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The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

The Holy Spirit helps us be faithful to God. The Bible states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).


The Bible states, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:13). Therefore, Jesus is faithful to those who are born-again. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).


So, today, reflect on God’s faithfulness in your own life. What has Jesus taught you today? When did you realize that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you?


As you think about these questions, multiple memories will run through your mind. However, let’s take a minute to think about us being faithful to God. When we become born-again, the Holy Spirit helps us be faithful to Jesus.


The Bible states, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13). So allow God to do his work inside of you. Don’t push God away or grieve the Holy Spirit. Rather be humble toward God and allow Him to give you the desire and power to do what pleases him.


In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Therefore, when you are tempted, be faithful to God, humble yourself, and choose the way out that Jesus provides.


Be faithful to God. Jesus came to die on a cross for us, so we must die to our own earthly desires and wants. “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). So, remember, “…he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).


“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19). Therefore, no matter what hardships you endure, submit to a faithful Creator and be faithful to Him yourself. “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:6-7). Therefore, be humble, and God will give you grace. Submit yourself to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you. “and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27). “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:7-8). So, do not be double-minded. Stop having one foot in the world and one foot with Jesus.


Maybe you feel dry, empty, and alone. Maybe you’re yearning for something greater. Something that will never leave you nor forsake you, but rather fill you. The Bible states, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). So, run to Jesus and allow Him to fill you with living water. A water that fills, a water that will never leave you dry or empty, a water that gives you the desire and power to do what pleases Him, the Holy Spirit. “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:23-27).


“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:11-13).


So, be faithful to God. Humble yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to give you the desire and power to do what please Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Lord. “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:6-8).


Prayer

Jesus, I pray that everyone who reads this devotional stays faithful to You. Thank You, Jesus, for staying faithful to us. Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us, like you mention in Deuteronomy 31:6. Thank You for giving us the desire and power to do what pleases You. We praise Your name Lord and thank You for blessing us with the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


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