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THE INTEGRITY OF GOD'S WORD
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Webster's Dictionary defines "Integrity" like this:  1.  a firm adherence to a code of especially moral
values: incorruptibility, 2. an unimpaired condition, soundness.  3. The quality or state of being
complete or undivided: completeness, honest.  3.  the conduct that conforms to an accepted
standard of right and wrong.  4. devotion to telling the truth.  5.  faithfulness to high moral
standards, honor.
Psalms 12:6-7
The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like  silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times over. You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and
keep us from this [evil] generation forever.
In Psalm 12:6-7, we see in this description of the excellency and the high authority of the Holy
Scriptures.  These verses speak of the inherent divine power and sanctity, which is the holiness, life
and character of God, Himself.  Since God does not lie and cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18), the purity of His
Word, stands as the Scripture states, "The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver
refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over".   Purified seven times over means in
likeness that as the silver passed through the fire seven times, there is a complete or perfect
process of all foreign matter (all falsity and deception) being removed and what remains is pure.  The
word "seven" in the Scripture denotes a complete or perfect number, and is often used to describe
frequency or habitually happening.

So by the analogy put in terms of a visual picture and actual process which we as mere creatures of
clay could relate to, we are told in God's Word, that His Words are "perfectly pure."  There is no
mingling of falsehood in His statements, there is no deception in His promises, and there is certainly
NO flattery in what The Creator of All Things speaks in His Word to us.

In the prior two verses in
Psalms 12:2-4, we see a contrast to the purity of the Lords Words, verses
the words of man who is unregenerate or renewed (made a new creature IN Christ Jesus).  King
David is speaking of these kinds of people.  
Psalms 12:2-4  To his neighbor each one speaks words
without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart [deceitfully] they speak.  May the
Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongues that speak proud boasting, Those who say, With our
tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will] — who is lord and master over us?  
Their words were full of vanity, double- mindedness, flattery, falsehood and no reliance could be
placed on them.  

In contrast with these vain and empty words in verses 2-4,  the Words of the Lord are pure!  They are
to be trusted and relied on.  All of God's sayings are true and faithful, and are without flaw or
blemish.  The integrity of God's Word is impeccable!  Our entire confidence should be placed in the
Words of Yahweh.  All of His Words are pure and because of this we should  trust with complete
unwavering confidence in God Himself. God is the source of all good, love and faithfulness.  He is
the author, the origin and the fountainhead of righteousness, justice, love, mercy and grace.  

Now, since all who come to salvation, through the shed blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ,  God Our
Heavenly Father demands that we as His people, have this same kindred spiritual and moral purity,
and be wholly unblemished by sin; since His Son, made all this possible for the Redeemed, to be
made into His image and likeness.

Colossians 1:13-15  The Father] has delivered and  drawn us to Himself out of the control and the
dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  In Whom we
have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins. [Now] He is the
exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of
all creation.  Jesus has delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness and translated us into His
Kingdom of love, light and truth by His spilled Blood.  He is the Firstborn and He was the First Seed
who died in order that multitudes of millions would now serve Him without fear, because we have our
redemption through His blood and are ransomed from the powers of darkness.  We no longer have to
be slaves to double-mindedness, to vanity, flattery,  falsehood, and self-righteousness, all of which
belong to Satan's kingdom, because now all of these have been put under our feet by Christ's death,
burial and resurrection.  God seeks to remove from His people all wickedness and sin so that they
can endure His Holy presence, the power of His Love.

We are called to be a righteous (upright in truth, honesty, sincerity, and moral purity) people, who
proclaim the praises of Our God and His Son, Jesus.  We are to carry the testimony of who Christ is,
what He has done for us and what He has provided
(Colossians 1:27-28). Our words must be honest
and integral, not two-spirited or double-minded.  We are to preach and proclaim, warning and
admonishing everyone in all wisdom into the ways and purposes of God, in order that they may grow
up into full maturity. This is the work of the Ministry and every minister or shepherd of God's people,
must teach and lead in the purity and integrity of Scripture, not adding to it in order to make it more
interesting or exciting and opening up to teaching a "doctrine of demons",

1 Timothy 4:1  
BUT THE [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from
the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach.

