Posts Tagged ‘Faithfulness’

1 Corinthians 4:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].

In this verse we see it is a basic requirement for a person to be found faithful. What is faithful? Faithful is one who is loyal or constant. Christians today need to be loyal and constant. Quite often I find people who want to do something but never follow through. They are constant in their talk but not faithful in their actions. As a minister of the Gospel it is vitally important to read my Bible and pray everyday. It vitally important that I be constant and loyal to God. Why? Because it will help me to be constant and loyal to my family and ministry.

God has entrusted me with a powerful ministry. The first part of the ministry is to God, then my wife, then my children and then the church. If I am to be a blessing to others then I have to read and pray and have fellowship with God. Through the years I have found that the more time I spend with God the better my marriage becomes. The more time I spend with God, my relationship with my sons grows.

When life is not good you can count on God being faithful to help you. When life is going great can God count on you being faithful? Many times things will start to go right for a family and then they stop fellowshipping with God. This is not being faithful. Being faithful is staying constant with God and staying constant with your responsibilities.

The topic of this devotion is staying faithful even if…  Your dog dies, family problems, doesn’t feel like God is talking to you, have an argument with your spouse, children act up, finances are messed up, car problems…ETC. Will you stay faithful through it all? Will you be constant with God?

The proving ground of faithfulness is staying constant regardless of any situation, good or bad. Stay faithful because there is always a reward.

My dad has taught me to be faithful in everything I do. My dad has been an inspiration to me and shown me what it is like to stay faithful in the midst of adversity. He has shown me to stay strong and deliberate in my work. He taught me a core lesson on what it means to hold to your word. He taught me to give more than my best and not to require praise.

I dedicate this devotion to you dad. Thank you for staying constant and faithful. Thank you for not giving up or giving in. Thank you for staying by my side even when I disappointed you. Thank you for showing me the love of God by being a faithful steward. Thank you for showing me how to be a good husband and father, because you’re faithful to mom and to your children. You dad are reaping the fruits of your loins!

Be Blessed!

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Hebrews 5:14
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Strong meat belongs to those who are of full age. Are you ready? The Church will always have babies, but, those babies need to grow up and get off the basic milk of the Word of God. There are Christians in the Church worldwide that have been in church all their lives, yet they are still just sucking on the bottle of the Word. Christians it’s time for you to grow up! God does not want you to stay a baby. God wants you to grow up and expand His Kingdom. If all you do is just hang out and be a baby then you will always need attention and caring for. God expects His people to get into the Word of God and begin to eat like a mature Christian. I think it’s funny when a so-called mature Christian acts like a baby. They begin to kick and scream and want it their way all the time. They talk like their mature, but in reality they are just old babies!

Look at the baby Christians today. Many of them are passing the mature Christians because they are hearing the Word of God and they are taking it in like a sponge. These babies are growing up quickly! Why? Because they are hungry. They are not making excuses about this person said this and that person said this. They are not saying… “This is the way we always do it.” You can see with this statement many so-called mature Christians would say that statement. Why? Because the so-called mature Christians like to live in the box or live in religion or some mans philosophy. The babies are the ones coming up with new ideas and they are reading their Bibles and they are willing to go. Mature Christians can be like stubborn mules. Try to make a stubborn mule drink! It’s difficult! You would be better off washing a cat!

I remember one time when I was child, I got hurt playing soccer and I remember my dad telling me that I needed to get up and shake it off. He told me to be a man. Well I did not like that statement, but it is so true. Many times the devil or even people try to knock me down but I must get up and shake it off because I am a mature Christian. It doesn’t matter if your just Joe Shmoe or even the Pastor. Attacks are going to come and as mature Christians we need to go to our Bible and read and pray and stand tall.

Listen God wants us to grow up and eat well. I am not talking about natural food. I am talking about spiritual food. God desires us to have a relationship where we talk to him and listen. God does not want us to coo like a child, rather He wants us to talk to Him like strong mature Christians. He wants to build something in each one of you. God wants the best for His children. He wants you to mature in His Word, in Prayer, in loving Him, in loving others and He wants you to mature so that you will further His Kingdom. Babies always have to be changed and cleaned up. Adults can take care of the themselves and help others. Babies can’t talk, but adults can. Babies have to throw fits to get attention, but adults just need to ask. The true sign of a mature Christian is someone who is continually exercising the Word of God. Someone who is willing to push forward and someone who is willing to give their all. Babies always need someone. Mature Christians only need God! So what are you? Are you still a baby or are you a mature Christian? If you have failed, which all people do, get back on your feet and don’t give up. Mature Christians never say, “I give up!” Get yourself up and stop letting the devil beat you down. Stand up, ask for forgiveness for acting like a baby and press forward. You can do it! God is still on His throne and He has not left you or forsaken you!

You are God’s great creation and you have power. You have dominion and strength. You have peace and joy. You have faith, the God kind of faith, the kind of faith that moves mountains.Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. You are righteous through Christ Jesus.  1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: You are holy because He is holy.1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

Be Blessed!

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

 

What does your heart look like right now? What is the aroma of your heart? What is the condition of your heart? What is your heart beat like? Does your heart beat violently or is it a soft harmonious beat? What is the heart beat of God?

These are questions for you to ponder as you go through the rest of your day today. These questions are meant to be looked at from the spiritual point of view and not the natural. I can say your natural physical heart may not look so good if your spiritual supernatural heart is bad. Your physical heart rests on what you say about yourself and others. Your heart, if it is not worked out properly will cease and die. If your heart beat is off beat, then it will be painful. What am I talking about? I am talking about the aroma of your heart. I am talking about what your heart looks like…

Everyday we go out into a world that is filled with bad things and good things. The people all around us are watching and evaluating the world they live in. People are constantly looking at other people and making mental evaluations. If people see something that is good or bad they will begin to imitate the thing they saw. Children are the best imitators we see around us. They imitate other children, parents, and even animals. So what are we demonstrating in our churches? What is the Christian person demonstrating in their homes, communities, schools and other public places? What are you demonstrating Church? What are you demonstrating Pastor? What are you demonstrating Youth Pastor? What are you demonstrating Nursery Worker? What are you demonstrating Children’s Pastor? What are you demonstrating Worship Leader? Christian that comes to church every Sunday… What are you demonstrating outside of the church?

I am not getting on to anyone. I am challenging your mind and your heart. I am asking these questions because as a Christian we are supposed to be different. Our heart can go cold if we are not setting our hearts on God. Our heart can stink badly if we don’t change the way we talk. Our heart beat can stop, if we take our focus away from God. We need to change our attitude if it does not line up with the Word of God. Attitude towards God has a lot to do with our attitude towards others. People we have to make a choice about our heart. If you let it wax (grow) old and your eyes to go dim and your ears to be dull in hearing then you will not be able to discern anything that the Lord wants to do in your life.

God wants your heart just for Him. He wants your eyes focused on Him. God wants your ears tuned in to Him. God wants to bless you and He wants you to be a blessing to others. If the aroma of your heart stinks then nobody will want to be by you. It’s like this… If you stood next to someone who really stinks, what would you do? Of course most people would walk away and try to get out of that stinky person’s area. Well, if you look at your heart and see if it stinks and you have not deodorized it with God’s Word then people will not want to be around you. The reason why we need to look at our heart is that people will evaluate you based on your heart condition. Your attitude will tell people of your heart condition and it will give off the aroma. What does your heart smell like?

To change your heart quickly… Start by praising the Lord and confessing His Word! Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Psalm 36:10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Blessed to be a Blessing,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center