Developing a character of Faithfulness
Developing a Character of Faithfulness
1. Is There is a need for faithfulness?
Psal 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
Prov 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
2. What is it?
Examples from you? a. Relationships b. Work c. To our words?
1. pistos ^4103^, a verbal adjective, akin to peitho (see FAITH), is used in two senses, (a) passive, "faithful, to be trusted, reliable," said of God, of Christ, of the words of God,; of servants of the Lord; of believers
(b) active, signifying "believing, trusting, relying," e. g., <Acts 16:1> (feminine); <2 Cor. 6:15; Gal. 3:9> seems best taken in this respect, as the context lays stress upon Abraham's "faith" in God, rather than upon his "faithfulness." In <John 20:27> the context requires the active sense, as the Lord is reproaching Thomas for his want of "faith."
(Faithfulness: Full of Faith that what out covenant partner has said, he will do!)
3. Before we can develop it we have to know where it comes from. It comes from God, through the spirit not through the flesh!(Ro.7)
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That *Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,(God is Love)(See if you can find characteristic of faithfulness in 1 Cor. 13:4-8)
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,
Colo 1:25 (KJS) Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is.. Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about(Ready to go, to move in obedience), and [your] lights burning(Sober, awake, alert);
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?
1Cor 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
2Tim 2:2 (KJS) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.