Integrity and prosperity work hand in hand. If there are any areas where we are not walking in integrity, our prosperity is hindered. Success in appearance only, not birthed from integrity of heart, will fall to nothing.
As we pursue our goal to remain truthful in all we do, the Lord honors our hunger for righteousness. He leads us to the what, why, and when of walking in the truth. It might require confronting ourselves and others; but the result is freedom, peace and joy. It is a personal walk as each of us is taught what is needed to take us further. The truth we come to know sets us free. It is an experiential knowledge, not head knowledge. The integrity He shows us leads us to greater prosperity. To prosper means to succeed. We reach the wholeness Christ has set us free to attain in spirit, soul, and body.
As we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all things are added unto us. We enjoy our wealth in Him and trust He will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! Walking in truth, we are free from the lies of our adversary. Material prosperity means nothing without spiritual and emotional prosperity. We progress in truth, from glory to glory!
3 John 1:2-4 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Nothing is hidden from the Lord. When we think of hidden things, we may think of negative things; but it’s the positive things we want to meditate upon. What we do for Him, He sees even if no one else sees.
When He tells us to do something and we don’t obey Him, no one else may know, but He knows. What we say or don’t say that no else hears, He hears. God knows all that we do for Him, and from Him we will receive the reward of the inheritance. What is done in private is rewarded openly. When the motive of the heart is to do something in order to be seen or rewarded, the reward can be immediate, but fleshly. As a child of God, we do what we do heartily, without complaining, with great joy and passion. We do whatever He leads us to do as unto Him, irregardless of whether those around us see it or not.
To be hidden from the world, but seen by the Lord, is so much more fulfilling than being seen by the world but having no reward of our inheritance from the Lord. Integrity of character is often answered by the question: “What would we do if no one would ever know about it?” To ambassadors of Christ, the question is: “What do we do even if no one ever knows about it except the Lord?” That we answer: from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
The battle against worship is constant. Our insecurities, other people, or even surroundings may hinder our worship. Thoughts of inadequacy, unworthiness or inferiority may be added to a long list of other obstacles. As we draw nearer to God through our worship, we press through all obstacles.
One of the greatest blessings of the new covenant is our freedom to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. True worship is not measured by outward gestures or behaviors, but by an inward genuine love for God. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance; God looks at the heart. The how matters internally, not externally. We must worship with a true heart in honesty and humility. We cannot worship with others publicly on a Sunday, and not worship privately other days of the week. We express our love and adoration to the Lord in the midst of our daily activities because our heart is devoted to Him.
We can come to God in spite of our faults and limitations. When our heart really longs for His presence, the Spirit of God enables us to surmount all obstacles. We love Him in response to His great love for us. He is the strongest when we are the weakest. We worship Him with our heart regardless of what our head says, and our adoration increases, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 10:22 “…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”