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                 As Faithful As…
 Sometimes we use the word “faithful” for what
 is really only marginally reliable.

 Such as
Old Faithful.

 Which has never
been all that
faithful.
What does faithfulness really mean?
 Constant dependability
 Unfailing loyalty
 Absolute adherence to the cause
 Steadfast and staunch fidelity


 How often do we see the opposites?
  Running at the first sign of trouble
  Unwillingness to stand up for what is right
  Hypocrisy
  Compromise of principles
 Do we have a good idea of what real
 faithfulness is?

 Let’s explore that idea from the Bible
 By looking first at the faithfulness of God.
 By looking at how fickle mankind can be.
 By considering God’s demand for us to be
 faithful
 The Faithfulness of God


 Exodus 34:5-6 – Then the Lord came down
 in the cloud and stood there with (Moses)
 and proclaimed His name, the Lord. 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….”

 Almighty God defines faithfulness by His
 own faithfulness.
 Deuteronomy 32:4


 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
      and all his ways are just.
      A faithful God who does no wrong,
      upright and just is he.

 Faithfulness is defined by the perfection of
 God. Flawlessness. Justice.
 Righteousness. Uprightness.
 Psalm 36:5 -- Your love, O LORD, reaches to
 the heavens,
     your faithfulness to the skies.

 There is no limit to God’s faithfulness
 He is never
 Hebrews 13:8 -- Jesus Christ is the same
 yesterday and today and forever.

 Jesus revealed God’s faithfulness to us by
  remaining faithful on this earth.
 He is unchanging.
 He is dependable.
 He is trustworthy.
 The Faithfulness of Mankind


 Genuine faithfulness is hard to find on the
 earth.

 Psalm 12:1 -- Help, LORD, for the godly
 are no more; the faithful have vanished
 from among men.

 Where did they go? Where do they always
 go?
 Proverbs 20:6 -- Many a man claims to
  have unfailing love, but a faithful man who
  can find?
 Matthew 23:23 -- "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.
 Even those in religious leadership can
  prove to be unfaithful.
 Not everything that seems like faithfulness
  truly is.
 Just being “religious” is not the same as
  being faithful.

 True faithfulness learns from God,
 searches for what is righteous and holds to
 it no matter what.
 Yet there are some examples of
 faithfulness worthy of imitation

 Hebrews 3:5-6 -- Moses was faithful as a
 servant in all God's house, testifying to
 what would be said in the future. But Christ
 is faithful as a son over God's house. And
 we are his house, if we hold on to our
 courage and the hope of which we boast.
 A Never-Ending Faithfulness


 Revelation 2:10 -- Do not be afraid of
 what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the
 devil will put some of you in prison to test
 you, and you will suffer persecution for ten
 days. Be faithful, even to the point of
 death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 The reward is for faithfulness to the point
 of death
 Matthew 24:45 -- "Who then is the faithful
 and wise servant, whom the master has
 put in charge of the servants in his
 household to give them their food at the
 proper time?

 The faithful servant is the one the Master
 finds doing what he should be doing when
 He returns.
 Matthew 25 – The parable of the Talents


 Who were the faithful servants?
   The ones who used the skills they had to
    do the work the Lord had left them to do.
   The ones who increased the kingdom of
    their Master.

 Who was the faithless servant? The one
 who buried his talent and refused to
 serve the master.
 We must maintain our faithfulness one
  step at a time. It is part of the fruit of the
  Spirit.
 What is the Marine motto? Semper Fi.


 Always Faithful!


 What is the Christian motto?


 Always Faithful!

				
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