Fruit of the Spirit: Day 9

Faithfulness

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Today's Text: Hebrews 11:1-40, Proverbs 3:1-4

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

- Hebrews 11:1, ESV -

Have you ever looked around at the wonderful, beautiful things your Christian friends are doing in their lives and thought, When I build up a little more faith, that will be me. Or, One day when I have faith like that, I’ll let God know I’m ready for Him to use me.

I want to be used for an eternal purpose. Really, I do. I long for my life to be completely His, yet I hold back, assuming everyone doing those big things must have big faith—faith much greater than mine. So, naturally, when I saw I’d be writing on faithfulness, my first thought was, Ah yes, faith… that’s something I need to work on. It was only when I started digging into my study of faithfulness that I realized the irony of my statement. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, not a fruit of my efforts.

Faith is something present in us from the moment we give our life to Christ, accepting that His death has covered our sins and we are fully forgiven, our life now hidden in a bigger purpose than our worldly satisfaction. According to Ephesians 2:8, this faith is a gift to us from God Himself! Hebrews Chapter 11 (a.k.a. the “Hall of Faith”) lists person after person who took the faith they were given and walked in faithfulness to God’s promise, a promise they believed but could not yet see.

Faith is the conviction that Jesus Christ is our only salvation.
Faithfulness is remaining in that truth, holding fast to the faith.
The issue is not the quantity, or “bigness”, of my faith so much as Who I’ve put my faith in.

The disciples in Luke 17:5 say to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” His response is probably not what they expected: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed… you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you” (Luke 17:6). Even Jesus’ own disciples—the men who walked with Him, saw His miracles with their own eyes, listened to His words firsthand—are told it is not the size of their faith that matters. Instead, Jesus compels them to turn their small faith into lives of much faithfulness—remaining in and acting on the faith they’ve been given.

The fullness of God’s purpose for each of us comes when our faith propels us to offer up our lives for the glory of the Kingdom. Not later, when we feel more qualified or can see just where He’s leading us—but right now, just as we are.

We serve a God whose speciality is redemption. He says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV). Our Lord doesn’t require perfection or faith the size of a mountain. He asks for a humble heart willing to stand fast wherever He leads.

Today, as we go about our lives and ponder our circumstances—whatever they may be—let’s remember Jesus Christ, the source and object of our faith. The One who gives us faith is the One who makes us faithful when we remain in Him. Rather than listening to the lies of the Enemy who wants us to believe our broken pieces and small faith make us ineligible to be used by God, let us cling to our mustard seed of faith and believe in the unseen promises of God. Oh, Lord, by the power of your Holy Spirit, make us faithful. Amen.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Who should I send? Who will go for Us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
-  Isaiah 6:8

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  • nicole burch

    ❤❤❤

  • Diana, this was phenomenal . Every word. Thank you for this! This study in general has taught me so much about what it means to be a Christian. Nothing by works. But by how much the Holy Spirit is within you. Coming to Christ in everything and minimizing yourself in all ways possible. I love SRT because they don’t teach you “self-improvement” techniques like most devotionals, they teach you how to maximize Christ in you and minimize all else. Through this, all the fruits of the spirit will come naturally, not through any efforts. My goodness what a powerful series this is!

  • Kaitlyn G

    As you read through these names, you see lots of stories that included questioning God or his plan. But they all chose to act and follow him despite their doubts. Having faith doesn’t at all mean having the answers, or understanding the plan, nor does it mean that we can’t doubt or question God. It does mean that we continue to choose him, worship him and follow him. How liberating to be reminded that we don’t have to have it all figured out!

  • “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” John 15:4. I cannot produce the fruit of faithfulness unless I’m abiding in the vine, my Father. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word of God”, Rom 10:17. The more time I spend with my Father and in His word then my faith (faithfulness) will increase because I have faith in Him, not in my circumstance or surroundings.

  • CristyLynn

    As I read Hebrews 11, I find it interesting that perhaps some of the people are a surprise, or some of the reasons for their names being listed are a surprise. For example Sarah. When reading Genesis 18 we learn that Sarah laughed when she heard the prophecy of Isaac’s birth for the next year (Gen. 18: 11-15), yet in Hebrews 11, the commentary on Sarah is that she had faith concerning the birth of her son. I think this can be an encouragement to us that this faith is a gift from God. It doesn’t spring naturally out of our hearts, so we can ask of God and He will give it, because He loves for us to pray for His will; and surely His will is for us to have this gift of the Spirit!

