ILL: Definitions: RETAIN: to hold on to, maintain-continue, keep INTEGRITY: innocence, perfect record (never smoked dope), adherence to a code of values, standards and convictions.
“Are you still doing right and living by a code of ethics, trusting God, serving, loving, telling about God; do you still believe God is good regardless of your circumstances; do you still refuse to compromise, quit, give up, make decisions based on outcome, but on right and wrong..”
TS: WOULD YOU MAINTAIN YOUR CHRISTIANITY, BELIEFS, STANDARDS…
I. EVEN IF YOU SUFFERED LOSS
A. Job lost servants, animal$, children, wife’s encouragement, health, but did not change:
1. Opinion of God – Job 1:21; God is good regardless of CC (circumstances).
2. Perfect record – 1:22; did not rebel and go into sin! Did not compromise, quit, give up…
3. Testimony – outward Christian living – read, pray, church…
II. EVEN IF YOU WERE SEVERELY TEMPTED
A. Joseph was tempted by a married woman – Maintained Standards.
B. Jesus was tempted by Satan himself – would not compromise!
C. Some gave into temptation: 1. Adam and Eve; 2. David; 3. Judas…
III. EVEN IF YOU WERE THREATENED
A. Daniel – lions – would not stop being a Christian!
B. David – Saul tried to kill – would not strike back!
C. Jesus – crucifixion – would not refuse His Father’s will!
IV. EVEN IF EVERYONE ELSE IS COMPROMISING
A. S.M.A. – all bowed but them, fiery furnace – wouldn’t compromise.
B. Disciples – many followed no more, you to? Where we go?
V. EVEN IF UNJUSTLY TREATED
A. Paul and Silas – would not give in to griping and complaining!
B. Stephen – stoned – would not trim his message!
C. Jesus – “Father forgive them…” – kept on loving regardless of CC.
VI. EVEN IF BETRAYED
A. Jesus – one of 12 best friends – kept going – to Calvary!
B. David and Job – wives turned against them – kept going.
VII. EVEN IF HURT AND HEARTBROKEN
A. Hosea – wife left and sold body on same streets he preached on.
B. Jesus – died of broken heart, all forsook – didn’t come down.
VIII. EVEN IF COST IS DEATH
A. God’s hall of fame – Heb. 11 – went into eternity singing!
B. Jesus – separation from Father – “truly this was the Son…”
A. Life’s difficulties:
1. Expose your depth of Christianity;
2. Reveal the height of your standards – many lower in CC;
3. Show your need of the Saviour:
a. For Salvation.
b. For daily Christian walk.