Wk-16: God is Faithful

Posted on April 18, 2011

The Psalms are full of worship and praise of God for His faithfulness.  Can you give testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life?  In what ways has God been faithful to you?  As you think about it this week, I encourage you to make a list and look for divine appointments to tell others of His faithfulness. We need to be like the Psalmist who would not keep God’s faithfulness to himself:

I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! (Psalm 40:10-11)

Allow me to prime the pump as you look deep into your life and heart in musing upon God’s faithfulness.  There are four New Testament passages that highlight different aspects to God’s faithfulness that should move you and me to greater heights of appreciation and worship of our awesome God:

I.     God is faithful in bringing us to Himself in salvation:

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge– even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you– so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:4-9

II.   God is faithful in providing help in times of temptation:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:13

III.   God is faithful in protecting us in times of satanic attack:

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.  2 Thessalonians 3:3

IV.       God is faithful in sustaining us in times of suffering:

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  1 Peter 4:16-19

Meditating on God’s faithfulness will help us to have a trusting attitude, peaceful spirit, and joyful heart whatever our circumstances.  To God be the glory!

With Prayer, Mark        © April, 2011  Scripture quoted: ESV – Emphasis added

Selected Verses on God’s Faithfulness:  ESV – Emphasis added

Exodus 34:6-7, The LORD passed before [Moses] and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Deuteronomy 7:9-10, Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face.

Deuteronomy 32:3-4, For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

Psalm 25:9-10, He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 33:3-5, Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

Psalm 36:5, Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

Psalm 69:13, But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

Psalm 71:22-23, I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psalm 92:1-2, It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

Psalm 117:1-2, Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 119:75, I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

Psalm 145:13, Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. (The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.)

Lamentations 3:22-23, The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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