Deviating away from the truth in Scripture, robs the inherent power, authority, salvation and integrity
of God's Word to those whose hear this abominable defilement.  Since Jesus' finished work on the
Cross has provided the Surety for every promise necessary to aid us in our quest in the attainment
of Eternal Life, it  is now the responsibility of each man and woman to allow the purifying work of
God's Holy Spirit to be done in their life, by responding in obedience to God's Word, in order to
experience this beautiful process of cleansing and sanctification, which comes by living IN Christ,
Jesus.

We have outlined in a very abbreviated form, the integrity of God's Word, beginning with God, Who is
the author of all "integrity" and righteousness.  We have briefly covered that the "Redeemed of the
Lord" are then to live in and conform to their Savior's example of uprightness, which is patterned
after the incorruptible truth in the Holy Book of Life.  This understanding is necessary in order to
conform to the "integrity of God's Word.  Without this transformation we will never conform to the
truth and produce the fruit necessary in keeping with the initial repentance and forgiveness of our
sin, which comes by faith and God's grace.  Imitation of this standard produces hypocrites and liars
whose "religion" is nothing more than a bare conviction of sin.  These masked liars rejoice under the
idea that Christ died for them, yet they have no desire to live a holy life IN Christ
(Matthew 13:20).
This enthusiastic hypocrite, who has an imaginary glimpse of his sins and of Christ and talks of and in
remarkable impulses and high feelings (emotion), does so while he or she, lives in the most shocking
and scandalous practices by their deeds, perversions, fantasies and profane thought life, in
complete disobedience to the precepts of Holy Scripture.  Justifying sin brings eternal death.  

So we come to point of understanding, that it is absolutely vital to our spiritual well-being, to implant,
to eat and feed upon the Word of God for our continued growth and stability if we are to become fully
matured.  Now lets look in the scripture to see the importance of this growth in our lives, as it is the
only way that and produce the complete soundness and faithfulness to God's high moral standards
which are derived from the integrity of His Word to us. The Scripture in
Isaiah 55:9-11, gives us great
insight to the promise of God as His Word (seed) is planted into our hearts. It will not come back void,
but it will prosper and accomplish all that He purposed it to do in its own self-contained inherent and
creative power.
Isaiah 55:9-11
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My
thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and
return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give
seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  So shall My word be that goes forth out of My
mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall
accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
The parables in fourth chapter of Mark's Gospel, number at least ten and were all apparently given on
this one day.  These parables give us great insight as to the integrity, the power, character and faith
contained within them.   The Gospel of
Mark 4:26, gives us a visual picture in type, of the promise God
made to all who would live in this truth.
Mark 4:26 And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who
scatters seed upon the ground".  
Verse 14 of this same chapter, tells us that the seed is the Word of
God.  
Verse 27-28 declare, " and then he went on with his other activities. As the days went by, the
seeds sprouted and grew without the farmer's help,  28 because the earth produces crops on its own.
First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.  29
And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle."
 What a beautiful
figurative analogy of God's Word which was spoken in
Isaiah 55:9-11 and given in another form in
these scriptures in Mark.  
God declares, if you eat and feed on my Word, and plant it in fallow ground
of your heart, you shall not sow it among thorns (hardened and unplowed heart).
(Hosea 10:12;
Jeremiah 4:3; Galatians 6:7-8).  

