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INTEGRITY OR DUPLICITY

 

 

INTEGRITY OR DUPLICITY?

 

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

 

Mat 6:22 -25 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Luke 11:33-36 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
 

What do integrity and duplicity mean? Integrity comes from the same word that we get our English word integer from. In mathematics an integer is a whole number whether positive or negative. If we are talking about a man made structure having integrity (like a bridge or a boat or a skyscraper) we are talking about it being sound or whole or being safe for us to go on or in. You want a concrete bridge to have integrity in the concrete before you drive over it because otherwise it will be unstable and untrustworthy. So, integrity is a wholeness or a soundness, a consistency and a singularity. Duplicity on the other hand tells of a lack of soundness and inconsistency. It is seen in hypocrisy when our words don't match our actions and it is seen in double-mindedness. Double-mindedness is a halting between two opinions. It is a vacillating in purpose or direction.

 

So, as Christians are goal should be to aim for integrity and avoid duplicity, but we have a problem. As

Christians we have two natures the old and the new, the Adamic and the divine, the flesh and the Spirit, and the bible says that they are contrary one to another – they are diametrically opposed to one another and so there is a warfare within us.

 

Gal 5:16,17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 

So how do we win this battle and grow into people of integrity. Well, these verses give us the answer: Walk in the Spirit. Sounds simple doesn't it – and it is and it isn't. First of all, we have to see that we have a call to integrity and holiness. Much of modern Christianity treats the Christian life like a smorgasbord – we walk along with our plates and choose those aspects of the Christian life that appeal to us and then pass over the less appetizing dishes. We add a bunch of new Christian stuff to our life but also hang onto some treasured things of the flesh. This is not biblical Christianity. This is duplicity and this is why our lives are inconsistent and unstable. We are like the waves of the sea driven with the wind and tossed according to brother James and that not only makes us unstable but it hinders us from receiving God's blessings – let not that man think he will receive anything from the Lord. The Christian life is one of absolute surrender. There is no truce, no deal making or negotiating. We are His. We are bought with a price. And in light of what he has done for us the reasonable response is total surrender – to give our lives as a living sacrifice. Two words that are almost synonymous with integrity are purity and holiness. If I tell you I am giving you a glass of pure water and then hand you a glass of murky brown liquid you know it is not pure – if it were pure it would be clear and have nothing contaminating it. Holiness carries the idea of being set apart both from something and to something – as Christians we are to be set apart from the world and sin and set apart to God.

 

Now, you may have experienced the same problem I did a few decades ago. I remember responding to a sermon and going forward to an old fashioned altar and surrendering(as best as I knew how) everything I had and was to the Lord. I mean I was serious: I gave him my past,present, and future, my faults and my talents, my dreams and desires, my time and possessions. I tried to think of everything and every way i could surrender. Well, it felt great and I did alright for a little while and didn't really think of kneeling at that altar until I found myself there again doing the same thing. I thought to myself I have already done this Why should I be doing it again. Was I sincere? Was I a hypocrite? I felt guilty for taking back what I had given to him. As I grew in grace I discovered It wasn't supposed to be a one time thing – it was supposed to be a daily thing and sometimes a moment by moment thing. The Apostle Paul said, “ I die daily,” and I am not sure if he was speaking in the same context, but that is what I found I had to do. Our flesh is on the cross but it very slow a dying – we have to nail it back there every morning.

 

The secret of integrity and the secret of Christianity (although it may be stated different ways) is simply regularly yielding ourselves to the Spirit and will of God. The bible calls us to purify our hearts when we find that we are double-minded. It uses the illustration of light and darkness which can not exist together and if we try to mix them we end up in the dark with no light to guide us. We are to be the light of the world and reflect God's light to those who are blind and can not see. Duplicity ruins our testimonies and robs us of joy, blessing, and victory. How are you doing in your walk? Are you an example of integrity or at least striving to become more like that? Are you giving God most but not surrendering all to him? What and how He wants you to surrender to Him. Is there a room in your heart that says private no admittance? Read over these verses and ask God. You won't be disappointed that you did. H wants to have all so that he can transform you, bless you , and use you to help others.

 

 

IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR

 

Elisha A. Hoffman

 

 

  1. You have longed for sweet peace,
    And for faith to increase,
    And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
    But you cannot have rest,
    Or be perfectly blest,
    Until all on the altar is laid.

    • Refrain:
      Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
      Your heart does the Spirit control?
      You can only be blest,
      And have peace and sweet rest,
      As you yield Him your body and soul.

  2. Would you walk with the Lord,
    In the light of His word,
    And have peace and contentment alway?
    You must do His sweet will,
    To be free from all ill,
    On the altar your all you must lay.

  3. Oh, we never can know
    What the Lord will bestow
    Of the blessings for which we have prayed,
    Till our body and soul
    He doth fully control,
    And our all on the altar is laid.

  4. Who can tell all the love
    He will send from above,
    And how happy our hearts will be made;
    Of the fellowship sweet
    We shall share at His feet,
    When our all on the altar is laid.

 

 


 


 

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ecldfield | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 03:04

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