God is ALWAYS Faithful
INTRODUCTION: I certainly applaud what “ALWAYS” represents in the marketplace: CONSTANCY, LOYALTY, FAITHFULNESS, and the like.
But given the ever-changing nature of values, morals, and standards in our society, the average person doesn't put a lot of stock in the word "ALWAYS" any more. And that has a troubling impact on the spiritual life.
If we are not on our guard, when the Bible says "ALWAYS" about God, we might wonder if He really is “always” like that—loving, faithful, good, loyal, or patient.
In Malachi 3:6a God says, "For I am the LORD, I change not…” Really? You and I change. Companies change. Governments and laws change. Is God always the same?
Can He be depended on without fear that His promises to us will not be broken?
Can I go to bed tonight knowing that the God to whom I bid "Good night" will be the same God to whom I say, "Good morning"?
Friend, that is at the heart of our faith! If we can't believe from Hebrews 13:8 that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" then what good is faith?
There is a lot riding on God's "always-ness" in fact, everything is riding on it. "Always" may be an empty promise in today's world, but it is a fact in God's world. When the Bible says "always" about God, "always" is what it means.
So at this THANKSGIVING of 2018, let’s focus upon the “ALWAYS” of God for which I trust you can be thankful.
Let’s face it God is “ALWAYS LOVING.”
In Ephesians 3:17-19 it says, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…”
God’s Love is INFINITE and ETERNAL exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.
Let’s face it God is “ALWAYS PRESENT.”
In Matthew 19:20 it says, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The assurance that God is “ALWAYS PRESENT” in our life is the Christian’s deepest source of security. Regardless of where you are, what you are doing or how you are feeling, God is present with you. Amen!
Let’s face it God is “ALWAYS FAITHFUL.” Someone said,
“When we've been trained as Christians to believe that God is in control, that the Most High rules in the affairs of man, that the eternal God is guiding history toward its pre-appointed end, and that He has a personal plan for our lives, there's little reason to fear. We can remain calm and confident. Even when events don't go as we'd hoped, we defer to the sovereign oversight and absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One who was and is and is to come. He is according to Revelation 1:5, 8 the "faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth."
What does the word FAITHFUL mean? As we use the word in conversation, it has several shades of meaning.
If we say someone is a faithful friend, we mean he's loyal to those he loves.
If we say he's faithful in his dealings, we mean he's as good as his word and keeps his promises.
If we say he's a faithful worker, we mean he's hardworking and dependable over the long haul.
But the overarching idea is that we can put full faith in one who is faithful and that is our God.
In Deuteronomy 7:9 it says “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;”
What does the word FAITHFUL mean? In the Old Testament the word “faithful” comes from the Hebrew word "aman" meaning "steady or steadfast."
Interestingly the Hebrew word "aman" sounds similar to our English word Amen. What does Amen mean? It simply means "so be it or let it be true." Every time we say the word aman, we give mute testimony to the faithfulness of God. By the way don't hold it back, don’t’ be one of those lock-jaw Baptists,
If God speaks to your heart and blesses you through a testimony or
If God speaks to your heart and blesses you through a song sung or
If God speaks to your heart and blesses you in the preaching of the Word,
Let’s hear you say it, "Aman". Don't hold back, say it, "Aman". We are told to do this in Psalm 100:1, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.” The word noise means to “shout it out.” That is shouting it out, how good and merciful God is to you.
In the New Testament the Greek word for “faithful” is "pistos" which means "to be steadfast, dependable, and trustworthy."
God is faithful in His nature. In Psalm 36:5 it says, "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds." You know God is always faithful because he is always in the NOW. God is always PRESENT, and He has no problem with the FUTURE, because He is the ETERNAL PRESENT.
Lamentations 3:22-23, "It is because of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."
Faithfulness is a part of God's being. It is absolutely impossible that God could be unfaithful. God is faithful, not was or shall be or might be but WHO IS. Amen.
Great is thy faithfulness O God my Father,
There is no Shadow of turning with thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassion , they fail not,
As thou has been, thou forever will be.
Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed, thy hand hath provided,
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS LORD UNTO ME."
God is faithful in His endurance. In Psalm 100:5 it says, "For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations." When God refers to Himself in such a manner, God is not just declaring His existence in past generations, He is reminding us – as He was to those in the past, He will continue to be to us today.