We do not necessarily see the effect, change or growth in our own lives as we are faithful to be
obedient merely and purely out of reverence and love for God and His holy Ways; because according
to these scriptures, the Word is like that tiny seed  that is sown in the soil and it takes time before it
pushes up from the ground and begins to produce a harvest (James 3:18).  Reading God's Word and
practicing what it tells you to do, will produce a wonderful harvest of Righteousness, either 100, 60, or
30 fold. This is a promise! Let God's Word begin to saturate your mind, heart, spirit and soul, and you
are promised that it will renew your old man and bring change to your life, your attitude, your
experience and your entire outlook.   
Again Isaiah 55: 11, "So shall My word be that goes forth out of
My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall
accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Verse 28 of Mark Chapter 4, tell us, "The earth produces fruit [acting] by itself ."  The earth (soil) was
made to incubate seed, and to germinate and release the new life of that harvest.  Your heart was
made for the Word of God (
Isaiah 43:1)  2 Timothy 2:19).  The Word of God (the Bible) is a divine
revelation from God to man.  It demands man's obedience, faith, love and righteousness in
accordance with His Holy Word.  The Bible is a revelation of the reason for Creation.  God's Word was
created to be placed into your heart and produce the beautiful fruit of the same kind of seed, that the
"righteousness of God IN Christ" does yield and bear forth.

You cannot take the Bible and carry it around with you, and or hold it close and only crack it to peek in
periodically, or out of mere "duty read it to just appease God without pure intent", or placing it on your
coffee table. This weak self-delusive approach to God will not have any eternal value or virtue
whatsoever.  The Word in these ways will not produce fruit because the soil of the heart is not pure or
unplowed but is full of rocks, thorns and thistles.  The promise of God is only to those who love and
obey Him. It is not promised to those who only want to use Him for their own gain.  The Word will not
release the inherent power contained within it, that it promises to only those who are sincere hearers
of the Word
James 1:21-22).  

The next part of the parable of our scripture in Mark 4: continues in the latter part of verse 28, "first
the blade, then the ear, then after that the full corn in the ear."  This scripture implies that there are
stages, steps or levels that we will go through in our process of growth and maturity.  People who put
the cart in front of the horse and express that they are believing God for something really wonderful
(a ministry) but have never accepted that they are to be a student first by learning the Word of God to
show themselves approved BY God (2 Timothy 2:15), by knowing the One in Whom the Father has sent
(John 6:29).  And if people do not take serious or take lightly the requirements of God's way of sowing
and reaping, they will never have planted anything in the long run that will ever produce any kind of
eternal value or fruit.  

We are required to plant in God's way.  This means there are stages to receiving from God, and we
can see this in the illustration of this parable in a real, living and picturesque way.  We can see first of
all, that we have to start or have a beginning; then secondly, we must have hope and faith and then
thirdly, with these we begin to see the production of results.  There are always levels in the
experience of one victory after another. This called "victory to victory".   No one can ever begin at
ground-zero and excel like a jet to 500 hundred miles per hour.  A pilot dare not accelerate his plane
in this way, because of freezing up the engine which is guaranteed to crash and burn.  It is necessary
for the engine of the plane to gradually climb to higher altitudes, and so it is in God’s law of sowing
His Word into our heart, so we may enjoy the fruitful harvest.

These scriptures show us that the Kingdom of God is like a seed.  The Word has to be planted in your
heart, and growth comes forth in its various stages.  The blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the
ear.  The next verse says,
Mark 4:29  But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends
forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.
These stages are
necessary as we have seen in producing the harvest of faith, fruitfulness and maturity in the
believers life.

Many times over people blame God for their own lack of faithfulness to His ways and commands in
inheriting the promise which come from Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for our sins.  People
accuse God of not being faithful when they are in the midst of their troubles because of their lack of
obedience to practice what it tells them to do.
 James 1:22  But be doers of the Word [obey the
message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary
to the Truth].
  They blame God for their own troubles.  God has done everything He needs to do in
providing His Son, Who Is the Word.  He has produced His infallible Word, full of integrity and truth
and these are given to each one, to take the personal responsibility of sowing them into your heart.  
God has given you His Holy Scripture, and these seeds if eaten and meditated upon, are promised to
release eternal life, if you remain attached to vine from which the vitally of life pours forth, it will
produce the same kind of fruit because of its attachment to the True Vine of Life .  

