Monday, February 26, 2007


Faithfulness is something that I could probably study and blog about for years and never say all that could be said about having faith. Faith is the ability to believe in what cannot be seen. And faith is the belief in the ability of God to do anything. First, let's look at a couple of verses in the Bible.

"And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness," Exodus 34:6

"The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD's anointed." 1 Samuel 26:23

"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." Psalm 36:5 But you,

"O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." Psalm 86:15

Here we see that faithfulness is a character of God. In fact, we even see that Moses and David had the exact same words to say about God and his faithfulness. God has faith in us. He has faith in his Christians to carry on his word and do works that glorify his name. God loves us and has faith in us. One of the fruits of the spirit that helps us draw closer to God is that of faith. Without faith, we essentially have nothing. It is faith in God that keeps us going back to him for more of his love and understanding. I have complete faith that God is taking care of my family. He is providing our necessities for us. He is providing us with health at the moment. He has even graciously provided a project for my husband to do next week so he can be busy. Our God is an amazing God, and if we can have faith, we can become more like him. Scripture tells us many times that we are to have faith.

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former." Matthew 23:23

"He gave them these orders: "You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD." 2 Chronicles 19:9

"Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full." Psalm 31:23

"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road." Mark 10:52

" 'Have faith in God,' Jesus answered." Mark 11:22

You notice in the verses above that it doesn't say to have faith when it's convenient for you. It doesn't say to have faith when it makes sense to have faith. We should have faith at all times. Faithfully and wholeheartedly. I could list verse after verse from the gospels that talk about faith. How many times some one's faith healed them, I couldn't tell you. But there are many, many verses that have Jesus telling someone that their faith has healed them of their affliction. Maybe sometimes today, the reason that we are not healed of our diseases and infirmities is because we don't ask him to heal us? Maybe we don't have faith enough that God will actually do something like that.

Faith can be a touchy subject for many. It causes you to be introspective and reflect on yourself and your walk in the Lord. And it shows where we fail so many times to have faith. That is human, but it's also reason to strive harder to find that faith. What is so wonderful to me is that it is a character of God. If I can find even the smallest measurement of faith, that means I am that much more like my savior. That means I am that much closer to being what God wants me to be. I have talked about faith before, and for more, you can check here. And then here, and if you still want more, you can do a search over on Bible Gateway for faith, and it will give you many, many verses to go on.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galations 5:22-23

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