« Joel Osteen Podcast

The Rewards of Integrity

2019-01-06 | 🔗
In this message, Joel reminds us about the power of a life lived with integrity. Integrity is the foundation that a successful life is built on. God is looking for people who are willing to live at a higher standard. Often, challenges in life are integrity tests—will you compromise when no one is watching; do you live differently behind closed doors? A life of openness and honesty is a life that God can bless. When you live with integrity, God can trust you with great things.Proving your character begins in the small things—in how you talk to your family, how you honor your commitments, the way you spend your time at work. Make the decision to live in complete integrity.
This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
hi this is jaw they so much for downloading the podcast i believe you'll be inspired and challenged i hope you enjoy the message is a joy to come in your home if you're ever in our area please stop by and be a part of one of our services i promise you i will make you feel right at home that like to start with something funny i heard about this grew during the wedding rehearsal he said to the minister i'll make a deal with you during the vows if you leave out all that honour obey love stuff i'll give you a hundred dollars here lift a hundred dollar bill into the minister's hand walked away with a smile the next they during the ceremony the men sir said to him do you promise to bowed
before your why take her breakfast in bad fulfil every desire he gulped in astonishment sit in a weak voice i do he then whispered in the ministers in your hand that we had a deal the minister handed him his money back and said your wife we are much better offer say it like you mean it this is my bible i am what it says i have what is i can do what it says i can do today i will be taught the word of god are boldly confess my mind is alert ma it is receptive i will never be the same in geez nay god bless you i want to talk to you too day about the rewards of integrity there's a lot of compromise in our society people that think nothing
being dishonest making underhanded deals not keeping there were they wonder why they can't get a head it's because they don't have integrity integrity is the foundation that a successful lie is built you can have talent vision determination but without integrity you won't reach your highest potential new posts of integrity does the right thing when no one is watching they don't play on the computer because the ball stepped away they don't leave someone out of a commission because they didn't know about the sale they don't cut corners at the job site because nobody will find out about it they give it their best whither
what is there or not when you have integrity you don't take supplies from the office to bring home to you if you don't show up late to work and have somebody clock in earlier for you you don't spend half the day making no phone calls at the office where they don't pay me enough anyway maybe not but that's not integrity if you do the right thing god will make it up to he's keeping the record many things we face are simply test god is seeing are we ready to go higher maybe the bank teller gives too much money in return are you going to have integrity go back things right or you're going to say thank you jesus you did it again that is not answer to your prayer do you call in sick to work coughing sniffily so you can take they often go shopping you could win an account
the award with that performance but that's not integrity don't be surprised if you can't find anything door i don't have your saw nobody will wait on you trafficked backed up maybe it's because there's no blessing on we can't do see people expect have his favor when somebody knocks on your door at home and you don't feel like visiting do you tell your child gawayne sir tell him i'm not here that works but is not integrity don't complain when your child doesn't tell them we're leading by example we can tell our children do the right thing they on the high road but if they see us compromising they're going to do the same day when you have integrity you pay your bills you dont sweet
things under the rob you keep your commitments don't buy things that you know you can't pay for which all i'm stretch in my face and believe in increase stretch your fate before you sign on the dotted line like god bless you first once you have the funds then you can purchase but it's not integrity to make commitments that you know you're not going to be able to keep the promise people the moon when you know you can't get to the clouds don't write a check and then pray for three days open it'll clear check your balance first be honest be trustworthy be a person of your word your reputation is water most valuable things you proverb says a good name is worth more than great riches you can have great wealth
and be looked down on seeing the shady but when you're a person of integrity when people look at you and think i can trust there they always do the right thing there on their fair they don't talk to me one way and then talk to my friends behind my back another way their consistent you reputation is too important to let it become tarnished by not having integrity when you do the right thing when you stay on the high road that will take you much further than being dishonest manipulating trying to gain an unfair advantage we can't turn in an exaggerated expense account and expect to be blessed we can't be deceitful on taxes and expect to have godspeed a new a man he tapped into the cable