Let God's Word take root in your heart by reading it daily, meditating upon it, thinking of it night and
day and singing of its beauty will bring joy to your heart.  As you learn to do this, you  will stand up to
the trials that come against you and have the confidence of knowing that your Heavenly Father is on
your side; and you will have the faith, courage and power to rebuke the unexpected storm that come
up suddenly against you, just as Jesus shows us in the final verses of these scriptures in our study in
Mark 4:37-41.  

Jesus was teaching His disciples to take His teaching serious and to know that if they would put their
faith IN Him, by living In Him, they too could move mountains with their faith.  He will not let us sink or
drown when we are living In Him and trusting In Him.  
"O you of little faith, why did you doubt"?  We
need to believe God's Word and practice the knowledge of it, and we will see the beautiful harvest of
righteousness in our own lives, which spring forth from the very fountainhead and throne from
whence it comes; and not only that, but we will be productive vessels for the Kingdom of God in
teaching others to live in the "integrity of God's Word" and also about the beautiful promise of Eternal
Life which comes Our Root, Who is Christ Our Messiah. (Romans 5:5) Jesus is our testimony!  We will
tell the world about who He is, what He has done and what He has provided for all who live In Him as
their Hope of Glory.
Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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1.  Read Matthew 13:19.  If we do not plant God's Word into our hearts, what will happen to it?
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2.  
Read Joshua 1:8.  When should we meditate on God's Word?
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3.
 Read John 6:63.  According to this verse, God's Word is _____________________________________

4.  
Read Matthew 4:4.  Mankind should not live by physical food alone, but by what?
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5.  How were the Holy Scriptures originally given?  
Read 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21.  
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b___________________________________________________________________________________

6.  What profit do the Scriptures give to the believer who lives IN Christ?  
Read 2 Timothy 3:16
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b____________________________________________________________________________________

7.  
Read Ephesians 6:17.  God's Word is like what kind of weapon? _______________________________

8.  Can a sword do damage to its enemy? ___________________________________________________

9.  
Read Romans 8:6.  When we give proper place to God's Word in our lives, we will have what?
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10.  Read 2 Corinthians 3:18.  What we set our attentions and affections on is what we will become full
of. According to God's Word, what should we set our focus on?
Matthew 13:19
While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp
and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was
sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it
day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For
then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have
good success.

John 6:63
It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit
whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to
you are spirit and life.

Matthew 4:4
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by
bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is
the Word of God.

Romans 8:6
Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death
[death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But
the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].

2 Corinthians 3:18
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of
God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His
very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another;
[for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be
complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Peter 1:20-21
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,   21 for
prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were
moved by the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
Answers to Questions
1.  Read Matthew 13:19.  If we do not plant God's Word into our hearts, what will happen to it?  The
wicked one will take it away so that it cannot produce in our lives.

2.  
Read Joshua 1:8.  When should we meditate on God's Word?  Day and Night.

3.  
Read John 6:63.  According to this verse, God's Word is spirit and life.

4.  
Read Matthew 4:4.  Mankind should not live by physical food alone, but by what?  By every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.

5.  How were the Holy Scriptures originally given?  
Read 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21 .  
a.  They were God breathed
b.  Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

6.  What profit do the Scriptures give to the believer who lives IN Christ?  
Read 2 Timothy 3:16
a.  It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
b.  So that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

7.  
Read Ephesians 6:17.  God's Word is like what kind of weapon?  A sword.

8.  Can a sword do damage to its enemy?  Yes.

9.  
Read Romans 8:6.  When we give proper place to God's Word in our lives, we will have what?  We
will have life and peace.

10.  
Read 2 Corinthians 3:18.  What we set our attentions and affections on is what we will become full
of. According to God's Word, what should we set our focus on?  The Lord and His Glory.
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