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Absolutely Faithful.


And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. —Genesis 17:7

We live in a time when a person’s word means nothing. Marriages are dissolved daily with no regard to the vows of “till death we do part,” and our courts are flooded with lawsuits.

It has not always been this way. In biblical times a covenant, sealed in blood, was a promise of enduring responsibility—never entered into lightly and never disregarded.

This is the kind of relationship we have with God. The entire Bible is a legal contract signed in Jesus’ blood! When God said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5), He did not add “maybe” or “if.” In covenant with Him, we possess His armor, His weapons, His power, and His victory!

This is the unchangeable fact of His absolute faithfulness! Study the promises of God in the light of His blood covenant and learn how sure and secure the Rock is on which you stand.

Almighty God, You are my hope, fortress, and confidence.
Thank You for your blood covenant that seals my
future forever. I will trust You in every decision.
I will listen to and obey Your voice,
for You alone are faithful. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

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Faithfulness.


“He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ – Luke 19:17

It is remarkable how much the Word of God makes of faithfulness – simple faithfulness. It is not great things that God requires of us unless our mission is to do great things; He asks only that we be faithful in the duties that come to our hand in our commonplace days.

That means that we do all our work as well as we can; that we serve well in the varied relationships of life in which from time to time we find ourselves; that we stand heroically in our lot, resisting temptation and continuing true and loyal to God; and that we fulfil our mission in all ways according to the grace given unto us, using every gift and talent for the glory of God and the good of the world.

The world crowns “success;” God crowns “faithfulness.”

Jesus tells us that faithfulness in this life lifts us to places of authority hereafter. So, then, life here is only a trial to see what we are capable of doing. It is after all a real probation to find out who may be set over large trusts. And the real life is to be begun in the other world. Those who prove faithful here will have places of responsibility in the kingdom of glory.

This ought to give a new and mighty motive to our living in this world. Our eternal honor and employment will depend upon the degree of our faithfulness here. good men and women often say at the close of their lives, “If I could only begin now, with all my experience, I could live my life much better.” Well, if they have been faithful, that is the very thing they will be permitted to do in the next world. A mother who had brought up a large family said: “I have just learned now how to train children. I could do it well if I could begin it again.” If she has learned this, that is just what Christ wanted her to learn. Now she is ready for full service in His kingdom.

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: September 30th…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Nahum 1-3 Jeremiah 1-2-30 Philippians 1:27-2:11 Psalm 115:1-11

Be Faithful in Season or Out.


Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. —2 Timothy 4:2

If we collapse the moment the Lord withdraws His special presence, it suggests we haven’t learned much. Whereas we dare not proceed without Him, sometimes we have no choice but to get on with our calling and make the most of the situation.

I try to spend a certain amount of time every day in quiet before the Lord. In the perfect world I will feel His presence, read His Word with full assurance of understanding, and go out to do my job with great confidence. But it isn’t always like that. In fact, it is not very often that I feel a great sense of God in my quiet time.

It is “in season” when God’s special presence is felt; “out of season” is when He chooses to stay behind—to see if we will put into the practice the things we learned in His presence.

It takes greater faith and devotion to pray, trust, and obey when God is absent than when He is present. I suspect we please God more by being faithful “out of season” than by being faithful “in season.” More faith is required “out of season.”

There is a sense in which we can get emotionally tied to the Lord in an unhealthy manner. Jesus sent out the Twelve (Matt. 10:5-15). Later He sent out seventy-two others, during which He was not personally at hand for those who went out (Luke 10:1-12). They needed to be on their own, as it were, to put into practice what they had learned from Jesus.

The special anointing of the Spirit is much the same. I am required to carry on whether or not I feel Him present. If I didn’t carry on, I would never go out much at all. I would also be demonstrating that I had not learned much from His presence and His Word at all.

Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).

By R. T. KENDALL.

Faithfulness


Faithfulness

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” –Psalm 37:4

Second only to the 23rd Psalm, this verse in Psalm 37 is one of the most quoted verses in history.

Growing up, I remember my grandmother quoting it to me often.

What was her lesson to me?.

It was: Put God first and He will care for you.

Then I got older and noticed one very important word in this verse.

I noticed the word “also.” “Delight yourself ALSO in the Lord.”

Clearly, David was using this word “also” to point us to the previous verse, which says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”

This is when I really captured what God was relaying to us through David.

The key to our relationship with God is trust.

There is really not much we can do in life without trust.

