“Faithfulness and Blessing”
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
PROV. 28:20 A FAITHFUL MAN WILL ABOUND WITH BLESSINGS
FAITHFULNESS IS A PART OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD
LAM. 3:23 GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS.
HIS NAME IS EVEN CALLED FAITHFUL AND TRUE (REV 19:11)
FAITHFULNESS MEANS; A TOTAL DEPENDABILITY
HEBREW AND GREEK DEFINE FAITHFULNESS AS (TRUSTWORTHYNESS, STEADIENESS, A CONDITION OF BEING DEPENDABLE, NON MOVEMENT, HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS, OPERATING IN A CONDITION OF REALITY).
FAITHFULNESS TOUCHES YOUR FAMILY, YOUR MARRIAGE, YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR JOB, YOUR BUISNESS, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR MINISTRY
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; And he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 “If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 “And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is anothers, who will give you that which is your own?
Luke 19:16 “And the first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 “And he said to him, ‘well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.
FAITHFULNESS IS AN AUTOMATIC THING – WHEN YOU ARE FAITHFUL, THE BLESSING OF GOD WILL COME UPON YOU.
2TIM. 2:2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
FAITHFULNESS GIVES ME A PLATFORM WITH WHICH TO TEACH YOU
AN ELDER IS TO BE A PERSON OF EXAMPLE
3 ILLUSTRATIONS HERE OF FAITHFULNESS
AN OCCUPATION OF A SOLDIER
3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Rev 2:10 Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
THE 2ND OCCUPATION IS THE ATHLETE Vs 5
2Tim 2:5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
FAITHFULNESS IS ALSO THAT I AM COMPLIANT TO THE RULES THAT I’VE BEEN GIVEN
THE 3RD OCCUPATION IS THE FARMER Vs 6
6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
1. THE SOLDIER IS FAITHFUL IN BATTLE, COURAGOUS AND WILLING TO DIE – NOT DISTRACTED
2. AN ATHLET THAT’S METICULOUS ABOUT KEEPING THE RULES AND DOING IT RIGHT – HE’S DISCIPLINED
3. A FARMER WHO WORKS VERY HARD FROM THE TIME HE CULTIVATES TO THE TIME HE HARVESTS
PLANTING AND CULTIVATING IS WORK
WHAT I PUT INTO SOMETHING IS EXACTLY WHAT I’M GOING TO GET OUT OF IT.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE, GETTING MORE TRAINING WILL ALWAYS PAY OFF.
PROVERBS 24:12 SAY’S, “The hand of the dilegent will rule”