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Living a life of integrity includes all areas of your life. Your public integrity is what other people see in the workplace or in your home and church. Your private integrity exists between you and God—that involves those things you allow yourself to do when no one else will find out. Keeping your integrity levels high is God’s standard for you as a follower of Christ. Blessings will come as a result of your personal integrity, just like Daniel experienced protection from the lions when thrown into the den. Let me give you five ways to cultivate integrity.
 
Keeping your integrity levels high is God’s standard for you as a follower of Christ.
 
1. DON’T WAIT AROUND.
 
Don’t look to your boss or your spouse or your environment to get better before you make a move. Integrity has to do with who you are on the inside regardless of what is happening on the outside. Don’t blame others if your level of integrity isn’t what it should be.
 
2. SET YOUR STANDARDS IN ADVANCE.
 
Decide on the things you won’t compromise on before you find yourself in the middle of a problem. You and I cannot become Christians of integrity on the spot. We cannot wait until the action gets hot and heavy to make our decisions about integrity. Establish your guidelines in advance.
 
3. DEVELOP A RECURRING DEVOTIONAL LIFE THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.
 
Make spending time with God the rule, not the exception. As we see in the case of Daniel, cultivating your walk with God throughout the day will do as much or more than anything else to help you to become a person of integrity.
 
4. FIND SOME FRIENDS WHO WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR LIVING UP TO YOUR STANDARDS.
 
Find the friends who will ask you the hard questions about what you’re doing and not doing. Be authentic. Allow room to share failures. Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Stay in contact, and reach out when you need a reminder to stay strong.
 
5. MAJOR ON GOD AND NOT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
 
If Daniel had majored on his circumstances he never would have maintained his integrity. He would have become just like everybody else. He would no longer have been extraordinary. God did not save you so you could become like everybody else. God saved you to be extraordinary.
 
Blessings will come as a result of your personal integrity, just like Daniel experienced protection from the lions when thrown into the den.
 
 

Check out more from Dr. Tony Evans @tonyevans.org

 

About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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