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831st -- A Matter Of Character


We should always carry ourselves with integrity and respect and allow our
life to be the light where God's grace, mercy and love can freely shine 
through. Whether we realize it or not, we are an extension of the Lord on
this Earth and the way we lead our life determines what kind of impact we
will have upon the lives of those around us. We must always remember to 
choose the high road when the enemy's temptations come our way and realize
that every snare that is in our path is meant only to destroy, deceive and
lead us astray. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through
the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow 
the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (John 8:44) (Gal. 6:7-9)

We must realize the importance that integrity holds. By being people of 
our word, we will be trusted and leaned upon by those who are without and
we can use our example to lead them down the right path that leads to 
everlasting life. Be encouraged to remember how important your vessel 
really is. Your life is not your own, but was paid for by the precious 
blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that and make sure to use it to
bring glory and honor to His Name. (Proverbs 11:3-5) (John 5:24) 

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see how important
it is to hold on to integrity. You will be making an impact by leading 
your life right that can never be erased.


In his autobiography Days of Grace, tennis great Arthur Ashe relates a 
defining incident that occurred when he was 17 years old. He was playing 
in a tournament in West Virginia. As was often the case, he was the only 
contestant of color in the tournament.

One night, some of the kids trashed a cabin. They absolutely destroyed it
and then decided to say that Arthur was responsible. The incident was 
reported in the newspapers; Arthur denied his involvement, but the boys 
would not change their story. The worst part for Arthur was worrying about
what his father would say and do. He eventually made the dreaded phone call.

As he surmised, his father had already learned of the vandalism. His 
father's tone was grim. He asked Arthur only one question. “Arthur 
Junior,” he asked, “all I want to know is...were you mixed up in that mess?”

Arthur answered, “No, Daddy, I wasn't.” His father never asked about it 
again. Arthur learned that day why he had always been encouraged to tell 
the truth. There would come a time when he must be believed, and this was
such a time. Because he had already earned his trust and respect, he knew
his father believed him. From that day on he was determined, above all 
else, to live a life of integrity

Unfortunately, we find notable examples of modern leaders in every field 
who give low priority to personal integrity. But we do not need saints - 
we need people like you. People who will be known for their integrity. 
People who will determine to be their best selves. People who daily earn 
the trust and respect of others, regardless of their age or station in 
life. People who insist on the importance of character.

Our world does not need another saint. But it needs you.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

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 for ever. 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: HOW TO NOT STAY DEFEATED
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony146.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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