  • Trusting in His plan for my life and my kids life. Use us for your glory !

  • Trusting in Gods plan for me, walking in his strength & in his guidance over my life. I can’t see where I am going but he can. I trust him & I want to go where he leads me. I know he will help me each step of the way.praise God ❤️

  • Oh I need You, oh Lord. My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to transform my heart and forever dwell within me for Your glory.

  • I always imagine that we can see a few pixels of a very large image, while God can see the entire image. In seeing just these few pixels we misunderstand, we doubt, we question and we feel like our faith is eroding. And what’s worse is that we’re told we will never see the big picture until the Father takes us home. And how impatient we are! Once again I am humbled , forever I am humbled, by a God who so lovingly guides me through my life whispering in my ear “Trust in me, I love you.” And when I doubt, and when I can’t hear Him…He wrote it down for me. I just have to open my bible.

  • What about the part at the end of Hebrews 11- they didn’t received what they were promised? That is a hard one for me to swallow!

    • Mary Gillis

      That hit me too!!

      • Kathy Sue

        It’s not that they didn’t receive what God had promised them. It’s that they trusted God and stepped out to do what He had asked of them. They are living in that promise now. God’s timing is perfect!

  • Ohh thank you Diana. I am always wondering if I am worthy of His will. I have read some very good, affirming blogs on SRT but this one may have spoken the most to my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will take better care of my little mustard seed.

  • CindyCasto

    I am dealing with this right now I am having knee surgery Monday and told today I have a uti infection and pray I can still have the surgery I need to have faith its Gods will not mine

  • Heidi Hinnenkamp

    I struggle with this one. I feel like I have faith in the unseen things that we pray for but then nothing happens. Feels like faith is pointless if nothing happens. Yes I am guilty of looking at others who have great things happen and wonder if I just don’t have enough faith? (Can’t get pregnant, healing a sick aunt, ministries that fall flat, a house that falls through, things that don’t happen that doesn’t make sense)

    • Ashlee Heilman

      I understand where you are coming from, I’ve been there. Specifically with getting pregnant. It took me two and a half years to get pregnant with my son and a year and a half with my current pregnancy. It felt like forever and like I prayed and prayed and nothing happened. I believe that the Lord taught me (and is continuing to teach me) that He is in control, that He is a personal God and he cares about the things I am going through. I read a devotional on here that talked about going to a hair dresser and taking the scissors and taking control because you think you can do her job better and it totally made sense to me. God can see my whole life and He knows what is best for me and the timing for everything. There is a reason for all that He does in our lives, even trials. Why would I try to take control when God knows exactly what He is doing? Trust in the Lord and have faith that He is doing a work in you. That He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you. I see all that the Lord has brought me through and looking back, I can see reasons for all of it. I hope that encourages you a little bit today :)

  • Haley Morgan

    Amazing how God led me to this. Recently started seeing a really great guy who treated me so well; I was crazy to not give him a chance, especially since I dated a lot of jerks. And then God led my heart and spoke to me. I knew in my heart I wasn’t ready to date. That God had some things He still needed to work in me and then I read this, and I know I have to have faith to trust Him and let Him guide me to the right path! And to the right man!

  • I needed this!!!

  • Yes! It is the Holy Spirit’s work in us, not on our own accord. Such a great reminder!

  • Adrianne

    I’ve said things like, “(fill in the blank) has built my faith.” Or, said something else similar that insinuated that a series of acts grew my faith. Good intentions are present in those statements however, if I am understanding this lesson correctly, it has corrected me. As the author stated, faith is a fruit of the spirit not a fruit of anything I do. It’s not about how much faith I have, or how “big” it is. It’s been given to me by God and no matter its size, it packs a big punch and my job is to take action fueled by faith.

