The Power of Heart Integrity

There was a famine in the land and Abraham and Sarah when to Gerar. Abraham was afraid that if he said Sarah was his wife they would kill him. So he told Sarah to say that she was his sister.
 
The king sent and took Sarah. However, that night he had a dream, and God spoke to him. Genesis 20:3 says, “…Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
 
In verse 5 the king answered the Lord. “…In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then the Lord answered him in verse 6. It says, “…Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.”
 
Fast forward to chapter 26. The scene was repeated, except this time it was Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac lied because he was afraid. Verse 8 says that after they had been there a long time, the king saw Isaac showing endearment to Rebekah.
 
Verse 9 says, “…Quite obviously she is your wife; ;so how could you say, She is my sister? Isaac said to him, Because I said Lest I died on account of her.”
 
It both cases, Abraham and Isaac lacked integrity of heart because they were afraid. Yet the Lord stopped what could have happened because the king had integrity.
 
Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”
 
Psalm 15, the end of verse 6 says, “…He who does these things shall never be moved.” Verse 2 gives us a great pattern to incorporate into our daily lives. It says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.”
 
Note that Abraham said, ‘I thought.’ He premeditated about his situation and made a decision based on fear not fact. The truth from God’s word is fact. It is reality. It is eternal truth that never changes, nor is altered in any way, and is therefore always dependable.
 
When we premeditate in truth, the truth will lead us to make righteous choices, and guide our hearts through integrity. Proverbs 2:10-12 says that wisdom, knowledge, discretion, and understanding will deliver us from the way of evil. May our message and messenger be the same!

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