The Faithful One

Author: Lily Walsh — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: March 3, 2023

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The Faithful One

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, and it’s vital for every Christian,
in every walk of life (Galatians 5:22). When we are faithful, we are rooted
in motivations and desires that are in line with the Bible, and our feet
are steady upon the solidness of God. But faithfulness is something I
struggle with a lot. I find it hard to do what I need to do, because the
desires of my sinful nature are at war with the desires of serving God
(Romans 7:15-25). Feelings of discouragement and tiredness make it even
harder for me to keep walking the straight and narrow path. My struggles
and weaknesses pull me into a spiral of hopelessness and leave me feeling
like I’ll never actually progress in my faith. Having fallen many times in
my life, I sometimes question if God has given up on me.


While pondering these thoughts, I was reading Psalm 91 when something stood
out to me. The psalmist writes, “His faithfulness is your shield and
rampart” (verse 4). HIS faithfulness. Not mine. While I’m slipping and
sliding on life’s path, God is steady. He’s firm. He’s faithful. Throughout
our lives, we will always have sinful struggles and temptations, but God
doesn’t leave us. He shields us, holds our hand, and promises to walk with
us. Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Because
Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave, everyone who puts their
trust in Him is forgiven for all their sins. Not only that, but the Holy
Spirit lives inside Christians, transforming their desires and empowering
them to follow Jesus.


Through our weakness, God doesn’t expect perfection or performance out of
fear (1 John 4:18). But He does expect us to find strength in His
faithfulness, letting Him take the reins and fight our battles with us. He
gives us the strength to endure, and He shows us a way out of every
temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). As we lean on His strength in our
weakness, we learn how much we need Him. We grow closer to Him in love,
finding absolute joy in walking with Him.


When we feel tired and worn out from the fight, feeling like our faith is
weak, we can lean on His strength. Remember—He’s the voice that whispers
“I’m not giving up on you” when we are in our darkest struggles. His
faithfulness will shield us, protect us, and strengthen us. Therefore, in
our struggles we can confidently call the Lord “my refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2). • Lily Walsh


• What weaknesses do you have that make you feel inadequate for the path
ahead? Consider taking a moment to bring these troubles to Jesus, trusting
in His faithfulness and love.


“If we are faithless, he remains faithful; for he can’t deny himself.” 2
Timothy 2:13 (WEB)


Read Verses:

Psalm 91:1-Psalm 91:4; Lamentations 3:22-Lamentations 3:23; 2 Timothy 2:11-2 Timothy 2:13