"Sooner or later, for all of us, the inevitable pressures of life will reveal the truth of what's inside. Sure, external strength alone can be enough for handle some of the simpler, less demanding situations, but when the stress builds to a certain weight and downward force, when it's more than our surface assets alone can carry, the person lacking dept of integrity will snap, fall to pieces, implode."
The author of our book references Daniel so lets take a look at him...
"When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upper room opened toward Jersalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before." Daniel 6:10
I love the story of Daniel. He had been blessed so much, moved to to positions of influence and service. He had been gifted with interpreting dreams. Through all of this he could have compromised but he didn't, then when some jealous officials tried to trap him and got King Darius to pass a a decree that all prayers had to be directed to him Daniel again could have compromised, he could have prayed in the open to the king but then behind closed doors prayed to God but he didn't. He chose to remain faithful to God and honor God in his integrity.
"He remained the same person behind closed doors as he claimed to be in the open."
Because of this he "was found to be innocent before the Lord" He stayed strong and it saved him. He was saved from those lions because he chose to honor God. His integrity was strong.
Right now, you say amen! I choose to honor God no matter what, amen! I choose to remain faithful through all adversity...but what about when someone tests you, when someone questions your faith or your choices. Will you remain strong? It will take courage...courage to stay strong, to choose to honor God, to remain faithful to God. Controversy will arise, conflict will arise and that's when your integrity will really matter.
**Excerpts from The Resolution for Women book