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Faithfulness Over Everything
Jan 16 3:43 AM

Faithfulness Over Everything

Jan 16 3:43 AM
Jan 16 3:43 AM

Faithfulness Over Everything

“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Luke 16:10–13

Christ requires faithfulness. He demands that His disciples are faithful to Him and His commands. Christ spells out in this parable that we have a responsibility to be faithful, even in what we deem to be the smallest of matters. We can’t think to ourselves or seek to convince ourselves that faithfulness in small things doesn’t matter, because it does. Christ said if you’re faithful in very small matters, then you will be faithful in larger matters. So often, we want to be trusted by the Lord with more, but we refuse to be faithful over what we have already been entrusted with. We have to train ourselves to live faithfully in all of life.

When we look back at this parable, we see that the manager was unfaithful over his master’s resources. This unfaithfulness led to his unrighteous action in stealing from his master by forging debtors’ notes that were owed to his master. In doing this, he proves himself unable to be trusted with anything of his own. The problem with the manager was that he was seeking to use his master’s resources, to which he had full access, to serve both his master and himself.  This is exactly what unfaithfulness looks like—self-service, selfishness, self-centered ambition, etc.  What he was attempting is impossible, and that is Christ’s point. You simply cannot serve the Lord and yourself at the same time.

But how many times do we seek to serve Christ and something or someone else? We try to straddle the fence, as if that’s possible, but we are well aware that it isn’t. We need to steady our devotion to the Lord and make sure we use our resources as they were meant to be used, according to His definition.  If we are unfaithful in doing this, we place ourselves at risk of creating an idol that displaces the Lord in our lives.

I encourage you to be faithful.  No matter how heavy or light the responsibility, be faithful. Faithfulness always has its rewards.  The LORD will look upon our faithfulness, and honor it with even greater responsibilities.

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Be Still
Jan 31 12:46 AM

Be Still

Jan 31 12:46 AM
Jan 31 12:46 AM

Author: L.B. Cowman

Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

When we have doubts or are facing difficulties, when others suggest courses of action that are conflicting, when caution dictates one approach but faith another, we should be still. We should quiet each intruding person, calm ourselves in the sacred stillness of God’s presence, study His Word for guidance, and with true devotion focus our attention on Him.

We should lift our nature into the pure light radiating from His face, having an eagerness to know only what God our Lord will determine for us.  Soon God will reveal, by His secret counsel, a distinct and unmistakable sense of His direction. It is unwise for a new believer to depend on this approach alone. He should wait for circumstances to also confirm what God is revealing. Yet Christians who have had many experiences in their walk with Him know the great value of the secret counsel of the Lord as a means of discerning His will.

Are you uncertain about which direction you should go? Take your question to God and receive guidance from either the light of His smile or the cloud of His refusal. You must get alone with Him, where the lights and the darkness of this world cannot interfere and where the opinions of others cannot reach you. You must also have the courage to wait in silent expectation, even when everyone around you is insisting on an immediate decision or action. If you will do these things, the will of God will become clear to you. And you will have a deeper concept of who He is, having more insight into His nature and His heart of love. All this will be your unsurpassed gift. It will be a heavenly experience, a precious eternal privilege, and the rich reward for the long hours of waiting. DAVID

Keep still! When trouble is brewing, keep still! When slander is getting on its legs, keep still! When your feelings are hurt, keep still till you recover from your excitement at any rate! Things look different through an unagitated eye. In a commotion once I wrote a letter and sent it and wished I had not. In my later years I had another commotion and wrote another long letter; my life had rubbed a little sense into me, and I kept that letter in my pocket until I could look it over without agitation, and without tears, and I was glad I did—less and less it seemed necessary to send it. I was not sure it would do any harm, but in my doubtfulness, I learned reticence, and eventually it was destroyed. Time works wonders!

Wait till you can speak calmly and then perhaps you will not need to speak. Silence is the most powerful thing conceivable, sometimes. It is strength in its grandeur; it is like a regiment ordered to stand still in the mad fury of battle. To plunge in were twice as easy. Nothing is lost by learning to keep still. HANNAH WHITALL SMITH

I do not believe we have even begun to understand the wonderful power there is in being still. We are in such a hurry, always doing, that we are in danger of not allowing God the opportunity to work. You may be sure that God will never say to us, “Stand still,” “Sit still,” or “Be still,” unless He is going to do something. This is our problem regarding the Christian life: we want to do something to be Christians, instead of allowing Him to work in us. Think of how still you stand when your picture is being taken, as the photographer captures your likeness on film. God has one eternal purpose for us: that we should be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29 KJV). But in order for that to happen, we must stand still. We hear so much today about being active, but maybe we need to learn what it means to be quiet.  Perhaps we simply need to learn to be still and watch God work out the details that challenged us so greatly and caused us so much distress.  You will find that He works wonders if we can just still our hearts and sit before Him until He speaks.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, You know my heart better than I know it myself. You know my struggles and You hold each hope and fear in Your caring hands. Teach me, LORD, to be still and to know that You are God.  I trust in You alone.  In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

An excerpt from the book: "Streams in the Desert: Morning and Evening"

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