Posts Tagged ‘Faithfulness’


Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Day 287

“you are only visitors here . . .
your real home is in heaven”
1 Peter 2:11

We are visitors, pilgrims, aliens, foreigners, and travelers. We do live in this world and its order. In fact, we live in the midst of a rebel territory whose prince is the devil, the god of this age. A majority who follow him surrounds us. Sounds scary. It is not. Paul says, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Even though we walk this earth and are subject to the constant barrage of its darkness causing a weariness of the pace, Paul is telling us do not look at that, it is temporary. We are encouraged to look at Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was crucified in our place and defeated the enemy and raised gloriously from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us. We need to keep our eye on him, refreshing ourselves as to who we are and what are calling is.

All of history is arranged for us. There is not one event or circumstance in our life that occurs outside of God’s will. God overturns nations and empires for His people. All of Egypt was overturned for the sake of Israel. God says, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” We have a God who is a Father to us and our time here is a preparation for the great glory we shall know. Nothing can touch a child of God unless He has permitted it. So, do not be caught up in the temporal of what may be seen, but look to our Father who is preparing us for that day of final rest.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him”
James 1:12


Monday, October 18th, 2010

Day 226

“Not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed”
Joshua 23:14

Every promise has been fulfilled.

Not one has failed.

Joshua had reached the end of his life and ministry. He now calls to mind that God has not failed in one word of what was promised to His people. He gave Israel all the land He promised, and they possessed and lived in the land. Not one of their enemies stood before them. He delivered those enemies into their hands. They had success and victory in their wars. He gave them rest on every side from the wars and their travels [Joshua 21:43-45].

We have the same promise today. Paul says that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus” [Philippians 1:6]. When we become His children, there is nothing that will ever separate us and there is nothing that will ever prevent us from being glorified in Him. That is His promise, His word to us. We may have a confidence and assurance of completion in Him.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth
I will make your faithfulness known through all generations”
Psalm 89:1


Friday, September 24th, 2010

Day 202

“Your servant was tending his father’s sheep”
1 Samuel 17:34

What were David’s qualifications? He visited the Israelite encampment and found that the Philistine’s had sent a giant named Goliath out to taunt them into battle. Being a massive man and mighty warrior, he presented an overpowering and frightening presence to the Israelites. They were no fools, so they stayed in camp. It was this scene that David came upon.

David was a very young man, most likely in the 12 to 17 age bracket (favoring the younger age). As the youngest he took care of his Father’s sheep. His brothers were serving in the army. And while taking care of the sheep, he had already proved himself in battle with a lion and a bear, killing both. They had taken from the flock. He saw Goliath no differently, as one who would kill the Father’s children. David won the right to do battle with Goliath. David declared, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts . . . this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands . . . for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). The remaining story is well known.

What were David’s qualifications? There was only one; “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep.” Our Great Shepherd is Christ, and He is tending the Father’s sheep—you and I. He has laid down His life for us, making full provision so that not one us will be lost. Neither the lion nor the bear shall take one away, for our Great Shepherd has conquered death, setting us free. He said, “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them to eternal life on the last day” (John 6:39).

“Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of
the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and
we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the
Lord, who made heaven and earth”
Psalm 124:6-8


Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Day 196

“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes,
and we looked the same to them”
Numbers 13:33

What has changed?

God not only set His people free, He gave them provision for every step of the way. And the proof of His promise was in their hands; “…they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.”

Yet, when problems mount, crises comes, and there seemingly is a mountain before us, we suddenly see ourselves as weak, powerless, and defeated. And all these are suddenly giants in our life! What has changed? It certainly isn’t God who has changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Our heart fails us! What a contradiction! We suddenly are a defeated people that are led to accusing God of not keeping us. We’re holding the fruit of the land in our hand, His provision and treasures for us while declaring, it’s all over and we’re finished.

How foolish we are! Even if God permits circumstances in our life that are troubling, His promise is that He will take us through them and we will emerge untouched. Nothing happens in our lives except what He has permitted. And He declares for those who love Him that it is to our good. Stand up and be courageous, you are a son of God and all is well. He is your God and is with you to the end.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:1b-2


Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Day 158

“The Lord will always guide you”
Isaiah 58:11

One of the amazing characteristics about our heavenly Father is His faithfulness. Our experience tells us that if we do not perform well that we should not expect anything. If we are rebellious, choose our own ways and sin, we should expect judgement and lightening in our lives. But, the fact is that God is faithful and true to His nature in grace, mercy and compassion and He acts according to His divine purposes.

A clear example of this is the Israelites after being freed from Egypt. They grumbled, complained, rebelled and sinned. Yet, God in His kindness made provision to them. He did not fail them in any way. He continued to guide them to the Promised Land. Jonah ran away when the Lord directed him to prophesy. The Lord pursued him and he reluctantly went and did it; and then complained afterward. Yet the Lord gave him provision and spoke to him softly, guiding Him.

There are endless examples in the scriptures of those rebelling, sinning and going their own way. God continued to guide them, give provision and make a way for them. He is a gentle Father who knows just how to bring us out of rebellion and sin. Don’t ever believe for a second that God forsakes us because we go off the path. We may be alienated because of our actions, but He changes not. He is faithful.

“He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched
land and will make you strong. You will be
like a well-watered garden, like a spring
of water that never goes dry.”
Isaiah 58:11


Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Day 85

“You are those who have stood by Me in My trials”
Luke 22:28

God is a faithful God. He chose us before the foundation of the world; He created us to know, love, serve and have fellowship with Him. Fellowship was broken by the sin of the very first man that led to all of us being born separated from Him. God selected one person to begin a race of people to be His but; they continued man’s sinful ways. He then rescued them from 400-year captivity. They rebelled after being set free so He brought the next generation to a new land, where they rejected God as King and ended up in captivity again for 70 years. Then He set them free. Finally, in a time appointed He sent His own Son to die on a cross; opened the kingdom of God to all whosoever will answer His call.

Today we are His children because God never gave up on us. His faithfulness is steadfast, and we are proof of that. Even today, when we fail, fall, or slip, He is there. Should we even resist Him, He remains the same – near to us as a faithful companion. That faithfulness is a deep love for His children. It is a Father’s love. It is a love that has determined that not one of His children will be snatched out of His hand.

We again get a glimpse at the Father’s heart. Jesus told the disciples that in spite of their weaknesses and failures, they have stood with Him faithfully. Hundreds left Him, but they were loyal. They understood friendship. So He promised to give them a kingdom just as the Father had given Him one. Hear this, saints: the Lord values those who stay with Him. It reflects faithfulness, and He rewards us with the kingdom.

“And I confer on you a kingdom”
verse 29