The Fruit Of The Spirit: Faithfulness

Faithfulness word

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

Thank you for returning with me to this study on the fruit of the Spirit. I am sorry I had to miss a study last week due to busyness of things in life with my family.

We have already looked at the fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness and goodness. Today I want to look at faithfulness and what that looks like in the life of a believer.

Faithfulness is being true to one’s word in both word and action. It is being able to be trusted in every way.

In this fallen world, faithfulness is very difficult to find. People are faithful only as long as it is beneficial to them and they can see the benefits. As soon as the benefits can no longer be seen, people quit and change their mind, words and actions to go against what they were originally saying and doing.

Woman searching

Employers are no longer strongly faithful to their workers. It is only about making the business look good. Workers do not remain faithful to the employer. They only want to make the most money for the least mount of work.

Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? 

Solomon brings up a very good point. People all over the world claim to have unfailing love, yet, that love often fails. The person is not faithful to their word. If you don’t believe it, look at marriages. How many people claim undying love at the wedding, in and out of the church, only to end in divorce and hate a few years later?

People are quick to change their minds and hearts towards someone or some task. They choose to step away, rather than stick it out and being faithful. Every excuse under the sun is given to be able to cancel former promises and vows. It is difficult to find a person who is truly faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10-23

The beginning example of faithfulness is found in God. From the first day of creation until this day God has proven Himself faithful. God has always done what He said He would do. God promised salvation to Adam when he was kicked out of the garden. Several thousand years later, God fulfilled that promise in Jesus.

Jesus was faithful to God and to His mission of saving people as He walked on this earth. He did not allow Himself to be deterred from the mission to die upon the cross to save all people.

As a believer and follow of Jesus, we are to be just like Him. This means we should be faithful in everything. God and others can trust that what we say we will do, we will do it. We will always act in love and care for others and God.

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. Hebrews 3:5

Moses was one who is seen as being faithful to God. Even though he did slip up at times and make bad choices, he, as a whole, remained faithful to God. He led and taught the Israelites as God wanted them to be led.

Sharing the gospel

Our lives should have the same epithet that Moses had–that we are faithful to God. This means we are being His true witness of who Jesus is and what He has done and will do for every person. We are to do the work God has called us to do–be His witness.

Being faithful in being His witness means that we will be that witness every time we can in every situation. We will not back down from being His witness because we are faithful.

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

As soon as you began to believe in and trust in Jesus for your salvation, you were given a trust. It was an investment in you that was to be built up and increased. You have a work to do.

It is easy to just hold on to salvation and not do anything with it, just as it can be easy to hoard money in order to count it as wealth. However, salvation is given to be also passed on.

Passing on something

Being faithful is not an option. We do not get to choose whether we are faithful or not, we must be faithful just as Jesus was faithful.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

Jesus gave a parable about faithfulness. Those who are faithful with what God has given them will be rewarded. Those who are not faithful with what God has given them will lose everything.

We have been given salvation and the gospel message. We have been given the duty to be His witness to everyone. Being faithful means that we will pass that message on to others and we will live as though we are saved.

Old faithful geyser

You can ask yourself if God would be able to say that you are a good a faithful servant. Being filled with His Holy Spirit, you will be able to answer yes to that question.

In our own strength, we will fail in being faithful. It is easy to be led astray and change who or what we are following or doing. The world is following their own desires at the moment, changing all the time, unfaithful to anything.

As a believer, you are to be faithful. Jesus has given you His Holy Spirit to give you what you need. As you walk by His Holy Spirit, being led by Him, you will be faithful to God and to others. You will always think, say and do the right thing. God and others will be able to trust that you will always do the right thing every time because you are faithful.

Going back to Galatians you can see how the fruit of the Spirit works in your life. It begins with love that brings about joy, leading to peace, leading to forbearance, which then causes you to be kind and full of goodness. With all of these things you will then be faithful to keep doing them and walking in those fruits of the Spirit.

Again thank you for continuing with me on this little look at the fruit of the Spirit. Next week I plan to look at the next fruit: gentleness. I hope to see you then.

Numbers 20:12 Trust God Enough To Honor Him

Boy with bible

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12

It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.

Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.

After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.

Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.

While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.

As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.

You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.

God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.

I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.

Numbers 12:13 Full Of Humility And Grace

Cross on a beach

So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13

Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.

Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.

Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.

When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.

When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.

Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.

Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.

At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?

Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?

I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God. 

Numbers 1:2 Counted As Family

People census

Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. Numbers 1:2

All around the world, nearly every nation does a regular count of how many people there are in the nation. Often this is done for the purpose of taxing the people. It can also to see changes in growth to plan the infrastructure for the future of the nation.

Most of the time, the census is taken for personal gain of the nation. It is not done for true care and concern for the people or even the individual.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God told Moses to take a census of every man with them. He was to list each man’s name, one by one, clan by clan and family by family. It was to be a very detailed listing of who was living in camp.

God knew the names of every person before Moses was to even begin the count. He also knew the number of people in the camp. Taking this census is one way God can show that He knows the name of every man and his family. As Moses counted the people, he would be able to tell them this information is for God. He wants to know each person by name. This was a physical showing that God knows their names.

Very often people think that God does not know who they are or where they are in life. They feel as if God has forgotten or ignored them. This becomes especially true when the person is going through a difficult time. Or they are praying for something and God does not seem to answer or hear.

There are times that every believer needs to be encouraged that God knows his name. He needs to be reminded that he is on God’s census list.

You may be at one of those times of struggle, wondering if God even knows your name. Rest assured that God does know your name. He is taking a census on a daily basis of who all of His children are and where they are. In fact, it is a constant census, every moment of the day.

God knows your name and is right there with you. As long as you believe in Jesus and follow Him, He will keep counting you as family.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will be a part of God’s eternal family; and that you will trust that God is always with you, even in the deserts of life. 

Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

Fireworks celebration

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.