Live a life of integrity and sincerity
Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip - Psalm 26:1
Integrity is the foundation for lasting success. People of integrity have certain values which they hold dearly and all over the world, God is looking for people of integrity. Nothing attracts blessing faster to a nation, state or an individual than integrity. Beloved, always be sincere. Even when you make a mistake, own up and repent.
If you carefully study the book of Kings, you will find out that some of the kings were religious, but they were not sincere. Whenever they make a mistake and God sends a prophet to rebuke them, they imprison the prophet. But in the case of David, whenever God sends a prophet to rebuke him, he bows in repentance. Though David was not a perfect man, God saw the sincerity of his heart. Sincerity is openness; when you are opened to God, He blesses you regardless of your mistakes and failures. Some people love to pretend but David had integrity; he was totally sincere.
A nation that will develop needs people who are sincere at the helm of affairs but any land where people without integrity are applauded; such a nation is in trouble. This is because you cannot correct others when they are wrong if you are also not living right. Everything God made in the world produces things after its own kind. There will never be a day that a goat will give birth to a lion.
Your present circumstance is not bigger than God's purpose for your life. Being under somebody is not a crime. Some do not see themselves as being prosperous until they have all they desire. When you walk in integrity, God's presence is guaranteed in your life. Though Joseph was a slave in a strange land, God was with him because of his integrity (see Gen 39:2-3).
Potiphar saw Joseph as an asset and he was wise enough to make him the leader of all he had, but Potiphar had a bad wife. The foolish woman did not see how God prospered her husband because of Joseph; all she thought of was how to seduce this handsome young man. You can be sure Potiphar’s family came down once Joseph was sent out of their home to the prison.
Even in the prison, the keeper of the prison left everything in the care of Joseph because he also saw grace upon Joseph; he saw that everything left in the care of Joseph prospered. Joseph became a leader even in prison because God was with him. If God is with you and you have integrity, you can get anywhere in life.
Holiness will attract hatred and envy to you but integrity will preserve you. Daniel lived a holy life and people hated him. The leaders of the land conspired against Daniel; and ignorantly, the king made a decree that was aimed at getting Daniel to either disobey his God or disobey the king and face the consequence. The king only realized the conspiracy after he had put a seal on his decree. But God went ahead of Daniel and He sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions. In the long run, God exchanged the life of Daniel with that of his enemies. Daniel lived a life of integrity and he outlived three ungodly kings.
If only you will be a man/woman of integrity, God will bypass a million to bless you. No matter how ingenious a man is, if he does not have integrity, he cannot be trusted.
Prayer: I receive the grace to walk in the sincerity of heart and to be upright in the heart in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: Psalm 26:1-12, Psalm 15
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 6:1-7:89; Mark 12:38-13:13; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 10:27-28