We trust the car will make it to the destination or we would never get in.

We trust the water or we would not drink it.

We trust the air so we don’t put on a gas mask.

Absent trust, think of all the things you would not do in life.

So, how in the world are you supposed to delight yourself in the Lord if you do not fully trust Him?

Perhaps you are where I was many years ago – running from God’s will for your life.

In reality, you lack trust. Do yourself a favor and read Psalm 37:3-4 until these words become a permanent part of you.

Write them on a card and stick it on your bathroom mirror or tape it to your fridge.

These two verses hold the tremendous promise of unlocking trust for you.

For as you trust Him, your life will change for the better to the point where all you will do is delight yourself in Him.

At that point, the desires of your heart and the desires God has for you will be one and the same.

Trust God. It’s a journey worth taking!

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PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I know I lack trust in my life.

So often, I have failed to trust in You.

Help me in my unbelief and lack of trust today.

Give me the strength to wake each day with a new and ever-strengthening love for You in my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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When you read the words of Psalm 37:3-4, what is the first thing you think about?

Written by Jim Penner.

Faithfulness.


“He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ – Luke 19:17

It is remarkable how much the Word of God makes of faithfulness – simple faithfulness.

It is not great things that God requires of us unless our mission is to do great things; He asks only that we be faithful in the duties that come to our hand in our commonplace days.

That means that we do all our work as well as we can; that we serve well in the varied relationships of life in which from time to time we find ourselves; that we stand heroically in our lot, resisting temptation and continuing true and loyal to God; and that we fulfil our mission in all ways according to the grace given unto us, using every gift and talent for the glory of God and the good of the world.

The world crowns “success;” God crowns “faithfulness.”

Jesus tells us that faithfulness in this life lifts us to places of authority hereafter.

So, then, life here is only a trial to see what we are capable of doing.

It is after all a real probation to find out who may be set over large trusts.

And the real life is to be begun in the other world.

Those who prove faithful here will have places of responsibility in the kingdom of glory.

This ought to give a new and mighty motive to our living in this world.

Our eternal honor and employment will depend upon the degree of our faithfulness here. good men and women often say at the close of their lives, “If I could only begin now, with all my experience, I could live my life much better.”

Well, if they have been faithful, that is the very thing they will be permitted to do in the next world.

A mother who had brought up a large family said: “I have just learned now how to train children.

I could do it well if I could begin it again.”

If she has learned this, that is just what Christ wanted her to learn. Now she is ready for full service in His kingdom.

Apply This To Your Life Today… !field_life_application_value

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: September 30th…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Nahum 1-3 Jeremiah 1-2-30 Philippians 1:27-2:11 Psalm 115:1-11

Whatever Happened to Faithfulness?.


Two elderly missionaries inspired me this week to value character so I can finish well.

You’ve probably never heard of Hobert and Marguerite Howard.

They didn’t write best-selling books.

They aren’t rich.

They don’t preach on television or pastor a megachurch.

Fame was the farthest thing from their minds when they both surrendered their lives to serve God on the mission field.

In 1951 this Pentecostal couple boarded a steamship and sailed for 50 days to India, where they built orphanages, schools and churches and trained Christian leaders.

This week the Howards officially retired, and I had the privilege of attending a special reception to honor them for 60 years of service.

Faithfulness is such a rare commodity today that it has disappeared from our lexicon. In this day of quick divorce, loan defaults, addictive personalities, broken contracts, deadbeat dads and religious scandals, we’re surprised when somebody actually follows through and keeps their promises.”

I had to choke back a few tears as I listened to Hobert talk about the fruit of his labor.

Many of the children he and his wife cared for in their three orphanages are leading churches today. One boy, R.D. Murmu, was just 24 days old when the Howards took him in and raised him to love Jesus.

Today R.D. oversees many churches in the north Indian region of Jharkhand.

Another orphan boy, Samuel Banerjee, from the Bihar region, was just six days old when he was brought to the Howards.

They raised him in their orphanages and schools, and today he is the pastor of New Life Center in New Delhi.

The Howards also trained three little boys from the Balla family: Moses, Vijay and Sundar.

Today they are all in ministry—Vijay is a missionary to Bangladesh, Sundar leads church-planting efforts in north India, and Moses is the overseer of all Pentecostal Holiness churches in his country.

Hobert says at least 30 of the children he and his team trained in their 12 schools are now in full-time ministry, reaching Asia with the gospel.

