Welcome to this section of Focus On Freedom. I am truly excited that you decided to come and be a part of this web site. Faithfulness is a very powerful and practical subject that still applies to us today. So many want to be blessed, right now, instead of working and staying with a plan. We will see however that getting things quickly isn’t always the best way to go. There is a way to blessed and in fact God guarantees it. It is a way that is very spiritual. If you choose to go down this path it will lead you to the supernatural blessings that come from God and will make you excited about the future.
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Proverbs 28:20 (KJV)
At first we may be tempted to say (or think), “That’s easy for you to say God, being faithful isn’t easy.” Well, let me say that sometimes it is difficult to be faithful and consistent. Yet, when we look at the nature of God himself we will see that he isn’t asking us to do something that he wouldn’t do himself. Let’s see what the word of God says about God and faithfulness.
“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;” Deut. 7:9 (KJV)
We learn here that God by his very nature is faithful. In other words he is always the same and he will always follow through with what he says. We can be assured that God doesn’t tell us to do something that he himself is not willing to do.
“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalm 89:34 (KJV)
From the Bible we see that God has promised he will never lie but when he says something you can count on it! This has been proven true by many people who have trusted him and found him to be reliable. OK, so we can see that God isn’t being unreasonable when he tells us of the blessings of being faithful. In fact, he is putting before us a superior way of living. I don’t mean superior in the sense that you will be better than someone else, I simply mean superior as in “vastly better” than the other way. “Unfaithfulness.”
Question #1. Do you believe that God is faithful?
A Look at Unfaithfulness
“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.” Proverbs 25:19 (KJV)
Have you ever trusted someone who let you down? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes. If you think back to an experience like this you probably remember feeling angry, used or hurt. It probably seemed unfair and maybe outright immoral to be treated that way. How do others feel when you have been unfaithful to them? Probably the same.
The scripture above uses the word confidence. This means security or assurance. Security and assurance is what a marriage, job, business, church, car, society and many other things actually are dependent on. Without confidence these things will break down. In fact, none of us have confidence in anything unfaithful. We can have confidence in God but can God and others have confidence in you? What kind of a society would we have if no one could be trusted? What would your family be like if no one was trustworthy? Would you let a mechanic work on your car that was a known thief?
“…and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10-12 (KJV)
This scripture may be confusing in it’s wording but it is really quite simple. When looking at unfaithfulness Jesus Christ said that a little is the same as much. When we practice unfaithfulness in little things we have the potential to exercise it in big things. This is why good parents will not allow their child to steal a piece of bubble gum from the store. They instintiveley know if this is allowed to start, no one knows where it will end. Every alcoholic knows that the first drink (however small) started them down the road to complete addiction. The same is true with unfaithfulness. Once it gets started there is no place to stop.
Question #2. Can you see the negative effects of being unfaithful? Have you experienced someone being unfaithful to you?
The Blessings of Faithfulness
As we have seen already, faithfulness inspires confidence and assurance. Confidence is something that over time inspires a sense of value. God and others will look at you as being valuable and reliable. This is what makes a business succesful. This is what establishes friendships and marriages too. The value of faithfulness will draw others to you. If you are a faithful mechanic who is in business for yourself, your faithfulness will attract customers, and we all know that they bring money with them. Paying your bills on time inspires value to your creditors which in turn will bless you when you need them. Going to work every day makes you valuable to your employer. Being consistent in your marriage will make you valuable to your mate. Living a faithfull life will inspire your children to be stable people. The list goes on and on.
“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?” Luke 16:10-12 (KJV)
Jesus teaches us here that being faithful in small things is very important. For example, when you tell your children the truth about small things, they will believe you in big things. Building credit with small loans will qualify you for a larger loan (although borrowing is not good). Faithfulness to a seemingly unimportant task will qualify you to do a more difficult task. Get the point? God looks at faithfulness in little things as being very important.
It goes even deeper though. Jesus stated here, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Faithfulness to the unrighteous mammon simply means paying bills, going to work, laundry, dishes etc..) He meant, if we cannot be faithful in worldy, earthly things how can God entrust us with more valuable things ie; the truth of the word of God and spiritual things? He can’t. How will the bank loan you money for a house if you have missed your payments on a car? You see? How can God bless you when unfaithfulness is your way of living? He can’t and won’t.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21 (KJV)
The day is coming when all men and women will give an account of their deeds in this life. The faithful are promised eternal life and authority in the life to come. The unfaithful are promised eternal damnation and seperation from God. The choice is really ours. We can choose to be blessed. Blessings in this life and the one to come are given to us directly through faithfulness. Jesus Christ gave us the path to follow.
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 (KJV)
The power to live a faithful life comes from being born again. We can’t be faithful in our own strength, we need the strength of God to help us. Would you like his help?
Question #3. Can you see the benefits of living a faithful life?
This concludes this lesson “What the Bible says about Faithfulness.” I hope it has ministered to you. If it has, please let me know and tell a friend, it would be a tremendous encouragement to me. If you would like to talk to someone about being born again or you would like more information about this lesson or any other subject please feel free to let me know. You can e-mail me and I will get back with you as soon as possible. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you check out some of the other lessons.
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