dismissed the use of some words from your sentences. It might mean that you review your words internally before you let them out. It might mean that you start incorporating some new words into your conversations that help others and direct them toward God. What would it look like for you to choose your actions? It might mean reviewing your…

Proclaim 2

Yesterday we learned that creation is fulfilling its goal, to display the glory of God. But what about us? Paul encouraged believers when he said, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31) Okay, he just said that as the pinnacle of God's creation our actions are to do the same thing that the rest of creation does, bring glory to God. If we are able to understand this, then actions do speak as loud or louder than words. Too often the words we speak taint the good actions we do, so our words don't add too, validate, our actions, they invalidate our opportunity to bring glory to God. Paul leaves no room in his statement for things that don't bring glory to God. He says, "whatever you do" should bring glory to God. Yesterday I asked, "Daily, nightly, do you 'proclaim the glory of God?' Do you show off, exhibit, God's great craftsmanship?" So, are there words and actions that are…

Proclaim

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world." (Psalm 19:1-4) Could this be said of you? Daily, nightly, do you "proclaim the glory of God?" Do you show off, exhibit, God's great craftsmanship? How could you proclaim this without your voice ever being heard? Think about it today.

Action

It is defined as the doing of something. It is motion to or away from something. You can do an action for the first time or you may do it over and over, which is called a habit. Action validates belief. Action is the result of realizations that you must move. It is the end product of clarity. Without it you are just a lump on the couch, but with it you achieve, accomplish, and advance. As we have said in previous Today's Words, you must have clarity and possibility before you can move forward or else you don't know what to do or what direction to go. The result of your thinking or your emotions or the two together puts pressure on the will to act. That action may be instinctive or carefully thought out but it has movement and direction. So, our struggle is to act because action dismisses the buildup of contrary feelings, mental "what ifs" and fears of failure. It busts through them, risking to advance, believing there is something to achieve, and convinced that you can …

Possibility

Possibility is a kind of thinking that moves us beyond the norms, the present so called laws and takes us to a new place where we can do much more than we previously thought we could. In our minds we understand that there are seeming impossibilities and they are there because of our "training." Think of the advancements in any area of science which were "impossible" until someone thought differently than the way they were taught. Think of cell phones, internet, space travel, vaccinations, underwater swimming, submarines, airplanes and multitudes more. They were blind spots before someone challenged the current thinking and we are the ones who have benefited from those challenges. When we are clear on what we want, and by that I mean we have it laid out before us, our vision drives us forward and we release our mind from holding on to the current thinking. That's when ideas, dreams, activities and inventions become reality. So, impossible situations are not the pr…