Someone included this request in an online prayer: “Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world.”
How can God answer this prayer to make us faithful to his Word?
- When we study the Word daily in order to know God and obey his commands.
- When we rightly divide the Word and become approved workers in his sight.
- When we teach the plan of salvation, including faith and obedience, according to the New Testament.
- When we put away human creeds, traditions, and theologies, in order to remain within the confines of Scripture.
- When we give up human names and denominations to be God’s united people.
- When we live according to the model he left us for faith, practice, mission, and life in Christ.
- When we separate from the world in order to show the glory of Christ in us.
- When we search for and accept the full truth of the gospel, in order to reject false gospels.
- When we commit ourselves to sincere and intense love of our family of faith, for which we were purified.
What other points might you add, so that God can make us faithful to his Word and bring his life to the world through us?
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Therefore, I will certainly cut you into pieces at the hands of the prophets; I will certainly kill you in fulfillment of my oracles of judgment; for my judgment will come forth like the light of the dawn. For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice; I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings. Hosea 6.5, 6
Faithfulness. A term that the Israelites often forgot. We can read in the context surrounding this verse that they had worshipped idols instead of the Lord God. God brings judgment and sends them into exile where they quickly decide that idolatry is not worth it. Until everything is great again. In verse 4, God asks the question, “What am I going to do with you?” I wonder how many times he has asked this of me. An idol can be anything. It can be money. It can be family. If it replaces God as the most important thing in my life, it has become my idol. I become my own idol if I let my selfishness take control. I need to constantly remind myself that God delights in faithfulness. This involves loving God, keeping his commandments, and knowing who he is. It is more than just going through the motions. Better yet, if I love God by obeying him, I will find joy in my knowledge of who his is and how I can please him.
#risingjoy #Hosea #faithfulness
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
He is not enamored with the strength of a horse, nor is he impressed by the warrior’s strong legs. The Lord takes delight in his faithful followers and in those who wait for his loyal love. Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! Psalm 147.10-12
It amazes me that humans who are the creation of God think that we know what it is that he wants without asking him directly. During the time of the kings, it was an important status symbol to have many horses, chariots, and warriors. Jeremiah 9.23-24 tells us that wisdom, power, and riches are not something to boast about. However, even today we see people running after those very things. Our time is consumed with study and work. Not that study and work are not necessary and important. They should not be all-consuming. Satan has sold us a lie. We think that because we want something then it should fit into God’s plan. He should want it, too. If we neglect the reading and study of his word, we have no way of knowing what he wants for us and of us. He takes delight in his faithful followers! Are you a faithful follower? Am I? Are we doing what the Lord God wants us to do? God’s love is loyal to those who are faithful. Now that brings joy!
#risingjoy #Psalms #faithfulness
“As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.”
1 John 2.24
John follows up his warning about false teachers with this imperative and promise. Christians know the truth and ought to remain in it. In this faithfulness to the original gospel is the promise of eternal life, v. 25.
Many have left the original message for a false teaching. While what we heard from the beginning remains in us, we must call others to return to it. This is the restoration appeal.
#votd #faithfulness #restoration
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled.”
Persecution led some to weakness and abandonment of the Way. Saving grace was lost. The saints were responsible to help one another over the hard times. Failure in one spawned the same in others.
We have but one goal, you and I: eternal life with God. Let us lock arms to reach our heavenly home. Let us help one another. We have no one else in this world but God’s family.
#votd #grace #faithfulness
“Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.”
The greedy Babylonians, sent by God to judge Judah, will eventually fail. In the coming oppression the faithful will survive.
Quoted three times in the New Testament (Rom 1.17; Gal 3.11; Heb 10.38), the passage urges all trust in God’s sovereignty and to be faithful as he works out his plan.
#votd #faithfulness #Habbakuk
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”
Hebrews 3.1 CSB
To counter the temptation to return to Judaism, the writer of the Hebrews letter calls attention to Jesus as being superior in all respects.
What aspect about Jesus will especially help you to remain faithful in your present circumstances and difficulties?
