Faithfulness Is The High Art of Persistence

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – FAITHFULNESS #6

“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 #6

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

A Psalm of King David

In Psalm 19:1-5 NLT says, “1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? 2  Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. 3  Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. 4  Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5  Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever”.

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The psalmist in Verse 1 requests instruction on what requirements are necessary for entering into God’s presence, communion, and protection. Tabernacle—i.e., tent, which symbolized God’s presence in the midst of His people (2 Samuel 6:17; 7:4.). Holy Hill—Mount Zion in Jerusalem (cf. Psalms 2:6; 3:4; 99:9).

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In Psalm 15:2 NLT describes the blameless make choices according to the precepts of His law (Psalm 119:1), revealing their loyalty. These choices result in righteous actions with truth residing in and flowing from man’s core (contrast “double heart,” cf. Psalm 12:2; Isaiah 29:13).

In Verse 3 describes about backbiteth – i.e., slanders. The righteous man is not involved in the propagation of denigrating comments against his neighbor. His speech reflects the integrity of his character.

In Verse 4 describes a vile person is contemned – The righteous man is not one to hide his feelings about sin; he is as firm in his hatred of evil as he is in his appreciation for those who fear God. When he gives you his word, he will keep it even if it is damaging to him personally.

Psalm 15:5 describes in Babylon, interest rates ran as high as 33 percent, and at Nuzi, loans brought up to 50 percent. In Israel, excessive interest-taking was not allowed (cf. Exodus 22:25-27; Deuteronomy 23:19-20). Bribery was also prohibited as a perverter of the judicial process (cf. Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19). While the righteous man may be temporarily shaken, suffering at the hands of his enemies (cf. Psalm 13:4), the presence of God leaves him unshakable at the core level (Craigie).

This is the grand distinction between true Christianity and any one of its many counterfeits. True Christians hunger, nor for evidences of the presence, but for the presence itself. True Christianity hungers, not even for the blessings of God, but for God. Amen!

Jotham Rules In Judah

In 2 Chronicles 27: 1-6 NLT says, “1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. 2 Jotham did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. He did everything his father, Uzziah, had done, except that Jotham did not sin by entering the Temple of the Lord. But the people continued in their corrupt ways. 3 Jotham rebuilt the upper gate of the Temple of the Lord. He also did extensive rebuilding on the wall at the hill of Ophel. 4 He built towns in the hill country of Judah and constructed fortresses and towers in the wooded areas. 5 Jotham went to war against the Ammonites and conquered them. Over the next three years he received from them an annual tribute of 7,500 pounds of silver, 50,000 bushels of wheat, and 50,000 bushels of barley. 6 King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God..

To the chronicler Jotham was without fault and therefore prosperous. Even though 2 Kings 15:35 reports that the high places were not removed, the chronicler here puts the blame on the people. Perhaps the chronicler wished to say that though Jotham intended well, his people were too wicked in their religious backsliding and frustrated all his efforts.

In Verses 4-6 describes these military actions against the Ammonites are not found in 2 Kings 15. The reason for Jotham’s prosperity, in the chronicler’s view, is stated in 2 Chronicles 27:6. The present danger the northern kingdom faced from Syria and the rising power of Assyria allowed Jotham to enjoy an Indian summer reign in Judah. It is probably in this context that Judah was able to flex some muscle against Ammon (Myers). But his son Ahaz would soon be in great trouble, as neighboring kingdoms began to go on the warpath again.

Jotham was a young king faced with this decision, and he chose to be faithful to God and base his rulings on what God would have him do. His faithfulness brought him God’s blessings and showed him God’s purpose for his life.

Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. He was steadfast and persistent, and his unswerving faithfulness brought powerful influence to the throne of Judah.

Job Wants To Argue His Case With God

In Job 13:15 NLT says, “God might kill me, but I have no other hope. I am going to argue my case with Him”.

Job refers to God both as deliverer and as prosecuting attorney. Thus Job’s cry for help and argumentation are both fitting because of the diversity of God’s roles. His desire to confront God with his complaint is based on his absolute trust rather than because of doubt or disrespect.

In Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT says, “22  The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

In Verse 22 describes that It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed – It is God’s khesedh, i.e., his covenant loyalty or faithfulness, that comes to mind in the depth of the poet’s despair (cf. Malachi 3:6). The way to change one’s attitude in the midst of suffering is to recall the goodness of God (Martens).

In Verse 23 describes a new every morning: great is thy faithfulness – After the darkness of night (Lamentations 3:2, 6) and death, day dawns with hope and a certainty that God is at work (cf. Isaiah 33:2). He has kept His covenant with day and night, and this is a harbinger of restoration in Jeremiah’s theology (Jeremiah 25:20-26). While God’s anger with Israel caused Him to punish that generation, His covenant purposes for Israel were not yet fulfilled.