    • Tracey

      Great Job Nancy, I’m right in there with you. In 30 years of walking with my Lord, I’m sad to say that I have yet (to my utter frsaurttion!) to accomplish reading through the whole Bible, especially in one year! I have done many in depth studies, even tried the Read through in 90 days approach-failed. Just got too easily distracted and bogged down by all those great details that jumped out at me. I usually fade out around all the lists and geneologies, and until recently, was rather intimidated by the book of Revelations. (Beth Moore’s Then and Now study cured that for me!) I started this plan late, on Jan 14th, but have stayed on course this week. I’ve already caught up on Nehemiah, and tackled all of Ezra this morning. (Guess that was in backwards order, huh?) Can’t wait to see how the Lord speaks through His Word to all of us this year! Even if I am late checking in, or don’t at all some weeks, it helps knowing so many others are here, reading faithfully, checking in and encouraging one another. I can always read the messages that have been left whenever I have a minute, and I’m sure I will feel more motivated than ever to stay on track!I too Thank You Rachel! I’ve spent some time familiarizing myself with your entire site, including reading your two prior series posts and really enjoyed them. Really appreciate having such an uplifting place to come to.

  • “Jesus compels them to turn their small faith into lives of much faithfulness…” I like this concept. It keeps us humble but makes us powerful through the Holy Spirit.

  • I have a big job interview today for a position that I feel slightly unqualified for but its a position that touches on my gifts – Satan has spent the last few days telling me I’m not good enough for God to provide – whether it be this job or another one. Reading this is such an excellent reminder that Gods Will always prevails regardless of how imperfect I am. If he wants me to do something, I must step out in faith.

  • This was just what I needed. I work at an orphanage in Peru, and we have been having financial troubles. But I know, through faithfulness, God will work everything out for HIS glory!

  • Thank you for following the Lord in what you prepared for this devotion! You worded things in a way I have never thought of before and truly did help me to understand the concept of faith in a better way. God bless you!

  • MrsWalton88

    “Let us cling to our mustard seed sized faith.” I still can’t wrap my head around people who don’t believe, just seem impossible to me.

  • Thank you for today’s devotional. These past few years have seemed to be a difficult season of crazy business and stress for me. I find myself continually trying to fit God into my life and although I genuinely want Him to lead me and use me…I find my whole life seems to be dictated by my job. I get so tired and don’t feel like I have the time to invest in my relationship with God/love others well or don’t even know if God is working in my life or using me in anyway. Today encouraged me so much to know that faithfulness is something that God does in me…a reminder to remain simply in Him. I only think of it as if I am faithful then He will work in me. I am very grateful for this app and study. :) I find I always have my phone with me and can sneak in time over a lunch break or in between commitment. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • This devotional and yesterday’s have been so amazing for me! Today’s passage of scripture, bringing me to tears, before I could even finish it! Even when I began this study I thought it was all about me trying to be and do better. And while doing our best matters, it doesn’t produce the fruit of the Spirit- He does that. Even as a Christian for 20+ years, because my life has been a lot about proving myself, it’s been a challenge not to translate condition into my walk with the Lord. Abiding in Him, as He invests in us, is what will produce change in our lives and propel us forward.

    Thanks, y’all!

  • My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness
    2 Corinthians 12:9

    Wow what a beautiful verse. It’s crazy to know that even though I don’t deserve gods grace He still gives it to us. And that it is so powerful and strong in my weakness it is made perfect. He is powerful enough to handle my life where I can’t. Thank you lord for all you have done for me. I love you so much and I pray I continue to remember this even when times get tough. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.

  • Thank you for this! I missed a couple of days in the Fruits of the Spirit study so this morning I was trying to catch up. As always, God’s timing is perfect. My husband and I began to lead a small group through our church a couple of months ago, and Satan was getting in there hard the last couple of weeks making me have doubts and think this wasn’t something we were qualified for, etc. I was feeling so weak and unequipped. But no! Faithfulness is a fruit of the spirit! I already have it! Clinging to my mustard seed and kicking the devil to the curb! Thank you for your ministry!

  • This is EXACTLY the word I needed this morning. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness and hearing heart, to bring the good message to us. Thank you!

  • Kasey Summers

    “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Lord, give us confidence to act upon our faith.

  • Just started reading this and it is so very encouraging and refreshing!

