Your character will be tested as you pursue the vision that God has put in your heart. Character is the summation of who you really are. Character is an expression of the fruit of the Spirit in you. Gifts, whether spiritual or natural will get you so far but character keeps you there. Without character you are like a fire that burns hard but fizzles out. Character keeps you simmering long after others have bowed out. Character keeps you constant.
Sound character is important to God because He needs to make sure that you are stable enough to receive a high level anointing in whatever He has called you to do. Character encompasses integrity, honesty, purity, love, forgiveness and other virtues. All these will be tested on your walk to destiny.
Joseph’s character was tried when he was enticed by Potiphar’s wife. He passed the test. David failed the same test with Bathsheba and opened a door in his lineage for chaos. Samson lost the anointing because of moral failure. Elisha’s servant lost his place in line for the anointing because of dishonesty. (2 Kings 5). There are many others. Walk by the Spirit. Stay in prayer. Stay in the word. It will help make good character choices.
SCRIPTURE READING: Galatians 5.16-25
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Father I submit my will, my emotions and everything about me in your hands. Help me to live for you. Help me to please you.