“By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.” Psalm 41:11-12
The scriptures that speak of a person’s integrity before God have always puzzled me. I know sometimes we are falsely accused and God will bring about His deliverance, but on my best day, even when all my motives are the best they can be, I know that I live in a body of death and I have no righteousness of my own. The Bible is clear, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
The word integrity is so very often used to mean honesty, character, and uprightness. Certainly there is an application toward those qualities, but when you look at the true definition of the word, it takes on a whole new light. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says that the definition of integrity is this: wholeness, entireness, an unbroken state
There is another Biblical word that means the same thing – its telios which means complete. Do you know that Jesus wants to bring each of us to the true understanding of that state of being complete, whole, and unbroken? Many of us try to be holy in our strength only to find out that we have certain besetting sins that we simply cannot master and it leaves us feeling defeated every time the enemy roars his ugly accusations our way. Maybe its pride, anger, jealousy, self-pity, or a host of other cravings of the flesh. Instead of being able to say that we have integrity before God, we are truly always reminded of our broken state of being and wonder if freedom is really for us or if it is just an illusive idea that sounds too good to be true this side of heaven.
Let me encourage you with something today! Jesus has truly come to set you free! Your fleshly pursuit of perfectionism before Him will never bring you to freedom. That only gives way to the voice of the adversary to scream at you where you are not measuring up. But know this dear believer, Satan cannot harm the child of God unless we succumb to his lies. Do you know why your heavenly Father allows him to come at you? Because he is really just a tool to drive you toward true perfection (telios – wholeness). The devil only can come at us within our broken places. The Scripture says submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee. What is it that we submit to God? Its our broken places. We have to exchange the lie that keeps those broken places fractured for the truth that we stand in the righteousness of God because the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all unrighteousness.
See, God is El Roi – the God who sees. He can see into the depths of our brokenness and through the Holy Spirit speak a word into that place that we don’t even understand ourselves. You know what word He speaks – integrity. When God speaks – life is released. We are the clay in the Potter’s hand. He can recreate whatever he chooses. And his desire is to take our brokenness and make us whole.
Do you know what happens when we submit those dark painful places to Him? He heals the fractures that sin has created and He truly does bring integrity into your being. When a ceramic pot is said to have integrity, it means that there are no weak places where fractures can occur. It is the same with us when we allow the Holy Spirit to take the broken pieces of our lives and make us whole again. It is only then that we will be able to proclaim along with the Psalmist that the enemy cannot triumph over me because of my integrity! He will forever prevail against my own self-righteousness, but he cannot penetrate any place that God has redeemed and made whole. Let the Healer give you integrity in any place that has been fractured. It is His hearts desire to make you whole, entire, complete, and unbroken!