Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - FAITHFULNESS

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 & 23

This is the seventh of a nine part series I call "Spiritual Fruit of the Month Club". Have you ever seen or received a gift where you are entered into a club and once a month you are sent a box of fruit - a different kind of fruit each month? Well, that is what we will be doing here - on the first Sunday of each month for nine months I will be sending you a digital box of Spiritual Fruit. We will study and try to use that fruit in our daily lives for that month.

I looked up "faithful" in the Thesaurus:  "loyal, devoted, trustworthy, committed, dependable, reliable and constant.  I love that last one: "constant" - always and forever, in every situation, never ending!  Let's look at how important it is for us to be faithful:

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:3

"Writing them (love & faithfulness) on the tablet of your heart and binding them around your neck" is serious.  This means that we are to be devoted first to God, our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  We also need to be committed to our spouse, children, family, friends, neighbors and aquaintances.

When we are faithful (please take some time this week to read the following Bible passages):
1.  God preserves - Psalm 31:23
2.  God guards - Psalm 97:10
3.  God promises - Psalm 145:13
4.  God protects - Proverbs 2:8
5.  God blesses - Proverbs 28:20
6.  God strengthens - 2 Thessalonians 3:3
7.  God frees - see the verse below

"..........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."  1 Corinthians 10:13

This verse in 1 Corinthians states that God is faithful and implies that our Christian walk will not be easy but if we follow God's example and remain faithful to Him.......then God will "provide a way out" and free us from the bondage of sin through Jesus Christ. 

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in it's various forms."  1 Peter 4:10

What will you do with your case of FAITHFULNESS this month?

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