When I asked him how it feels to leave such an enduring legacy, his wrinkled face beamed.

“It’s more humbling than gratifying,” he said.

As these spiritual heroes shared their story with a crowd in North Carolina this week, I was struck by their remarkable faithfulness.

Besides the fact that they’ve been married for more than 60 years (some Americans view that as weird), they dedicated their lives to a spiritual cause and never gave up—in spite of huge financial challenges, pressures on their family and intense spiritual opposition.

They prayed, fasted, preached, waited, prayed some more, preached again and waited for years to see spiritual breakthoughs in a predominantly Hindu nation.

They fought through discouragement time after time after time. T

hey never gave up.

They understood that faithfulness, as one preacher has said, is “the crowbar of God.” His promises will eventually open to those who don’t quit.

Faithfulness is such a rare commodity today that it has disappeared from our lexicon.

So let me insert the dictionary definition: “Reliable; trusted; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant.”

In this day of quick divorce, loan defaults, addictive personalities, broken contracts, deadbeat dads and religious scandals, we’re surprised when somebody actually follows through and keeps their promises.

The Bible says faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23), yet even in the church we see failed marriages, unstable families and pastors with unreliable character.

In our topsy-turvy charismatic world we downplay the need for faithful leaders and instead exalt pulpit entertainers who provide cheap spiritual thrills.

We think we can offset our lack of solid character with a big dose of Holy Ghost hoopla.

But when faithfulness is missing, everybody can see our noisy show is a sham.

Instead of being doctrinally reliable, we promote goofy, “flavor of the month” doctrines and lose credibility in the process.

Instead of being steady in tough times, we are spineless and unstable.

Instead of being loyal, we revel in our independence and flaunt our rebellion.

Early 20th century preacher Arthur W. Pink wrote this about faithfulness: “No matter how gifted a man may be, if he is untrue to this trust, he is an offense unto Christ and a stumbling block to His people.”

He added: “It cost Joseph something to be faithful! It did Daniel; it did Paul; and it does every minister of Christ in this degenerate and adulterous age.”

Hobert and Marguerite Howard’s faithfulness—and their testimony of a faithful God who rewards obedience—inspired me to keep my hand on the plow and go the distance.

I hope you will do the same.

By J. Lee Grady.

On The Battlefield.


When you gave your life to Jesus Christ, you became God‘s friend.

At the same time, you inherited His enemy, and you took your place on a battlefield.

You may not think of yourself as a warrior, but that’s just what you are.

And the battle is for the very hearts and minds of human beings.

In Ephesians 6 we read, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (v. 11).

The word “wiles” means schemes, tricks, tactics or plots, and it’s used of an animal that stalks its prey and then suddenly pounces.

In 1 Peter 5:8, Satan is portrayed as “a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”

Don’t underestimate him.

He is a clever foe, and he has studied human nature for thousands of years.

To fight him, you need the right armament–spiritual armor for fighting the spiritual battle.

Paul uses the illustration of a Roman soldier in Ephesians 6:10-18.

Here’s what I think these verses mean.

Having your waist girded with truth means we should live truthful, authentic lives, without hypocrisy.

The breastplate of righteousness means right behavior, the practical, day-by-day adherence to the precepts of God.

The “preparation of the gospel of peace” means to always be confident because you have peace with God, and always be ready to proclaim your faith.

The shield of faith means your daily trust in God, which enables you to stand against anything Satan has to offer.

The helmet of salvation means to have knowledge of the Bible, and to be confident because salvation is an ongoing work.

The Word of God is your offensive weapon, as Jesus showed in His temptation in Matthew 4.

Studying the whole Word of God gives you an arsenal of truths to use in a spiritual battle.

Prayer is also an offensive weapon.

In the midst of the battle you are to talk to God, not the devil.

Resist the devil; don’t carry on long conversations with him.

The day you gave your life to God was the day that you got a whole new start.

That day, Satan lost.

But he doesn’t give up that easily.

He would like nothing better than to make you spiritually powerless, to steal your commitment, to make you less fervent, and to make you ineffective for the Lord.

If you are a growing, thriving Christian you will be a target for the enemy.

Satan attacks you to hurt the purpose and heart of God, and you need to know what his strategy is.

He can be blatant, but he can also be subtle.

Either way, expect the fiery darts!

But I have good news: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

And as Paul said in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

God is on our side! Remember that as you “suit up” and enter the battle.

Scripture Of The Day: “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

By Skip Heitzig.

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