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God’s Justice

Today’s message summary of April 3, 2016 from Pastor Gus Brown:

How many of you have ever made the statement, “It’s not fair!”

What we should be looking at is whether or not God is just, because He is indeed fair.

In Revelation, when He pours out His wrath on the people, was He being fair about it?

He was just and fair in His punishment.

In Revelation 15:2, you are able to see the saints that are present and they proclaim victory over the beast.

In Chapter 6:10, you hear the cries of those who were slain asking how long it will be until God brings justice.

The date has been set for when God’s wrath will be poured out on those who do not believe in Him.

Romans 2:6-11

He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek, but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. There is no favoritism with God.

God will be able to recall everything that you did that was for or against His Word. For those who desire to and actively practice evil, God declares that it will not go well for them.

Those who desire to practice righteous and obedience can always rely upon the Lord to get through situations and circumstances. Things will still happen to those who believe in Him, but He provides peace and comfort to those who rest in Him.

Acts 17:29-31

Being God’s offspring them, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.

Scripture tells not to measure us in comparison to others. The Word shows us the holiness and character of God, and it helps us to understand God and overcome this self-image that we would have of who God is. We are not to come up with an image of who God is rather than rely upon His Word to tell us who He really is.

He calls for the repentance of those who are in sin, for the Day of Judgment has been set.

Revelation 15:2

I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.

The people were celebrating their victory over the beast because they were now present with God and experiencing His fullness (v. 3). They sang the song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-3, 11).

When times are difficult, the peace of God is what comforts a believer.

A believer sees that God is trustworthy and just in His ways. He is holy and righteous in his ways.

Deuteronomy 32:4

The Rock–His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true.

Psalm 85:9-11

His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land. Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.

Hosea 14:9

Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

Revelation 19:1-2

After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying: Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God, because His judgments are true and righteous, because He has judged the notorious prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality; and He has avenged the blood of His slaves that was on her hands.

Revelation 15:4

Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because you alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been revealed.

Isaiah 26:9

I long for You in the night, yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Revelation 16:7

Then I heard someone from the altar say: Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.

God’s righteousness and His peace are inseparable. Those who act in the flesh cannot experience peace because of unrighteousness.

Luke 18:7-8

Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?

Revelation 15:5-8

After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuarythe tabernacle of testimonywas opened. Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from Gods glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

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Ladies Brunch Featuring Author Angelica Leigh Reeves – Saturday, Sept. 26

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Just Do It!

Message transcript of September 6, 2015 from Melvin Gaines:

The mission of Nike, Inc., a renowned international athletic shoe and apparel company, is to “bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world,” and they quickly add, “if you have a body, you are an athlete.”

Nike started from humble beginnings where employees were selling shoes out of their cars to become the world’s leader with global revenues of over $27 billion dollars.

The name “Nike,” originating from the Greek goddess of the same name standing for “victory,” has been around for over forty years, and over that time it has defined and redefined the sports fitness industry, but not without its own missteps. The company misjudged the popularity of the aerobics and fitness movement in the mid 1980s and veered off into the casual shoe market. Its growth also outpaced its management and effective decision-making, and it had slipped from its position as the top-selling shoe.

To reverse this trend, Nike hired Weiden+Kennedy, a well-known advertising agency, and they came up with the one of the top slogans of the 20th Century, “Just Do It,” which made its debut for the company in 1988. The words “just do it” propelled Nike’s popularity to its top position in the industry. Three years after the debut of “Just Do It,” the company had tripled its revenue to over $3 billion dollars, and has not looked back since.

“Just do it” may be a catchy slogan with staying power, but it is readily acknowledged as the language of today’s lifestyle that inspires people to get up and move. It is associated with good health, getting and staying in shape, and remaining active in all parts of life. This also has application within our faith.

Consider that the words “just do it” for Jesus Christ reflect a healthy relationship in service for Him. James expresses this very clearly as he addressed believers in Christ with the importance of a working faith:

James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

A servant of Jesus Christ absolutely needs to live under the premise of “just do it” in order to live as Christ provided His life as an example for us. We are to live as servants of Christ in a world where servanthood is more of the exception than the rule. Chuck Swindoll notes, “we live in a world where many have adopted “an independent, self-sufficient, survival-of-the-fittest mentality.” God has called us to be distinct in a positive way in the world, and to make a difference. The difference is living the “just do it” way as Jesus did:

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-—a ransom for many.

