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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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Yet, He Abideth Faithful
In Second Timothy chapter two the aged Apostle is writing to young Timothy exhorting him to be strong in the grace which is found in Christ the Lord. When will we learn we have no strength in ourselves, it is all in Him? Remember Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times and Peter said no, not me? But he did. You see, the spirit of man is willing, the spirit of man wants to be strong but the flesh is weak. In Ephesians 6:10 Paul writes “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. Paul goes on to exhort Timothy to commit, or to pass along the things he has learned in the ministry, to other faithful men who can teach others also. Because Paul and Timothy were faithful in passing down those truths to faithful men, and they in turn passed them on to other faithful men, we have the same truths, the same gospel they had and we should also pass them down to other faithful men in order that future generations might have the truth. In verse three of this chapter we have another challenge from Paul to Timothy; he says endure hardness as a good soldier. It’s not if hardness comes but it is when it comes. We will have hardness; troubles; problems; persecutions and so on, but we must endure these things. How do we stand up to these things? John wrote in his little book “Greater is He that is within you than he that is within the world”. We who are saved have the presence of the Holy Spirit living within us in order to strengthen us in times of trouble. Now there is much more in this chapter but I want to skip down to verse 13 and see the message for this week; yet He abideth faithful. I’m glad we have a standard we can rely on during these days. We have One who never changes, for the writer of Hebrews says, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever”. If our own faith weakens, yet He abideth faithful! Let’s look at a few things this week where He abides faithful.
He abideth faithful in His presence with us. What would we give for that sweet fellowship with Him? What would we give for that sweet communion with our Savior? What would we give to be able to feel His loving arms surrounding us and comforting us in times of distress? You may say, preacher, I would give the world to feel that. Well dear friend that is exactly what you must give. You can’t have fellowship with the world and fellowship with the Lord at the same time. The writer of Hebrews again writes “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”. If we aren’t enjoying the presence of God in our lives it is because we have moved away from Him for He never moves away from us. When we got saved He took up permanent residency in our souls. In John 14:16 Jesus states “And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever”. And in Ephesians 3:17 Paul writes “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith”. The word dwell is taken from the Greek word meaning to feel at home in. Does He feel at home in your hearts today? If not, what is making Him feel uncomfortable? Is it the pet sin you harbor? Is it the doubt which rages? What is pushing Him away from you today? Whatever it is, please do away with it so He may feel at home once again.
He abideth faithful in His peace to us. The old sign which stated “no God, no peace; but know God and know peace” is still true today. There is no peace outside of Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:1 Paul writes “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. We can have peace in the storms of life for He is the One who said “Peace, be still”. This peace comes by prayer and trusting the Lord. Philippians 4:6-7 states “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Then in Isaiah 26:3 it is written, “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee”. The word stayed comes from the Greek meaning to lean all your weight on. As long as we lean wholly on Him He is able to give us peace.
Next we see He is faithful in His protection of us. God protects His children from harm every day. Many times we aren’t even aware of His protection. How many times have we been hindered from leaving, going somewhere, and down the road we see an accident? Could we have been protected from that accident by His providence? I think so. The children of Israel were protected at the Passover in Egypt. Daniel was protected in the lion’s den. Joseph was protected in the pit; later in Potiphar’s house; then in the prison, and finally to be elevated to leadership in Egypt. God surely protects those who are His.
He is also faithful in His provision for us. In First Peter 5:7 Peter writes, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you”. Because He has saved you, He has taken the responsibility on Himself to provide what you need. Do you have worries, cares problems and things you don’t understand? Bring them to Jesus and He can provide the courage or whatever else you may need to bear up under these things. Remember, there is nothing you can bring to Him that He can’t handle. He provided for Elijah when he told King Ahab about the drought which was coming to the land. He told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and there He would provide for him. After the brook dried up God said, go to Zarephath and there I will sustain thee. When we get in our “there” God is obligated to His word and will sustain us but He is under no obligation to provide for us if we are not there!
Also God is faith in His preservation of us. When He saved us it was for eternity. He has never lost one of His children and He will not begin with you. Jesus prayed in John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that Thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost”. Also in John 10:27-29 Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand”. Thank God it is not me holding on or holding out but it is Him doing the holding!
So remember, even when we don’t believe, yet He abideth faithful. When our faith grows weak; when we doubt; when we weep; in our sickness; in our pain; in our discouragement; in our fears, yet even then, He abideth at all times faithful. Now, let me finish with one question; what if His faithfulness depended upon your faithfulness? How faithful would He be then?