Intro: There is a word in the English language that we hear used from time to time. Yet, this is a word that we rarely see modeled in our day. That word is the word "Integrity." It means the following: "possession of firm principles: the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards"
When a person is said to have integrity, we mean that they have high moral standards. We mean that they operate in a way that causes them to seek the right way first. This is the behavior that God would have all His children exhibit all the time. One of the greatest things that can be said about your life is that you are a person of integrity.
This is the behavior that is modeled by Abram in this passage. Genesis 14 is a glimpse inside the life of this great man of God. There are three areas of his life that are dealt with in this passage. In each of these, Abram demonstrates the fact that he is a man of integrity. Let's examine these areas this evening so that we too may become people of integrity for the glory of the Lord.
Your stewardship of your money says much about you!
B. The Testimony He Exhibited (vv. 22-24)
Abram's response is classic! He refuses to take a dime from the king of Sodom.
He would rather trust the Lord to take care of him that to feel like he owed any man anything.
He did not want this wicked king to get his kooks into him!
There are some folks who will do anything for a dollar!
May we determine that we will not succumb to the temptation to make a dishonest dollar.
If we will exercise integrity in our handling of our resources, we can rest assured that the Lord will look after the needs we may have in this life.
The Philippians had contributed to the work of the Apostle and could rest in the assurance that God would take care of them should a need arise!
By the way, verse 19 is not a blanket promise!
Closing: The three areas of life that we have examined this evening are all vitally important! Can you say with a clear heart that you are walking in absolute integrity in the areas of you Warfare, your Worship and your wealth? God help us to search our hearts and deal with any problems we may find there.