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One of the timeless lessons that has passed by current culture, is the lesson that integrity and honesty are the best guards to life.  Living a life of integrity provides stability, it provides security and it prevents the destruction of sin and deceit. People that make their living dishonestly cannot hold on to it.  People that build their persona on a mountain of lies will see it crumble before them,  They allow  their deceit to become their truth and their pride their biggest shield—in the end those things provide no protection or security.

People that live a life of integrity, conversely, build their wealth slowly but carefully.  They give of their time, money and heart.  They put others first and allow themselves a seat in the background.  In return, they build an army of friends and a reputation that is slid and God centered. Try though the world may, it is unshakable. Finally they live a life of peace and joy.  They face trials with peace and confidence that God will walk them through it and in the end, he will triumph.  It is a life of peace guarded by our shield, healer and warrior—Abba Father!

God Bless You

A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,     but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,     but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,     but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,     but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

The righteous hate what is false,     but the wicked make themselves a stench     and bring shame on themselves.

Righteousness guards the person of integrity,     but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;     another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

A person’s riches may ransom their life,     but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.

The light of the righteous shines brightly,     but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

10 Where there is strife, there is pride,     but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

11 Dishonest money dwindles away,     but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,     but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,     but whoever respects a command is rewarded.