Open Heaven 3 August 2023 Topic: Integrity
Memory Verse: Proverbs 20:7 – The just man walketh in his integrity, his children are blessed after him.
Bible Reading: Proverbs 28:6-10
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity,
than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son;
but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 He who increases his wealth by excessive interest
gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
he will fall into his own trap;
but the blameless will inherit good.
Open Heaven 3 August 2023 Message
Simply put, integrity is being true to your word – that is, what you say is consistent with what you do. Everyone who calls himself or herself a Christian must be a person of integrity.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37).
When you promise to do something, that is what you should do. If for any reason you cannot fulfil your promise, you must discuss it with the fellow involved and explain the circumstances.
You shouldn’t go back on a promise without any explanation – that is not like your Father in Heaven, whom you claim to be like.
I remember when I had just finished secondary school and was looking for a way to sponsor my university education.
I approached the authorities of a school in Ondo State and they agreed to sponsor my education on the condition that I would study Mathematics and serve them for five years after getting my degree.
Although English was my favourite subject, I had no choice. When I graduated, I went back to serve them, but after two and a half years, I became restless: I wanted a Master’s degree.
After gaining admission to do my Masters, I appealed to them to let me go for it, assuring them that I would return to finish my bond.
They didn’t believe me, but after obtaining the degree, I returned to the school to continue serving them.
By then however, I was becoming an embarrassment to them because I had a higher degree than my Principal.
After another one and a half years, I appealed to them to allow me to get a Ph.D and return, but they said, “You are free to go and you don’t have to come back”.
The name of Jesus is powerful – so powerful that Philippians 2:10-11 says that at the mention of that name, every knee in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
As powerful as His name is, the Bible says He magnifies His word above it (Psalm 138:2). This is why we trust completely in the word of God — we know that He can and will do what He says He will. If You say you are Christ-like then your word must be your bond.
RCCG Open Heaven 3 August 2023
Points: Jesus always keeps His word; you should always keep yours, too.
Bible in one year: Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah 2, Jeremiah 3