A Dancer's Heart

 Teaching on Character:  INTEGRITY

 

Character is what a man is in the dark.   --D.L. Moody

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. --Billy Graham

A man should be like tea; his real strength appearing when he gets in hot water.  --Unknown

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born." William R. Inge

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7a)

 

The Character and Integrity of the Heart of the Dancer is Very, Very Important.

When we minister to people, we are taking what we are full of, and spewing that all over the people we are ministering to.  Whether we have just spent an hour in prayer and are red-hot and full of the Spirit of God, or whether we just had an argument with our spouse, it flows out onto the people.  We must take great care to protect our spirits and minds, especially, right before ministering in dance. 

Let's say we didn't have any arguments or anything bad going on right before we minister, so no worries there of releasing something unclean on to the people that way.  However, we will still release into the atmosphere and onto the people any issues that we have not been healed and delivered over.  At the very least we must be in-process and submitted to the Holy Spirit, so that He will cover us and not allow that back flow onto the people.  It is critical that the ministers of God get in the process of getting cleaned-up themselves.

I believe that fasting during the week is instrumental in helping us stay aligned with the Spirit of God, and of course, prayer before going out to minister in dance is a must.

However, on a day-to-day basis, we must clean up our spirits.  I would like to challenge each of you to check yourselves, and review your hearts before the Lord.  Dance ministries will not flourish if the people go unchecked and unchanged.  It's the little foxes that spoil the vines.  

 

Integrity:   noun

1.  adherence to moral and ethical principles;  soundness of moral character; honesty.

2.  the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished:   to preserve the integrity of the empire.

3.  a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition:  the integrity of a ship's hull.

When used as a virtue term, ‘integrity’ refers to a quality of a person's character

Ordinary intuition about integrity is that it is a formal relation to "self" and that it has to do with acting morally.

Uprightness/Integrity:  characteristics of honesty, principle, and decent candor. These qualities are fundamental, of course, to the good life for anyone, but they play a special role in the behavior of those of us who inevitably, influence people (expecially younger people) by our example.

Are You a Person of Integrity?

True

False

 

 

 

I always try to do what is right, even when it is costly or difficult

 

 

 

 

 

I am true to my very best self.

 

 

 

 

 

I live up to the highest ethical standards.

 

 

 

 

 

I don't compromise my values by giving in to temptation.

 

 

 

I think I am / am not a person of integrity because: ___________________

Your integrity is your gift to yourself and to the world.

 

1.  Does thinking about how you want to be remembered tell you anything about how you should live your life?

2.  Have you ever heard the phrase "Let your life speak"? What do you think that means?

3.  Is being thought of as someone with integrity important to you?  How would you feel if someone accused you of not having integrity?

4.  What does the word "integrity" mean to you?

5.  What does the expression "walk your talk" mean? Do you know people who walk their talk? What do you think of them? Do you know people who don’t walk their talk? What do you think of them? How do you feel when you hear people say one thing and do another?

6.   How do you feel when you see someone who’s not willing to stand up for his/her beliefs?

7.   Have you ever taken a stand that was unpopular and had to pay the price for that? What did you do? What was the outcome? How did you feel afterwards? What did you learn from the experience?

8.  What does "compromising your principles" mean? Give an example. How far would you compromise your principles in order to get ahead?

 

 I'm going to go even farther:

1.  Do you consistently tell people you'll be, or agree to be at an appointment at a certain time, and yet consistently show up late?  Even worse, do you call them and tell them you are about ten minutes out, when you are really 30 minutes to an hour away?

2.  Teens, do you tell your parents one thing and someone else something different when asked about events or situations? 

3.  What do you tell your boss if  you are late to work?

4.  Husbands and wives, do you hide what you spend from the other?

5.  When you order an item from a friend, do you promise to pay them and the when the time comes, "you just don't have it" and never seem to get it back to them?

6.  When you borrow something from someone, do you return it in the same or better condition?  Or never return it at all?

7.  Do you remove packets (catsup, mayo, sugar, etc.) from restaurants so you won't have to buy them for your home?

8.  If someone hurts or defrauds you, do you feel that you should be able to take something from them?  (Example:  divorce -- did you leave with everything you could take out of the house; Example:  fired from a job -- did you take things from the office that were not yours; did you harm them verbally, or over the Internet?

9.  Would you lie to a Police officer about speeding, if he asked you if you knew you were speeding and how fast were you going?

10.  Are situations and problems consistently "someone elses" fault?

11.  If you accidentally broke something that belonged to someone else, would you tell them immediately? and do you best to replace it? 

12.  If you own a business, and you sold a product or a service, would you "make it right"  if someone genuinely had a problem with it, that was your fault?

