The Portrait of Faithfulness: Daniel and the Lions

Welcome back to our Fruit of The Spirit Series. Today we are finishing up Faithfulness. In tomorrow’s blog, we will start learning about the next Fruit of The Spirit — Gentleness.

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Portrait of Faithfulness: Daniel and the Lions

Daniel 6:1-23 (NIV)
1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” 6 So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: “O King Darius, live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered–in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing. 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands–in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. 15 Then the men went as a group to the king and said to him, “Remember, O king, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

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The Lack of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Lack of Faithfulness

Deuteronomy 8:11 (NIV)
11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Romans 3:3-4 (NIV)
3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all!

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Charles F Stanley said, “God is faithful to finish what He starts. Once we accept Christ as our Savior, the work of sanctification begins. And it continues. There is always more to walking with God than what we’ve known, seen, learned, or experienced.

The Praise of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Praise of Faithfulness

Psalms 40:10 (NIV)
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. 
I do not conceal your love and your truth 
from the great assembly.

Psalms 89:1-2 (NIV)
1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Psalms 71:22-23 (NIV)
22 I will praise you with the harp 
for your faithfulness, O my God; 
I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 
23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you–I, whom you have redeemed.

Psalms 138:2 (NIV)
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name 
for your love and your faithfulness, 
for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)
1 O LORD, you are my God; 
I will exalt you and praise your name, 
for in perfect faithfulness 
you have done marvelous things, 
things planned long ago.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
23 They are new every morning; 
 great is your faithfulness.

The Source of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Source of Faithfulness

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NIV)
3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD. 
 Oh, praise the greatness of our God! 
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, 
 and all his ways are just. 
A faithful God who does no wrong, 
upright and just is he.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Psalms 36:5 (NIV)
5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalms 86:15 (NIV)
15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, 
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)
24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)
9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Psalms 89:14-15 (NIV)
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. 
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

Psalms 33:4 (NIV)
4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; 
he is faithful in all he does.

The Consistency of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Consistency of Faithfulness

Psalms 145:13 (NIV)
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 
and your dominion endures through all generations. 
The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.

Psalms 111:7-8 (NIV)
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. 
8 They are steadfast for ever and ever, 
 done in faithfulness and uprightness.

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)
9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

Genesis 28:15 (NIV)
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Psalms 100:5 (NIV)
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)
6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

The Trust of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Trust of Faithfulness

Luke 16:10-12 (NIV)
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

Psalms 101:6 (NIV)
6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; 
he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The Blessings of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Blessings of Faithfulness

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV)
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Psalms 18:25 (NIV)
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

Psalms 25:10 (NIV)
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

Revelation 2:10 (NIV)
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

The Protection of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Protection of Faithfulness

Psalms 91:4 (NIV)
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Proverbs 2:7-8 (NIV)
7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 
8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

The Pursuit of Faithfulness

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Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Pursuit of Faithfulness

2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV)
4 It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Faithfulness

Welcome back to our Fruit of Spirit Series.

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Webster’s new world dictionary defines.

Faithfulness – loyal and reliable

The Command of Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.