Faithfulness: The Greatest Ability Is Dependability (7 of 9) by James Merritt

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Faithfulness: The Greatest Ability Is Dependability (7 of 9)
Series: Fruit Of The Spirit - Home Sweet Home
James Merritt
Galatians 5:22

INTRODUCTION

1. THERE ARE OVER TWO HUNDRED GEYSERS IN YELLOW STONE NATIONAL PARK. BUT THERE IS ONE GEYSER THAT STANDS OUT FROM ALL THE OTHERS. IT IS NOT THE LARGEST GEYSER, NOR DOES IT REACH THE GREATEST HEIGHT. YET IT IS BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR GEYSER. ITS POPULARITY IS DUE TO ONE THING-ITS DEPENDABILITY. BECAUSE ONCE EVERY SIXTY-FIVE MINUTES IT SHOOTS A STREAM OF BOILING WATER OVER 170 FT. INTO THE AIR. YOU CAN PRACTICALLY SET YOUR CLOCK BY IT. THEY CALL IT ''OLD FAITHFUL.''

2. THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT YOU COULD CALL FAITHFUL. THE SUN IS FAITHFUL TO RISE EVERY MORNING AND TO SET EVERY NIGHT. THE TIDE IS FAITHFUL TO COME IN AND TO GO OUT. THE GOVERNMENT IS FAITHFUL TO TAX AND SPEND, AND THEN TAX AND SPEND SOME MORE. BUT THERE IS ONE THING THAT IS MORE FAITHFUL THAN ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS PUT TOGETHER, AND THAT IS GOD.

3. LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 SAY, ''THROUGH THE LORD'S MERCIES WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, BECAUSE HIS COMPASSIONS FAIL NOT. THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS.''

4. EVERY DAY WE AS CHRISTIANS EXPERIENCE THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD. WHEN WE ARE TOUCHED BY SIN GOD IS FAITHFUL TO KEEP US IN HIS FAMILY. 1 COR. 1:8-9 SAYS THAT ''GOD WILL CONFIRM YOU TO THE END, THAT YOU MAY BE BLAMELESS IN THE DAY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. . .GOD IS FAITHFUL, BY WHOM YOU WERE CALLED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.''

5. WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED TO SIN, GOD IS FAITHFUL TO PROVIDE A WAY OF ESCAPE. ''NO TEMPTATION HAS OVERTAKEN YOU EXCEPT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION WILL ALSO MAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.'' ( 1 COR. 10:13)

6. WHEN WE GET TANGLED IN SIN, GOD IS FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US. 1 JN. 1:9 SAYS, ''IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAIT ...


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