- A. The Cure for Lack of Faithfulness
- 1. Strengthen the Fear of God in Your Life
Nehemiah 7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he [was] a faithful man, and feared God above many. (KJV)
Illustration: Trust - Atheists Convention
On the day before Easter, April 18, 1992, Madalyn Murray O'hair kicked off" the 22nd annual National American Atheists convention in Austin, Texas. She rallied people and said what you might expect: "As long as there e is religious slavery , mental slavery, we're not going to get anywhere as a nation. So, were calling for total, complete and absolute elimination of religion in American culture. We would not be in difficulty if we weren't being ruled by those classes of persons who believe in fantasy" An in response to having the convention on Easter weekend "we want to take back Easter and make it a celebration of the start of spring." These are all words you would expect, but the substance of this illustration is found on the placard carried by and atheist, while marching on the state capitol. His sign read, "In God We Trust. Not!" He was keying on the trendy method of negating a statement by tagging Not (made popular byWayne's World on the end of a sentence. This atheist was on to what we do as well. We pledge our allegiance to God but reserve the right to tag on not. God, I trust you with my money, not. Lord I give you complete control of my business, not. Father please be the God of our home, not. Thanks to an atheist we may better understand our need to fear God.
- a) The Warnings
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (KJV)
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate. (KJV)
- b) The Promises
Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (KJV)
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; (KJV)
Psalm 34:7-10 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing]. (KJV)
- 2. Sanction God's Preserving Power
Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (KJV)
- 3. Seek to Help in Healing Others
Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health. (KJV)
Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
- 4. Start the Path with Little Things
Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? (KJV)
- 5. Stimulate Holiness by Standing in God's Presence
Illustration: The Book I Love...
A demanding woman on the church roll insisted that the pastor come by to visit her. When he arrived she sat on the couch and told of all her woes. After listening to her long monologue of complaints, the pastor suggested he read some scripture for consolation. The woman quickly agreed and piously called out for her daughter, "honey, bring mother the book she loves so much. " The little girl immediately returned with her mom's favorite book, the latest edition of TV Guide.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)
Isaiah 6:5-6 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: (KJV)