Today’s Verse

And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Acts 5:11

Monday, October 3

The lack of integrity in Ananias and Sapphira cost them their lives. Let’s consider some other consequences of failing to build integrity into our lives.

  1. A lack of integrity causes CONFUSION. No one wants to be thought of as a liar, a cheat or a con artist, but if we continually practice these things, we will lose the trust of others. This is where this week’s memory verse comes into play. It is a constant reminder that if I lie, I displease the Lord in a mighty way!
  2. A lack of integrity hinders your CALLING. The greatest act anyone can do is to tell others about salvation in Jesus Christ. A character of dishonesty will cause non-believers to scoff at your testimony. Why would an unbeliever want to be saved when his own ethics are greater than that of the Christians he knows?
  3. A lack of integrity causes CYNICISM. Non-believers will become skeptical about all Christians. Have you ever noticed that no one acts shocked when a government official is caught drunk, on drugs, or in an illicit sexual relationship? However, let a pastor or prominent Christian be caught with the slightest blemish, and it’s big news. Why? Because we are held accountable by the message we proclaim.
  4. A lack of integrity brings reproach on our CHURCH. Once I was inviting a businessman to our church. When I told him our name, he smirked and said, “I know _______ goes there, so you’ll never see me.”
  5. A lack of integrity wounds your family CAMARADERIE. Not only will dishonesty hinder your testimony, hurt your business and diminish your church, it will tear down your family.
Weekly Memory Verse

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD, But they that deal truly are His delight.

Proverbs 12:22

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor."
- Charles Spurgeon

Pastor Armstrong

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