ARC Thursday Bible Study Oct 10, 2019 with sister Edwards, Pastor Edwards and ARC Saints/Families was a continuation (Part 4) of the topic on “Integrity.” Some of the Scriptures mentioned included: Job 1:20-21, Job 2:9-10, John 17:17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 1 Thess 5:23-24 and others.
From Job’s Life in the Bible for our example on the topic of integrity, sister Edwards reminded us that Job never gave up on God or lose his integrity throughout his entire ordeal as recorded in the Bible. Job did not rebel against God. He still kept the truth about who God is, what he knows and what was happening to him and his family by trusting God. And as sister Edwards said, we are to rebel against evil. We are not to rebel against God. Job did not rebel against God.
One of the many other points mentioned by sister Edwards in her Presentation was the question: How do we retain our integrity as born again Christians? The answer can be found from the Scriptures at John 17:17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, and 1 Thess 5:23-24 among others. To be sanctified is to be holy. And our source of rebirth with sanctification comes from God through the Holy Ghost with Integrity…in God.
Apart from Job’s Life, sister Edwards also referred to Joseph’s Life Story as another good example of integrity at work in the Bible. Joseph went from being betrayed by his own family (i.e. his brothers) to the pit, to being sold, to being accused, to being imprisoned and more, but still kept his integrity as he responded to the situations and God.
And as sister Edwards said, life will shove all kinds of dirt and challenges/trials at us to try and bury us. But we can choose to die or keep our worship going while coming out of those situations. We can stay in the worship spirit in our trials and come out of them rising higher and higher in God and with God.
During the Bible Study tonight, Pastor Edwards also said true integrity does not complain. Job’s edge was really his integrity. Integrity will lead us to God and the word of God…the true word of God.