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Summary: People will let you down, but God never will.

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The Lord is a faithful God:

• “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).

• “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does not wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

• “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4).

• “But you, O LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

• “For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever” (Psalm 117:2).

• “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).

Definition of God’s Faithfulness: God will always do what He has PROMISED TO DO.

God is faithful to His promises:

• “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” (Joshua 21:45).

• “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).

• “The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made” (Psalm 145:13).

• “For not matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

• “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:1-2).

Questions about God’s Faithfulness:

• “Why does God sometimes delay the fulfillment of His promises?” Answer: His delays are not His denials. Example: Christ’s return (Hebrews 10:37; 2 Peter 3:8-9).

• “Why does God sometimes seem to change a promise?” Answer: Changing a promise is not breaking a promise. Often, God changed a temporal promise into a spiritual promise. Often God permits His children to suffer the lack of temporal blessings in order that they might possess spiritual blessings. Example: Paul (Philippians 4:10-13, 19).

We live in a world of broken promises:

• Marriage vows are broken.

• Politicians break their promises.

The Big Idea: People will let you down, but GOD NEVER WILL.

1. When you are DISCOURAGED, remember God’s faithfulness.

“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” (Lamentations 3:23).

2. When you doubt your SALVATION, remember God’s faithfulness.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9).

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