Becoming a Woman of Integrity

27835737_lHey, check this out! “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all of their hearts.” This is from Psalm 119:1-2 (NLT). Now chew on those words for a moment. Did you know that when you search for Him with all of your heart and press to obey and follow what He desires, that you are becoming more and more of a woman of integrity AND this brings joy unspeakable in your life?

This is so amazing, and I know it to be true! Integrity goes a long way for me, because I want to be a woman that not only God can trust, but also a woman whom my husband, friends, family, and beyond can trust as well. The term itself means to be honest, trustworthy, and pure. So when you have integrity, people can rely on you, and know that they can trust that you’ll either get the job done or that you are a woman of your word and THE WORD.

It’s also about character, which is normally revealed on the outside. But it’s an inward quality as well. At least that’s where it starts. It’s like coming to that place where you know in your heart that you need to do the right thing, especially when it comes down to others who your decision could affect. At that point, you have to make a choice. And no one else knows, except you and God, but it’s up to you to make that right decision. And if you choose the correct thing, then that my sister…is integrity and you’ll have inexpressible joy.

On the other hand, if you choose to do what you want to do over the Holy Spirit’s divine direction, then you risk staining your integrity and experiencing a lack of joy. Get it? It’s all about following God. Philippians 2:13 tells us, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” (NLT) So you can make the right choices with Him. The only thing is that you just have to follow and obey.

*Here’s a quick test of integrity from my life this week…

I had a test the other day when I had on some cute jean shorts, but I knew in the butt area that these shorts were a little snug on me. Now, my shirt was long enough, but it really didn’t do much justice. It was still questionable. So lo and behold, as I struggled mentally with getting out of my car as is, the Holy Spirit quickened me to put on the light sweater that I had in the trunk of my car that provided more coverage. Now, in my mind I’m thinking, “It’s hot! It’s mid-summer.” So as I got out of my car, I started walking towards the store, but then the Holy Spirit gently reminded me again about that sweater. So at that point, I had to make a choice. Do I walk back to the car to get it or go about my day? What do you think I did?

I hope you guessed it right! I went back to the car. YAY! Praise God! But do you know why? Well, one is because I love the Lord and I didn’t want to quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” NLT), but secondly, I didn’t want to cause anyone to stumble (lust). So because I’ve got curves, I needed to put my flesh under subjection and just do the right thing. Plus, the Bible instructs us as women to be modestly dressed (See 1 Timothy 2:9).

That was a test of my integrity. But after I made the right choice (Praise God!), I was able to go on about my day with peace and amazing joy! I didn’t have to worry about if someone would be looking at my butt all day, while feeling self-conscious! So that Scripture really came to life! I love it when God does that.

*Now I’m not saying that you have to wear sweaters and cover-ups all the time, but I do need to tell you that if you are wearing something that might be questionable (whether it’s a top that’s too revealing with your cleavage exposed or tight jeans or whatever), consider the fact that you are a Christian woman and that God is calling you to dress modestly, especially if you are a minister of the gospel.

I have to mention that God wants us to live blameless, holy lives as Christians here on earth. First Thessalonians 5:23-24 tells us so, “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God, who calls you, is faithful; he will do this.” (NLT) Thank God we’re not alone in this process. The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit to help us to accomplish this.

Listen. In a nutshell, integrity is all about being honest about who you are, where you are on the inside, and what your next move will be (your choices). Will they be trustworthy? Will they be pure in heart, thoughts, and actions? And will you choose to obey and follow the instructions of the Lord as the opening Scripture stated to experience the delicious fruit of joy? Or will you follow your own way which leads to destruction not only for you, but for those around you. Because believe or not sis, people are watching our walk.

So with all of this being said, choose to be honest. Be pure. Be trustworthy. And become a woman of integrity. With God, it can be done!

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

~Courtnaye

*Thanks for reading! I hope and pray that you’ve been enlightened from this post. Feel absolutely free to leave a comment or for questions you can email me directly at insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com, and I will respond promptly. Also, tune in every Monday at 7:30am for new posts! Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutWCourtnaye) and share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, or your women’s group or ministry. I’d love to stay connected and help more women grow in the Lord! Thanks again and may God be with you!

