Spiritual integrity

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity]
And His ears are open to their cry. – Psalm 34:15

One of the ways God is accommodated to the reader in Scripture—the divine to the human—is in the many anthropomorphisms (human images) in the texts of both the Old and New Testaments. If we take just one human feature and reflect on some of the passages in which the writers of Scripture apply it to God, we can learn something of how these human images work. God’s “eye” suggests His mercy. In the image of seeing, this passage suggests that God regards His people with favour He does not extend to others. The concrete image of the eyes makes the theology of hesed love concrete.

PART I – FOR THE LORD WE LOVE: The Cape Town Confession Of Faith

    1. We love because God first loved us
    2. We love the living God
    3. We love God the Father
    4. We love God the Son
    5. We love God the Holy Spirit
    6. We love God’s Word
    7. We love God’s world
    8. We love the gospel of God
    9. We love the people of God
    10. We love the mission of God

Those who love the LORD can be confident God is working “all things” [even troubles and trials] in harmony with His purpose to conform us to the likeness [i.e. spiritual character] of His Son, Jesus Christ.

INTEGRITY:
“WYSIWYG”
What you see is what you get

Congruency between what you verbalize and what you practice. Your “life” matches your “lips“! The essence of integrity is to be on the inside what we appear to be on the outside. Secret indulgences undermine integrity. Public and private behaviour are the same. Integrity is what you do when you’re unaware that you’re children are looking and listening. Integrity is who we really are on the inside.

Prayer is not a blank check to be filled in by us and cashed at the indiscriminate bank of God but rather conditioned on obedient living and praying according to the Lord’s will. When we experience God’s grace in Christ, we want to grow in it.

God is the tender of the vineyard, the earth and all that is in it.  He sees and knows all that is in everyone.  Those that confess and profess Jesus, God knows the intent, the motives of the heart.

Goal: To understand the perspective of God and to help others see the powerful yet personal involvement of God in their spiritual journey. “What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.” -A.W. Tozer

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous. He observes them with approval and tender consideration; they are so dear to him that he cannot take his eyes off them; he watches each one of them as carefully and intently as if there were only that one creature in the universe. His ears are open unto their cry. His eyes and ears are thus both turned by the Lord towards his saints; his whole mind is occupied about them: if slighted by all others they are not neglected by him. Their cry he hears at once, even as a mother is sure to hear her sick babe; the cry may be broken, plaintive, unhappy, feeble, unbelieving, yet the Father’s quick ear catches each note of lament or appeal, and he is not slow to answer his children’s voice. – Charles Spurgeon

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