Presentation on theme: "Love is Faithfulness The Measure of Faith The measure is dealt. Based and proven by confession. Faith comes. The Growth of Faith Apply yourself. Wholehearted."— Presentation transcript:
Love is Faithfulness The Measure of Faith The measure is dealt. Based and proven by confession. Faith comes. The Growth of Faith Apply yourself. Wholehearted diligence. The Maturity of Faith Steadfast and sure with no doubt. Absolute impossibilities. The Result of Faith Faithfulness is a fruit. Picking the fruit
Love is Faithfulness Faithfulness means "one who is worthy of trust; one who has proved that he can be trusted and depended upon7! Faithfulness requires integrity of words and actions - that is, our actions must always be backed up by our words and our words by our actions. God is Faithful It is this faithfulness, loyalty and integrity that become part of us at the new birth. Faithfulness is based on words spoken.
Love is Faithfulness Irreversible Once God has spoken, it cannot be reversed - the words will come to pass. This is the faithfulness of God. He cannot deny Himself Faithlessness is related to going against yourself. It is breaking trust - and God cannot do that. The Lord does not compromise for any person. Our unbelief and lack of integrity do not nullify the faithfulness of God - he makes his word happen. This is the key to faithfulness. If you say you will be there; make sure you are there If you say yes do it! Make sure you do it! If you say no: let it be! Do not change your mind!
Love is Faithfulness Faithfulness demands taking your words seriously just as your faith in God takes Him seriously. –Matthew 5:37 “But let your 'YES' be 'YES' and your 'NO', 'NO'. For whatever is more than these is from the EVIL ONE”. The Measure of Faith Faithfulness is rooted in our faith in a faithful God. Similarly double-mindedness and instability are rooted in doubt and unbelief.
Love is Faithfulness The Measure is Dealt The measure of faith has been dealt to every man as a gift. God plants His faith in seed form into the heart of man through the word of faith which is preached. Based and Proved by Confession God created by speaking words and knowing that what He said would come to pass. Every miracle that Jesus performed was preceded.by words which He knew would come to pass. When we are born again we are given a measure of faith. When we speak [confess] His will, we trust in the mighty power of God.
Love is Faithfulness We are Reborn when we make a Confession –Romans 10:10 “With the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Faith Comes... Comes by a Faith comes by a proclamation of God's Word. The measure of our faith comes to us; it is dealt to us by the confession of faith. This, really, is what a preacher is doing when he preaches.
Love is Faithfulness The Growth of Faith Every born again believer starts out with the same measure of faith but not everyone has the same growth rate. It depends on the diligence and dedication to the task of each individual. You can grow in faith as fast as you want to.
Love is Faithfulness Apply Yourself God has given various ways and means by which faith can grow. Apply yourself to Cod's Word –Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. Apply Yourself to Prayer Apply Yourself to Prayer –Jude 20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT”,
Love is Faithfulness Apply Yourself to Fasting Matthew 17:20, 21 “So Jesus said to them: Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, MOVE from here to there, and it will move; and NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU. However this kind does not go out EXCEPT BY PRAYER and FASTING”.
Love is Faithfulness Wholehearted Diligence –Joshua 14:7, 8 "I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God [wholeheartedly”. The Maturity of Faith Here we see what faith looks like in its completed maturity. It stands steadfast and sure with no doubt, without wavering in the face of absolute impossibilities.
Love is Faithfulness The Result of Faith Singleness of purpose; single-mindedness - the ability to stand when all else falls; the ability to stay in there without giving up is the result of fully matured and developed faith. Faithfulness is a Fruit Fruit is cultivated and must grow first the shoot, Then the stem and then the full-grown ear.
Love is Faithfulness Picking the Fruit –Matthew 25:23 “... Good work, His master said: YOU ARE A GOOD and FAITHFUL SERVANT. You have been faithful over this small amount so now I will give you much more”. God will come and look at His fruit tree from time to time, wanting to partake of its fruit. We are his fruit trees and faithfulness is our fruit.
Love is Faithfulness The Time of Accountability This is a biblical test. In both these parables we see that money is involved. The Bible calls money the lowest or the least. This is a biblical test. In both these parables we see that money is involved. The Bible calls money the lowest or the least.
Love is Faithfulness Start with the Least –Do what God says –Do what you say –Do what the authorities say Start being faithful in the small things - the material things. This will determine whether you will be trusted with eternal true spiritual riches