This is an article I dictated to my wife to avoid the errors I’ve made while on medications. It deals with some trends in the Body.
Hopefully it will speak to you—-DM1
Fidelity & Integrity
FIDELITY: 1 a : the quality or state of being faithful b : accuracy in details :
EXACTNESS 2 : the degree to which an electronic device (as a record player, radio, or television) accurately reproduces its effect (as sound or picture)
INTEGRITY: 1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY 2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS 3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
These two words I’m going to use a great deal in this article. In integrity, there is not only the element of having strength of character, of being sound in character, and having a moral set of values in your character, but also there is implied fidelity. In fidelity, there is truthfulness, allegiance, loyalty, and trustworthiness.
During the night I went over and over in my thoughts a news report I had heard earlier in the evening relating to the president of a Christian organization. According to the news report, he was merchandizing numerous products, including nutritional supplements and household products, claiming that some of them had spiritual qualities. He was selling these and other products that could be bought at different places online with high markups.
Here’s the point of all this. Everything about this marketing lacked transparency and truthfulness. This man in the news report does a lot of ministry in various arenas. The products that he represents to the people are used in certain areas for support for his ministry outreach, including his own compensation.
The news report documented several of the products that were advertised in his programming by using test lab reports on the products’ effectiveness. The contents of some of the products were found to be duplicates of national brands that were available on grocery shelves. They were labeled under Christian names and marked up almost 1000 percent.
Now we get into integrity. Integrity is very explicit in its meaning and defined direction. There is a saying about “speaking evangelistically.” Strangely enough, I cannot find that in the definition of integrity. God’s Word is true and the epitome of God’s integrity. Those called to ministry and those in public display using the name of the Lord, they must be found in alignment with the Word of God.
Today there are hundreds of people hanging their hopes on the words that come from the mouth of ministry. The words of the Lord represent their only hope of escape from the situations in which they are involved. When the words come from a perverted vessel, the words many times come out with the stain of the vessel on them and have no chance to reach their maximum effectiveness.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” This verse tells us that just like a computer-guided missile, the Holy Spirit is a guidance system that will not allow His words to do any less than their intended purpose. Picture the Word going forth from the vessel of both integrity and fidelity, and with the Holy Spirit the ultimate authority in the vessel. The maximum return will happen as the Word returns to the Sender.
In the vessel immersed in the world, the Word still has its own authority, but it cannot go in full effectiveness without a clean vessel.
It comes back down to this: the vessel. In today’s church some of the ministry have compromised or living less or below the standards of the Word for leadership. In this condition they are trying to be lights or guides in people’s lives. The other word mentioned at the beginning of this is fidelity. One of the most powerful synonyms of fidelity is commitment. How strong is the fidelity or the commitment in our lives to the principles of Christ? If we can’t be strong there, it reflects back on the home. If we can’t be true in the home, what’s the reflection on our covenant with the Lord? If truthfulness and allegiance are not mainstays in our lives, what does our ministry represent?
Can we effectively get up before people and proclaim the Word of God with hidden closets of trash in our lives? Integrity implies that your life represents something that’s known by all men around you. Fidelity implies you have commitment and will not fail in your directions.
The reason for this importance is just like the minister I spoke to you about in a previous article who has thousands of people basing their lives on both his purported integrity and fidelity. Now the closets full of garbage and trash are being spread before men. The illicit claims of the man I mentioned earlier in this article have now been spread before many people. I have a question to ask you. What happens to their ministries and lives that people followed so closely?
Several years ago it became urgent in my spirit to line my family’s life up with the Word. There is a verse or phrase from a song that goes something like this: “Will my name bring honor to Your name?” Does my integrity or fidelity reflect badly on the name of Jesus? Or is there glory and honor to the Lord because I’m in the kingdom?
Next question: When my wife looks me in the eye and declares her love for me, can I have confidence enough that there are no hidden negative thoughts in the back of her mind? You have no idea how important her knowledge of me being transparent before her is to me. Again, integrity and fidelity. Can she without doubt be confident in where I’m at and what I’m doing when not with her? Does she live her life in reflection of the relationship we have? She carries my name, and it was the greatest day of my life when I gave it to her.
What were the thoughts of Jesus when His name was placed on you? Can you understand what I’m getting at? People ask me continually about being effective in ministry in the fivefold and in being used in <a style=’text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;’ href=”http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=the%20gifts” onmouseover=”window.status=’the gifts’; return true;” onmouseout=”window.status=”; return true;”>the gifts</a> of the Spirit. The Word is the epitome of both integrity and fidelity. Does your life fit into that? When your life does, there won’t be any questions to ask about ministry.
In closing, across the country now there’s a searchlight of the Holy Spirit being shone into the church. And the closets that hide the trash now have light in them. If that light begin to search through your life, what will be exposed?