Faithfulness Is A No Compromise

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – FAITHFULNESS #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

Podcast – Faithfulness #4

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Jeremiah Had Denied Himself In Favor of What God Wanted

In Jeremiah 20:7-12 NLT says, “7  O Lord, you misled me, and I allowed myself to be misled. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked every day; everyone laughs at me. 8  When I speak, the words burst out. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the Lord have made me a household joke. 9  But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in His name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! 10  I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say “and then we will get our revenge on him.”11  But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before Him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. 12  O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You test those who are righteous, and You examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see Your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to You.

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God overpowered him and Jeremiah could not resist God’s approach (Feinberg). Understandably, Jeremiah is distressed by his public beating, humiliation, and imprisonment. But God has not been untrue to the promises made at the prophet’s call. God had clearly indicated that he would have serious opposition (Jeremiah 1:19) but that with God’s help and protection, he would prevail.

Jeremiah’s confidence in Yahweh as his defending warrior (Hebrew gib“r) seems to return. He perhaps realizes that ultimately, he will be vindicated and his enemies put to shame (Harrison).

We must spend the small coins of self-denial in order to buy the great commitments of our lives.

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In Acts 7:52-60 NLT says, “Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One – the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.” 54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” 57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

Indeed, many of their prophets had been persecuted or killed: Uriah (Jeremiah 26:20-23), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:1-6), Isaiah (tradition says he was killed by King Manasseh; see 2 Kings 21:16), Amos (Amos 7:10-13), Zechariah (not the author of the Bible book, but the son of Jehoiada the priest, 2 Chronicles 24:20-22), and Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-2). Our Lord Jesus Christ had made the same charges against the Jews (Matthew 23:37; Luke 11:47-48). Our Lord Jesus had also told a parable about how the Jews had constantly rejected God’s messages and had persecuted His messengers (Luke 20:9-19). See Hebrews 11:35-38 on the killing of the prophets.


Not only had the Jews killed the prophets who had predicted the coming of the Righteous One (the Messiah, Jesus Christ), but they had betrayed and murdered their Messiah. The children of Israel had rejected their deliverer, Moses, from the start to the finish of his ministry. They had deliberately disobeyed God’s law, though they had received it from the hands of angels. God Himself had been rejected in their ancestors’ constant forays into idolatry. God’s Messiah, the Righteous One, the Savior of the world, was the latest victim of their rebellion. These final words so enraged his (Stephen) hearers that they shook their fists in rage.

In contrast to their rage, Stephen was still in control, full of the Holy Spirit, the ultimate source of strength and courage (see also Acts 6:3, 5, 8, 15). The text tells us that as the maddened crowd drew nearer, Stephen kept his gaze steadily upward. In the process he saw the glory of God, and he saw our Lord Jesus Christ standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Just before his death, however, Stephen saw our Lord Jesus Christ standing. In this scene, as the church experienced the first (of many) to die for faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, Luke wanted his readers to know martyrs do not die alone – as if out of the gaze of their Savior. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not only present at the right hand of the Father, but He also was (at least in Stephen’s case) standing to receive His faithful servant home. There can be no greater nor more honorable reception than to have the Son of Man standing at one’s entrance into His presence.


Stephen saw the heavens opened. This is a very important term for the presence of God and a sign of His revelation. The heavens opened at the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 3:21-22) as a sign of affirmation of our Lord Jesus’ deity. It was accompanied by the voice of God and the descending of the Holy Spirit.

In the book of Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT says, “10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

God empowers His people (including us as Born-Again Christian believers), but He does not send us into battle unarmed. God’s people must put on all of God’s armor (see also Romans 13:12). The panoplia, or full armor, means complete equipment, head-to-toe protection, both defensively and offensively. This gear was for hand-to-hand combat. This “armor of God” was mentioned in the Old Testament. Isaiah 59:17 describes God as wearing the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. Paul wrote this letter while chained to a Roman soldier. Certainly the soldier’s armor must have brought this metaphor to mind. Paul described a divine and complete “outfit” that God gives Born-Again Christian believers in order to provide all we need to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil. The devil rules the world of darkness, the kingdom opposed to God. “Stand against” was a military term meaning to resist the enemy, hold the position, and offer no surrender. The devil will not fight fair; he uses subtle tricks and schemes. Our ability to stand firm depends on our use of the armor.

Self-sacrifice is the fearsome way, and there will be no compromise. It is as easy for the committed to worship in the company of beasts, as it is to worship in the temple/church and/or at home in Spirit and in Truth, Amen! .

Let me encourage our brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, and I want my readers to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to others’ needs. Because all, we as Born-Again Christian believers are strong in certain areas and weak in others, we constantly need to monitor the effects of our behavior on others.

In these FAITHFULNESS Series of Podcast, we will learn the following PURPOSES of this fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT:

  1. God’s Blessings On Faithfulness – Podcast Faithfulness #1
  2. The Habit Of Spiritual Dependency – Podcast Faithfulness #2
  3. A Persistent Commitment To The Right – Podcast Faithfulness #3
  4. No Compromise – Podcast Faithfulness #4
  5. The Road That Ends In Victory – Podcast Faithfulness #5
  6. The High Art Of Persistence – Podcast Faithfulness #6

Observation: What do these passages say to you?

Interpretation: What do these passages mean to you?

Application: How do the meaning of these passages apply to you or to your situation?

If you are not sure that you are Born-Again Christian believer, please take a look of one of our ministries, “An Invitation To Meet Our Lord Jesus Christ” at https://homefellowshipchurches.org/an-invitation-to-meet-our-lord-jesus-christ/

Suggested Prayer: Father God, we come into your presence in our Lord Jesus Christ name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and forgiveness. Thank you Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage and strength. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us understand God’s Words and obey them, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth that sets us free, and apply them in our lives, in Jesus name, Amen!

God bless you all and our families!

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In Malachi 3:10-12 AMPC says, “10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it”, says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” [Malachi 2:2.] 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer (insects and plagues) for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruits before the time in the field,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight”, says the Lord of hosts.

If the people would obey God, giving as they should, God would flood His people with blessings. There would be an overabundance of God’s blessing if He was given what He requested.

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