I have been meditating on some great verses on faithfulness recently. Did you know that this word or a form of it is used 105 times in the Bible? It is commanded activity in the Bible and is not optional equipment, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. I have found that down through the years of ministry and counseling a lack of faithfulness by a person always leads to destruction. Proverbs 13:13-15, Whoso despiseth (does not give proper attention to) the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (14) The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (15) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. (The person living for their lusts and are unfaithful).
The transgressor never desires to listen to their need to deal with their lusts and change their behavior. This leads to a hard, unfaithful, and rebellious life that causes destruction for them and those around them!
People find all different kinds of excuses to be unfaithful. Too tired (being lazy in the flesh), somebody has a sniffle, someone came to visit, vacation(s), too busy, work, sports, activities, and on and on. It shows where their heart is and it is not on being the faithful person God wants them to be. Living for our lusts leads us to being unfaithful. Folks, always behind unfaithfulness is a person living for their lusts.
I am always concerned when people go on vacation, but never go to church. Find a good church to go to and be faithful to attending the services while you are away on vacation.
Romans 6:11-19, Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (16) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, (destruction) or of obedience unto righteousness? (17) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (18) Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (19) I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
So, there you have it you are who you yield yourself to. I think it is important to understand that much of the failure of the church, family, children, and many Christians is yielding themselves to their lusts and the end result is they are unfaithful.
A faithful person has a real relationship with God daily in the Word. How are your devotions going? Are you faithful, engaged, allowing God to speak to you, and seeking God? Or has that went by the wayside or never been started because of other activities? If you do not understand what that means or how to do it I would encourage you to read, How To Have A Real Relationship With God, www.hopebiblicalcounselingcenter.com
A faithful person is a Spirit controlled person. How are you handling yourself in your reactions, guarding your heart, your thought life? Is your thought life critical, negative, and self-serving?
2 Corinthians 10:5, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
If you do not understand this, I would encourage you to read, The Thought Life Of the Christian, www.hopebiblicalcounselingcenter.com and, How Do You Measure Your Christian Life?, www.hopebiblicalcounselingcenter.com
A faithful person leads their family to faithfully hear God’s Word at God’s house. They do not look for excuses and stay home for frivolous excuses. How are you doing in your faithfulness to God’s house? Are you eager to hear God’s Word or are you looking for a way or an excuse to not be faithful? Shows a spiritual (lust) problem with the heart. Also leads to the destruction of your family. Eighty percent of all children who grow up in a Christian home do not go on to serve God. They learn how to live for their lusts in their home and many go off and lead rebellious, wicked, and vile lives. They give a token accent to God but they do not have a real, intimate, personal, and passionate relationship with God.
Hebrews 10:25-27, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (26) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
A faithful person gives to the Lord first. They have established in their life that their giving to God comes first. How are you doing in your giving to God? 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (8) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
A faithful person is concerned about the lost. Are you faithfully witnessing to others? Do you faithfully take part in the churches visitation program or is there always an excuse for not witnessing or taking part? I encourage parents to bring their children to the churches visitation program. They must learn to have compassion on others rather than themselves, a faithful parent makes sure to spend the time with their children witnessing to others.
In meditating on the verses it is plain faithfulness is a good shower of where the heart is and the lusts and the problems that are there. Where is your heart at today? The Bible tells us an unfaithful person is an angry negative attacking person especially when their unfaithfulness is pointed out. When God exposes their unfaithfulness by allowing destruction they are angry at God and others and still continue to excuse their unfaithfulness. An unfaithful person does not know the will of God and cannot make good spiritual decisions because they are not in fellowship with God. Their decisions are always emotion led which always leads to trial and sufferings. They grieve the Spirit of God and make excuses for their poor decisions. Luke 16:10-13, He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (11) If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (12) And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? (13) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
I recently received the following from a person who had lived an unfaithful life as a Christian that got their life and marriage in a serious issue. We were able to help them dramatically change their life through our Biblical Counseling program.
I just wanted to let you know that I thought that was a really good exhortation that you sent out today on faithfulness. I will tell you that the real change began in our lives when we just “came to ourselves” and drew a line in the sand and said “We will be faithful, no matter what.” We were still spiritually and emotionally immature in many ways, but we trusted the godly leadership God had sent to us, so we just dug in our heels and said “We’re all in, and nothing’s going to move us.”
Only then did our lives TRULY begin to change, and God really began to reveal things to us in His Word and through the preaching that really helped us to grow and make more changes. The Bible emphasizes over and over that God doesn’t care what we’re doing FOR Him if we’re not being obedient TO Him. I just read this week in Psalm 40:6 and 8, “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire…” So what did God desire? That I would “delight to do thy will, O my God…” There it is! He desires, first and foremost, that I OBEY His commands! Then the fellowship is sweet and we are open to know His will! Very good thoughts and words of exhortation on faithfulness Pastor.
Obviously, they got it and God changed their life!
So, many times God’s people live miserable lives because they live for their lusts and are unfaithful. There is no reason to live an unfaithful miserable life.
John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Ask God the question am I faithful? Do I have a heart that wants to be faithful? If not where is the lust or sin that is causing my unfaithfulness? Ask God to show it to you. When found I need to ask God to forgive me for my unfaithfulness and turn (repent) from the lust or sin that is causing it. If it is a demand lust that controls behavior then I need to find out exactly what God’s Word says about that lust, and change my thinking to God’s thinking on the matter.
Ephesians 4:22-24, That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
So, many times God’s people live miserable lives because they live for their lusts and are unfaithful. The casualty of the unfaithful Christian is huge and many times people do not even understand they are unfaithful. Nor are they willing to listen to change their unfaithfulness. They will fight you for their lusts!
James 4:1-10, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? (2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. (3) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (4) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (5) Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (9) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Be the faithful person God wants you to be today! Being a faithful person leads to the blessing of God and the peace that comes from having a real intimate, personal, and passionate relationship with God. Then we can say with the Apostle Paul, Philippians 3:1, Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.