Background Check on David
How can leaders adapt without compromise? The Bible answers this question time after time. The God of Heaven will help us.
Bizarre atmosphere’s are counteracted by integrity. Having a whole and undivided heart for God in faith is what Jesus looks for in every man or woman.
Whole hearted devotion creates righteousness and fullness. Fullness is abundant life and the result is blessing.
Division comes from a divided heart. Make no mistake, a divided heart will not and does not commit fully to God. When that happens unrighteousness is the result.
The way the world sees people is polar opposite of how God sees people.
When God rejected King Saul he sent Samuel the prophet to anoint the new king. He didn’t tell him which one in advance. He said anoint the one I indicate to you.
1Samuel 16:6-7 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord. But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or his height, I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
The prophet Samuel needed this word from the Lord to anoint the right leader. He was looking at outward appearance. He needed to learn to look at the heart.
V10 -12 Jessie has seven sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “ the Lord has not chosen these. So he asked Jessie, are these all the sons you have?
There is still the youngest but he is attending the sheep. Samuel said, Send for him. We will not sit down until he arrives. So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, anoint him; he is the one.
We must look for integrity, wholeness of heart as it is a good way to evaluate and align with anyone in the place of leadership.
Many times I’ve seen that happen. People are chosen for leadership because of talent, looks, how much influence they seem to have, even because they are faithful to show up. None of these things, though they are noteworthy, was how God chose leaders.
When someone is chosen for anyone reason other than integrity the results are always unfavorable.
Lord help us to judge rightly.
1 Peter 4:17 It is time for the judgement to begin with the family of God., and if it begins with us, what is the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel?
Leaders and prophets in the church are especially accountable to walk with integrity of heart. They should also seek leaders and associations whom have integrity and love God.
The signs of integrity that will show on the outward appearance:
1. A Faithfulness to Gods word.
2. Perseverance in walking in the light with God, promoting righteousness.
3. A true saving faith that wholeheartedly expresses devotion to Jesus Christ.
Faith alone gets you into the Kingdom of God and following Christ proves the faith that resides in each heart after salvation.
We really need to mediate on the book of James in Bizarre Times. Too many people attempting to live by feelings rather than faith.
James 2:22 You see faith and action were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
The above scripture is referencing Abraham as a man considered righteous for his act of faith. Yet his act of faith and action worked together.
A man who claims to have faith but no deeds is foolish and useless.
The question James presents itself in James 2:14 : What good is it, my brothers if a man claims to have faith but had no deeds? Can such faith save him?
No, even demons believe there is a God—and shudder.
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead. 2:17 James
True saving faith is vital in all times, it is especially vital in times of evaluation.
Favoritism is forbidden. Do not judge by appearance. Look at the heart and choose men and women of integrity to entrust and associate with in life, ministry, and business.