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1131st -- Follow Your Stars


The one thing that we should hold on to tighter than anything else is our 
integrity. Our integrity is vital to keeping our life blessed, prosperous 
and in tune with the will of God. When we hold onto our integrity we will 
keep our word no matter the circumstance and no matter the consequence. 
We will be true to ourselves no matter what everyone else is doing or 
saying. We will be respected by our peers because we held true to what we 
believed was right and because we did not compromise, the Lord will bless 
our life for not wavering or giving in. Knowing to do that which is right 
even when everyone else around us is doing wrong elevates our life to 
greater heights in the eyes of the Lord because He sees the integrity of 
our hearts and He will reward us for being upright in a deceptive and 
perverse generation. (Proverbs 11:3-5) (Philippians 2:14-15)

Let us separate ourselves from the pack and lead a life filled with 
righteousness, integrity, honor and uprightness of heart before God 
Almighty. Let us make God proud of how we lead our life so that we may be 
given the privilege of being used to bring glory and honor to His Name. 
When we forsake all vanity and realize how fleeting life is, we will be 
quick to follow after God and His will for our life. The Lord is the One 
that we must strive to please. Fulfilling His will is all we should aim 
to do. Giving our life to the Lord and leading it in an upright manner 
glorifies His Name and shows all people whom we belong to.
(Proverbs 20:7) (Psalm 41:11-12)

Be encouraged to see how important integrity really is. Hold fast to what 
you know is true and do not waiver from it. Do not allow the tempter to 
make you lose focus, but rather hold fast to the leading hand of the Lord 
and ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you onto the best path as He 
sees fit. The Lord will be faithful to hear and answer every heartfelt 
prayer and He will lead us onto the path of righteousness for His Name's 
sake. (Proverbs 19:1)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do that which is 
right at all times and know that God will be faithful to reward you for 
standing in integrity.


“Learn to say no,” said Charles Spurgeon. “It will be of more use to you 
than to be able to read Latin.”

One educator used to say that no society can last long unless it has a 
quorum of “unpurchasable people.” These are people of principle who cannot 
be bought; people who have learned to say no. I believe that these 
so-called unpurchasable people are the truly contented and fulfilled souls 
around us.

In Whitney Seymour's book Making A Difference, Arthur McArthur, General 
Douglas McArthur's father, told his son of such an unpurchasable man. This 
man was a Union general in charge of the occupied territory surrounding 
New Orleans toward the end of the American Civil War. He was pressed by 
local plantation owners to permit them to haul their cotton to the wharves 
in order for it to be sold for shipment to England. The general controlled 
all the wagons and horses, and his orders from high command in Washington 
were clear. He was not to let the cotton crop get to market.

Then one day, when Colonel Arthur MacArthur was visiting the general, two 
Southern ladies were ushered into the general's office, a “grande dame” 
and a beautiful young companion. The older lady came right to the point. 
She said that the landowners needed the temporary use of transport 
facilities to move their cotton. The North did not wish to force England 
into the war, she argued, and was allowing some merchant ships to slip 
through the blockade. Therefore, the Union would not be opposed to the 
sale of cotton for English textile mills. To show her gratitude she handed 
over $250,000 in gold certificates. “And if you need other inducements, 
this young lady will supply them,” she added. They departed, leaving behind
a very distressed general holding the beautiful young woman's address.

The general immediately ordered MacArthur to dispatch this message to 
Washington: “To The President Of The United States: I have just been 
offered two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and the most beautiful 
woman I have ever seen to betray my trust. I am depositing the money with 
the Treasury of the United States, and request immediate relief from this 
command. They are getting close to my price.”

Many others may have fallen for the seductive offer. And though his 
decision was no doubt difficult to make, how much harder might his life 
have eventually become had he chosen wrong? Saying yes to contentment and 
peace often begins with saying no. For ultimately happy lives are guided 
by unwavering principles, such as honesty, trust and love. Those who keep 
sight of their principles and use them as a guide in all their decision-
making will eventually arrive at a place of lasting peace.

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your 
hands,” says Carl Schurz. “But like the (seafarers) on the desert of 
waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach 
your destiny.”

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 25:20 “O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I 
put my trust in Thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I 
wait on Thee.”

Psalm 26:1-5 “Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I 
have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, O 
LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For Thy lovingkindness is 
before mine eyes: and I have walked in Thy truth. I have not sat with 
vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the 
congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”

Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not 
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who 
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret 
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but 
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

Psalm 34:11-16 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the 
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, 
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from 
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto 
their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off 
the remembrance of them from the earth.”

Psalm 37:16-20 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the 
riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the 
LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: 
and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the 
evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the 
wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of 
lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”

Psalm 119:10-16 “With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not 
wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I 
might not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD: teach me Thy 
statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth. I 
have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I 
will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will 
delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today’s Selected Poem: HE GATHERS EVERY TEAR
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem98.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony189.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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