Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org
Saturday, September 24, 2011 & Sunday, September 25, 2011
A Life of Integrity
Read | Psalm 15:1-5
In the Psalms, King David described the life of integrity that believers are to cultivate. God wants us to increasingly pursue truthfulness, righteousness, and honesty.
To develop and maintain a lifestyle of integrity, we need to . . .
Formulate beliefs on the basis of Scripture. Mankind’s need for a Savior, our helplessness to save ourselves, Christ’s death on our behalf, salvation by faith alone, and the Father’s free gift of eternal life are foundational truths upon which to build our lives. Identity and priorities should flow from our position as God’s adopted children. We must align our thinking with the Bible and not compromise.
Submit to the Christ’s lordship. Jesus commands us to deny ourselves and follow Him (Mark 8:34). Wholehearted commitment to Him will help us to stand against temptations and choose righteousness.
Build relationships with individuals who value godly living. The influence of mature Christians strengthens us in our dedication and obedience to the Lord.
Acknowledge our mistakes. Everyone misses the mark at times. As believers, we are to confess any known sin to God and turn away from the wrong behavior (1 John 1:9). Asking forgiveness from others may also be necessary.
We live in a culture that approves of ungodly values and behaviors. Because God understands our struggle to resist temptation and choose righteousness, He has sent His Holy Spirit to teach us how to live with integrity. Ask Him to help you become more like the person described in Psalm 15.
Description of a Citizen of Zion.
A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
3 He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
But who honors those who fear the LORD;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He does not put out his money at interest,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will never be shaken.