Life is about being balanced. For the majority of our lives we have been trained and educated on the importance of a balanced diet, exercise and the benefits of vitamins. We also have come to understand the signs and symptoms of being unbalanced or deficient in our diet, exercise and minerals when it comes to our bodies. Those deficiencies can lead to sickness, disease and possible death if not corrected and balanced; likewise, with the spiritual part of our being the same results can happen but on a greater scale.
We are a three-part being. We have a body (our flesh), we are a spirit (the real us) and we have a soul (our mind). We have been so focused of the health of the outward man (the flesh) that the inwards man (the real us) has become unbalanced. There are very distinct signs and symptoms of spiritual deficiencies that just like with the physical body the deficiencies can range from mild to severe. We must become aware of these signs and symptoms so that we can recognize, correct and balance the deficiency.
Loss of integrity
Integrity is doing what’s right just because it’s right. Integrity is one of the things that many people who suffers from spiritual deficiency loose. This symptom of lost integrity presents itself in different ways. The most common way is lying or being a false witness. People lie for many reasons. They lie to get out of trouble, self-preservation, to avoid hurting someone’s feeling and fear. Some people believe that lying in some situation is better than telling the truth. They believe that the truth hurts. Regardless of the reasons people choose to lie, lying is still a sign of lost integrity that resulted from spiritual deficiency. Cheating, stealing, laziness and having no standard of excellence are all signs also of lost integrity.
Why is identifying the signs of lost integrity important?
The bottom line is how can you fix something that you don’t know is broken? The answer is you don’t. As Christian people we have lied, stolen, cheated and have not functioned in excellence. This should not be so. We are ambassador for Christ. We are His representatives on the earth. When people see us they are supposed to see Christ. Christ always operates with integrity. As Christian when we identify symptoms of integrity loss in our lives it’s our spiritual man (the real us) trying to tell us that our focus is not on Jesus. It’s an internal alert to change our focus. Jesus is our focus and source for life.
Treatment for loss of integrity
Loss of integrity is a symptom of spiritual deficiency. In life if you were to cut yourself you would focus on the cut not the blood. As a result of focusing on the cut you also stopped the bleeding. The same works for loss of integrity. To cure loss of integrity you must focus on the reasons you have become spiritually deficient. When you address and correct the spiritual deficiency you as a result regain your integrity back. Spiritual Deficiency is not having enough of the spirit of Jesus operating in and through your life. What would Jesus do, becomes the first question you ask yourself with every decision.