January 31, 2019 Give Thanks

psalm 136_1

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3 John 3 Faithfulness

 

Old Faithful

It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 3 John 3

Loyalty and faithfulness are some characteristics that are desired in people, but are rarely seen in the world. Going back forty years ago, it was common to hear of a person staying on one job for twenty years or more. He was faithful and loyal to his employer and the employer was faithful to him.

Today employers hire and remove people rapidly, regardless of how long a person has been there. People change jobs constantly. If a person stays on one job for more than five to six years, it has been a long time. People are no longer faithful to their employer.

People treat faithfulness to God in the same way. They do not always remain faithful to Him. One day a person is serving God, being a witness, turning from sin, and showing His love to others, then the next day, he is refusing to be a witness, living in sin, denying God and cursing others. There is no faithfulness in the person.

Many people have walked away from God, when struggles or trials came. They did not remain faithful as God does.

While many have become unfaithful, there are also many who have remained faithful to God. Their lives are a shining light of Jesus in this dark world. They stand out as foreigners in this world. They refuse to partake in the sin of this world. Seeing believers like this can bring great joy to other believers.

When a person is being faithful to God, it will encourage others to be and remain faithful to God. It is showing the truth that God has revealed in his life.

People are watching you every day. They are trying to find out who you really are. While the majority of the world is unfaithful in every area of life, you must remain faithful. Faithful to God and to other people.

Be willing to show and live out the truth that Jesus has revealed.

It brings me great joy to see another believer who is striving to remain faithful to God. It brings even greater joy when others testify to the faithfulness of another believer.

As you live your life, are you being faithful to God and His word?

Or are you living like the world and changing loyalty all the time?

I pray today that you will be faithful to God; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is to this world; and that the world will know you serve God.

1 Samuel 29:6 A Good Report

So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, bu the rulers don’t approve of you.” 1 Samuel 29:6

In the process of fleeing King Saul, David had went to King Achish, a Philistine king, to seek refuge. While living there, he served Achish faithfully. When the Philistines were getting ready to directly fight the Israelites, the leaders did not trust David and wanted him to stay back from the battle. Achish told David that he could find nothing wrong with him and wanted him to go to battle with him, but the leaders did not want it. He asked David to stay back and not go to the battle.

In the workplace there are many different types of workers. Some will try to not to do any work if they can get by with it. Some will try to do as little as possible while getting the job done correctly. While others will go above and beyond the required work. They not only do the best job possible, they do extra work without being told to do it.

When a person is looking for another job, they usually need a reference from a previous job. The boss has to give a report on how they did as a worker.

In your life there will be times when another person must give a report on how you are doing. It will not only be in transferring of jobs, but in many other areas of life. What kind of report can be given about you?

Will those who work with you or are around you (such as friends) be able to give a good report of your faithfulness and loyalty?

Ultimately, God will be giving a report about you when you die and stand before Him. What kind of report can he give about you?

David had received a report of being faithful, reliable and with no faults. Would you receive the same report today?

I pray today that be faithful and reliable to everyone and God in your life; that God and others can speak only good about you; that God and others will be pleased to have you around; and that God will approve of  you being called His child.

Genesis 6:8-9 Finding Favor With God

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:8-9

People were multiplying on the earth and spreading across the earth. They were learning to do more and more. Along with that, however, the people also started to sin more. The Bible does not say what they were doing, but it was enough to make God angry. He chose to destroy everyone and everything on the earth.

But, Noah had found favor with God. He did not live in the sin like all the other people were doing. Noah had walked with God faithfully each day. He was described as righteous and blameless.

Being called righteous by God and blameless by the people is a very large thing. For a person to be righteous, he must do the right thing all the time. Noah was known for following and obeying God. He chose to do the correct thing every time. This was so much so that the people could not find anything to blame him for.

The Bible tells us that in the end times the world will be just like Noah’s time. People will be living in sin and very few will be found to be righteous and blameless.

Look around you, how many people can you find that live righteous lives? How many live blameless lives? How many live faithfully for God? Now add all three of these characteristics together and how few meet all three.

When God looks at your life what does He see?

Just like Noah and the people of his time, you have a choice on how to live. You can live like the majority of the world does–in sin. Or you can choose to live like the few who are true followers of Jesus.

Live in the righteousness of Jesus and choose to do the right thing all the time, every time. Live your life in a way that the world cannot find any fault with you in anything. In living this way, you will be living faithfully for God.

Have you found favor in the eyes of God today?

I pray today that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will live a blameless life; that you will be faithful to God in everything you do; and that you will find favor in the eyes of God.