November 20, 2011

A Glimpse of God's Faithfulness

Only those who suffer can know how faithful their God is.

Faithfulness is not an attribute born in comfort. We cannot say a person is faithful if she stays when everything is fine. We know faithfulness can only be tested through tough times. It is when most of people will refuse to persevere and walk away. It is about choosing a narrow path where only a few choose to stay, wait, and keep on trusting no matter what.

You can only be as faithful as the size of your faith.

One thing that will give you strength to be faithful is the faith itself in God. Do you believe that your God is faithful and kind? Do you believe that He always has plan and purpose behind all things? Do you believe that He is in control even in situation where it seems hopeless?

I am writing this not in the middle of comfort. Yet I want to encourage each of you who may experience this too. These are a collection of testimonies about how faithful our God is. It is a long message since faithfulness itself is endless. Feel free to take your time and may this truth soak into your heart. May every soul be refreshed, every faith be strengthened, and together we wait faithfully for the upcoming promises of our God :)

"God takes care of His own. He knows our needs. He anticipates our crises. He is moved by our weaknesses. He stands ready to come to our rescue. And at just the right moment He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father" -Charles Swindoll

"Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out the window which hope has opened" -Charles H. Spurgeon

"The Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation ... Take the hand He stretches out" - Elisabeth Elliot

"Faith means you want God and want to want nothing else ... In faith there is movement and development. Each day something is new" -Brennan Manning

"Faith is not an effort, a striving, a ceaseless seeking, as so many earnest souls suppose, but rather a letting go, an abandonment, an abiding rest in God that nothing, not even the soul's shortcomings, can disturb. Faith is not a sense, not sight, not reason, but taking God at His word" -Evans

"With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible" -Mark 10:27

"If one is joyful, it means that one is faithfully living for God, and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others one is doing God's work. With joy without and joy within, all is well" -Janet Erskine Stuart

"Live for today but hold your hands open for tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God's love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself" -Barbara Johnson

"The joy of the LORD is your strength" -Nehemiah 8:10

"The light of God surrounds me; the love of God enfolds me; the power of God protects me; the presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is"

"There is an essential connection between experiencing God, loving God, and trusting God. You will trust God only as much as you love Him, and you will love Him to the extent you have touched Him, rather than He has touched you" -Brennan Manning

"Although it be good to think upon the kindness of God and to love Him and worship Him for it, yet it is far better to gaze upon the pure essence of Him and to love Him and worship Him for Himself"

"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand" -Psalm 73:23

"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life" -Phillipians 4:6-7

"When all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel - God-With-Us" -Isaiah 8:10

"You are in the Beloved ... therefore infinitely dear to the Father, unspeakably precious to Him. You are never, not for one second, alone" -Norman Dowty

"My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" -Exodus 33:14

"God is adequate as our keeper ... Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you" - J.I. Packer

"God stands fast as your rock, steadfast as your safeguard, sleepless as your watcher, valiant as your champion" -Charles H. Spurgeon

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" - Psalm 91:1-2

"The fulfillment of God's promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God's promise arrives as pure gift" -Romans 4:16

"We may depend upon God's promises, for He will be as good as His word" -Matthew Henry

"The joyful birds prolong the strain, their song with every spring renewed; the air we breathe, and falling rain, each softly whispers: God is good" -John Hampden Gurney

"Be still and in the quiet moments, listen to the voice of your Heavenly Father. His words can renew your spirit. No one knows you and your needs like He does" - Janet L. Weaver Smith

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" -Psalm 139:7-10

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go" -Genesis 28:15

"The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone -as though we had never been here. But the love of the LORD remains forever ... the LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything" -Psalm 103:13-17, 19

"Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever" -Psalm 117:2

"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end -Because I am your God, your personal God, the Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you! That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you!" -Isaiah 43:1-4

"Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God" -Isaiah 50:10

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31

"God is with us in the midst of our daily, routine lives. In the middle of cleaning the house or driving somewhere in the pickup. Often it's in the middle of the most mundane task that He lets us know He is there with us. We realize, then, that there can be no "ordinary" moments for people who live their lives with Jesus" -Michael Card

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new each morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD." -Lamentations 3:22-26

"Nothing in your daily life is so insignificant and so inconsequential that God will not help you by answering your prayer" -Ole Hallesby

"I know that God is faithful. I know that He answers prayers, many times in ways I may not understand" - Sheila Walsh

"Give your worries to the Lord, and he will take care of you" -Psalm 55:22

"The God of peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him" -Charles H. Spurgeon

"Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love" - 1 Corinthians 13:13

"To the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day. The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised -the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives" -2 Peter 3:8-9

"God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and faith, but it's worth the wait."

"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him" -Psalm 37:7

This writing is title as 'A Glimpse' of God's Faithfulness since it is truly just a glimpse of it. There are many more testimonies that there will be not enough paper to write it down. Be faithful to a faithful God. Trust Him and wait for him patiently. There is an unbearable joy coming to those who wait upon His presence.

He who has promised will also fulfill it. It will certainly come, it will not delay.

1 Corinthians 2:9

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.

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