  • Antimony

    “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”. (11:6)

  • I really love this series, I am days behind but I’m catching up. Everyday the new message is straight to my heart.
    I have been praying for extra faith, I have faith but I’ve been wondering if it’s big enough. I thought if it was bigger I could be more guided by God. I realize now, I should just trust in the the faith I have, treasure it, and nurture it. It is enough, and I am enough and sometimes I forget that.

  • Michelle

    I’m reading and pondering Hebrews 11 over and over again in my head this morning- and I am realizing and being incredibly encouraged by the fact that all of the seemingly miraculous men and women who were mentioned in these passages were only remembered for their faith, their faithfulness.

    The author of Hebrews did not mention the time when Abram lied to the Pharaoh about Sarai in Genesis 12, or when Noah, “became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent” in Genesis 9, or even David’s affair with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel… How beautiful that when God chose to remember these men and women in Hebrews, that He chose to remember them for their moments brave faithfulness, and not their (many) moments of unfaithfulness.

    We serve an awesome God!

  • I didn't know how much I needed to hear these words until I read them yesterday, and they've been on my heart ever since. I've struggled with doubt of my faith a lot lately, and have thought the same things mentioned in the first part of this post so often. I've wanted to get baptized for a while but have been putting it off because I felt that my faith wasn't strong enough and I wasn't perfect enough to be baptized. I've felt so unworthy of God's love because I wasn't fitting this idea of a 'strong Christian' that I've made up for myself.
    Thank you for posting this, I'm so glad I was able to read it.

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  • Ya I resonate with what you say Lizanne about desiring that child like faith. Sometimes my fear is greater than my faith. And many times I have situational trust. Jesus didn’t die so that we could have situational trust. He died so that we could walk and talk with him all the time 24 7 in valleys and on mountaintops. In every place and season. Lord I believe help my unbelief.

  • I feel convicted and ashamed that I seem to have faith for certain things but not for others? Why do u think He will resolve some issues but not all??! I have faith in Him as my Saviour but struggle with having faith in how He is going to deal with certain situations in my life. I realise it’s partly because I had so many traumas in life but so would love to have a simple childlike faith and hope and trust…..

  • michelle of LA

    "He asks for a humble heart willing to stand fast wherever He leads." This is something I'm working on daily "wherever He leads"
    Thank you Diana for you topic on Faithfulness .

  • JferLynne

    My heart is stirred as I am reading Hebrews 11 of those that have gone before us, walking in faith. It encourages me because those were not perfect men and women but they understood who they were in God. And how much greater that we can see the whole picture of God's love, who sent Christ to die for us!. I admit that I can get discouraged in myself, thinking my faith is small and I am so imperfect. But that is a lie of the enemy. My faith lies in the one who loves me and calls me His own. What a great truth to dwell on this Tuesday morning and every day!

  • Megan Gilley

    Well that was beautiful! “Faithfulness is a fruit of the spirit, not a fruit of my efforts.” Love that.

  • Elizabeth

    Random question not related to the daily post, :) Figured I would throw out a line and see if anyone bites. My husband and I just relocated to Texas from Oklahoma….the Dallas Metro area. We've visited a few churches and watched some online. We are planning to visit Watermark this weekend…..figured I would see if there is anyone from the Dallas Metro area on this site. Would be good to have one friend and also open to more church suggestions. Hope you all are having a BLESSED day!

    • Lynn S

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m in the Dallas area too! I attend Prestonwood and absolutely love it! There are three campuses, the main campus in Plano as well as campuses in North Dallas and Prosper. This is a church dedicated to preaching God’s word and furthering His kingdom worldwide. And the music is incredible! Check it out at prestonwood.org. Welcome to Dallas!!

    • Robin Godfrey

      Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to Dallas :) If you’re looking for a little smaller church than Watermark or Prestonwood…I invite you to come visit Dallas Bible Church. We’re excited about our new pastor and I believe God has great things in store for the believers pursuing Him at Hillcrest & Arapaho.

  • I so often tell God, "I have faith, but I need more, give me more faith." I am convicted that I need to rephrase that sentence into something more like, "God, I have faith in you, not myself, help me to trust you and your faithfulness." I' cannot increase my own faith, it's God who is faithful and my faith must be found in Him.