Jesus provided a demonstration of what it is to be a servant by washing the feet of the apostles. He provided an explanation for them when He was finished:

John 13:12-17

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

Jesus showed them the power of servanthood, which is the essence of living a Christlike existence. To be in service for Christ is to live for Christ. He assures those who are living for Him that He will always be present in whatever is being done in His name:

John 12:26 ESV

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

You can see how “just do it” can be a launching point for a person who is eager to serve Jesus Christ. Being a servant requires a willingness to do it and it takes practice to begin to master it. But what if you don’t know where to begin this process? In this instance, the best place to begin is the beginning.

  1. Just do it (now)!

Being a servant begins with a willingness to do something that will bring a positive change in someone’s life. It does not necessarily require that you need to use any special talent or ability. It may be moving furniture to reorganize a room or to help someone move from an apartment to a new home. It may be standing at the church doorway and greeting people while handing out the week’s church bulletin. Sometimes, it means buying a meal or even some groceries for a family who is in need. In a world where people are more often self-focused then not, the ability to step out and simply do something for someone is refreshingly distinctive. It’s the beginning step in a life of servanthood.

  1. Just do it without expecting anything in return

There is a way to treat people, and being a servant is no exception to this. A servant in Christ is to live in such a way that it is natural to do the right thing for someone, and to not expect anything in return or create a burden of obligation for the other person.

First, the essence of “doing what is right” is the foundation of what Jesus Christ represents:

Matthew 7:12 HCSB

Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—-this is the Law and the Prophets.

The ways of the world normally see acts of compassion with suspicion. For some people, it is difficult to accept a person’s help because it is a societal norm that the help is to be reciprocated. As a servant of Jesus Christ, your acts of service are performed with a heart for Jesus and without any need or expectation for the person to do anything in return. The moment that the burden of returning the favor is left in place, that is when Christ’s presence is less visible, and when He is less likely to be glorified as you serve. We serve Christ freely and without any burden for ourselves and for others. People need to see the light and airy love of Christ in everything that you do in service for Him:

Matthew 11:28-30 HCSB

“Come to Me (Jesus), all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Our service for Christ, as we develop our heart for service, should also be an expression of what it is to live a life of freedom for Him (John 8:36).

  1. Just do it…and put some heart into it!

A servant for Christ not only demonstrates the example of Christlike behavior to others, but also learns the perspective of servanthood with the heart and mind of Jesus. As you learn more about Jesus through His Word and live in obedience to Him, He will most certainly transform you as you live as His example before others. Being refreshingly distinctive from the world means being set apart in a positive way. People will see your heart for Christ in what you do. To be set apart involves changing from your old self to not only become a new creature, but a creature that becomes more and more Christ-like every day.”

Romans 12:1-2 HCSB

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Chuck Swindoll notes that a servant for Christ must change to avoid the world’s reasoning and conform to the thoughts of Jesus:

“How? By a radical transformation within. By a renewed thought pattern that demonstrates authentic godlikeness. Living differently begins with thinking differently.”

Living for Christ in this renewed mind will allow you to see the compassion of Christ in everything that you do for others.

Your servanthood with a heart for Jesus will be seen by people who don’t know Him personally as a wonderful introduction (and perhaps an invitation) to who He is. A servant for Christ truly is a light in a very dark world:

Matthew 5:14-16 HCSB

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Chuck Swindoll noted that the opportunities to reach the lost, through servanthood, are limitless, and in your service, you personally receive joy in your accomplishments through your fellowship with Jesus Christ:

“In every town, every neighborhood, and on every block there are lonely and sometimes unlovely men and women who need to experience the love of Jesus. In every city there are children who have never known a gentle touch or a loving smile.” “There are acts of love and mercy that God has already prepared for you, so that you might share in His joy–so that you might grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

A life of servanthood for Jesus Christ is a life that embodies ministry in fulfillment of His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Your obedience and faithfulness to Him will be a witness for Him in everything that you do. Now, all that you need to do is “just do it.”

 

For references, refer to Just Do It! research paper here.

Copyright © Melvin Gaines


Who is Worthy to Judge and Open the Scroll?

