March 25, 2018

Great Is Your Faithfulness – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Most have heard and sung the beautiful song by this title, written in 1925 by Thomas Chisholm. He was born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky and became a Christian when he was twenty-seven. He began preaching when he was thirty-six, though poor health forced him to retire after just one year. Toward the end of his life, referring to this song, he said, “I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

That God is faithful, simply means He will keep His word. He will do what He says He will do. Once we have become His child, He promises to provide everything we need to live an effective fruitful, victorious Christian life and He is faithful to His promise and we need to be reminded.

For example, when we are tempted to sin or are tested we are promised: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (I Corinthians 10:13).

He will ground us firmly in His truth and keep us from moral and spiritual harm. “…the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (II Thessalonians 3:3).

When we do sin He assures us that, ” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9).

With all our failings, when we commit ourselves to Him and meet the conditions of His will, we have the assurance that He will eventually perfect us in Christ, and He faithfully will continue this until it is done. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).

All that He has promised, He will do, even when we are unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to us and will still keep all His promises, per His clearly stated conditions. “If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (II Timothy 2:12-13).

Many pervert God’s promise of faithfulness. Even in the midst of clearly stated “if’s”, they claim it is unconditional. However, as we recoil from that error, let’s be sure to see and treasure His real assurances. God faithfully promises to faithful Christians that He “…will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:8).

Therefore, we determine to be faithful. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;” (Hebrews 10:23)

 

 

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