Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness - Weekly Devotional
This week's focus: Faithfulness
The seventh fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. What exactly is faithfulness? The Holman’s Bible Dictionary defines "faithful" as “steadfast, dedicated, dependable and worthy of trust.” Interestingly, the word "faithful" comes from the same Hebrew root as the word "amen.” The Old Testament uses “amen” as a descriptor of the character of God being true and/or faithful.
We trust what God does because we trust Him, not the other way around. In other words, we trust God even when He is silent and we see no miracles. That is part of faithfulness. We know God is reliable, steadfast, and true.
Faithfulness is believing that God is who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work out everything for good. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven. The only way we can have such faith is by the Holy Spirit’s influence. He testifies to the truth and impels us to seek God. The Spirit makes us faithful.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (ESV)
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations."
In Your Prayers, Also Remember:
- Lord, You are always faithful to us. Your Word shows us time and again, that You are faithful. We confess we are a faithless people. We are prone to wander, as the hymn says. Forgive us, Lord. Teach us what it means to be faithful to You, to Your Word, and to Your church. Give us steadiness as we follow You. Teach us to be faithful in the small, simple acts of faith as the early church was.
- We’ve created a prayer guide that lists all the key offices and the names of those in each position in the federal government. Download the resources to be able to pray for government officials, by name, here.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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