Having faith can be easy when the storm’s waters around you are calm, but it can be extremely difficult at times where it seems like the waters around you are going to overturn your boat--your place of safety and refuge. Faith is choosing to believe in God’s Word over your own eyes. There is no relationship with God without having faith in His works. Hebrews 11:6 says, “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.”
Faithfulness comes from the Latin word fideles which means the act of being faithful, loyal, or trusting to another person, group, or entity. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, a gift that when harvested properly exudes through every step we take, every word we speak, and every act we commit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Our faithfulness begins in us through the Holy Spirit yet thrives outside of us.
Faith is trusting God’s promises
Faithfulness is a big deal to God as He does not take it lightly. The Bible says in Luke 16:10, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Our faithfulness, even in the smallest of things, holds immeasurable power. That means that whatever we do choose to put our faith in, matters.
Faith is trusting in God’s promises even when it seems like there is no way that those promises could be for you. Faith is believing that when everyone else chooses to leave, you rest in knowing that you are not alone and God is close to the brokenhearted (Psalms 34:18) Faith is believing in a God who you have never seen before with your two eyes, but choosing to trust in His undeserving and grace-filled faithfulness that He shows you over and over again. (John 1:16)
Even when you feel like you do not have the strength for faithfulness, the Word makes it clear that though it can be a fruit that is hard to harvest, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” God has already given you all the tools you need to overcome every obstacle in your path that attempts to steer you from your calling or your divine purpose. Nothing is too great for God because he has already overcome the entire world (John 16:33). If we believe that Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forevermore, like Hebrews 13:8 tells us, then even when it doesn’t make sense to our flesh, our faithfulness in Him must remain. After all, Proverbs 28:20 does say, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”
Listen, stay alert, stand tall in the faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let love prevail in your life, words, and actions. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
We walk by faith and not by sight and the fruit of faith is nurtured by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). As we spend intentional time with God, we learn more about our role in the kingdom and experience God’s unconditional love. Faith, even the size of a mustard seed, speaks volumes to God because it is the deliberate denouncing of any other worldly idol and choosing Him instead.
Jesus directly comments on His expectation of faith in Mark 11:22-24. He says, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
The fruit of faithfulness that lives inside of us has a power like no other. Nurturing our faithfulness by spending time in the Bible and choosing to believe God’s promises and truths over what the world tells us is an act of pure obedience to God. Choose to nurture and harvest your fruit of faithfulness to strengthen your walk in Christ and to lead by example in His kingdom.