  • Trisha Mckenzie

    I am humbled by today’s message for I felt defeated this morning by the enemy’s lies. I was feeling weak, overwhelmed, & afraid. I cried out to God after dropping my kids off at school with & when I got home, I read His words. Tears of Joy, tears of Gratitude, tears of Love ran down my face as The Holy Spirit filled my soul & renewed my strength.
    Thank you Lord
    “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made Perfect in weakness”

  • Trisha Mckenzie

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  • WOW. This study was spot on for me today! Thank you, Lord!!!

  • Friends, I'd like to ask for your prayers.
    A year ago, my Husband and I moved back home (cross country). I was beyond thrilled to be coming back, but my joy was sadly rooted in so much pride and hurt/anger toward the place we left (I know, I know… it was only a place/culture but my heart felt beaten and bruised.) Tenderly and patiently, God has been pursuing my heart over this past year as I have worked through the transition process. (Moving cross country both times sent me into minor identity crises.)
    Specifically, purposeful work is an area I have struggled. Moving back I was 'ready' to jump into another job, but I was putting my faith in all the wrong people and things. And so nothing has come about; however, I am grateful that God has saved me from many meaningless, unenjoyable job opportunities. At times, I have felt unsure of my personal purpose and meaning, and not working only amplifies those feelings. I know that these feelings are lies. God has a purpose, and maybe He is slowly revealing it to me as I persevere to trust in Him. I'm learning that the little by little growth and obedient movement toward Him is what He desires. Yet my fears, doubts, and uncertainties still rush in so often and hold me back, keeping me stuck from actually taking action. I deeply and desperately want to move forward – to get back out into the world, to use my strengths and gifts for good, in love, with faith. (Gah… I feel so frustrated by my circumstances and my reactions to them.)
    Please forgive my small lament. I felt I needed to share (I rarely talk about the details of this struggle), and ask for prayers (as I desperately seek to move forward with and for Him.)
    Today's reading on Faithfulness was such a sweet affirmation of where I am and completely speaking truth into my current situation. I know that now is the time to trust my mustard seed faith and take small steps in faithfulness. After all this time has passed, only He could move me into meaningful work. Praying to hear His words and truth and direction above all the noise and clutter in my own mind. And that He would set me on His good path – which I like to imagine is strong and sure – to fulfill His purposes for my life.
    Thanks for reading about a small (large) part of my heart. I am truly grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you this morning. Praying that while you are in this waiting season, you will know He is still working on your behalf. May you have peace that washes over your busy mind and calms your restless spirit. May you find yourself opening His Word each day and hearing His voice tell you that you are loved, gifted and useful for Kingdom work. Will be expecting good news from you about what opportunity He has opened for you!

      • Beverly

        Thank you for your prayers, hopeful expectation, and reminders of His truth! Yes, He is working – even when I don't 'feel' it. He is near. He is good. And works out all things for our good. Have a blessed day!

    • Juliet

      Praying for you Beverly! I can so relate to your post! I’m currently living across the country from where I’ve grown up and I haven’t been able to find a job yet. At times I have felt so purposeless and discouraged. But God has used this season to give me a deeper intimacy with Him that I’ve never known until now. I think sometimes we worry so much about what others think of us and how the world defines success. But God calls us to walk with Him in simple obedience…it’s the waiting times that are so hard but don’t lose heart! He is for us and absolutely has a plan to use us. I recently read Isaiah 43:16-19 in the message bible and it hit home so beautifully! Check it out if you have time:)

      • Beverly

        Thank you for your encouragement, Juliet. "Walk with Him in simple obedience" – such a sweet reminder of Truth. I'm praying for you, as well.

