141. You can't be Fake and Have Integrity
The Message Bible in 2 Cor 4:2 states "We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don't twist God's word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God."
The first sentence about refusing to wear masks and play games stopped me from my tracks. I was so used to wearing masks; mask of confidence to hide insecurity and to hide overwhelming fear of failure. It was easier to play games of knowing who I was and pretending I knew what to do. Through this uncertainty, I hid and twisted my own words.
Have you been there? Are you there now? Fear, insecurity and stress can so easily wrap you in its python-like hold. You are stuck and cannot get out. God asks you to use His word with 'fear and trembling' for He 'judges' you for your actions, regardless of where you are at. He is a compassionate and loving God. Even - and especially in this time of pandemic, God is inviting you to say out in the open and present the whole truth. He will help you when you recognize you are unable to complete the given task and ask Him. God knows, hears, sees and is ever present when you need Him. Living with integrity means you don't pretend and you are truly real. He knows your thoughts. It's pointless to pretend otherwise.
You can either live for the approval of others or for the approval of your Father. He is your Father who created you for success; success you would choose if you could see as He sees. How do you live an authentic life? Read your bible regularly and hear Him speaking to you within it. You cannot act or live in the Word when you don't know it. Psalm 119:9 states "How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying Your word."
Love, trust, have faith and be authentic in and through the Father. Do what's right in Him.
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