Numbers 23:19 God isn’t a mere man. He can’t lie. He isn’t a human being. He doesn’t change his mind. He speaks, and then he acts. He makes a promise, and then he keeps it.
Lying in the past was a way of life to me. Not only did I lie, I also believed my lies. When I came into recovery it took time for me to decipher what the truth was about me and about my life.
Today one of my motto’s is “Always tell the truth.” No matter how bad it is or what the consequences of it may be. Today I try to live a life of ‘Integrity’ I’d like to say I am always truthful, but that would be a lie!
Are you a liar?
Why can’t you be honest?
Are you ready to live a life that demands rigorous honesty?
Job 27:3-6 For as long as I draw breath, and for as long as God breathes life into me, I refuse to say one word that isn’t true. I refuse to confess to any charge that’s false. There is no way I’ll ever agree with your accusations. I’ll not deny my integrity even if it costs me my life. I’m holding fast to my integrity and not loosening my grip– and, believe me, I’ll never regret it.
Recovery won’t fail if we hold fast to our integrity.
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the honest keeps them on track…
1 Thessalonians 1:4Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God. We know that he has chosen you.
It is good to remember that good choices have positive long-term results. When we remember that in the context of God choosing us it makes the process of recovery and the privilege we have been given just that bit more special.
There is nothing more exciting in my life than the knowledge that God loves me, sent His Son to die for me and introduced me to daily relationship with the Holy Spirit enable me to do all He is calling me to do.
How is making the right choices in your life reflecting on your integrity?
How is obedience to God bringing you safety and security?
Prayer: Thank You Lord for loving me. For choosing me to walk this
path of recovery, integrity, safety and security
“When we retire for the night, we constructively review our day …. On awakening let us let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead…. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that ot be divorced from self-pity, dishonesty or self seeking motives.” ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. pg 86
I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives.1 Chronicles 29:17
Step 10 says WE CONTINUED TO TAKE PERSONAL INVENTORY: take time, every day at the end of the day and look at how you acted, reacted and responded in the situations you found yourself through the day. AND WHEN WE WERE WRONG PROMPTLY ADMITTED IT: God will protect us if we are willing to admit when we get it wrong and rely on Him to do better today than we did yesterday, on him. When we admit we get it wring He empowers us, strengthens us and creates opportunities to make right what we did wring today,
The verse above asks God to rejoice when He finds integrity in our hearts: Integrity is a long-term character trait, It is acquired through continued faith in God, believing He can and will help you to do better today than you did yesterday. We need to remain faithful to God, not only when we begin the recovery journey but through our entire lives. We must guard ourselves against complacency and never rest on our past achievements or reputations.
For a large portion of my drinking years I spent a lot of time ‘RUNNING AWAY’ I destroyed relationships. jobs, accommodation opportunities, my reputation, my credibility, my integrity all to accommodate my addiction to alcohol and abuse of other drugs.I blamed everyone else and my circumstances for me being the way I was. I don’t remember ever directly blaming God but I did believe in my drinking days He was not for me because belonging to Him had too many strings attached. A life changing encounter with the Lord changed all that and opened for me the gateway to Glory. He showed me how to change, how to stop allowing my addiction to dominate the direction of my life and how to stand up and take responsibility for my mistakes. Through a promise to me in which He said to me “You do not have to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you.” I put my life in His hands and the result has been phenomenal
In today’s scripture it says .‘GOD CAN’T BREAK HIS WORD.” On that day He gave me His Word and I am living proof He doesn’t break His word and because of that I am hanging onto his promise to me with both hands each and every day of my life.
Psalm 25:21May integrity and honesty protect me,for I put my hope in you.
After 18 years of volunteering and employment with Salvation Army Family Stores I left due to changes that occurred that made me feel uncomfortable.
On leaving I received a card from people I had come to regard as family after all those years. One phrase stood out in their comments on that card )which I still have)as I departed an experience that shaped my identity. “A man of Integrity.”
The verse above at that time in my life, which was both confusing and scary became an anchor for my life. Having to walk again away from all that had become familiar to me into the great unknown. My only confidence my faith in God.
Honesty in recovery is not just an option. It is essential!
There are times when all we will have to keep us moving forward in recovery is our relationship with God and our knowledge that He is in control and has our best interests at heart.
I know for me telling the truth, no matter how much it hurts has become a way of life I have to live if I want to be all that He calls me to be.
(Mark 10:33-34) Jesus said, “We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the leading priests and teachers of the law. They will say that he must die and will hand him over to the foreigners, who will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and kill him. But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again.”
Knowing what was coming Jesus persevered. He shared it with His twelve disciples to prepare them for it.
There are times in our lives when God reveals to us what is going to happen to prepare us for things that may be uncomfortable for us.
When He does how do you respond. do you act like the people following Him verse 32“overwhelmed with fear”? Or do you continue to follow Him in faith, trusting He knows what He is doing and will equip you to cope?
Romans 14:12 .. each of us will have to explain to God about the things we do.
Each of us is responsible to God, not to others. Many times we base our moral judgements on opinions, personal likes and dislikes, or culture bias rather than what the Bible says. When we do this we show the weakness of our own faith.
God is all powerful and one day we will all be called before him to give account of our attitudes and actions.
Is there something you are doing or thinking of doing that you don’t want to bring before God? TIME for CHANGE?