After thinking about the need for faithfulness, I made a list of my own personal struggles to be faithful. But walking in God’s faithfulness is a three step operation. First we must desire to live a god life that manifest the graces of the Holy Spirit. Next, we need to look to God: His power from on high is available to us, and He gives it to us freely. Finally, we must follow God’s word by moving out intentionally and confidently, empowered and guided by God. This three-step process can always help us in our struggles to be faithful, even if the face of:
Tiredness: While tiredness says, “I can’t do it” God’s word says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Laziness: While tiredness is a physical struggle, laziness is a mental one. Laziness says “I don’t want to do it. God’s word says “Set you mind on the things above not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
Hopelessness: Hopelessness looms large on the fleshly barriers to faithfulness. Hopelessness says “It doesn’t matter if I do it.” When we are hopeless, fear can often set in: fear of failure, fear of never changing, etc. But God’s word says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. (Joshua 1:9)
Procrastination: Procrastination utterly kills faithfulness with its attitude “I’ll do it later”. Instead we should look to God for his help, and remember the verse “Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Do it…just do it….and do it now!
Rationalization: Rationalization says “Let someone else do it.” But as followers of God we need to be faithful in all things, one day at a time. Just for today, whatever responsibility you have, DO IT. This is a basic but very practical method for growing in godliness.
Apathy: Apathy says “I don’t care if I do it.” But as followers of Jesus we need to have his desires. Mark 10:45 says our Savior lived “not…to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Rebellion: Rebellions says “I won’t do it” But the bible says “The man [or woman] who hardens his [or her] neck….will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. (Proverbs 29:1) In light of this warning we are to pray like David for God to “Search our hearts, try me, know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me.” (Psalms 139: 23-24)
Tips for walking in faithfulness
- Call upon God in Prayer
- Be faithful in the small things
- Rely on God’s strength
- Fight self-indulgence. “I buffet my body and make it my slave. ” (1 Corinthians 9:27)
- Eliminate laziness and idleness.
- Begin at home
- Be faithful in all things
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George