1 John 1:5-2:8
“5 Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.
1 (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One,
2 and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.
3 Now by this we know that we have come to know God: if we keep his commandments.
4 The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person.
5 But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him.
6 The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have already heard.
8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.”
Integrity from the Greek integer meaning whole
God doesn’t contradict Himself
Not one person in private and one person in public
God is the basis for ALL truth
Wholeness vs fractured or a fraction of your life
Our dishonesty is rooted in this thought that God can’t be trusted
Focus on that issue tonight
Before Adam and Eve sinned, they were perfect
Satan tempts by going after truth
Satan knows that he can control humanity by making them distrust God
First sin was to believe that God can’t be trusted
Start to live dishonest lives
Sin is rooted in the notion that God can’t be trusted
Born to worship the things we’re excited about
Parents, friends, society gives you bulletins – you need this in order to give you ultimate satisfaction other than God
Why are some of us terrified of being rejected by others? Why is that our worth system?
Bring liked is a human necessity, but when you get obsessed with it…
Success is it for some – unless you get X amount of money, you are dirt
What did I ever do to deserve this? You’ve done everything to deserve this
I’m alive today but by the mercy and grace of God / I deserve better than this
Believing that is the lie
To believe God is an act of faith
Abraham didn’t stagger at the promises of God – he just said ok
I believe God at His spoken word, His truth
People who feel sorry for themselves
Worry is the opposite ofpeace
Worry and anxiety = fractured
The little record says I can do better than God – for my life, not the universe
At the root of it is distrust in God
Being consistent in all things
1 LORD, who may be a guest in your home? Who may live on your holy hill?
2 Whoever lives a blameless life, does what is right, and speaks honestly.
3 He does not slander, or do harm to others, or insult his neighbor.
4 He despises a reprobate, but honors the LORD’s loyal followers. He makes firm commitments and does not renege on his promise.
5 He does not charge interest when he lends his money. He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. The one who lives like this will never be upended.
William Gernall – Sincerity is marke by newness, plainness, and sameness
Real hypocrites have no idea that they’re hypocrites
Plainness – open with yourself, others, God
I have sinned against you God
Openness means you can take criticism from others
Maybe what that person is saying is thy I need to change
Real sincerity comes from integrity
Lord search my heart – show me what is not of you
Allowing mentors and friends to help you means you’re open
Trifold openness – self, friends, God – all interconnected
Immediate response isn’t negative
Sameness – same in all areas of your life
How do you cultivate it?
1. Honesty with self, led by self-repentance, return to who you are
We have nothing to hide because we know God can see everything
God already sees everything
Something is going to come out of your heart that may shock you
“I didn’t even know I was capable of that”
God knows it’s coming and He already gave us an advocate
You can’t hide anything from Him
Collossians – life is hidden in Christ
Verdict’s already in
Embrace a lifestyle of goodness and faithfulness
Ryan painted a bridge because it has integrity and consistency
In Him there is consistency and dependability
It’s a process, not overnight
He won’t leave us as orphans
Watch for the things He wants us to change