#Jesus #faithfulness #VOTD
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2.13
God and his people work for the salvation of all, v. 10. Their work is based on trustworthy truths, v. 11. Regardless of our decisions, God does not change his will.
When people fail, it hurts others. Our own failures may keep others from faith. But God is dependable, always. We may reach for him. We ought to make him our foundation. How can we make God our solid rock on whom we can depend?
#faithfulness #God #VOTD
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown.”
The Lord Jesus urged the Philadelphian church to remain faithful, not losing their reward soon to be awarded them.
How does Jesus’ coming serve as motivation? What is involved in holding on? To what does Jesus refer that we have?
#faithfulness #Revelation #VOTD
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end.”
Partnership with Christ serves as a powerful motivation to faithfulness.
In what ways may be be considered to be partners with Christ?
#VOTD #faithfulness #exhortation
“But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you.”
2 Thessalonians 3.3-4 NTL
The faithfulness of God helps us to recognize and have confidence in the faithfulness of the saints.
Why write a letter to a church like the one in Thessalonica who is faithful?
The Missus and I travel this afternoon to speak at a regional event upstate, about 3-4 hours from us. I’ll speak tomorrow to men of the region. The Missus will speak to the women of the congregation hosting the event.
The theme of the event is about how to prevent people from falling away. Since our Lord is the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to go after the single stray, this is a good topic. And needed. Not a few leave the truth. Continue reading
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).
No less than 10 times in the New Testament is God referred to as faithful. The word translated faithful means to be trustworthy, sure, true.
Our God is trustworthy. He will do exactly what He says He will do. God has always been faithful. He cannot be any other way.
In order for us to fully live for God we need to believe He will do for us what He said He would do. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, gave us a great example by receiving “strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).
God promises eternal life to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Do you believe it? You should because our God is faithful.
In Christ, Steve Preston
I have been working on a new series of articles based on the book of Ephesians– I have 12 “Thoughts” done so far. These will take the reader through Eph. 2:10
Thought # 1: The Writer and the Recipients
Text: Eph. 1:1
When people wrote letters back in Biblical times they put their name at the beginning of the letter. We do just the opposite. This is called the “salutation.” The Apostle Paul, at the beginning of this epistle, lets his readers know who he is, what his credentials are for writing the letter and to whom he is writing the letter.
All of this is included in Eph. 1:1. Verse 2 is his greeting. Paul was not one of the original 12 Apostles. His Apostleship is by special appointment from the Lord Jesus. He received this assignment to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Thank the Lord that he took this privilege and honor seriously. If he and others whom he reached with the Gospel had not, then we would not be here today enjoying the blessings of salvation.
“…By the will of God.” It was and is God’s will that all mankind be saved and He has provided a way through His Son that all may be saved. But we all know that the majority of mankind, both past, present and future will not accept that way of salvation. Paul was faithful in his ministry (2 Tim. 4:6-8).
Those whom Paul is writing to are named in the latter part of Eph. 1:1. The primary audience of the writers of the Word of God was locally those in the first century, but we can share in these titles that Paul used for the Ephesian Christians on the basis of our faith and obedience to the Gospel.
The recipients of Paul’s letter were the Christians in Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Paul gives at least 2 names, perhaps 3, for Christians in verse 1. He calls them (1) “Saints; (2) faithful, and (3) in Christ Jesus.”
A “saint” in the New Testament, is not a sinless person, but a saved sinner. Faithfulness to the Lord is required if one wants to enjoy all that God has for him or her. Paul stresses that Christians are “in Christ.” As I said earlier in this devotion: Christians are saved by grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works. Let all of us strive to dedicate our lives to the Lord and His Church and help others find their way out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.
My Lady and I were in a mall on Tuesday, April 1st. As we walked along there was a man with a little boy who seemed about three years of age.
The father said to him, “Do you want to go home and stay with Mommy and Daddy?” The little boy said, “Yes!” The father then told his son, “You must stay close to Mommy and Daddy because there might be someone else who would want to take you home with them.” Continue reading