13.  I'm going to get real here.  Were you swearing yesterday at your spouse or teenager?  Brothers and Sisters, this ought not be.  I shouldn't even have to list this.  Are you hearing me?  Our character has to be addressed if we are ever going to be effective for Jesus.

14.  How do you react if someone takes the parking space you wanted?  Or cuts you off in traffic?  What about if someone cuts in line at the store?  How you react reveals your character.

15.  In a conflict situation at church, would you ignore what your leader says to you -- and take your ideas or complaints over their heads, to their leader?   Believe it or not, the chain of authority is there for a reason.  It teaches us to deal with things in the right way.

Jezebel isn't a person, or a gender, or just a spirit.  Jezebel can be part of our character.  We must crucify the flesh, so that our wills don't matter.  We need to "die daily."  Our motto must be:  "I must decrease, He must increase."

 

Psalm 139:23 - 24   Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

***What does the Bible Say about Integrity?  Is it optional?

 

 

Titus 2:7 Douay-Rheims Bible

In all things showing thyself a pattern, not merely teaching others, but showing them by example how they ought to live. -

As the apostle had given directions relative to the conduct of old men, Titus 2:2, of old women, Titus 2:3, of young women, Titus 2:4, and of young men, Titus 2:6, the words περι παντα, which we translate "in all things", should be rather considered in reference to the above persons, and the behavior required in them: showing thyself a pattern of good works to all these persons - being, in sobriety, gravity, temperance, what thou requirest others to be.

In doctrine showing uncorruptness - Mixing nothing with the truth; taking nothing from it; adding nothing to it; and exhibiting it in all its connection, energy, and fullness.

 

Titus 2:7  from Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible

In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works,.... It was not enough for Titus, and so neither for any other Gospel minister, to deliver out sound doctrine, and to exhort persons of different ages and sexes to the things which become it, but he should through the whole of his conversation be a pattern of every good work unto them; for they that are the shepherds of the flock, are not only to feed them with knowledge, and with understanding, but to be ensamples to them, as well as they who are under their care ought to walk, as they have them for an example; see 1 Timothy 4:12.

,,,,, let the conversation be pure and incorrupt, free from the pollutions of the world, and from any governing vice; and let it be attended with gravity in word, gesture, look, and dress; and with all sincerity, faithfulness, and simplicity, in all our dealings, either with the saints, or with the men of the world.


Rom. 12: 10  AMP  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.

I Tim. 4:12  Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

 

I Tim. 5:10 … And it is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

 

Titus 2:7  KJV  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Titus 2:7 New LIving Translation: And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

Titus 3:8  This is a trustworthy saying.  And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote these to doing what is good.  These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

I Peter 5:3  …not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Philippians 4:7-9 (KJV)   7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

Paul's Example

Paul was expressing Christian core values by transparency, integrity, and honesty in the handling of money.  It guided what he did, and the decisions he made and his assertion to avoid anything that would discredit the work of Christian leadership, or even appear to be dishonorable.  

II Cor. 8:19 -21   “…he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” 

Integrity and honesty are vital, and must be genuine in our plans, goals, and life. 

 

 

***Answer:  The Bible is crystal clear about the necessity of Integrity, which is honesty, transparency, and truthfulness.

 

 

1.  Integrity means treating people fairly and honestly. (Leviticus 19:35-36 , Deut 25:15, Proverbs 16:11-13)

(Leviticus 19:35-36  You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 

You shall have accurate and just balances, just weights, just ephah and hin measures... AMPLIFIED)

2.  Integrity is giving your word and keeping it. (Exodus 8:28-32 Pharaoh said he would let them go and then he said he would not)

3.  Integrity will protect you.  In Psalm 25, David prays that integrity and uprightness will protect him. (Psalm 25:21, Proverbs 2:7-8, 10:9, 11:3, 13:6)

4. Integrity is more valuable than riches.  (Proverbs 28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.)

5. The Lord will test and judge your integrity.  (1 Chronicles 29:17, Psalm 7:8 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.)

6. The Lord hates lies and lack of integrity. (Zechariah 8:16-17)

7.  It may be difficult to maintain your integrity. (Job 2:3, 2:9, Proverbs 29:10)

8.  Your character can be corrupted by bad company. (1 Corinthians 15:33)

9.  Integrity will be rewarded. (1 Kings 9:4-5, Nehemiah 7:2, Psalm 41:11-12)

10. Your integrity should set an example for others. (Titus 2:7)

 

 

 

Prov. 14:1   

 

 

EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

 Copyright Jeanine Lynch, owner Judah Dancewear 

 The Character and Integrity

of the Heart

of the Dancer

is Very, Very

Important.

 

 

Psalm 139:23 - 24   Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

It is critical that the ministers of God get in (and stay in) the process of getting cleaned-up themselves.

 

Proverbs 14:1   EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.   --(And, "mouth".)

 

 


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