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How to Stay Faithful

Most Christians would agree (at least mentally) to the reality that God is faithful. Scripture is full of references to this beautiful facet of our Father.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. –Deuteronomy 7:9


He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.

A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. –Deuteronomy 32:4


God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

–1 Corinthians 1:9


But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

–2 Thessalonians 3:3

The Hebrew root from which the words translated “faithful” and “faithfulness” in the Old Testament are derived, means to prop or stay or support. The Greek word used in the New Testament means trustworthy or to be relied upon. God is our staying power, He is the support that we can trust and rely on.

It’s valuable to meditate on such great faithfulness. Everyone (regardless of whether they ever understand it or not) benefits from God’s faithfulness because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).  With that in mind, I believe most Christians would agree with this statement:

No matter what any person does or does not do, He remains faithful.

So if that’s true of Him, what are we (His people) supposed to be? No matter what any person does, what bad decisions are made, or whether people do wrong or right, I have the responsibility and grace to remain faithful because He is faithful.

Christ is being formed in me. If I’m being conformed to His image and changing from glory to glory– then why would I think my faithfulness is my own to distribute as I see fit?  Faithfulness is even a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and a fruit tree doesn’t decide who gets the fruit. It just bears the fruit.

I’m not talking about doing everything for everyone here. I’m talking about expressing His love consistently and extravagantly with the gifts and resources He’s provided. But that’s not how I live many times…

  • I want to make sure I’m not taken advantage of.
  • I want to make sure I have plenty for myself and family first.
  • I want to withhold love/honor from those who hurt me or could potentially hurt me.

Not my call. Once I get a true revelation of God’s great and awesome faithfulness, I will see an outworking of greater faithfulness in every area of my life. In my marriage and family, in my ministry commitments, in my work, in my finances–everything.

You may be struggling with being faithful in one or many areas, but the simplest and best way to stay (or come back to) faithful is to understand the amazing faithfulness and grace of your Father.

It’s not dependent on any person’s good or bad deeds. It’s just who He is and you can rest assured, the same life is operating in you and me.

What do you think? Do you find faithfulness in your life or is it a struggle? Have you had a revelation of His faithfulness toward you and others?

19 Comments

  1. It’s not much of a stretch to be faithful to someone who is faithful and kind to you. It’s all together different to be dependable and available to someone who tosses your faithfulness to the side and stomps and spits upon it. My desire is for Him to continue to establish all of Himself in me which means being faithful when it would be easier not to be. Good stuff today!
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    • It’s funny how we miss this, but we do. Faithfulness in the face of anything negative runs so counter to the world. It just looks crazy, but not to our Father! He does it every single day. Thanks Philip.

  2. I’m learned that being faithful is an end in itself. I used to think being faithful was a means to an end. But, alas, God is totally responsible for the outcome. All I am responsible for is being there for when he needs me.

    Good post.
    Scott Couchenour recently posted..Busyness Is Not The ProblemMy Profile

    • Absolutely! It’s the same for our love, kindness, giving, etc. We get the opportunity to do so out of our relationship with Him expecting nothing from people. When our hopes aren’t tied to outcomes, we get to bypass a lot of frustration, anger, and discouragement and stay abiding in His presence. Thanks Scott.

  3. No matter what any person does, what bad decisions are made, or whether people do wrong or right, I have the responsibility and grace to remain faithful because He is faithful.

    This really struck me today. We are to live as Christ. Christ is faithful, and He was faithful even though rejected, battered, and executed.

    So too are we to be faithful.

    I have a lot to work on.
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    • I know. He is named Faithful and True! The thought you’re talking about just hit me last week (like a 2x4) as I was praying and studying for last Sunday’s message. We have a vision, His love, His grace, gifts, and those He puts in our lives to be faithful to and He enables us to do just that as a reflection of His own faithfulness. Of course, then He turns around a blesses us for that faithfulness that He enabled us to live. He is a gracious God! Thanks Dusty.

  4. Coming from a tradition that teaches/taught that a person can lose his salvation, one of the hardest teachings I had to grasp was this one. I could mentally assent that God is faithful. But believing it with my heart was so hard. There was freedom and relief when I realized the truth of what you have said here jason. Thanks so much.
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    • Phew, yeah, that would be a tough one to reconcile. He who started the work will be faithful to complete it! Thank you, Bill.

  5. I think living in a fallen flesh makes it more difficult to live a life of faith from the inside out. I can’t recount how often I’ve been shown grace and mercy in real life miracles, and yet I still tend to struggle with scenarios that my flesh senses.

    I have to say over the last few years of studying regularly and specifically the scripture that deals with fear, God has taken my faith to a whole new level. I’m not saying I’ve arrived, just more mature than before.

    Excellent and thought provoking post.

    • That’s what relationship is all about--living and growing in Him. The struggles don’t define our existence, His love and faithfulness do and He takes full responsibility to bring us into it as we rely on grace. Thank you so much, Floyd.

  6. Many thanks for this Jason.

    I have been reading your posts for a while. These past few months have seen an awakening within me of belief.

    God has always been faithful to me. He has always been my ‘prop’.

    Looking back now, I am humbled by His love for me. That is a new emotion. I only really began to feel that this week. But I did feel humble, humble because even during my darkest days, He has always been there for me. He has always looked after me.

    The power of feeling that is only dawning on me now. I really did feel humble!

    So, to read that we are to attempt to live like Christ is terrifying but if I can spread grace into my life, then I will be the man I know God wants me to be.

    Thanks!

    • Steve G -- I know you were addressing Jason directly. But I read your comment and it greatly inspired me. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It helped to make my day and my faith a little stronger in God.
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      • Scott, I love when conversations happen in the comments. That’s what it’s all about! :)

    • Steve, thank you so much for your comment. So excited to hear how God is moving in your life. You’re right. It’s thankfully not up to us but grace does all the heavy-lifting and He gives to us so graciously. We are not just asked to live like Jesus, we are supernaturally enabled to do it. Awesome! Blessings to you, Steve.

  7. Thanks Scott,

    Two moments this week have startled me. I was lying in bed early Tuesday morning and I genuinely felt thankful for the beautiful woman that God has given me and I genuinely felt humble that God had always looked after me in my darkest moments.

    For the first time, I felt real raw emotion in my relationship with God. I expect I always have but simply didn’t realise it.

    Once you feel that, I guess there is no going back!

    I am wonderfully moved by it all!

  8. The Lord showed me the errors of my ways yesterday, I had a love affair with the world in college but He was always faithful though. He showed me that yes He was my Savior and will always be but I didn’t add the Lordship into our relationship. What I mean is Yes He was my Savior but I didn’t allow him to be Lord. And that’s where most Christians are missing in there relationship with Jesus. The Lordship and that’s when the covenant rights we have with Him kick in.
    You are my friends if you do what I command.
    John 15:14 NLT
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    • Too true, Andrew. Most are more than happy to welcome a Savior, but when it comes to Him being our Lord, we falter. We all need to remember that His love never fails and His faithfulness is sure and His grace is sufficient… There is no reason to fear His Lordship--He will go after our good as we rest in Him. Thanks Andrew.