Today’s message summary of August 23, 2015 from Pastor Gus Brown:

We will be looking at Revelation, Chapters 5 and 6, this week and next week. They involve the opening of the scrolls and the sounding of the trumpets. This will reveal what mankind will do to one another–some of the worst things imaginable–when the Holy Spirit is not present to restrain evil.

The Holy Spirit has to be at work to allow a person to withstand the enemy.

When we look at the seals being opened, note that it is not so much as Christ doing it Himself, but rather Christ allowing it to take place. Christ is allowing people to see mankind at its worst. He is allowing Satan to outpour his rage against mankind.

Jesus is the only One who can open the seven seals (Revelation 5-6). He is the only One who has the authority to judge, and no one else.

The beginning of the tribulation starts with the seals being opened. This is God allowing Satan to do whatever he desires with the people without the restraint of the Holy Spirit.

Job 1:9-12

Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Haven’t You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out Your hand and strike everything he owns, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:7

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way.

 

In Revelation 5, the question is asked, “Who can open the scroll? Who is worthy?”

Jesus is not a secret, of course. Heaven had to recognize who He was! It is not so much a question for those in heaven as it was for those who are on earth.

Revelation 5:1-4

Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals? But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it. And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it.

 

No man or angel has the authority. No one can control the antichrist except the One.

John is a “visitor” in this vision of heaven. He learns that only One can open the scroll and start the process of judgment on humanity.

Revelation 5:5-7

Then one of the elders said to me, Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals. Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

 

Jesus has the ability to judge. He who is the Creator has the right to be able to judge.

Colossians 1:16

For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.

 

Acts 17:30-31

“Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

 

There is a day when there will be a day of reckoning. (Whether one chooses to believe it or not.) No man or woman will miss it.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4

It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court. In fact, I don’t even evaluate myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. The One who evaluates me is the Lord.

 

Romans 14:4

Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.

 

God has the authority to judge.

John 5:26-27

For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself. And he has granted Him the right to pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

 

God is still the Judge of those who reject Him.

John 12:48

The one who rejects Me and doesn’t accept My sayings has this as his judge: The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

 

Everyone will give an account of his life.

Romans 14:7-12

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

 

There is only One Lawgiver–One Judge.

James 4:12

There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

 

The Lamb is worthy to open the scroll (Revelation 5:6).

He looked weak when He was slain, but He is indeed strong.

Seven horns refer to complete authority (one who rules).

Seven eyes refer to complete knowledge of all life. Nothing is hidden from Him.

John 4:24-25

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

 

Revelation 6:1-2

Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.

 

The word “come” can also be interpreted as the word, “go.” In other words, the antichrist was given permission to go forth over the world.

There are three different horses mentioned. Of the riders, Christ is not one of them. One of the riders is the antichrist.

The rider had a bow–a weapon of war.

He was given a crown to rule as a person with authority.

He rode out as a conqueror who was determined to conquer what was not his to subdue.

There is no timeframe mentioned here as to how long this would take place, but it involves the time when the restraint of the Holy Spirit was removed.


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The Fruits of The Spirit – Gentleness

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

Gentleness, also referred to as meekness, is our study for today.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

You’ll notice that ministry to others must have all of the fruits of The Spirit in use.  If anything is missing, it makes ministry much more difficult.  God calls you to come along side a person to help bring them to recognize the need for the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  It must be done, however, in kindness–in gentleness.

When people are in pain, it is important to be gentle with others.  Christians should understand this more than anyone.  We need to prepare to minister to others in humility.

Matthew 11:29

All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.

 

Jesus wants us to use Him as the example in how to minister to others.  He is gentle and humble and compassionate for the lost.  When you encounter someone who is willing to learn and listen to you, he will have rest in his heart and soul.  While the Word will challenge the heart, they will acknowledge that the instruction is good for him.

 

1 Corinthians 10:32

Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God.

 

2 Corinthians 10:1-5

10 Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent. 2 I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are behaving in an unspiritual way. 3 For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.

 

The Holy Spirit provides the power to minister effectively in gentleness.  The Spirit helps one choose their words wisely.

Galatians 6:1

Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.

 

When you minister to people, you have two choices–to minister in the power of the flesh or in the power of The Holy Spirit.  The evidence of either one will be the underpinning of the testimony.  There should be something taking place inside of you that will reflect the Spirit working and a closeness to God as you minister to others.

