Luke 7:13-15 – And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
From the outset, we must accept that Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Ghost are One. That is integrity of the highest order. The word integrity comes from the root word integer. An integer is a whole number; there are no fractions or divisions in it. When the three members of the God-head, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost exist as One, always in perfect agreement in all things, They demonstrate Integrity of the highest order. Of course, that is what God demands of Himself; perfection. Perfection in love, faith, thought, word, and action.
Now consider the truth that we are commanded to be imitators of God, as dear children. Since God is a God of Integrity, we should likewise be people of integrity. My friend, if the church, if believers will not live up to that standard, then it’s time for the church, including individual believers, to have what we call a “come-to-Jesus meeting.” That is a face-to-face, person accountability meeting with God that truly carries consequences. I am not talking about a public repentance meeting where words are spoken, but the intent of the heart us concealed. I refer to a repentance that carries every necessary corresponding action.
If God says it, that settles it. The same should be true for every believer. Every believer should be a Psalm 15:4 person; one who swears to his own hurt and refuses to change. Such a person does what he says he will. If corresponding actions do not follow the words you speak, perhaps it is time to be quiet until that standard can be reached. Whatever God says, God sustains to completion. Whatever Jesus said, because He only spoke to please His Father, God sustained to completion. It is written of Samuel that God did not allow any of his words to fall to the ground. Can that be said of us? Of you and me? Now? Are we not ambassadors of Christ? Are we not heirs of God? Are we not joint-heirs with Christ? If these things are true, and the Scriptures declare they are, then should it not be our responsibility that the words of our mouth are words that please Father, that are worthy of His sustaining? We must know the truth, believe the truth, and speak the truth in all things at all times. Either that, or speak not at all.
Manna for Today – Luke 7:11-17; Mark 11:22-24; Romans 4:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Isaiah 55:8-13; Joshua 1:6-9; Hebrews 4:16; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 4:29; 1 John 5:7; Ephesians 5:1; Psalm 15:4