To begin with, this is a very huge and very sensitive topic on its own when it comes to perfecting your life as a Christian. I will suggest you don’t just try to read it through and FINISH it in one day. Read it slowly; make your own notes for later reference. God expects man to have his attributes, and faithfulness is one of those that are very important. Not that it is more important than God’s other attributes but not only does God ONLY send faithful men 2 Timothy 2:1 ‘’And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.’’, but also faithfulness is a decision made by us. And remember the Word means (the Bible) means nothing until you accept it, which means being faithful and trusting God’s Word. God’s faithfulness is the same unto all generation. What most people have not understand is that, the fact that they don’t believe in God (His Word), does not stop him from being faithful to his Word to those that believe. 2 Timothy ‘’If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.’’
Faithfulness is commitment with purpose (God’s purpose, that all might come to his true knowledge of LOVE) of positive distinction.
Loyalty, Observance of duty, Commitment, Attachment, Dedication, Devotion, Stet fastness, Fidelity, Allegiance, Dependable.
Faithfulness of God
Deuteronomy 7:9 ‘’Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.’’
Psalms 36:5 ‘’Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.’’
Psalms 119:90 ‘’Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.’’
1 Corinthians ‘’There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.’’ Amen
1 Thessalonians ‘’Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.’’
2 Thessalonians 3:3 ‘’ But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.’’
Faithfulness of Jesus Christ
Hebrews 3:1-2 ‘’Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.’’
Hebrews 2:17 ‘’Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.’’
John 4:34 ‘’Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.’’
Revelation 1:5 ‘’And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…’’
Revelation 3:14 ‘’And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God…’’
Faithfulness Of The Father Of Faith (Abraham)
Nehemiah 9:7-8 ‘’Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous.’’
Genesis 18:19 ‘’For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.’’
Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Faithfulness Of David
1 Samuel 22:14 ‘’Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?’’
Faithfulness Of Tychicus
Ephesians 6:21 ‘’But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things.’’
Colossians 4:7 ‘’All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord’’
Faithfulness Of Epaphras
Colosians 1:7 ‘’As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ’’
Faithfulness of Timotheus
1 Corinthians 4:17 ‘’For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.’’
Faithfulness Of Silvanus
1 Peter 5:12 ‘’By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.’’
Faithfulness Of Daniel
Daniel 6:4 ‘’Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.’’
Other Bible Faithfulness Encounter
Isaiah 8:2 ‘’And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.’’
Fruits Of The Spirit
Galatians 5: 22-23 ‘’But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.’’
God intensify The Importance Of Faithfulness
1 Samuel 2:35 ‘’And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.’’
Further Bible Explanation Of Faithfulness
Proverbs 14:5 ‘’A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.’’
Proverbs 20:6 ‘’Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?’’
Proverbs 11:13 ‘’A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.’’
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Blessings Of Faithfulness
Proverbs 28:20 ‘’A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.’’
Psalms 31:23 ‘’O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful…’’
Luke 12:36-44 ‘’And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.’’
Luke 16:10-12 ‘’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. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?’’
Luke 19:12-26 ‘’He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.’’
Types Of Faith
Little faith - Much Faith
Weak Faith – Strong Faith
Where to apply our faithfulness
Faithfulness in our service in the house of God
Faithfulness with God’s ability
Faithfulness in specific assignments.
Faithfulness in the use of financial and material benefits the Lord has granted us.
Faithfulness in evangelizing the Word of God.
Faithfulness is a product of the human spirit and its in man’s nature to be faithful.
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And when he (God) had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will (Act 13:22).
What are the motives behind your actions? Why do you do things you do? The motivation behind your aspiration matters.
Writing to Timothy, his protégé, the apostle Paul made this remarkable statement: ‘’…I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who had enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry’’ (1 Timothy 1:12). This verse of scripture lets us know that Paul was full of gratitude to the One who had called him; for granting him the grace to be effective in the ministry of reconciliation. This is what counts.
You could live your whole life to be known of men; to be famous and have lots of money, and everything money can buy. Nevertheless, if the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t uppermost in your heart, as a compelling force in you, you’ve lived an empty life. Remember that one day, the Bible says, and every one of us shall receive the things done in his body. Then we shall see what our true motives were; were you compelled by the love of God or by the praise of men?
In your service to the Lord, contributions to society, relationships with other people, and even in your plans for the future, your aim should be to please the Lord and live up to his expectations of you. Your desires should be after God’s heart. Understand being successful is not about pleasing other people; is about bringing out the best in yourself. It’s about discovering God’s Purpose in your life and fulfilling it.
Focus on what God wants and channel your energies towards fulfilling His dreams, and His peace will reign in your heart! You’ll continually heap success upon success as you live to the glory of Christ; seeking to please him only.
