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FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: FAITHFULNESS

JAMES WALLACE

· LAMP LIGHT

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)

The more receptive we are to letting the Holy Spirit work within us, the more our faithfulness grows and strengthens.

We find it easier to stay away from temptations, because we have a God habit. What's that? The habit of keeping God near, thinking of Him first, and obeying His commands as second nature.

Faithfulness is a shield that repels evil before it can infect us. Every time we choose to follow God, do the right thing, reflect the light of Christ, and help others, our shields become stronger.

And not just our shields. Also the impact we make as we focus on serving God by using our gifts and talents. And the more we see the difference that impact makes, the stronger yet our faith becomes. It's a virtuous cycle.

God loves faithfulness.

Look at Joshua. God chose him to lead the Israelites across the Jordan after the death of Moses. Joshua told the Israelites to fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness, and Joshua led by example, telling the tribes, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." - Joshua 24:15.

God watches over and protects the faithful.

He told Joshua, "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." - Joshua 1:5

God gives courage and strength to the faithful.

As He told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

And as the psalmist proclaimed, "Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked." - Psalm 97:10

"He hold success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones."
- Proverbs 2:7-8

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man."
- Proverbs 3:3-4

God grants the "impossible" to the faithful.

Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." - Matthew 17:20

Such as moving from here (our finite life on Earth) to there (heaven). Impossible? Hardly. For the faithful, not just possible, but certain.

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