If our persistence needs a role model, God’s own persistent faithfulness will certainly supply it. Job understood this. When we think about the compassion of God in offering His own Son as a sacrifice for our sins, we had better understand true faithfulness. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for us. How could we ever question God’s steadfast love when our circumstances look grim, bleak, harsh, severe, forbidding, or depressing?

Faithfulness involves developing the habit of hanging around God, not so that we’ll have less suffering, but so that in the clear light of our nearness to God, we will better see what our suffering means and what our faithfulness should produce.

God has been faithful. He will be faithful. Our Lord Jesus Christ His Son was faithful to the point of death. Our relationship with God is guaranteed by Christ’s constancy, loyalty, fidelity, dependability, reliability, steadiness, firmness, consistency, steadfastness, endurance and faithfulness…

Teaching About Prayer

In Luke 11:5-8 NLT says, “5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, He used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this – though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”

This parable points out, with a touch of humor, that God’s people must persist in their prayers, and that God is always ready to give. The setting is midnight. A journeying friend has arrived, presumably unexpected. Social custom dictates providing food, but the bread is gone and the person has nothing for him to eat. The person knows that another friend has some bread, so he goes to him and asks to borrow three loaves of bread.

The friend would not be happy to be interrupted at this late hour, having already gone to bed. Our Lord Jesus Christ explained that although the friend might not get up for the sake of the friendship, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up. Because of the persistence of the person knocking, the request will be answered.


Boldness in prayer overcomes the praying person’s apathy, not God’s perceived insensitivity. To practice persistence changes the hearts and minds of those praying, and it helps them understand and express the intensity of their need. Persistence in prayer helps them recognize God’s work. By praying persistently, believers are not trying to get a reluctant God to answer their prayers; instead, they are showing that they are very serious about their request.

The man in this story is persistent on behalf of a friend who has stopped in to see him. When we bring the needs of others before God, our persistence takes on new meaning. Now, more is at stake than our own wants and desires – we are ministering to others through our prayers for them. Nothing is more beautiful than the prayer warrior who is persistent on behalf of someone else’s need.

This parable illustrates the high art of persistence and its efficacy in prayer. Praying faithfully is our willingness to go boldly before the throne and ask what we want from God. And then in faithfulness we will do it again and again.

God requires faithfulness. When we are making difficult decisions, when our future is at stake, we can rest assured that God will guide us when we are faithful. God had given the victory to those He knew to be faithful.

We can only be faithful if we have the love of God (Agape love) because faithfulness is love’s servant. It is also one of the fruit of the Spirit.

Parable Of The Persistent Widow

In Luke 18:1-8 NLT says, “1 One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” He said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?”

The need for constant prayer and the injunction to never give up should be interpreted in light of the preceding chapter and its focus on the coming Kingdom. Our Lord Jesus Christ had been discussing with His listeners the aspects of the “in between” time as they lived in a sinful world and awaited the Kingdom. The problem of evil and suffering and the need for justice would plague our Lord Jesus’ followers as they experienced pain and awaited vindication. As they wrestled with these difficulties, they could know that their heavenly Father listened and understood and that the answer to their prayers for relief and justice is coming in His time.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was not comparing God to this unjust and contemptuous judge, as though He would treat believers in this manner. Instead, this story shows that if even an evil man can be made to deal justly by a persistent woman, how much more would God, who loves His people, care for their requests.


The scene pictures a judge who is godless and contemptuous. He should have been championing those who needed justice, but when a widow came for help, he ignored her. Widows and orphans were among the most vulnerable of all God’s people, and both Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles insisted that these needy people be properly cared for. (See, for example, Exodus 22:22-24; Isaiah 1:17; 1 Timothy 5:3; James 1:27.) This woman had little hope of gaining the justice she sought, so she used the only weapon she had – persistence. With nothing to lose, she made herself an irritant to the judge. To get rid of her, he saw to it that she got justice.

If an unjust judge will respond to constant pressure, how much more will a great and loving God respond to His people? They know He loves them; they can believe He will hear their cries for help. They can trust that one day God will give a just decision in the end. As God’s people seek to be obedient in this sinful world, they can know that God will not keep putting them off. It may seem for a time that their cries go unheard. But one day, God will grant justice to them quickly.

But our Lord Jesus Christ has not yet returned. Our Lord Jesus Christ had made it clear that there would be an intervening time. This would be the church age, the present time. During these years, God’s people help others find the Kingdom and are themselves strengthened in their faith. Their needs cause them to be on their knees constantly, knowing that God alone is their help.

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave no indication of how long this intervening time would last or when He would return. Indeed, He said no one knows (Matthew 24:36), so believers are always to be ready. But our Lord Jesus Christ asked, “When I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?” Will people have persisted in faith? Will they be ready and waiting when He comes?

When our persistency in prayer is defined by our desperation to know God, we are assured that we shall hear from heaven and know God’s presence.

Let me encourage our brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, and I want my readers and listeners 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 learned 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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