21 Nov 2008 Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness
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Deuteronomy 32:3-4, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!”

God is faithful. Throughout the whole entire Bible there are countless stories of God making promises with his people and holding to his word. Even as the Israelites were wondering in the desert one day trusting in God and the next complaining, he still gave them the land he promised to them.

And still today God holds to his promises. The time I see this in my life the most is with Tim and I. The very first day we met and hung out I felt that God was telling me this is the guy God was preparing for me. And during the toughest times of our 8 month break up, when I really didn’t like Tim, I could still hear God telling me, “You are going to marry him.” I really didn’t want to listen to that, but God was faithful and worked through the two of us, despite of us, through our circumstances.

God is our perfect example of faithfulness, even when we fall short to uphold our part of faithfulness, God continues to be faithful. So what does faithfulness look like and how do we get there? When someone is faithful they can be relied on. They can be trusted and will not go back on their word. When I think of being faithful, my biggest thing I keep in mind is that being faithful is keeping your commitments even if something “better” comes along. You don’t tell someone you will be somewhere, then if you get invited to do something else, change your plans because that would sound more enjoyable. People are counting on you to be there, so don’t let them down. We all probably know what it feels like when someone has done that to us, has broken their word and not stayed faithful. It doesn’t feel good, so how do others feel when we are not faithful?

Elizabeth George picked out a few verses of how we can walk in faithfulness, and I will leave you with these:

Psalm 138:3, “When I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me the strength I need.” We cannot grow in faithfulness without praying and asking God to help us learn to be faithful.

Luke 16:10, “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Start small if this is new, then watch God trust you with more and more as your faithfulness grows. Keep your word, may your yes be yes, and your no be no. (James 5:12)

Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Keep at it, when you’re doing good, more than likely the devil will try to make you fall. Take these trials and be proud that you are doing what is right, and continue on in your faithfulness.

1 Corinthians 9:27, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” Becoming faithful will not happen overnight, we must continue working towards the goal of a faithful servant.

Proverbs 31:27, “She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.” Do not fall into the temptation of being lazy, hold to your commitments, with others, and in the house. Your own home is a great place to start!

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