Ephesians 4:15

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ.

 

Care should be given to speak to person in gentleness and love and at the appropriate time.  It will often require developing a relationship with a person to the point where one is ready to share his story.  Speak the truth in love, but do so with steps that are well within the pace of the listener.

James 1:19

My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

 

We are to be good listeners.  A gentle person takes the time to listen to others and be patient before offering feedback or a response.

1 Corinthians 10:15

I am speaking as to wise people. Judge for yourselves what I say.

 

Your words are best spoken to people who are sensible, reasonable and rational.

It’s important to take the lead in gentleness because of the type of world that we are living in.  Today’s world have a different view of God’s truth.

Philippians 2:14-15

14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.

 

A person can fall over and over again.  Until a person is ready to acknowledge the errors of his ways, he will continue in this way until he sees God’s Word as beneficial to him.  He still needs your love, patience and gentleness during this time until he is ready to learn and follow Christ.

Ephesians 4:1-2

1 Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love.

 

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

 

2 Timothy 2:24

The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient.

 

A Lord’s servant must not be cruel.  He is to be kind to everyone.  He has to be able to teach, and teach effectively.

People who oppose the teaching still need gentle instruction and correction.

1 Thessalonians 2:7

Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children.

 

God must change the heart.  God will grant repentance.  You are to pursue gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11

But you, man of God, run from these things,

and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,

love, endurance, and gentleness.


The Fruits of The Spirit – Faithfulness

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

As Christians, are we always faithful?  Faithfulness is something that we have lost in our relationships with others.  Trust is broken.  Loyalty is a principle that must be fulfilled in order to reflect faithfulness.

Faithfulness is something that has to be taught and built within a person.  The Holy Spirit is the One who must present it to a believer.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The faith referenced here is not a saving faith, but instead a faithfulness, or something that a believer is empowered with in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Faithfulness is reflected in the service that is rendered to others, and people will see your commitment in that service.  Jesus Christ wants you to see that faithfulness is a reflection of His own character.

The laziness and indifference of our human nature doesn’t like to be constantly disturbed by the restlessness of faithfulness.

Faithfulness bears responsibility.  It is to assume responsibilities that are in line with God’s character, and in that situation or circumstance, God will remain faithful.

1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

Hebrews 3:6

But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.

 

Philippians 1:6

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

God’s faithfulness is being carried out every day, regardless of how faithful we are.

Faithfulness is not about having all of the answers.  The most important thing is to believe in Him and then get started in trusting Him.  We are looking to God’s faithfulness as a work in us.

 

Deuteronomy 7:9

Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.

 

The Holy Spirit is teaching us how to be faithful to:

1. His Word

2. Our assigned task

3. To people

 

Luke 16:10-12

10 Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own?

 

1 Corinthians 4:2, 17

2 In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful.

17 This is why I have sent Timothy to you. He is my dearly loved and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church.

 

Matthew 25:21

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’

 

Faithfulness is performed for the recipient of the kindness within one’s tasks and assignments.  Within this process, the Holy Spirit teaches one how to remain faithful and to grow in faithfulness.

The Lord keeps the faithful.  If you choose not to be faithful, you are the one who misses out.

 

Psalm 31:23

Love the Lord, all His faithful ones.

The Lord protects the loyal,

but fully repays the arrogant.

 

God watches over the faithful.

Psalm 101:6

My eyes favor the faithful of the land

so that they may sit down with me.

The one who follows the way of integrity

may serve me.

 

Three who were faithful:

1. Moses

Hebrews 3:2

He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was in all God’s household.

 

2. Paul

1 Timothy 1:12

I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry.

 

3. Onesimus

Colossians 4:9

He is with Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.

 

One who is faithful is one who is useful within the kingdom.  Your faithfulness is being used by God for His glory.  Look at where Onesimus was at one time, and where he was later when sent by Paul:

Philemon 1:9-12

9 I appeal to you, instead, on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an elderly man and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus, 10 appeal to you for my son, Onesimus. I fathered him while I was in chains. 11 Once he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me. 12 I am sending him back to you as a part of myself.

 

Ask yourself if you are indeed useful within the kingdom of God?  Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to change you and work within you in being faithful?  Are you truly faithful?