15Jun

choosing faithfulness and why it matters

Choose faithfulness.

I choose faithfulness…Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home. – Max Lucado

By Tami Heim
Faithfulness is a sticky word. It adheres firmly and steadfastly connects to a person, cause, or idea. It’s loyal, constant, and true – worthy of complete trust and absolute belief. It breathes affection and speaks allegiance. Resolute in cause and purpose, faithfulness is both determined and reliable. It never quits.

Faithfulness is one of the greatest characteristics of God.

Faithfulness is what God is looking for in you.

Faithful is what He is, when you are not.

In this fickle world faithfulness is rare, precious, and found at the center of the daily battlefield. The tempter anxiously plots to destroy it. The Holy Spirit stands ready to protect it. And grace flows to restore it when it’s lost. The Bible says that without it – it’s impossible to please God. Yes – that’s correct – impossible. So what will you do…

Will you choose faithfulness?

Will you accept the stewardship that comes with your inheritance?

Will you seize every opportunity to please Him in your thoughts, words, and actions?

Will you reflect and serve Him in all your online and offline interactions?

Will you stick, adhere, and cling to Him?

Take some time right now and think of all the times God shows His faithfulness to you. Meditate on these 29 verses. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with faithfulness and then receive it.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

#1.  God is loyal. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath. – Deuteronomy 4:31

#2  God keeps His promises. 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

#3  God is just in all His ways. 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

#4  God is unchanging. God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? – Numbers 23:19

#5  God is dependable. The Lord has kept the promise he made: I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. – 1 Kings 8:20

#6  God never lies. He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind. – 1 Samuel 15:29

#7  God is honorable. Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. – 1 Kings 8:56

#8  God is trustworthy. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:10

#9  God’s love is high and wide. Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5

#10 God is righteous. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. Psalm 40:10

#11 God is consuming. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself… O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you. – Psalm 89:2,8

#12 God is steadfast. It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, – Psalm 92:1-2

#13 God remembers commitments. He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations. – Psalm 105:8

#14 God provides. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. – Psalm 111:5

#15 God is everlasting. Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the LORD. – Psalm 117:1-2

#16 God endures from generation to generation. Your word, O Lord is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. – Psalm 119:89-90

#17 God’s laws are perfect. All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. – Psalm 119:160

#18 God is merciful. O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. – Psalm 143:1

#19 God is perfect. O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. – Isaiah 25:1

#20 God follows through. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. – Isaiah 46:11b

#21 God is mighty. This is what the Lord says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel— to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you. – Isaiah 49:7

#22 God is unfailing. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” – Isaiah 54:10

#23 God is compassionate. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” – Lamentations 3:22-24

#24 God restores. God, which has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. – 1 Corinthians 1:9

#25 God protects.  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

#26 God completes. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. I Thessalonians 5:23-24

#27 God is hope. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23

#28 God forgives. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:9

#29 God judges. I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.  – Revelation 19:11

How has God been faithful to you?

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  • Coenraad Fick

    Great post. Quite relevant to me and my family today, since I blogged today on having faith.

    http://www.unsafechallenge.com/have-faith

  • Melinda Ysaguirre

    This is so encouraging. Each of these verses magnifys God’s love and faithfullness-God reminds us in His Word not to rely on secondhand information from the world telling us the game is over. When things are at their worst and the outlook is not good, I go to God-the Source for strength and feed on His love and comfort to restore and rekindle hope and trust that quickly fades in the face of difficulties. 
    So blessed by the supernatural flow that comes alive in the faith, hope, and love and of friends like you. Bless you dear friends.
    LYI

  • Tami Heim

    Well said Melinda. I’ve been soaking in James and am reminded that when we face trials of many kinds, it’s perseverance finishing its work in us – all part of God faithfulness to complete what He’s started.
     
    I think of all the times He’s been faithful when our prayers have been linked together! We’ve seen Him do miracles, right? Miracles in the situations and in us. Praying brings us close to Him and opens our hearts for His outcomes – His answers. Trust strengthens and sees us through it all.
     
    Thanks for sharing today and being such a joy in our lives. LYI.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks for shaing your link and pausing to comment. Don’t you feel the urgency? Even going back to the basics of food, water, and shelter – His faithfulness is in all these things. When I consider all of it – I am humbled by it.
     
    Praying today that you are refreshed by His love and know the depths of His faithfulness to you, your family, and every need you have – down to every last detail. Bless you.

  • http://kellysinging.com KellySinging

    Love this! Thanks for a post with lots of scriptures! :) The word faithful is my favorite word to describe the Father. It just ministers to my heart so much. The knowledge of that is so fulfilling. When we are so fickle, He is faithful. When everything else seems to unravel, even our own hearts, He is faithful.

  • Tami Heim

    I know exactly what you mean – I love the words faith – faithful – faithfulness. When I think of the breadth and depth of all they mean I stand in awe that the Creator of all things is that mindful of me. It’s beyond all we can truly comprehend.
     
    Thanks for your encouragement and being faithful to give Him praise here, today!

  • Coenraad Fick

    Thank you very much. Like you say His faithfulness is in everything, and there is an urgency. He is always good and loving, even if we don’t understand His timing always.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this post.. you are like a HUGE breath of fresh Spirit to my day. :) 

  • Tami Heim

    Love you Dedra – checking my inbox for a new post on Deeper Still. I love how you relive it for those of us that miss it. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Thanks for the encouragement and stopping by here. We love to see you. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the word “urgency.” It’s underused and undervalued in matters of faith and world change. Thanks @coenraadf:disqus !

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – so odd. I responded, but not sure where it went. Thanks for your constant encouragement. I think of how many times we’ve come together for prayer and then witnessed God’s faithfulness through answered prayers. Prayer changes everything – including us. Even when the outcomes aren’t what we ‘thought’ were the best, we know they are because we trust Him. I count is a joy that we are sharing this part of the walk. We bless you sweet friend. LYI.

  • Michelle Sarabia

    Love this Tami!  Such amazing reminders of His promises and what they look like.  I can’t imagine living without my Faith.

  • Tami Heim

    Right there with you Michelle!  I can’t image my life without it. God is good.

  • Angela Bisignano

    Great post Tami! 

    I love being reminded of God’s great faithfulness. What an incredible and beautiful concept faithfulness is. His faithfulness is a precious gift to each one of us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts; so encouraging.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks for coming by Angela. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement.