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You Can Count on Me! (7 of 9)
The Sweet Taste of Spirit Fruit
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5:22, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
1. There are more than 200 geysers in Yellowstone National Park; however, one has stood out for many years. It is not the largest, and its waters did not reach the greatest height; but it was by far the most popular attraction. Its popularity is due to one thing: its dependability.
2. For years, people have stood in lines, over a mile long, in the hot sun, to watch as every 65 minutes, it shoots a stream of boiling water more than 170 feet into the air. It was so dependable that one could set their watch by it. That is why they called 'Old Faithful!'
3. There are many things in life that are considered dependable, or faithful. The sun rises every morning, and sets every evening. The tide comes in, and the tide goes out. The government taxes and spends, and then taxes and spends some more. You can count on it.
4. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, asked a profound question in Proverbs 20:6,
"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
5. An attribute of being Spirit-filled is that of faithfulness. Many have interpreted the word in Galatians 5: 22 to refer to the object of our faith; that is, our belief. However, the word speaks of, not faith, but faithfulness. Faith is a theological term. Faithfulness is an ethical term. Faith speaks of what you believe; faithfulness speaks of how much you believe it. Faith deals with who you are; faithfulness deals with what you do.
6. Tom Rees aptly described it,
"The Spirit filled man is a faithful man. He is faithful to his friends. He is faithful in his secular job and in his Christian service. The world has confidence in him, and God can trust him!" (1)
7. Can God count on you? Can He grade your life as one of faithfulness? Let's consider our text of 1 Corinthians 4, and see how God examines this matter in our ...
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