Faithfulness

* Remember God’s faithfulness

Jesus used salt to illustrate three qualities that should be found in his people: (1) We should remember God’s faithfulness, just as salt when used with a sacrifice recalled God’s covenant with his people.  (2) We should make a difference in the “flavor” of the world we live in, just as salt changes meat’s flavor.  (3) We should counteract the moral decay in society, just as salt preserves food from decay.  When we lose this desire to “salt” the earth with the love and message of God, we become useless to him. (NLT)

Mark 9:50 – [Jesus said] “Salt is good for seasoning.  But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?  You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

* Be encouraged by others’ faithfulness 

Elijah thought he was the only person left who was still true to God.  He had seen both the king’s court and the priesthood become corrupt.  After experiencing great victory at Mount Carmel, he had to run for his life.  Lonely and discouraged, he forgot that others had remained faithful during the nation’s wickedness.  When you are tempted to think that you are the only one remaining faithful to a task, don’t stop to feel sorry for yourself.  Self-pity will dilute the good you are doing.  Be assured that even if you don’t know who they are, others are faithfully obeying God and fulfilling their duties. (NLT)

1 Kings 19:10 – Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty.  But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

* Hezekiah’s faithfulness made a difference

Over a 100-year period of Judah’s history, Hezekiah as the only faithful king; but what difference he made!  Because of Hezekiah’s faith and prayer, God healed him and saved his city from the Assyrians.  You can make a difference, too, even if your faith puts you in the minority.  Faith and prayer, if they are sincere and directed toward the one true God, can change any situation. (NLT)

2 Kings 20:5-6 – “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people.  Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.  I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord,  I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria.  I will do this to defend my  honor and for the sake of my servant David.’ “

* Faithfulness in marriage need not be boring

God never intended marriage to become boring, lifeless, pleasure-less, and dull.  Sex is a gift God gives to married people for their mutual enjoyment.  Real happiness comes when we decide to find pleasure in the spouse God has given us and to commit ourselves to meeting his or her needs.  The real danger is in doubting that God knows and cares for us. We then may resent his timing and carelessly pursue sexual pleasure without his blessing. (NLT)

Proverbs 5:18-20 – Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.  Rejoice in the wife of your youth.  She is a loving doe, a graceful deer.  Let her breasts satisfy you always.  May you always be captivated by her love.  Why be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman?

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