behind his house and brought cable into his home without paying for it he was so proud of it he bragged us for years how he would save in forty dollars a month that men never did rise out of media awkward it constantly struggle barely got back he thought he was gaining in advantage the truth is he was putting himself at a disadvantage you may gain with people gain some material things but what if you lose with god he controls the universe he's the one that can open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings that you can't i would rather have favour with god then people with people that man
would have been better all to pay the forty dollars so he could have gods blessing there's a lot we can give bow with exaggerate but anything we gain without integrity won't be as good as it could have been it's better to be truthful and have less ass the gods favour will take you further but too often we're letting little compromise is keep us from the big things god has in store instead of trying to cross the line think it how much can i get away with instil get by why don't you try a different approach and see how far behind the line you can stay ask yourself what is the right thing to do i was standing before god what decision would make the more integrity you have the more god can bless you
chapter one jesus all men name nathaniel coming toward him burst forth seven says geez new nathaniel's thoughts he honoured i'm saying comes a man in whom there is no deceit and upright honest man that is free from hypocrisy and double anders that should be our goal god i wanna be so above board so full of integrity that you'll scrub me like you describe nathaniel that there is no deceit in or your that's not me maybe not yet but it can be you can become a nathaniel you can make decisions their honour god when you have integrity you're the same in private as you or in public you don't treat people at work nice and and come home and be rude and horse to your family that's not integrity that's hypocrisy
you should treat your family better they do to you anyone else don't be candidates strangers than you are your own spouse no be more concern two coworkers then you are to the people that live in your own house be consistent some people on sundays is god bless you great to see you their way real big real friendly but on mondays if you cut them off in traffic
no way with one finger in the air that's me into faced that's a pretender you have to get honest with yourself i'm not asking you to be perfect i'm asking you to be real you'll never change if you dont forced to acknowledge that there are some pretending going over the next time you attempted to switch over to the pretend jus the compromising you the dishonest you put your foot down so now i'm not going there that is not who i am that's an invitation i am kind loving honest trustworthy com consistent you talk to yourself that way long enough and your have integrity with yourself you'll become system the same on monday as your own sunday the same work as your at home this is what i saw a grown up with my parents they were
same in the pulpit as they were at home they weren't loving in public and then hateful in private now believe this is one reason that all of us kids with the exception of my brother paul turned out ok you can a lot of people but you can't fool your children they know when there's a double standard they know when there's not integrity our sun jonathan gave me a compliment a while back on my birthday he wrote my dad is one of the kindest people are no he treats everyone hates me with respect i didn't know that he really noticed but people are watching pair
we are leading by example this is not to make us feel pressure but to make us strive to sail to be honourable trustworthy can people that stay on the high road when you have integrity you're not making underhanded deals hoping that nobody sees you if you have to hide what you're doing it probably not integrity i've heard it said don't do anything you wouldn't want to read about the next day in the newspaper was it a restaurant years ago in another city we were travelling to an event had brought some lemons in the car then i wanted to cut squeezing an energy drink before us spoke but i forgot the night we will go straight to the meeting didn't have much time so i thought maybe at this restaurant i can take their knives after all on pay a lot for this meal just three all or not that i'm going to miss they're not gonna kick started we
listening is now trying to justify taken and i thought how am i going to get it out of here only way is to hide it i thought i can't do that i'll get it who are you to do it for my partner and finally came to my sense joe you passed you are not going to go out here hiding a piece of silverware all the waiter over sir i need a favor cannot by this night he wouldn t to the manager came back a silva where in in a bag the the manager said you can have i saw lord thanking kip at present there is no point is much better to be open and honest are probably could of war the outer there with some silverware hidden they may not have seen it but here's the problem god would have seen this country
as its the little boxes that small the vines i doubt many of you have areas where your lackey integrity but maybe there some small things the good news is it's not hard to correct just takes a little effort digging down deeper to do the right thing it means getting out of rights where we ve gotten comfortable compromising it doing things that are less than our best david said in some one hundred and one i will lead a life of integrity in my own home he was saying where a body can see me i'm do the right thing when i could slack all compromise given to it station be dishonest instead i'm going to take the high road i'm gonna be a person of exit i'm going to show god he can trust me
