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Integrity in Leadership, Part 3, Walking with God

ANOTHER MARK OF INTEGRITY: Walking with God, By Fred Campbell

A noted writer on leadership, John Maxwell, has written: “Your gifts and skills might get you to the top, but only your character will keep you there.” That’s why Daniel’s bio is intriguing. His character was flawless when he was at the top of the ladder and at the bottom of the lion’s den. He went in with integrity and came out with it.

We’ve discovered Daniel had a fabulous work ethic, both in his attitude and performance. He did his work well because he saw it well. The two go together. Also, Daniel had a blameless character. His peers did their best to dig up some dirt to discredit Daniel in the eyes of the king. Didn’t work. The guy was squeaky clean—morally upright, honest, above reproach, trustworthy. THAT’S INTEGRITY. CHARACTER RULES!

The peer group didn’t back off. Daniel 6: 5 reads that the only way the “dirt mob” might find any basis for charges against Daniel was in something to do with “the law of his God.” So, they appealed to the king’s ego and manipulated him to sign an irrevocable law, ordering the people to pray homage only to the king for 30 days. If they didn’t, they would be the evening meal for starving lions.

Daniel wasn’t deterred by the new law. It was his daily practice to pray three times in front of a window facing Jerusalem. Even a death threat couldn’t stop him. For Daniel, it was a no-brainer. Maybe he reasoned, “I’ll pray, why shouldn’t I? Always have, always will. If I die, I die. Gotta go out some way.” 

Here’s a third mark of Daniel’s integrity—DANIEL HAD AN UNBENDING WALK WITH GOD.

Honestly now, how’s your walk with the Lord? Do you have one? Are you consistent? What keeps you from a consistent walk with your Lord? What will you do to become more consistent?

Do you worship regularly or hit and miss? Beyond Sunday worship, do you allow time for the Lord to speak to you through His dynamic Word? Do you pray? Is it because you have to or because you cannot live without it?

The Lord’s heart beats for leaders to walk with Him. “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you.” (Isaiah 30:18). 


Fred Campbell lives in Ovilla, Texas, just south of Dallas. He pastored two independent Bible churches for 40 years. Currently, he is the president of Living Grace Ministries, a ministry committed to helping churches develop servant leaders, following the model of the Lord Jesus. Fred has traveled to 29 countries and 15 states to lead the workshop. He received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and his D Min from Phoenix Seminary. Fred is married to Carolyn and has a married son and two grandchildren. His web site iswww.livinggraceministries,com and his email is fred@livingraceministries.com.

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A Prison of Injustice, Don’t Give up on your Dreams!

a prison of injustice,
don’t give up on your dreams!

A Prison of Injustice, Don’t Give up on your Dreams! 

A message can be found in many a place.

I was wearing a certain bracelet, and when I opened it and turned it upside down it looked like open handcuffs. When I held it right side up it looked like an opened heart. (See picture)

I immediately began to think of the many prisons that are found in our world today. The church too, suffers attack from the chains that bind, whether that be social injustice, domestic injustice, racial injustice, criminal, family, the workplace, and so on.

The story of Joseph, beginning in Genesis 37, tells of the dreams that placed him although innocent as he was, in a prison of injustice. These plans were orchestrated by his brothers (family injustice), and shaped by a prison of their own jealousy. John 10:10 says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, and kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

Even though Joseph was shackled, with the chains of injustice, in an undeserved place, the Lord was with Joseph. He succeeded in everything he did while he served in the Egyptian home of his master. Genesis 39:2. As if this weren’t enough, Joseph was also unjustly lied on and accused of Infidelity by Potiphar’s wife, which landed him in deeper trouble. Even in this place, Joseph found favor with the prison warden, and once again Joseph was successful in everything that he did. Genesis 39:23.

It’s remarkable how in the hands of a timeless God, undeserved injustices can turn into undeserved privilege, a picture of God’s Grace, which we all are in need of. Romans 5:8. This freedom is found, when we realize this and surrender to a loving Father, allowing Him to make sense of it all. I Timothy 4:6 says, “He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone at just the right time.”

God knows how to bring every injustice full circle. As I reflected on the bracelet I shared about at the beginning of this story, it started closed on my wrist, but inside it held a different meaning. I shared that when handcuffs are open, and are turned upward it resembles an open heart. This is the reflection of the love of God. His heart is always opened to us.

He loves us too much to leave our stories unfinished. What’s your story? Jesus paints a whole picture.

At the close of Joseph’s story, the same place where he’d been delivered over to death, was the same place where he received new life, the Resurrection. This is a perfect picture of the new birth. Out of his life of hopelessness, pain, rejection, and sorrow, came love, joy, restoration, forgiveness, healing, and a new beginning.

Joseph was now free to fulfill the dream that was inside of him all alone.His prison of injustice through God’s mercy resulted in redemptive victory.

Can we find anyone like this man so obviously filled with the Spirit of God?

Genesis 41:38. Dare to Dream!

HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.

Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.

Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed