Summary: How to draw comfort from the faithfulness of our Great God during our fight of faith
Foundational Text: Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
I believe the Lord has stirred me up this morning, to stir you up this morning, concerning His Faithfulness!!! There is an ingredient to our faith walk that needs to have more teaching, and time spent in the Word of God, that without our faith if entered into at all, will be weak and feeble without. That is more time meditating on the faithfulness of our God. So where do you suppose we will need to go to establish God’s faithfulness? Our circumstances, current situations, and past failure or even victories, will not produce within us the understanding of the faithfulness of our Great God! This means that we can’t go to even our own life experiences, as good or as bad as they might be to determine the faithfulness of God. However, we must go to the best source concerning our God, and that is His love letter to us.
I. Know the Faithful God
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
A. Know is the Hebrew word Yada, A verb meaning to know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know.
1. We are told here to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess that our God is the faithful God!
2. This means little to us if we do not understand the word used here for faithful.
B. Faithful = H539 ’âman A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand: - hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, + fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.
A verb meaning to be firm, to build up, to support, to nurture, or to establish. The primary meaning is that of providing stability and confidence, like a baby would find in the arms of a parent. It is used to signify support of a pillar. a secure nail that finds a solid place to grip
Isa 22:23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
1. Webster defines as: Firmly adhering to duty; of true fidelity; loyal; true to allegiance; as a faithful subject. Observant of compact, treaties, contracts, vows or other engagements; true to one’s word. True; exact; in conformity to the letter and spirit; as a faithful execution of a will. Constant; not fickle; as a faithful lover or friend.
II. Faithfulness Compels Him to Keep Covenant and Mercy
A. We will struggle in our faith concerning any promise of God until we make a blood washed decision to consider Him Faithful.
Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
1. (AMP) Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. [Gen. 17:19; 18:11-14; 21:2.]
2. Psalms 119:86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
Psalms 119:138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
(AMP) You have commanded and appointed Your testimonies in righteousness and in great faithfulness.
B. His faithfulness is not just contained within the Old Testament. If we have a better testament build upon better promises, then He by definition must be even more faithful within our covenant as well!
1. 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
a. (AMP) God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
b. (CEV) God can be trusted, and he chose you to be partners with his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
c. Faithful = it conveys the idea of a person who is faithful, reliable, loyal, and steadfast. It pictures a person who is devoted, trustworthy, dependable, dedicated, constant, and unwavering.