he went on to say i will not look at anything in pure not gonna watch things at poison me verse three says i will not have crooked deals he's not gonna get involved in things that are shady underhanded unethical david was perfect but he made up his mind he was going to walk and integrity starting in his how home starting in his private life we can fall a lot of people in public but what god is concerned with is what goes on on behind closed doors the scripture talks about the hidden man of our heart that's our motives what we do in secret how you live in private will determine how high you go in public people may not be watching but god is what don't take that is something negative alcohol may animal get caught i'm in trouble take it as a challenge god is watching
when he can promote you he's way to see when you pass these tests so he can take you to new levels i wonder how much higher we would go how much more favour in promotion we see if we deal with the areas that we know are holding us back start making things right heaven integrity in your fan is in your relationship in how you tweet people all i want to hear about integrity today i want to hear about prosperity you will never have prosperity if you don't first have integrity the two go hand in hand i was at a music store with jonathan when he was too
years old buying some equipment for his guitar when i went to pay the man told me that lakewood had an account there and we could put it on that account not told them that this was personally i didn't want to do that he gave me the bill and the tax on it was twenty dollars he said at least let me put this under lakewood name that way you won't have to pay the tax lakewood is a church and churches or tax exempt as that they so much but now i want to pay the text to this is totally personal he looked at me so strange kind of shook his head like man you away overboard nobody would know you didn't pay the tax my company would know the church wouldn't know the arrest would know what he didn't realize is someone was watching more important than
those that he mentioned the most tat god sees everything we do these or opera tunic ease for us to pass the test if god can trust me to be honest with twenty dollars maybe he can trust me to handle twenty thousand or twenty million or two hundred million i would hate to think i didn't reach back certainly because a small things i wasn't honesty small areas that i didn't pass the test sure i could save twenty dollars but what is that in comparison to having the blessing in favour of the creator of the universe when god can trust you with proved him that you're a person of integrity
there is no limit to how hard he will take you i saw this with my father he was a man of great integrity if there was the smallest question of something not being above board perfectly ethical he wouldn't have anything do it through the years people would bring deals by hey you got that big church all those people you can take advantage of it makes some extra funds but my father value gods blessing on his lie more than what any person could come up where he taught me to have a high standard and if you don't feel good about something you have to talk yourself into it make excuses as to why it's ok it's not worth it you never go wrong but taken the highroad short term i couldn't say twenty bucks long term i may not be where i am proved a god that he can trust you that you will go the extra mile
to do what right you may have to say no to some things that people don't understand not do what all your co workers do maybe they're fine with slackened all there okay we spend in company money on personal things no judge them that's not our business don't become like there don't lower your standards there going where you're going you may not be able to do everything your family members to watch what they want to do business like they do business there is a price to pay to become all you were created to be if it was easy anybody would doing this takes people that have a made up man i'm going to honour god not going to compromise
take shortcuts do things that are not ethical not going to push people down to get an advantage not gonna be sloppy in my business dealings i'm going to be a person of integrity trustworthy honourable that's the kind of people god rewards but sometimes when we compromise and do things that are questionable we think we're gain an advantage with people we're getting the upper hand but when you walk in integrity you'll gaining an advantage with god slave or on your lie would take you further than any advantage with people knew may have made mistakes in the past asked not head integrity in certain areas s okay we all have my challenge is start making things right lead today be a new day don't golden
thirty years letting the same things hold you back when my father was in his twenties back in the nineteen forties he bought two suits on credit from a store in fort worth he had intentions he was planning on paying them back but he got busy and things came up he never did years went by and hid forgotten about one day he was driving through fort worth and suddenly he remembered it bothered him did he had never paid that did he caught in the phone book but couldn't find the name of the company so he drove to the location but they were closed down the people next door said they had been out of business for many years he could i thought i did my best
