Faithfulness Fruit for Christmas
“Old Faithful” is a famous geyser in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. It was so named in 1870 because it reliably erupts at somewhat consistent and predictable intervals. A famous Latin motto, Semper fidelis, means “Always faithful.” God is always faithful, and we should learn to take Him at His word.
What is needed in everyone’s life is the Fruit of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, FAITHFULNESS Gentleness, Self-control. Let’s talk about FAITHFULNESS.
How much can you and I be counted on to be faithful?
What is faithfulness?
1. God is ALWAYS Faithful – I Corinthians 1:9
9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
God fulfilled every prophecy and promise of the Old Testament.
God keeps His PROMISES.
Christmas is all about God being FAITHFUL to what He promised from Genesis to Malachi. Genesis 3:14-15 – 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
God keeps His promises even when we don't keep ours – Romans 3:3-4 – 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
II Timothy 2:11-13 –11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Although all people sometimes fail at faithfulness, we can always count on God. That enables us to have complete faith and trust in Him. It’s vital that we respond to the faithfulness of God the Father and Jesus Christ with deep and abiding faith, so that we will then give Them our very best.
God puts BOUNDARIES on how harshly we can be tempted – I Corinthians 10:13 – 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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.
II Thessalonians 3:3 – 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
2. We are CALLED to be faithful – I Corinthians 4:2; Hebrews 10:22-25
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
Hebrews 10:22-25 - 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Our faith is in what JESUS did for us – Galatians 2:16 – 16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
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