God is faithful in His truth. In Revelation 3:14 it says, "And unto the Angel of the church of the Laodician write, These things saith the AMEN, the FAITHFUL, and the TRUE WITNESS."
God is faithful in His provision of relief from our temptations. In I Corinthians 10:13 it says, "There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man, BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not suffer (permit) you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
God is faithful in His refuge from evil. In I Thessalonians 3:3 it says, "But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil." Not only does God take us through the temptations of life, but He also promises to keep us from those temptations of evil. If it weren't for the faithfulness of God, we would be facing a lot more battles with the world, our nature and the devil.
God is faithful in His provision of eternal security. We believe that once saved always saved. The very same God who called you, who saved you through Jesus Christ is the very same God who will preserve you right on into Glory.
In Ephesians 1:13-14 it says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
God is faithful in His provision of forgiveness for our sins.
Each and every time that I sin and each and every time that you sin, we put the faithfulness of God into operation.
It is absolutely impossible that God will not forgive you, because if God did not, He would lose his faithfulness. Now this doesn't give you a blank check to go out and live like you want to, or to presume upon the HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS of God. But it does say when you do sin, and some of you before this night is even over will sin, you can come to God and He will forgive you.
Why? For in I John 1:9 it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
God is faithful to His promises…ALWAYS! Understanding this is the key to the life of faith that we long to experience. Here is a practical idea:
If you desire a stronger faith, then isolate a difficulty and find a promise in the Bible that speaks to that problem. As you look for verses to help in time of need, make sure to study each one in its context and apply it prayerfully.
When we rest in God's Word the emotional relief we feel is joyous. As we trust the Lord to be faithful to His promises, we experience an inner peace that crowds worry to the corners of our minds, and then out the door.
When we realize that God is faithful to every promise He has made in the Bible—even the smallest ones tucked into obscure paragraphs of Scripture—it instantly revamps our perspective.
We can become like Abraham, following in the footsteps of the man who we read about in Romans 4:21-22 "…staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
God is faithful to His plan…ALWAYS! The books of Daniel and Revelation (among other passages in the Bible) lay out God's plans for the ages.
One of the joys of my ministry has been studying biblical prophecy and teaching the doctrine of the end times. Prophecy and providence go hand in hand.
Prophecy is the prediction of what God is going to do; and providence is His engineering of events to accomplish it.
Providence is God's guiding the course of global history as well as the affairs of the individual lives of His children.
God knows the plans He has for us; our steps are ordered by the Lord; and He leads us in an appointed way. When tragedies befall us, we can't minimize or ignore them; but with the passing of time we increasingly understand that "God moves in a mysterious way; His wonders to perform."
Over the years, during times of change in my ministry, my spirit has questioned God’s plans and why certain things happened in an adverse way. These two profound scriptures led me to accept His direction.
In Psalm 31:14-15 it says, “But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. (15) My times are in thy hand…”
In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Our heartaches cannot be downplayed. They often cannot be understood. But God is bigger than our burdens, and He is always faithful to His providential plans for our days.
God is faithful to His people…ALWAYS! How important it is to remember that truth! Even during a season of thanksgiving, we're prone to worry. Fear is a built-in part of our emotional circuitry. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by world events or with personal circumstances. As we watch television newscasts or check the headlines on the Internet, we can feel our hearts racing.
We're worried about the future of our children, and grandchildren.
We're worried about wars and rumors of war.
We're angry about the discrimination being lobbed against Christians around the world, and we're heartsick at the rapid decline of moral and spiritual values.
But someone said: "Life is tough, but God is faithful."
Another said, "When trials come, remember that God is faithful. Contrary to what your circumstances may seem to tell you, God hasn't abandoned you. Forget what the cynics tell you. God hasn't forgotten you. God is faithful. We can trust that He's working out His purposes for our ultimate good.”
This is the time of year our minds whip from electioneering to thanksgiving. But come what may, don't grow frenzied, troubled, or panicked. You're under God's providential care.
Our God is faithful to His promises;
His plans, and His people.
He is faithful to you. He always has been;
He always will be. Amen! and Amen!
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon “God is ALWAYS Faithful” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please let me know. Please send an e-mail to pdmikBBM@aol.com and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.
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In His Amazing Grace,
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