How faithful are your words? Is there integrity in your ways? Have you broken a promise lately? It’s mind boggling when prayers are not answered. At times God’s response is not there although people prayed with sincerity of their heart. Consequently, this adverse experience has led them to question the faithfulness of God.
When faced with test and trials or prayers not being answered, you shall immediately search your heart. You must evaluate yourself according to God’s principles and when you do, be honest about it. Searching one’s heart is a form of humbling oneself before God. And consider this thought: Who is responsible or at fault when things don’t go well in your faith walk? The answer is obvious; God is not responsible for your mishaps, you are. The truth is, as a child of God, your life is never by chance or by luck. The Bible declares that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. If you are sensitive enough to listen to God’s direction in your life, you will serve the Lord with gladness, and with unspeakable joy. You see, there are two reasons for prayers being not answered: first, your sins, second, your unforgiving heart. Didn’t you know that Jesus spent a considerable time nurturing his disciples on these two subjects?
People need to realize that the Bible is God’s law – His principles. Just like any other nations, a government has laws to run the lives of their citizens peacefully and orderly. The same holds true with the natural law, such as the law of gravity and the law of supply and demand. These natural laws operate accordingly to sustain and maintain order in the whole creation. Any deviation from these laws would result in chaos. However, God’s law or His principles operate in the spiritual realm and has the power to breakthrough into the physical realm. One of God’s laws He has introduced from the beginning is the principle of sowing and reaping. It is a spiritual law; however, it breaks through into the physical world.
The apostle Paul cited this law in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” This same spiritual law was mentioned in Job 4:8, “Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.” People should be aware that this principle applies to everyone, believer or unbeliever, Christian or non-Christian. When you plant bad seed, you will also reap bad fruit. However, when you plant good seed, you will reap good fruit. God’s principle requires you to be faithful in your word and in your promises. God expects you to fulfill your promise, and maintain integrity in your words and in your actions. When you give your promise, you do it. You guarantee your word and your promises. You never hesitate in meeting the terms of your word. You don’t vacillate, and when you give your promises, you fulfill them.
Also, God desires integrity. Integrity is being faithful with your words and being honest with yourself. You cannot live the life of integrity by your own. You need the power of the Holy Spirit to lead you and to guide you into all truth. It takes the Holy Spirit’s conviction and the power of God’s Word to renew your heart and your mind to have a life of integrity. It takes obedience to the Word and yielding to the voice of the Holy Spirit, your conscience, to maintain integrity. Moreover, you need to scrutinize what’s in your heart and the words in your lips. The devil will challenge your integrity. The devil desires to see you become one of his, a liar with no integrity. He will test your integrity, especially when no one is around you. Don’t be surprised, some of the great men of God have failed this test.
Proverbs 25:19, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.” An unfaithful man does not only lose his integrity but also his credibility. People find him dishonest, and it is hard to trust a dishonest person. Now, if you live your life surrounded by dishonest, unfaithful, and people with corrupt integrity, tendency is you have adopted their ways. When you have adopted their ways, your perception of God’s word vacillates. Be advised, whoever makes a promise but utterly forgets it and carelessly fails to fulfill it is dangerously sowing iniquity in his heart. Integrity and faithfulness are two sides of a coin. They are bonding recipe for a healthy relationship and fellowship. Don’t be deceived; you lose your integrity for being unfaithful to your words. Like a bad tooth and foot out of joint, a shattered relationship or fellowship takes time to heal.
Numbers 23:19, declares, “God is not a man, that He should lie…” Also in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” These scriptures declare the integrity of the Word of God. Integrity begets integrity, and when you have integrity, there is boldness in your heart to claim the promises of God. You have the boldness to enter into the presence of God. In His presence, you don’t just ask Him, but demand what belongs to you in Christ. Indeed, because of your integrity in your word, you also reap the integrity of God’s Word.
Now, when you make promises to your husband, wife, son, daughter, brethren, friend, co-workers, and etc., make sure to fulfill them. Remember, what you sow, you will reap.