he didn't stop there he found out who the owners were they had passed away but he was able to track down one of their children he called this man he was my father's age and explained that he owed them for two suits he didn't pay poor back in the team forties the man says sorry don't worry about it we ve been out of business we're all do in fact my dad thanked him for being so gracious they said now i still want to pay he drove to his house gave him a check with interest forty years later no wonder god bless you no wonder he took him higher and higher it was that he just headway great talent he had great integrity he was determined to make things why genesis chapter twenty abraham instead had just move to a new city sarah was very beautiful very striking
abraham knew when the king saw her beauty he would want to take our into his hair he told sarah tell the king that you my sister that way he won't kill me just to get to you like he thought the king sent word for sarah had come to the palace one night the king had a dream god said to him why have you taken a married woman into your family the king said what do you mean abraham said she was his sister she told me abraham was her brother in the end woody of my heart i have done this god said inverse six yes i know you are innocent because of your integrity i have kept you from touching her now return
her to abraham this king was about to make a mistake get off course step out of god's favour but because of his integrity because he was trustworthy honourable god kept in from what he couldn't see on his own proverbs two says god is a shield to those who work in integrity he guards their pair watches after them like this king there on the stakes you could have made wrong terms compromise but because of your integrity god stepped in and closed the door he kept you from the trouble from the hardy he's guarding your pack some of the tim tim given that you resisted it wasn't that you were so strong was it you just decided to say no that was god hold in dubai
is a blessing on your life that protect she guard you when you honor god david talked about it god keeps my foot from dashing against a stone god will not let my enemies triumph over me when you walk it integrity god has a shield around you he's keeping fiery dark from hitting you he's pushing back darkness he's not letting the temptation taking his clothes in doors that would be harmful if you want to keep that shield up keep your integrity be trustworthy the honourable person of your work be some body that can be counted on there was very wealthy man that had a friend that was a builder this builder had been down on his luck has not had much business the man felt sorry for him and decided to help him out he gave him a set of plans with a cheque for two hundred thousand dollars
he said i want you to use these funds to build me a new house you handle all the details just call me when you're done he assured him he would pay him very well if he'd do a good job this building was so excited that bodily head had some more but he got to thinking if he would cut a few corn save a little here save a little there he could pocket some of that money without any body known about so he went out and found the cheapest concrete he could ve had the workers water down so it could go farther he saved four thousand dollars on the foundation he bought the cheapest lumber some of it was all crooked warp he didn't care it going to be behind the walls nobody would see it he got the cheapest plumber cheapest electricity on and on right and left cutting corner pocket in the money when he finished his save nearly four
thousand dollars he was so happy he called the owner over to look at the new house the owner was very impressed look beautiful on the outside you couldn't tail he had cut corners this bill couldn't wait to see how much he was going get pay he knew the owner was a very generous may the said you know i don't really need a new house i have a beautiful one i just wanted to help you he handed him the keys and said here you build your own house the bills ordinarily passed out he nodded known is gonna be my i built at a whole lot better we may not realize it but we building our own house we can cut corners here compromise there it's not hurting anyone except ourselves everything may look fine on the outside what matters is what running on the ins are we were
bring down our foundation not be untrustworthy in commitments slacking off at the office what kind of materials are you putting into your house i'm asking you to be a person tat really do the right thing when nobody is watching don't let's move all things keep you from the big destiny god has in store start passing these test be honourable trustworthy a person of your word if you do this i believe and declare because you walk in integrity god is going have a shield around you he's going to keep you from making major mistakes you're not only going to be protected but you're going this promotion good breaks new levels the fullness of your desk dna in jesus name if you receive it can you say a bit today i'd like to give you an opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life would you play with me
lord jesus our repent of my sins come into my heart make your my lord and saying if you play that simple ere we believe you got born again get in a good bible based church keep god first slice victorian i'll be right back to speak a blessing over you thank you for listening to the jewellers dean podcast help us continue to share the message of hope with those all over the world joe boosting dot com slash give hope to give a gift today thanks much for listening to today's message i hope you'll subscribe so you can receive the latest podcast to keep the inspired all through the we were playing oh yeah i know gods best is still ahead will see him next time
Transcript generated on 2019-12-12.