From Handbook to Renewal
My Relationship to God—Moral Integrity and Honesty
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil, a false witness who breathes lies, and one who causes strife among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16–19)
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; wisdom hates pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth. (Proverbs 8:13)
He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his way will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but an accurate weight is His delight. (Proverbs 11:1)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3)
The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. (Proverbs 12:5)
From Handbook to Prayer
Feed my mind and heart, O Lord, as I affirm these truths from Your word concerning my life in Christ:
You have shown me what is good;
And what does the Lord require of me
But to act justly and to love mercy
And to walk humbly with my God? (Micah 6:8)
Though I walk in the flesh, I do not war according to the flesh. The weapons of my warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful to overthrow strongholds, casting down arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3–5)
May I not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but of the world. And the world and its lusts are passing away, but the one who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15–17)
I will not lay up for myself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But I will lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19–21; Luke 12:34)
I make it my ambition to please the Lord, whether I am at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9–10)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
From Handbook to God’s Promises
God’s Words Are Eternal and Unchanging
Nehemiah 5:13: Keeping Their Promises
We depend on God keeping His promises to us, but what about our pledges to Him? Moses warns His people, “When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said,” (Numbers 30:2). In the New Testament Ananias and Sapphira experience the awful consequence of lying to the Holy Spirit and failing to follow through on their word to the Lord (Acts 5:1–8).
Yet our promise keeping doesn’t need to be motivated by fear or obligation. Just as God’s promises emerge from His love, so we can be reliable promise keepers because we love and desire to please Him. We love Him and keep our promises because He first loved us and kept His promises to us (1 John 4:19).