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About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.

21 Comments

  1. niki August 4, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    This really inspires me to get back in the Word of God

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com September 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Amen! So glad that it has inspired you sis. Keep pressing! And keep growing in His Word. You’ll be amazed at what God will do in your life and others who know you!

  2. Jeanna August 4, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Hey Courtnaye, I absolutely loved this blog. It was so easy to read and very practical to apply to each of our lives. Thanks so much for sharing your story about your shorts; every woman has been there before whether it’s jeans, skirts, dresses or tops. I love your transparency. Keep blogging because I’ll keep supporting and reading.

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com September 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Awesome! Praise God! Thanks Jeanna! I’m so glad you love the blog! God has really been doing some amazing things through it. Lives are being transformed and that’s what this is all about…for His glory! Thanks so much for reading my posts and for writing in. God bless you my sister,and please share it with other women that you know! Thanks in advance! 😉

      Your sister in Christ,
      Courtnaye

  3. Tonya October 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for that great word and clarification on integrity! I am preparing for a job interview and just Googled integrity (to ensure I can provide examples if asked) and stumbled across your posts!! It was so fitting as I have been seeking the Lord for true direction and asking him for guidance! God is so good! I could have simply clicked on Dictionary.com, but I believe as always that God wanted me to see your post and show me that once again He is in control!
    Thanks so much!!

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com October 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Awesome! So glad the Lord led you here. I emailed you directly, sis. ~Courtnaye

  4. stellah jonathan. October 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Am praying that God may help me to achieve what he wants.

  5. REBECCA February 11, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Glory be to God almighty thanks so much for your encouragement Amen

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com February 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Yes! Praise Him! SO glad that it helped sis!
      ~Courtnaye

  6. Elmise Tate March 12, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Awesome!!! Hallelujah! This is just what I needed this morning. Holyspirit. You are AWESOME…I’m so grateful for this message this morning.God always deal with me about knowing who I am in the word. I’m. Honest, very respectable. Love God with all of my heart.trustworthy,cares about how I conduct myself as a WOG. Very modestly. And unique. Love building ppl up. Or encouraging them in the Lord. Thus has been my breakfast this morning. Truely blessed. My soul.says Yesssssss! Thank you Jesus. What a mighty God, we serve.

  7. Joy April 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you very encouraging.

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com April 11, 2016 at 1:25 am - Reply

      Glad it helped you sis! To God be the glory!

      ~Courtnaye

  8. Cornelia Pokua Boadi May 18, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Courtnaye You are amazing. I’m happy i chanced upon your website. Your messages are so inspiring and there’s no doubt i’m going to be all of that which God wants me to be and even more. God bless you so much and enlarge your territory. Amen

  9. Jordan May 18, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Two years later, still a great and relevant message!! Thank you.

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com May 18, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Yay! Praise Him! Glad it ministered to you Jordan!

  10. Nina June 7, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Good morning, thank you for inspiring women all over. I recently have gotten married and I want to live a godly life. I want to fulfill my marriage by the word of God and be an example as well. Thank you for the encouragement. I will continue to read your blogs and pray that God keep using you to encourage other women like me.

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com July 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Hey Nina,

      Thanks for reading my blog and thanks for the encouragement. I’m so grateful to God that it is ministering to you. As a new wife, sis, you are on the right track! Keep that positive, godly attitude, and you will have a successful marriage that will not only glorify God, but help so many other wives as well. Let God use you. Thanks again and for writing in! God bless you my sister!

      ~Courtnaye

  11. Eunice August 7, 2016 at 5:14 am - Reply

    This is really inspiring cos we need to look at what God wants so that we can be pure to Him. The word of God is a compass that directs us to make Him proud as we are not supposed to do as the world does. Thank you so much for this, God bless.

  12. Chibuzo April 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your post It’s really a good one ,may His grace be sufficient to us.

  13. mazunze k June 3, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Comment…waaw sis I was blessed and may the good Lord help me to be a woman of integrity

  14. Anonymous July 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    thanks its really inspiring, may the good Lord help me to be a woman of integrity..

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