God's Faithfulness Gives Me Confidence - Dr. Matthew K. Thomas
Remember God is faithful. In the midst of difficulty, acknowledge God is faithful. The faithfulness of God gives us courage, comfort, confidence.
1. Faithfulness is an Attribute of God.
God is absolutely reliable, absolutely trustworthy, absolutely steadfast, absolutely constant.
Faithfulness of God speaks of the stability of God in a changing world. What was once considered sin is now considered a weakness. Values are changing. But, we have a changeless Christ who is faithful.
1Cor. 1:9 - God is faithful.
Psa. 36:5 - Your faithfulness reaches unto the clouds.
Man cannot outstretch it. No matter where you are, His faithfulness can reach you.
The extensiveness of His faithfulness.
Psa. 119:9 - Your faithfulness is unto all generations.
Man can never outlive it.
The everlastingness of His faithfulness.
Lam. 3:23 - Great is Your faithfulness.
The exceedingness of His faithfulness.
Man can never outmatch it.
2. Faithfulness is an Activity of God.
The Bible tells us how God was faithful to His people. The OT talks of the activity of God's faithfulness.
We have seen the faithfulness of God in our lives.
1Cor. 1:9 - We are called into His fellowship.
I. God's faithfulness gives me Confidence because of His Provision.
God's faithfulness gives me Courage.
1. Fellowship of Togetherness, of His Son. (1Cor. 1:9)
1Jo. 1:3 - Fellowship with us, with the Father, with the Son.
There was so much disunity in the Corinthian church. Paul talks about fellowship of Jesus Christ.
2. Fellowship of Truthfulness
The Son is the Truth, the Truthful One
3. Fellowship of Trustfulness
Gal. 2:20 - by the faithfulness of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me
II. God's faithfulness gives me Confidence because of His Protection.
1Cor. 10:13 - He is faithful... Will make a way of escape. Gives us confidence.
Once my dad was traveling with Pastor K. O. Varghese from Itarsi to Delhi. But, he was led by God to get down in Bhopal. After few hours, they heard the train had a derailment. Protective faithfulness of God.
He was once at Bhopal to speak. He was supposed to speak for Pastor A. J. Samuel the other day. But, 11pm God woke him and he knew he had to come back and not stay in Govindpura. He decided to come to Itarsi and go from here to Indore. That night there was the carbide tragedy in Bhopal. God's protective faithfulness.
My wife keeps reading Psalm 91 thousands of times, again and again. She keeps Psalms and Proverbs in her bag while traveling. We know the protective faithfulness of God.
God sends His angels to protect us.
He shields us with His favor.
It's a double protection.
Then, He says "I will be with you always."
III. God's faithfulness gives me Confidence because of His Power.
1Thess 5:23-25. Power for blamelessness.
IV. God's faithfulness gives me Confidence because of His Presence.