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Integrity of Heart

December 4th, 2015

Recently, at Cathedral of Faith, San Jose, CA, I taught on this topic that I titled “Heart and Hands.” It is a brief teaching from King David’s life in Psalm 78:70-72 about integrity and skillfulness. The video of that morning is available at this link,  “Heart and Hands” Pastor Allen Randolph.

My heartfelt thanks to Pastor Ken Foreman of Cathedral of Faith for the privilege of ministering at the Cathedral’s 50th Anniversary, and also my friend, Jimmy DeYoung, for his technical help . .

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“God chose David . . He brought him to shepherd His people.” Psalm 78:70-71 NKJV.

Gifting and anointing is always by God’s grace and initiative.

I continue my thoughts and comments today about “integrity of heart.”

God evaluates your potential rather than your past, your availability not ability. God sees possibilities others assume improbable. God’s ways are eternal; they remain unchanged. In the Kingdom of God, Godly potential proceeds from integrity. There is a time to further develop your natural abilities and a place to hone your skills. Diligence in those is good stewardship of what God has invested in you, but God does not depend upon those alone. God’s gifting, with the Holy Spirit’s anointing, will surpass the very best of your abilities and efforts.

Gifting and anointing is by God’s grace and initiative alone. He initiates with grace; you respond with faith. Heaven’s initiative occurs wherever God finds spiritual integrity. For my purpose today, I would define integrity as, “a heart that serves God and others unselfishly with singular devotion to obedience.” As I wrote in the previous devotional on this topic, God looks upon your heart. Review 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV. Neither good intentions nor natural aptitude impress God or influence His decision to choose and use you.

God looks for the same spiritual qualifications that He sought and found in David. “God raised up for them David as king, to whom also [God] gave testimony, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’” Acts 13:22 NKJV. Allow the Holy Spirit to conform your heart to God’s heart and establish your heart to do God’s will in all ways, at all times and your life will be a life God can bless and use. The Bible wisely counsels, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV.

The Bible says, “God chose David His servant . . and took him from the sheepfolds to shepherd His people . . So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.” Psalm 78:70-72 NKJV. In those verses, the Hebrew word, “shepherded,” literally means “to provide nourishment.” Whatever you have to give God or others can only come out of integrity authenticated by faithfulness.

God’s testimony of David was two-fold; David shepherded/fed Israel according to the integrity of his heart and guided/led Israel with the skillfulness of his hands. The latter requires the foundation of the former. We will look further into the principle of spiritual integrity and skillfulness when we continue next week.

Today, I pray for you that your heart is pure before God and man.
To be continued . . Christian Communications

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Integrity and Potential

December 1st, 2015

“David walked in integrity of heart and in uprightness.” 1 Kings 9:4 NKJV.

God evaluates a person by their potential.

My thoughts and comments today are about “integrity and potential.”

Contrary to common belief, “What you see is not always what you get.” Our culture is content with style more than substance. People are too easily impressed with much that is superficial rather than substantial. First impressions are usually formed on outward appearance, without the bother of looking further. Buyers are enticed with more that is promised than delivered. Exaggeration seems the rule. Fad and fashion take precedence over utility and durability. The hype of advertising typically exceeds the real worth or quality of the product advertised.

That must never be true of your spiritual life. Be advised; do not demand of others more than you require of yourself. Integrity seems increasingly scarce. Integrity is defined as: “adherence to moral principles, unimpaired, soundness, honesty, unity, wholeness.” In mathematics, an “integer” describes a whole number as distinguished from a fractional number. Integrity is neither defined nor achieved in a single moment or by sporadic conduct; integrity is the sum of one’s Godly aspirations to all that is right before God, alongside uncompromised allegiance to God’s will and faithful adherence to God’s Word.

As I read the Bible, I am intrigued by the concept of integrity, a critical subject about which the Bible has a lot to say. See Proverbs 10:9/Psalm 41:12 NKJV/ Proverbs 11:3/ Psalm 25:21 NIV. Ever wondered how and why God chooses people He anoints and uses extraordinarily? God values character above natural abilities. Our God is purposeful, never whimsical. He is consistent with His own eternal principles, working by design not coincidence.

When God chose David, the youngest of seven sons from the Bethlehem hillsides, His instruction to Samuel was, “Do not consider his appearance or his height . . the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7 NIV. Jesse and Samuel, David’s father and a prophet there to anoint a new King, did not see in David what God saw in him. They saw what they could see; God saw what only He could know – the Godly potential in, “a heart after God.” Read Acts 13:22-23 NKJV.

“David walked in integrity of heart and in uprightness.” 1 Kings 9:4 NKJV. That is encouraging to those of us who seem less obvious choices, less naturally gifted, with limited natural abilities. God evaluates a person by their potential. Potential never exceeds integrity. God sees possibilities others assume improbable. The Almighty God has everything you lack and will supply everything you need, if you possess a heart that delights in God above all.

Today, I pray for you that your passion for God flows from a heart do all His will.

To be continued . .

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