Pastor Roger Anghis
August 5, 2012
Revelation 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
(6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
The church was established to promote the kingdom of God, God’s morals, God’s values, God’s culture. We have seen the church, over several decades, turn into nothing more than a weekend social event with the mentality that God and your faith was to be kept within the walls of the church. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. You are to come in here for training. You come in here to get the Word of God, wisdom, knowledge, and revelation so that you can be effective in your calling. Your calling should be creating situations for you so that you will excel where God has placed you to influence the world. Your influence in your workplace, your neighborhood should be causing things to get better, not just for you, but for your neighborhood, your workplace, everywhere you go. The blessing on you should be overflowing to all around you.
Matthew 13:31 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: (world)
(32) Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
We look at this again just to remind ourselves of what Jesus is actually talking about. He speaks of the mustard seed which is one of the smallest seeds. That seed is the Word of God and the field Jesus speaks of is the world. Our job is to plant the Word of God in the world where God has placed us. Keeping in mind that the kingdom of God is IN us and we are to bring that kingdom to where we are planted. Job 8:7 “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” This is saying that only by our doing what we are called to do, following God’s direction, will we increase. We can’t do our own thing and expect God to bless it. We must have integrity to enter the promise land. Joseph is one of the best examples of a man that maintained his integrity even when he was put through things that he did not do anything to deserve. After he was taken by the Ishmaelites to Egypt and sold to Potiphar as a slave, he proved himself worthy by exhibiting a godly character in the things that Potiphar had given him to do. His character in properly handling his master’s monetary responsibilities caused him to be raised up to the point where only Potiphar was greater than he. Potiphar didn’t give anything that went on in his house a second thought because Joseph operated in integrity.
Integrity is very important to God. Our whole lifestyle is to be built on integrity. Without the foundation of integrity, nothing we do would stand up.
Psalm 15:1 “Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
(4) In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” He that keep his word no matter what it costs him.
We see that integrity was important to Job:
Job 2:7 “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (Who smote Job with boils??)
(8) And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
(9) Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
(10) But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job was never made aware of satan) In the end, Job received double what he lost, because he operated in integrity.
We see that God rewards those that have integrity. When Abraham journeyed to Gerar king Abimelech took Sarah and was going to make her his wife, but God came to him in a dream:
Genesis 20:2 “And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
(3) But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
(4) But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
(5) Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
(6) And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.” Abraham didn’t lie to Abimelech because Sarah was his fathers daughter, but not his mothers daughter. Integrity is how you walk in the blessing of God. You don’t cheat on you taxes, you don’t take 1 hour lunches and only log out for a half an hour. You don’t sneak around seeing somebody you shouldn’t be seeing just because no one will find out. God sees it all! You can’t hide from Him. Integrity shows where your treasure is. When you walk in integrity the devil can’t take nothing from you. It is your integrity that the enemy is after. He was after Joseph’s integrity when Potiphar’s wife propositioned him, but Joseph wouldn’t ‘sin against his God.’ Even though he was thrown into prison, he maintained his integrity. He didn’t have prison on his mind, he had leadership on his mind.
When God set this up Adam didn’t have to chase after provision. God had given him that. But after the fall he had to sweat for his provision. That was NOT God’s intention. When you have to chase after your provision, you can’t properly hear from God. Jesus brought that system back. We now have the kingdom of God inside us and when we operate it properly, the provision begins to chase after us. Part of operating the system properly is paying the tithe, part of operating in that system is walking in integrity, part of operating in that system is walking in love. When you are living the life that Jesus has called us to, we will operate in economy of the kingdom of God. Healing is already yours, prosperity is already yours, favor is already yours, all you have to do is learn how to possess it.
Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” That blessing is not the house or the car, but His covenant with us that assures us of protection, favor, increase, good health, even in a time when the earth is not experiencing any of that. It is a covenant that overrides the curse. We have been redeemed from the curse! The blessing does not require toil. Peter had fished all night and caught nothing, but Jesus showed him that the time of having to work for a living was over. He showed us that as Adam walked, we too could walk. Jesus did nothing that we can’t do. We have to learn to hear the voice of God and to do what He directs us to do, no matter how off the wall it may sound
1 Corinthians 1:26 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
(27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
(28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
(29) That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
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Holding a stick over the water didn’t sound like a solution to his problem, but when he did, the waters parted. Touching a stone with a stick didn’t sound like a solution to the problem, but when he did, water came out of the stone. Using a two piece fish dinner didn’t sound like a solution to feeding 15,000 people, but they took up 12 baskets full of leftovers. Launching out into the deep in the middle of the day wasn’t the way you caught fish on the lake, but when Peter obeyed, he caught so many fish he almost sunk two boats.
These are some of the ‘foolish’ things that God has used to change the course of history. Sending His Son to earth to pay the price for sin didn’t sound like a solution to the problem, but it was and all mankind has been saved from eternal damnation, IF they accept His plan.
The integrity of your heart will determine where your treasure is and that will either make you or destroy you.