Summary: Faithfulness is something that God treasures in His followers.
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• This week we will remember our wonderful, brave veterans on Veteran’s Day.
• We are able to enjoy our freedoms because of brave men and women who answered the call of their country were willing to fight for and even die for their country.
• We are so thankful for their service to their country and we are blessed to live in a military town in which we get to see these hero’s all of the time throughout Sierra Vista!
• The subject of Veteran’s Day fits so well with the subject matter we will examine together today.
• We have been examining some the ways in which one who belongs to Jesus is being transformed into His image each day as we have been answering the critical question, WHAT AM I BECOMING.
• When you give your life to Jesus, your life will never be the same, each day should an exciting day as we are being transformed into the image of Jesus!
• Today we are going to delve into the characteristic of faithfulness.
• The KEY QUESTION we need to consider is, why is it important to be loyal and committed to God and others.
• Faithfulness is a vital component in the transformation process because without faithfulness, we will not stay close to God, nor will God be able to count on us to do what we are called to do.
• WE will be in Proverbs 3:3-4 today. One of my favorite passages in Proverbs is Proverbs 3:5-6. For one to be able to trust in the Lord with all their heart and to be able to not lean on their own understanding, one needs to follow what is in verses we will examine today.
• Let’s begin with verse 3.
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• Proverbs 3:3 (HCSB) —Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
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I. The characterization of faithfulness.
• Proverbs is full of practical wisdom for the reader, that is one of the reasons I love the book so much.
• A look at the context of Proverbs 3.
• This passage is the third of ten instruction poems in Proverbs 1–9. True to form, the poem begins with the systematic warning, “My son, do not forget my teaching.”
• What follows are exhortations designed to encourage the learner to grow in “trust in the Lord” (v. 5) and establish a good reputation “in the sight of God and man” (v. 4). Bland, D. (2002). Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs (p. 68). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.
• The Proverb writer encourages us to NEVER let loyalty, some versions translate that word as LOVE.
• The word for LOYALTY pictures an unfailing love. It is often used of God’s love that is related to faithfulness to His covenant.
• LOYALTY in the Hebrew language pictured dependability to obligations arising from a RELATIONSHIP!
• This characteristic MUST be present in the one who is striving to be faithful, the next word we will place our focus.