    • Trisha Mckenzie

      I am in a similar place in my life Miss Beverly! Count me in on lifting you up in prayer as I ask the same from you. We moved cross country almost 3 yrs ago leaving behind family & a job I absolutely loved. I didn’t work for a year & we have been sharing a home with family (so difficult at times). God has strengthened my character, broken me down so that He could rebuild me into who He’s called me to be. I had pride issues that evolved from bitterness I kept in the deep holes of my heart; those holes we like to keep hidden so that we can “forget”. Well, those areas are what the enemy uses to hold us back; hold us hostage in our minds, & keep us from our purpose. I am currently working part time, but feeling called to a different career. This is scary & uncertain from my view point, however, I’ve had to rely completely on God & that’s what He wants. As I look back on these past 3 yrs, I can start to see the pieces coming together & that’s a beautiful thing. If you have read my post from today, I still struggle with letting go & letting God have control. The enemy never stops & neither does God. The best news is, God is All powerful & has already defeated the enemy, so we can call on Him when we are feeling defeated & He promises to never leave us. I’m praying that God will reveal your purpose & increase your faith. Best wishes & God Bless
      Trisha

      • Beverly

        Trisha, thank you for your kind words and prayers! I pray also for you, that God would reveal Himself and His purposes to you in a new way. I agree, and appreciate these character building times. They can be so hard, but produce such good fruit. Thank you for your thoughts and understanding.

    • Laci

      Praying for you, Beverly! So excited for what God has in store for you! Remember, you have the WHOLE Creator of the universe- our Yahweh- inside of you, not a pie piece. You are loved, you are unique, you are a prized daughter of God and He will protect his daughters. You are right, He has been pursuing you and He will ALWAYS pursue you :)

      • Beverly

        Laci, your words are so full of hope and encouragement. Thank you for speaking this Truth into my situation. God in me, my Emmanuel. Amen.

    • James

      so, by your own admission you are a lying, stleiang, adulterer at heart, when you have to face God at the judgment how do you think you’ll be judged? Guilty? This always gets a reaction from them, hopefully they go home and really think about it. The Way of the Master a great ministry. I’ve had no success with my atheist friend. I just don’t see how a thinking person can believe that was the response I kept getting over and over. This person could never see sin in his life even after he had an affair and had a child with the other woman. It was never sin to him, just a life choice. After many discussions, he wrote me off for ignorant and bigoted or something like that and I haven’t heard from him since. I keep praying that the seeds I planted will grow in him and someone else will be able to reach him with the truth. I believe that passionate atheists can be a powerful force for God once they see the truth.

  • Rychelle

    Kelly I loved what you said towards the top about cowering the corner! So often I find myself disqualifying myself because I don’t think I have the ability to do exactly what God is calling me to do or because I’m just simply afraid. This was eye opening that God didn’t call me to do exactly what Abraham did thousands of years ago BUT He did ask me to trust Him, walk in faith and believe that what He called me to do He would accomplish when i am fully surrendered and rooted in Him. Having a revelation of who HE IS makes it easier to have the faith to keep pushing to the end knowing that He has me all the way to the very end and that what he started in me, He is faithful and able to complete. Love this study so far!!

  • Our mustard seed faith can move mountains with The Lord!

  • This encouraged my soul…
    ‘Our Lord doesn’t require perfection or faith the size of a mountain. He asks for a humble heart willing to stand fast wherever He leads.’

  • Lord, let my mustard seed faith reap a life of faithfulness ti You!

  • Kelly_Smith

    "Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, not a fruit of my efforts." It starts with that mustard seed of faith. That is the first step we have to take. Everything else grows from that. Hebrews 11:6 embodies this: "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." Every brave and courageous act of obedience in the Hall of Faith started with the seed of belief in the great I AM, fertilized through the daily abiding and drawing near.

    Sisters, do we not have that potential inside of us? This chapter has the tendency to intimidate. Who could step on the muddy bed of the Red Sea with the armies of Pharoah behind? Who could hide foreign spies on the roof of her brothel? Who could stand against culture and the powers of darkness to call down fire from heaven? "Not I," I say as I cower in the corner. I like it comfortable, easy, and routine. Show me the flow and I will go with it.

    Faith calls us out to greater things. Greater is He that is in me–the Holy Spirit–than he that is in the world. Faith can make us brave. Faith can move my foot forward when it is stuck to the floor in a puddle of sticky fear. Faith, the belief that God is and that He rewards those who seek Him, calls me out from the corner to say, "Here am I, Lord! Send me!" Faith produces faithfulness.

