Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, September 13, 2013

15. We are told that in the last days many wars would erupt.

MAR 13:7-8, “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; {those things} must take place; but {that is} not yet the end. For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will {also} be famines. These things are {merely} the beginning of birth pangs.

It is now estimated that more people died in wars during the 20th century than in all previous wars throughout history.

16. Ethnic conflicts would become prevalent as never before; (MAT 24:7; LUK 21:10).

MAT 24:7, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

TLJC used the Greek word ethnos to describe the last days conflicts.

The past century experienced unprecedented ethnic cleansing and genocide – with over 100 million purged or killed.

17. The earth would be filled with violence (LUK 17:26; GEN 6:11-13).

18. Jesus foretold that there would be fearful sights (LUK 21:11).

According to the U.S. State Department, between 1981 and 2009, there were more than 75,000 international terrorist attacks.

19. Deadly diseases (which the Bible calls pestilences) would be common: (MAT 24:7; REV 6:8).

MAT 24:7, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”

REV 6:8, And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

20. The final generation would be open to receiving a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (REV 13:16).

REV 13:16-17, And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

21. A man would control all banking and commerce (REV 13:16-18).

The “girdle” was designed to keep every part of the armor in its place, and to gird the soldier on every side.

In ancient times, a girdle was one of the most important parts of military armor.

The principle behind this particular verse is the integrity of the believer.

The question is, how do you attain integrity?

There are three concepts that are given in EPH 6:14 to help you understand the point that the belt or the girdle of truth and the breastplate of righteousness will produce.

The three concepts needed are: 1. Truth 2. Knowledge 3. Thought

The Principle is that no one can have integrity until first of all he has some understanding of the truth.

Then once he has truth, he has knowledge, and knowledge of the truth becomes very very important.

Then you have to “think truth” to actually come to the point of integrity.

Integrity, NOT morality is the key to the Christian life.

Because there is one thing missing from the life of the average Christian—integrity.

Integrity demands and requires humility, and we live in the day of arrogance. We live in the day of subjectivity.

PSA 25:9 He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.

They want to be told what great believers they are because of what they are doing.

When you are minus integrity, everything is wrong.

PSA 7:8  The Lord judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.

It is teaching, teaching, teaching, that builds integrity.

Now, integrity is higher than morality.

In the Christian way of life, the first integrity that you reveal is your integrity that you display when you assemble in church.

You have to be teachable. You have to listen. You have to be filled with the Spirit.
Teachability is just the means.

“Real integrity” leads to personal love for God.
Real integrity means you’re teachable. It means you’re objective and not subjective, and therefore you can be taught to love God.

1TH 4:9, Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1PE 1:8  and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

The only way you can love someone you have never seen is to know all about them, and that is only accomplished in the Christian life by doctrine metabolized.

We must learn those things that give us a “love for God.”

The answer is that love requires thought. Because love is a system of thinking. Love requires thought.

The thoughts that you have….. The frame of reference….. determines the love you will have for those in your life.

Thought cannot function without content, and the content of thought in the case of loving the Lord is metabolized doctrine.

EPH 6:14 , Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

EPH 6:14  Therefore, hold your ground “after” you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth, and [after] having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

We are going to see that the breastplate of righteousness has to do with the believer’s integrity in the angelic conflict and spiritual warfare.

Therefore the principle is that integrity begins with your relationship with God and without a relationship with God there is really no integrity.

However, he did make a great statement in JOB 8:20 “Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers. .[those under the influence of evil].

1. One of my favorites which you have heard many times is that integrity is the spiritual strength to put into operation that which you claim to believe.

1CH 29:17 “Since I know, O my God, that you test the heart and delightest in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things;

2. Integrity is also conforming to certain standards or rights.

3. Integrity is the quality of life and power needed to live. Integrity gives the believer capacity to perform properly.
And, integrity is the actor that plays out the part or the role.

The one thing in life that really counts and the basis for building integrity is metabolized doctrine.

PSA 25:21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for Thee.

Just because the Bible says “do certain things” that doesn’t mean that if you do them you have fulfilled the Christian way of life.

You see, it’s easy to do something wonderful for someone you love.
“Motivation by love” eliminates the strain and the sacrifice of life.

If you have true love, it isn’t a sacrifice, ”You’ll love giving to the One you love.”

And therefore one of the most important goals of the Christian life is to develop integrity or to put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Motivational integrity which is personal love toward God. Or functional integrity which is unconditional love toward all mankind.

You have wood, hay, straw at the judgment seat of Christ, 1CO 3:11-15.

4. One writer said that: Integrity is for a man to know what is good and what is evil, what is useless, shameful, and dishonorable.

The Romans defined integrity as devotion and loyalty, especially to your family.

In fact, integrity is what the Lord pointed out to Satan, that Job still had in spite of all the pressure Satan placed upon him.

JOB 2:3  And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil.

And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him, to ruin him without cause.”

There are some believers who have no loyalties in life, none whatsoever  they are only loyal to them­selves  i.e. arro­gance.

Or they are preoccupied with themselves  ie. subjectivity.

Integrity always meant that you had developed loyalties in life.

Unfortunately, many believers lose their loyalty toward others when others do not live up to their unrealistic expectations.

Unrealistic expectation causes frustrations which distract from Bible doctrine and destroys the true focus of the Christian life, which is occupation with Christ……not people.

This, in turn, destroys all human relationships, whether your relationship with your pastor-teacher as his student, or whether  friendship, romance, or marriage.

And as long as people react to others who do not treat them the way they want to be treated it is impossible for any virtue to exist.

The focus that is substituted for occupation with Christ is eyes on self, eyes on people, or eyes on things.

This is when you desire to have or possess what someone else has or possesses.

And this is usually because they really don’t understand what the Bible has to say about Hamartialogy, which is the study of sin.

PSA 130:3  If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Or 1KI 8:46 For there is no man who does not sin.

PRO 20:9  Who can say, I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin?

ECC 7:20   Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

1PE 4:8  Above all, keep fervent in your love for one an­other, because love covers a multitude of sins.

JOH 8:7, where He said, He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.

5. To the Romans, integrity also meant reverence and devotion to the authorities of life.

6. Integrity also meant justice or faith.
Integrity was considered the performance of all obligations.

7. Another meaning was consistency or perseverance.
The lifestyle of the believer has often been described as morality, and that is not correct because you can very moral and still have no integrity.

It just simply warns us about that the blind arrogance of morality often produces the arrogant complex of sins.

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