Dear Father, there’s none like you! You alone are worthy of all praise and adoration. I worship you today, and focus my whole being on you-the personality of my deepest affection-to do your will and walk worthy of you unto all pleasing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Colossians 1:10 (MSG)
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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
To trust the Lord means to have confidence in His Word, and hold tenaciously to His promises; it means to depend on Him completely. It means to believe what God says and exercise unshakeable faith in His ability. His grace is past finding out; His power is infinite; and His love is unimaginable. When you consider just how great and awesome the Lord is, you’ll never worry or be anxious or depressed, no matter what happens to you or around you. The mere realization that you belong to the almighty God, who loved you enough to have given His Son Jesus to die in your stead should cheer you up for victory.
Those who linger in frustration and sadness really don’t trust the Lord, for if they did they’d realize that there’s no disadvantage for the Child of God. Romans 8:28 says, ‘’And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.’’ This isn’t a promise but a statement of reality. Nothing can work against you; nothing and no one can make you a victim; so quit the pity-party and lay hold of your victory in Christ.
Believe in the Lord with all your heart and trust His Word; have confidence in His ability to make you all that He’s destined for you to be. Jesus said to His disciples, ‘’Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’’ (Mathew 4:19). All He said to them was ‘’follow me’’; in other words, trust me; have confidence in me, and I’ll make your dreams come true. Have unshakeable confidence in the ability of the Word of God to make you what it talks about. It begins with being a doer of the Word; consciously putting the Word to work in your life! That’s all you need to have a great life!
Dear Father, I put my trust and confidence in your Word, conscious that your Word is all I need for progress, success and victory. I live triumphantly by the Word today, excited that it’s producing in me fruits unto righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Psalm 118:8-9; Psalm 125:1; Isaiah 55:11
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause… (Psalm 35:27).
Jesus said in Mark 16:15, ‘’Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’’ Soul winning is topmost in God’s heart. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that the Lord is unwilling that any person should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He is so passionate about saving the souls of men that he sent Jesus to die for all men. The Lord’s righteous cause is that all men would come to the true knowledge of His grace and love in Christ Jesus.
As a Christian, you must vibrantly be about this great cause. You must be totally committed to propagating the message of salvation to those in your sphere of contact and regions beyond. Proverbs 11:30 says, ‘’he that winneth souls is wise.’’ Also, Daniel 12:3 says, ‘’And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.’’ When you favour God’s righteous cause not only will the wisdom of God function in you in an unusual measure, your life will be radiant with God’s glory.
Proverbs 14:35 says, ‘’The king’s favour is toward a wise man servant…’’ Being fervent in soul winning will attract the Lord’s blessings and prosperity to your life; you can never be disadvantaged for favouring His righteous cause. No wonder the Lord said, ‘’Let them shout for joy and be glad, that favour my righteous cause’’; He takes special care of soul winners.
Realize that you’re the preacher in your world; your home, office, class or neighbourhood. God has anointed you to deliver men from bondage into the glorious liberty of the sons of God; therefore passionately be about your heavenly Father’s business of turning men and women to righteousness! Talk to somebody about Jesus today!
Dear Father, I thank you for the privilege and opportunity to minister your Word with power to those in my world today. This is what I live for; favouring your righteous cause by making manifest the savour of your knowledge in every place. I thank you for the great grace you’ve granted me to be effective in the ministry of the Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 3:6
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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
A gentleman once wanted to know what level of faith he needed to attain in order to receive healing from a chronic ailment. In his words, ‘’I have faith; and I even fast! But it seems none of this is working. However I believe that God will set me free someday!’’ From his comments, the real problem is obvious; he didn’t understand the difference between faith and hope. The language: ‘’God will set me free someday’’ is an expression of hope, not faith.
Faith works now; it takes possession now. You can’t say you have faith and at the same time be hoping on God for a miracle. This is one mistake some Christians make, and they wonder why their faith seems ineffective. Faith always works! As long as you’re functioning in the arena of hope, you can’t effect the desired changes. I’ll explain this by distinguishing between faith and hope. Hope is to put your expectation into the future. Romans 5:5 says hope makes not ashamed; it doesn’t disappoint us because it’s the first element required; but when faith comes, it takes possession.
Faith is now! It takes possession now by calling real and done that which you’ve hoped for. Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘’Now faith is…’’Your hope must translate to faith for it to work. Teaching on faith in Mark 11:24, Jesus said, ‘’Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’’ At the point of asking in prayer, you’re to believe that you’ve received what you’ve asked for; that’s faith! But if you’re hoping that God will answer your prayer someday, that won’t work; even though you believe it.
So take possession now; declare that the healing, blessing or miracle you desire is yours now!