    • Beverly

      "Every brave and courageous act of obedience in the Hall of Faith started with the seed of belief in the great I AM, fertilized through the daily abiding and drawing near." This encouraged me this morning. Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

  • The message reads part of verse 38 like this … "making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world." How many of us can relate to that? I would venture to guess each one. There are many cruel edges; exclusion, loneliness, financial troubles, divorce, infidelity, inability to conceive, homelessness, abuse, violence, loss, illness … you name it. But how many of us have endured any one of these and came through the other side? If you're here reading this, I'd say most. Maybe some of us are in the middle of these affronts. For those that have are no longer on the edge, I would imagine that any one of us can think of a point, however small or limited, in those seasons waiting to leap, that we believed we would be ok. That's it folks …. that is what God is asking for, just a little bit. Because He knows it's not about us, something we are all still figuring out. It's always about Him. He's asking that we hold fast to Him, that we become faithful in our belief IN Him. That we root a deep understanding of His ability and love of us. That we have security IN him, not ourselves. It's not about believing that our vault from the edge will result in life as we picture it, there is no guarantee what we will have in this world….but the guarantee is better than anything we could have here! Maybe we can stand on those cruel edges of this world and not know what lies beyond it…..but leap from them knowing full well we are covered, not of our own accord, but God's. We know that if we leap, we have no ability to save ourselves, but we know who does save …. Our jump will not be a plunge, but more like a rise. But if you're a point not ready to leap, if you can't jump, at least stand firm in faithfulness, not in misery. Remain at the edge, because the other side isn't as far as we think and the cross will always be our wing! ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      yes! yes! yes! Leaping – having faith-standing strong……AMEN!!!! What a powerful, visual reminder. Help me Lord to always remain firm, standing strong in faith. I pray that I leap, in faith, where you lead…….not knowing what is at the bottom, knowing that you have a plan for me.

      • ~ B ~

        Glad you were able to make out my message. I've been up with two little people since 4 and every time I sat to type something out, I was beckoned another direction. Now reading again, I can see so much of that in my comment. :) Hope you have a great day! ~ B

    • Beverly

      His Faithfulness is greater – far greater – than the uncertainties of this world. I used to leap toward things of this world. Education & career goals, moving to different places, friend groups. But God only asks that I leap toward Him in faith that He gives. Love your perspective, B.

  • April Hayes

    Love this study on faith and faithfulness. Really brought home the differences and how we can receive faith through Jesus being our only salvation and how we can remain faithful through remaining in that truth! Great Morning for me! I feel more blessed by your words and His words to me!

    Thank you!
    Have a blessed and fruitful day!
    April Hayes

  • Faith is the conviction that Jesus Christ is our only salvation.

    Faithfulness is remaining in that truth, holding fast to the faith….

    These two sentences have me right where I need to be….

    I have been the worst at trusting or holding fast to the gift of Faith I have been given…I'm sorry Lord God…I don't think it's that I don't have faith, it's that I don't trust me with this gift…As an example…let's say I had faith that God would heal a sick friend, or that He would bring me a companion, or that life will get better…..and yet…they don't quite happen the way…I believed or in Faith, thought they would, I would go to that place of questions, that place of un-faith-filled – ness….and that my dear sister's, apart from frightening me, is truly no place to be…. But God, and here's the thing, Praise God, that I am still a work in progress, that by His Grace, and in His Grace my eyes and heart are being opened to the gift He has given me, not the self-grown one, that has me fretting, disbelieving, or even doubting His truth…doubting His love for me,…, ah, His promise to me…..My faith and faithfulness needs to be built, IS built on the love and promises of the One who came, died and rose again for me, for us…it cannot be anything else…..
    Jesus said…IF …I have faith as small as a mustard seed….He obviously knew we would struggle with that, so a large amount of faith is not required…a tiny mustard seed size will suffice, for the assurance of things hoped for..Thank you Lord God thank you…

    'Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for….the conviction of things not seen..' This is a great verse to hold on to…not because it's a great definition of faith, aye that it is, but there is also an element of entwined trust, hope and belief in the Lord God…and His promises and assurances…Amen…
    I have waffled today, so much to say…and still not right…but I hope the gist is there…

    Morning All..praying you know the Blessed Assurance of the Lord God Almighty today in everything you do, say and encounter…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • ~ B ~

      I love that you pointed out that Jesus said "if" …. then even a mustard seed. This is where the truth lies. You didn't waffle T. Beautifully spoken! ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      No waffling at all….thank you so much for your beautiful insight (as always!)!!

