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Building #8 What is Integrity?

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“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 “…In teaching, show integrity” Titus 2:7 

What is integrity? It’s doing the right thing when nobody is watching. It’s having a moral compass or having ethics do to things the right way (according to God). The old sin nature it to just “see if we can get away with stuff.” 

The best example of integrity toward ourselves I can think of, is the story of the three little pigs. The three little pig story shows us the end result of either cutting corners, taking the easy way, and so on and so forth. What I do not see is the brick building pig having an argument with the other two on “the best way to build.”

He did not have time for it! 

In this series, we are talking about building things that will stand the test of fire and flood. Wood, Hay and Stubble they will suffer loss (1 Corn 3:12) so we are not talking about your eternal salvation here, but making wise decisions toward God. 

People always want to know (It seems) “What’s in it for me?” Having integrity may not produce instant gratification or results. Like the Three little pig story, you may not “SEE” a house very quickly, when you are doing things one brick at a time. In the end however, you will see a fire proof house. 

Integrity produces trust worthy ways in us. It may take a long while, but we will soon see people trust us, believe in us, and would trust us with their very lives, all because we have proven we have integrity.

I am sorry this process (seems) to take so long, but it’s worth it in the end! Proven integrity, and the willingness to walk in righteousness through thick and thin, is necessary to building a house that will stand in the storms. Not only that, if we want to be an effective minister for Jesus, We can’t really help anyone without a solid place to stand.  Let them build their house of straw…..(If they want to) it’s not going to stand, so do not worry about it. YOU do the right thing for you! 🙂 

I leave you with this thought, as we ponder why so many tell us “hypocrites’ Go to church…….Let’s not be one of them.

Please Father! Fill us with integrity! and the desire to press on, and believe it’s all worthwhile. Amen! Pastor Laura Grace 

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Relationships! no more drama, not even for your mama! by Laura Grace

Relationships! Introduction: By Laura Grace Should I give up, shut up, put up my dukes? 

Relationships are one of the hardest things we will ever contend with in this life. Frankly Not a subject I have wanted to contend with OR address. Even in my book Grace to Grow, I talked about it being hard. but I didn’t say a whole lot about it. That’s because it’s not cut and dry. Every relationship is different. There are variations (Within) and while we all know there are basic principles in the word of God how do we know Which Principle to apply?

I’m going to address hard truths, talk about real situations, and share with you what God 
has taught me thus far about relationships……..

What about giving up? Did I fail that person? How do I know? How do I get closure when they won’t talk to me anymore?

How do I love them- yet avoid the drama? AS we begin……Let’s Ponder Matthew in chapter 5 where Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers” …….(Matthew 5:9) and 
explore how we make peace (in various ways) as we are BECOMING children of God.

Yes, I said becoming. (You’re being formed and shaped here, into his image!) Amen

“Father please, be with me as I do this series and I know you will be. Allow me to share from your heart to theirs “what works” and what does not work! For you already know! and you know all the persons out there who wonder about how you said make peace but yet you said at times there will be no peace in certain relationships…..

 

Give us understanding we pray (Father) In Jesus’ name. and we thank you for it too. 

 I ask you Father help us to undertand your word better, and how to apply it in everyday life! IN Jesus’ name! -amen

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Formulas and Spiritual concoctions, why they don’t work………

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We’d all like a formula, to solve all our problems! Wouldn’t we? Better yet, a magic genie, or some mystical experience with Aladdin’s lamp. I lost track of how many times, as a young mother, I thought “I wish” I could be like that woman on Bewitched, wiggle my nose “poof” the house is clean! That deep seated desire (in our soul realm) is the very reason many wind up mixing “mysticism” with a trace of God-stuff. 

Hey, I don’t blame you! We need to get out of this idea that God is angry, throwing things, having some giant temper tantrum in the sky, just because we insulted him with our “bad ideas.” We wonder why people are not drawn to the God we love so much. Why would they be? According to some, he is extremely temperamental! 

Back to the Formula Analogy, I want you to remember that no lie can stand, without a truth to hold it up. True, there will be a formula (of sorts) For each individual situation. 

Mud in your eyes, go dip in the river, a floating ax, march around Jerico……These are just a few examples of formulas, if you will, in the pages of the bible. OH and there is sowing, reaping, giving, prayers of petition, covenant meal, which many call communion, use of anointing oil…..and so on, and so forth. 

The thing is, we as humans, want to leave out the primary ingredient; RELATIONSHIP with God. Personal relationship! “Peter,” He said “Feed my Sheep,” John (he said) “take care of my Mother” (Paraphrased) and to Stephen: “stand there, behold my glory” (as he is stoned, to death!). “Paul,” GO wherever I tell you, even if chains and prison awaits you………” But the thing is, Paul declared “He would” be delivered from every single thing he encountered, until, it came his time to go to heaven. 

One thing we often forget, every person in the bible with a Testimony, was actually in Covenant with God Almighty! And, I might add, it was personal. Very Personal. 

This is why, just memorizing passages of scripture (or hearing them sometimes) does not give us the full picture of what is going on, in the Mind of God and Christ. WE need to see the whole story, the backdrop, and what was going on with each person (in our bible) that was in this covenant relationship with God Almighty. But see, we want formulas (I do too, sometimes).

Making scripture into Formulas (without relationship) is the reason so many atheists say “I tried that, It didn’t work for me” and bash God so angrily……..

Think about that for a minute. What are we teaching? And why? 

What I have learned is, each time I gain a victory, it has to do with God saying “You do this, now trust me for that” (Other thing I want to trust him for) and it’s never the same twice!  Why?

Well, just for one thing, he wants me to know him! (More and more) So therefore, in my personal relationship with Him, I will find things are always changing, or just a bit different! So much for Formula’s, and all the gainsaying that goes with it. If you’d like to know more about that one, look it up? I love you all “Blessings Peace and love (to you all) and may the God of all hope, spring eternal within you, and Let there be Light! 

A link to my newest book: Covenants. 🙂 

Laura Grace, Author, minister, and his Servant Forever……..Amen 

Stay Tuned for Part 2! 

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God Loves you! Renewed my “Blog Spot” today ………………..

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I renewed grace to Grow Daily today! Yes, I did! 26.00 for a year. 

So I continue to pay money to bring words of wisdom, words of life, and words of encouragement to you! Because well, I love you! No offerings coming in Just love going out! Hugs to you all.  JESUS I lift up your name! thank you for this opportunity to Blog and to speak for you! I love you Jesus! I praise your Name! Thank you for all the great and wonderful things you have put in my heart to share with others……

 

You are so Good Father! Your Mercy endures forever! Amen

Laura Grace (Author) ……of several books! 🙂