Faithfulness

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Faithfulness

“But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction.  We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.” Hebrews 10:39

Who are the faithful ones?  If you are a believer, you are.  However remaining faithful is something I’ve found to be difficult to do in times of trial, temptation, persecution, or hardship.  Some would say this scripture is simply referring to those who remain faithful in the sense that they do not deny God as their master and continue to believe that He is who He claims to be.  I do not believe this is the case.  Remaining faithful is a decision we make  many times throughout our day, rather than once in a life-time.  In verse 35 and 36 the writer tells us to not “throw away this confident trust in Lord…Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.”  God’s will is something we live out daily, it is not a destination, but a life lived to glorify Him and expand His kingdom.  Any decision made apart from will of God is an unfaithful decision.

Our faithfulness to God is directly associated with our faith in Him.  The fact is that if being faithful was something we could do without hesitation than faith would be irrelevant.  It is only in times of fear, trial, temptation and hardship that our faith in God and our faithfulness to God can be proved genuine.  It is in these moments, circumstances, and situations that we are given a choice.  We can either stand on the truth of God’s word and believe that He will be faithful or we can turn from God and choose to believe in our own ability to resolve the situation at hand.  So how can we practically grow in our faithfulness toward God? I believe the first step is recognizing that God is faithful toward us.

God and His goodness should not be taken lightly, it is something that we should always have at the forefront of our thoughts.  David said that, “Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness”.  This is true in that we can all attest to the goodness of God.  Even in the midst of hardship or trial, we can look back at the countless times in our life when God has been faithful in His goodness toward us, because He is a faithful God.  He will never leave us, He will not forsake us, He alone establishes our feet and guards us from the evil one, He is our helper, our strength, and our refuge…Right?  These are all truths from God’s word, ones that we love to quote, and love to tell others.  So why do we at times hesitate when it comes to things like, giving a little bit more of our time, money, or possessions up for the kingdom of God? Or why do we neglect the hurting who need the love and power of Christ to transform their lives?  Is it because we fear the unknown? Is it because we doubt the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Again, He will never leave us, He will not forsake us, He alone establishes our feet and guards us from the evil one, He is our helper, our strength, and our refuge…

As i stated earlier, our faithfulness to God is directly associated with our faith in Him.  It is unfortunate, but because we are so carnal, we often forget how God has demonstrated His goodness and His faithfulness to us, time and time again.  That is why He has given us His word.  Man should not live by bread alone, but by the word of God.  Man should not live by what He sees, but by faith. (paraphrased)  These two scriptures paint a perfect picture of what it means to live by faith. We do not live according that which is proven, but according to that which has the ability to prove itself.  We as Christians are not those who should be making decisions based purely on what we can touch, taste, see, or prove.  But instead we have to make our decisions and choose our behaviors based on what the Word of God tells us.  More often than not, the Bible teaches us to behave and make decisions that are completely contrary to our culture and our logic.  And this is where faith comes in.  Are we going to remain faithful to God and give that large sum of money, believing and having faith that God’s Word is true and He will be your provider?  Are we going to remain faithful to God and quit our job in order to serve Him where He has called us to, having faith that His Word is true?  Are we going to remain faithful and devote every morning to spending time with Him, believing that He will meet you there and teach you how to live?  After all,

“we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction.  We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.” Hebrews 10:39

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