    • Beverly

      Tina, you completely spoke to parts of my own heart. Thank you for sharing this grace and Truth with such honesty.

    • Lynda

      I love waffles….and little words like IF with BIG possibilities. Thanks Tina

  • carlybenson

    Interesting to consider the difference between faith and faithfulness. It seems like faith is the initial step of putting our trust in God, for salvation or in a situation, and faithfulness is holding to that and keeping going over the long haul. The list in Hebrews 11 is encouraging though- they were not perfect people, they didn't always get it right and their faith wavered at times but they trusted God and were used by him to do some amazing things. My faith is in God but my faithfulness wavers at times- praying today that I, and all of us, can remain in his truth and hold fast to our faith. It's exciting to think how he can use us if we do.
    "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise." (Hebrews 10:23)

    • german_janne

      Thx for mentioning that difference. I was actually wondering why this devotional speaks about faith instead of faithfulness. Cause to me these are two different things. In my German bible the English "faithfulness" is translated with "Treue" which means fidelity or loyality rather.

      • Kelly_Smith

        Treue. It adds depth to this discussion. Each of our heroes of faith are loyal to their God when put to the test. Standing before the Red Sea, Daniel in the lions' den, the persecuted Christian receiving this letter… each act of faithfulness started with their belief that God is the great I AM. They are loyal to that belief, even to death.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      "they were not perfect people, they didn't always get it right and their faith wavered at times but they trusted God and were used by him to do some amazing things….."

      This statement hit home with me this morning……thank you!

    • hannah

      That distinction doesn't exist in the Bible. Both faith and faithfulness are base on the same Hebrew word, and represent the same actions.

  • I have just joined this study. It is so encouraging to read your words. It is very evident in whom you place your trust. God bless you!

  • How great is that verse! “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” So powerful, and I love that it can carry beyond our faith in Christ. Faith is the assurance that some day I will see why God has had me stay single for so long… Faith is trusting that I’m where I’m supposed to be… Faith is trusting that He will guide me in my future hopes and dreams… This verse strikes me in how many different areas it touches in my life!

    • Katie

      I think the reason it can “carry beyond our faith in Christ” is because He is in it all. He’s in everything!

      I get how it can seem easier if we could have all the answers, all the reasoning, right now, but that wouldn’t require true faithfulness. :)

      You are doing the hard work of exercising faith and through that, He is developing faithfulness in you. There is so much beauty in that. Stay faithful. He has big plans for you, Molly!

  • Faith is a gift, and a fruit of God's Spirit, but very few people actually know what it IS. I wanted to understand God's definition of faith, so I studied the ancient Hebrew word, and what I discovered really surprised me. It turns out faith isn't just something you have, it's also something you do. You can read about it here if you're interested: http://hannahkallio.org/2015/02/12/dont-have-fait

    • Nancy

      Thanks Hannah! Great research and insight on "Faith." Very helpful.

      • hannah

        You're welcome Nancy! I wanted to share it here because it's been so helpful to me. I used to feel inadequate because faith was this mysterious quality I couldn't seem to muster. Having a better handle on what faith is has shown me that I can be choose to be faithful even when I don't feel faith, because of God's faithfulness to me.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Very powerful Hannah! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

      • hannah

        You're welcome Heather! This definition has transformed my thinking and my life, so I'm always eager to share it when it's appropriate.

    • Lisa

      this is awesome! thank you for sharing what God has taught you… really good

    • Rachel

      I am always amazed by how rich the original languages of the Bible are, and how much we miss out on when we read it at face value in English. Thanks for posting this fascinating article.

      • Rachel

        …which I JUST realized YOU actually wrote. Thanks! And your story is amazing, Eshet Chayil to you, woman!

        • Hannah

          Toda raba Rachel! That's one of the best compliments I've ever received! And I totally agree with you about the depth of the Biblical text in the original languages. SOOOO much treasure, and it's ours to discover as sons and daughters.

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