A Study on God's Faithful Character

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GOD IS FAITHFUL. That statement sounds like something that would be so simple to believe as a Christian but I have found that in my own life it is something that is so easy to forget. In the midst of trial or confusion or seasons of change if we can stay grounded in God and remember that HE IS TRULY FAITHFUL everything changes. Today I hope to provide some resources that will help us discover God’s faithfulness and how we can see it play out in our day to day lives.

DEFINITION OF FAITHFUL: loyal, constant, steadfast in allegiance, devoted, firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty

 

BIBLE VERSES ON GODS FAITHFUL CHARACTER:

 

·      Psalm 119:90

·      1 Corinthians 1:9

·       2 Thessalonians 3:3

·       1 John 1:9

·       Hebrews 10:23

·      Deuteronomy 7:9

·      Numbers 23:19

 

 

 

ACTION STEPS TO SEE GODS FAITHFUL CHARACTER IN YOUR LIFE:

 

1)    Get in the word to be reminded of God’s TRUTH and stories of His faithfulness. Often times Satan doesn’t need you to not believe in God completely, he just needs you to start to doubt in one of God’s characteristics or for you to believe that who God was in the Bible isn’t who He is today. When I have been in tough seasons or tough scenarios throughout my life I have doubted if God was really good (when I have seen innocent babies and children die), if He actually a God that gives me the desires of my heart (when I struggled through an addiction to achievement and just wanted worldly success), or if He was actually able to forgive me for all of my sins (when I have come out of seasons of placing my identity in things outside of God like school, sports, guys and work). During those times I realized that my current circumstances and feelings were dictating what I thought of God, not what I KNOW to be true about God.  It is SO important that we remain steadfast in our belief that God is unchanging. In Hebrews 13:8 it says that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” If we truly believe that Gods character is unchanging then we can read the stories throughout the Bible and know that the same God who was faithful to Abraham and Moses will be faithful to us and in our lives today. Here are some stories to read in the Bible to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness to His people:

a.     The Book of Exodus: Exodus tells the story of how God delivered the Israelites out of the hand of Pharaoh in Egypt and into the Promise Land. Things to note from this story: 1) It was the Israelites sin and lack of obedience that kept them from God’s promises, not unfaithfulness on God’s behalf. Is there any sin in your life that is keeping you from experiencing God’s promises and faithfulness? 2) Even though the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, God still delivered them and held true to His promises. This demonstrates that even though God’s timeline might be different than what we want it to be, His faithful character never changes.

b.     All of the Gospel books (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tell the story of God’s faithfulness as He sent His son to die for our sins so that we may have everlasting life. Without God’s faithful character there would be no Christianity. His faithful character is core to our entire belief system.

c.     Other stories to look up: Noah and The Ark, The Story of Abraham, The Story of the covenant with Ishmael and his descendants in Genesis, The Story of Hosea and Gomer in Hosea (an illustration of the marriage between God and the Jewish people)

2)    Practice prayer journaling so you can be reminded of God’s faithfulness in your own life. The practice of prayer journaling has been such an incredible experience for me. Sometimes I’ll be flipping back through an old journal and I’m always just in complete awe of how faithful God is and how many prayers He has answered for me. One of the first prayers I wrote down in my prayer journal was when I was in college and it was, “God please rip away from the desire to seek attention from and satisfaction from guys.” At the time I had just started dating Christopher but just couldn’t let go of wanting other guys to think I was attractive. After pouring my focus into God He delivered me from that season of trying to find my security in the wrong places. My prayer journals are like a memoir chalked full of God’s answered prayers (both big and small) and countless examples of His faithfulness in my life.

 

Here’s how you can start a prayer journal that focuses on remembering God’s faithfulness: In your journal date each page. Next, write down your fears, anxieties and current scenarios that you are seeking deliverance from. Then write down verses that remind you of God’s truth and that can provide you hope for the future. Lastly, leave a little space at the bottom of the page to go back and write out the date and how God answered that prayer in your life in bold red pen. In 1 Samuel 7:12 it demonstrates to us how important it is to set up reminders of God’s faithfulness. It says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." Just as Samuel set up that stone as a reminder for the Israelites that God was faithful in delivering them from the Philistine army, we can set up our own stones or “Ebenezers” today any time we see God’s faithfulness come to fruition in our lives.

 

3)    Love God and Keep His Commandments. In Deuteronomy 7:9 it says “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 commandments.” As this verse says, God’s covenant promises are available to us when we love Him and keep His commandments. We must be postured to obey, immersing ourselves in God’s truth daily through reading His word and acting on that truth NO MATTER WHAT if we want to experience His promises.

 

I often struggle with that NO MATTER what part. MOST of the time I love obeying God’s commandments because I have seen the fruit that is produced in my life and in my relationship with God when I do, but other times, as someone who loves to be in control, I have such a hard time releasing my tight grip that on certain areas of my life. Whenever I try to cling tightly to the things of this world and MY way of doing things I see such a drastic difference in my life in such a negative way.  But whenever I get back on track, obeying God’s commandments and His will that is laid out for me in His word I have what I like to call my “Duh Paige!” moments. As things start to go back to being in alignment with what God’s word says I should be doing with my life, my heart usually experiences so much peace, my relationships usually all improve and I truly get to experience the abundant life that God created for me! I have noticed these moments the most when I shift my identity from being wrapped up in things of this world to be found in God again. I always want to knock myself aside the head and say, “Duh Paige!! Of course when you follow what God has told you to do, your life will be in alignment and you will experience the contentment, joy and peace that God has promised you.” It’s so easy to forget God’s faithfulness and His unchanging character when we start to sway from his commandments and the will He has clearly laid out for our lives as Christians. If you are struggling in any areas of your life to relinquish control to God and to obey Him I suggest truly practicing renewing your mind every day by reading your Bible. As your mind transforms, the desires of your heart will transform as well to be more in alignment with what God desires and when we are in alignment with God it’s impossible to not consistently recognize and experience His faithfulness!