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When we think of faithfulness, we automatically think of God.

bullet"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and makes war."  Revelations 19: 11
bullet"He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."  Deuteronomy 32: 4

God's faithfulness is proclaimed throughout the entire book of Psalms.  Just one example is Psalms chapter 117 - "Praise the LORD, all you nations, extol him, all you peoples.  For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD."

Let's look at the following ways that God's word refers to His faithfulness in different areas of our life.  Maybe we can then get a better understanding of what faithfulness is all about.

  1. In our salvation - "He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."  I Corinthians 1:  8-9
  2. In the deliverance from temptation - "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."  I Corinthians 10: 13
  3. In our sanctification - "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."  I Thessalonians 5: 23-24
  4. In forgiving us and cleansing us from sin - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."  I John 1: 9
  5. In our suffering - "So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."  I Peter 4: 19
  6. In eternal life - "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."  Hebrews 10: 23

But what about us?  Are we expected to be faithful?  How?  In what? To whom?  What does it mean for us to be faithful?  Let's look at the definition of "faithful":

Faithful - firm in the adherence to promises or in the service of duty, dependable, trustworthy, believed, loyal, honest,  full of faith, believing. 

Now let's look at some more Bible verses that deal with our being faithful:

bullet"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such 
things there is no law." 
Galatians 5: 22
bullet"Love the LORD, all his saints!  The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full."  Psalms 31: 23
bullet"Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?"  Proverbs 20: 6
bullet"A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished."  Proverbs 28: 20
bullet"Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful."         I Corinthians 4: 2
bullet"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:  These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.  I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich!  I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.  I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days.  Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death."  Revelation 2: 8 thru 11

We are definitely called to be faithful!

How? 

bulletBeing obedient to God and His Word - "Jesus replied:  'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" (Mathew 22:37)     Desire God.  Desire the things of God.  "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."  (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20)     
bulletA Relationship - First and foremost develop a relationship  with God and foster it through prayer, meditation, Bible study and servant hood.   "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."  (Romans 12: 1 thru 2)    Now let's look at what Jesus said: "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."   (John 17: 15)
   

This is faithfulness!  

bulletRenew you mind with God's Word
bulletRenew your spirit with devotions - His mercies are new every morning.   Run to Him and receive His mercy, His love, and His grace.
bulletRenew your love for God by talking to Him and by holding on to the "first love" you experienced when your first met Him.  Think about the words that Jesus spoke to the Church of Ephesus in Revelation Chapter 2, verses 3 thru 5:  "You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you:  You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place." 


Marks of Faithfulness

  1. Follows through on whatever he/she has to do
  2. Delivers the goods - whether a message or a meal
  3. Shows up - even early so others won't worry
  4. Keeps his word - Let your yes be yes and your no be no
  5. Honors commitments and appointments - don't cancel for convenience sake
  6. Successfully transacts business - carries out instructions
  7. Discharges official duties in Church and doesn't neglect worship
  8. Devoted to duty - emulates Christ by seeking to do what is the Father's will

 How can we have these "Marks of Faithfulness"?

bulletCall upon God in prayer and ask Him to help.  "When I called, you answered me, you made me bold and stouthearted."   Psalms 138: 3
bulletBe honest.  "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."   Luke 16: 10
bulletRely on God's strength.  "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."  Philippians 4: 13
bulletFight self-indulgence.  "No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."                   I Corinthians 9: 27
bulletEliminate laziness and idleness.  "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."     Proverbs 31: 27
bulletBegin at home.  "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."     Proverbs 31: 27
bulletBe faithful in all things.    "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master's happiness!'"     Mathew 25:  23

 

Conclusion - Allow God's Spirit to move into all areas of your life so that faithfulness becomes a way of life for you.  People around you will then be able to see the love of God through your faithful living.

 

Bible verses referenced in this presentation
are from the following translation:
New International Version