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Life of Integrity
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What do people think when they hear your name? Do they think, “Oh that person is always so trustworthy and faithful; they always do the right thing.” Or do they think, “Watch out for that person. You never know what they’re going to do.” You might say, “Oh I’m a pretty good person. I do the right thing most of the time.” But understand; it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. You can veer off course just a little bit, and before you know it, you’re miles away from your destination. Don’t allow the little things to keep you from your destiny. Choose integrity—even when no one is looking.

The other day I went to the bank to deposit $1,500 in cash. I was having an important conversation on the phone so I decided to go through the “drive thru” to make the deposit. The teller sent me back the receipt along with my ID and $1,500 cash. I was still on the phone so didn't notice the teller's mistake. I stopped to get some gas after I finished my phone conversation and that is when I realized what had happened. I looked at the receipt and noticed the $1,500 was credited into my account but I still had the money.

It is our responsibility to live in integrity but in the world we live in we have to stand against the forces of darkness. We have to refuse those negative, self-defeating thoughts. As you open your heart to the Word of God and invite His will to be done in your life, you will be empowered by your union with Him.

Test

Sure, you might need a few extra bucks this week, but if the check-out clerk makes a mistake and gives you back too much money, that’s not God’s provision, that’s a test of integrity. If you’ll be faithful and choose integrity in the little things, it will be a great treasure in your life. God will pour out His blessing on you as you honor Him all the days of your life.

What does God think when He hears your name? We serve a God of unlimited grace, favor and blessing. When God sees you, He sees unlimited possibility, unlimited potential, unlimited resources. God’s grace and favor in your life enables you to become what He sees. That is exactly what we need to project when others look at us or hear our names.

I drove back to the bank and asked to talk to the manager. We have known each other for quite some time. She immediately called the teller and upon my request she had him on speaker phone. I noticed how stressful his voice was even before the manager said anything about the incident. I’ll never forget what she told the teller about me: “Irving has been with us for about 10 years and he is an honest customer”.

When you choose thoughts of faith and expectancy, thoughts of integrity and righteousness you are opening the door for God to work in your life. You’ll rise higher and higher and live in integrity.

"You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 19:36).

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By Irving Santiago. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.


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