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word which has bolstered faith in my spirit today. My faith is the victory that overcomes the world! I walk in divine health, prosperity, progress and victory now, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Hebrews 11:1 (AMP); Romans 4:17 (AMP)
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For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7).
Philippians 4:8 says, ‘’…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report…think on these things.’’ This suggests you can dictate and control the subject and character of your thoughts. Thoughts are more than mere imaginations; they are mental pictures with constructive and destructive capabilities. Thoughts, many times, are your own creation; the mental construction of your mind that are based on your imaginations. They have the power to keep you in bondage or liberate you to be the best of you.
Until you change your way of thinking, your life and the circumstances of your existence will not change. That’s how powerful thoughts are; and this is the reason we’re admonished in Scripture to choose our thoughts. You must think in line with the Word always. God has given you the ability as well as the responsibility to change your life from glory to glory by managing your mind to think right: ‘’And be not confirmed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God’’ (Romans 12:2).
Realize that you are the character of your thoughts. Where you’re today is a function of your mind; your thinking. Your life in general, including how you live, the things you do, the character of your words and the totality of your personality are all the expression of your thought process. No wonder Proverbs 4:23 enjoins that you mount garrison over your heart. Don’t allow just every thought come in. Reject thoughts that tend to demean or depress you, and accept only thoughts of success, joy, victory and prosperity. You can actually make your life much happier, fulfilling, and full of glory if you’d manage your mind to think in consonance with the Word.
Blessed Father, thank you for the power of your Word to renew and transform my mind and change my estate! Your perfect will is done in my life today as I make your Word my meditation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Until a child grows, he does not differ from a servant. He is under tutor and governors. When he grows he takes his full position and begins to reign. Until a Christian grows, he cannot enjoy fully his rights and inheritance in Christ. Galatians 4:1-2
God designed us to grow:
God wants us to grow into Christ in all things. The Bible says we should desire the word of God that we may grow thereby. Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Peter 2:3
Increase the result we produce:
Hebrews 5:14 ‘’seeing then that we have a great high priest, that passed into the heavens, Jesus the son of God lets us hold fast our profession.’’
Study the word:
2 Timothy 2:15. It is very necessary that we study the word of God. The Bible says that we should study to show ourselves approved, a workman that needs not be ashamed.
Reason for study:
1 Peter 2:2; Eph 4:14. We study so that we would grow. God’s word is the food for the spirit; we have to take it in order to grow.
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The Holy Spirit is God himself, the third person of the trinity, the person that created the earth. He is a member of the Godhead. (Gen 1:26). He is a Spirit and cannot be seen with the optical eyes, but he is real as a person sitting next to you. (John 14:17). He has a personality, just like every human. He can be grieved, (Ephesians 4:23-31) and He speaks (Acts 13:2, 10:19-20, 11:12, 21:11). He is the angel of God’s presence. (Isaiah 63:9-10). He is the one, who brings to us on earth the power of the almighty God.
Though Jesus is in heaven, His presence is felt here on earth. God dwells between the Cherubin of glory but his presence can be felt in this world through the Holy Ghost. God is too big to dwell in us, but he is able to dwell in us by the Holy Spirit.
All the time that God appeared to men, it was the Holy Spirit that brought God’s presence to men. He is the angel of God’s presence. He is one of the same kind with Jesus Christ, (John 14:16-20). He talks, heals, saves and does every thing like Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is just like the father, which means the Holy Spirit is just like the father. It then implies that the father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one of the same kind with one another. The father says the same thing as Jesus, just as the Holy Ghost speaks the very words of Jesus. (John 13:13).
Comforter (John 14:16, 2 Cor 1:3)
Counselor (Isaiah 11:2, Rom. 8:16)
Helper (Rom. 8:26-28)
Strengthener (Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 11:2)
Intercessor (Rom 8:26)
Teacher (1 Cor. 2:9-11, 1 John 2:20&27, John 16:13)
Standby (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
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Firstly, a Christian is a NEW CREATION. ‘’therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.’’ To walk in the newness of life as the Bible declares is to understand that we have become new creatures with new kind of life. This life is not human. It is ZOE, The God kind of life.
We are not talking about a change, behaviour or refurbished character. We are talking about a brand new man who has never existed before. Paul says that in God (Galatians 6:15). (Ehesians 4:22-24). The new creation is a new man created in God’s divine nature of righteousness and holiness. They are his attributes. (2 Peter 1:4).
Secondly, a Christian becomes the son of God when he becomes born again. This time of a different father. Not the earthly father but the heavenly Father through his seed. ‘’Which is born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’’ (John 1:13) behold, what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the SONS OF GOD’’ This is why we cry ‘’Abba Father,’’ John 1:13, Romans 8:16-17.
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