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Faithful

written by Asher Intrater
November 22, 2013

Life can be likened to a long journey or race. At the finish line you only want to hear one thing, and nothing else matters:

Matthew 25:21 – Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful in little; I will appoint you over much. Come into the joy of your Master.

God has granted us grace through Yeshua. In fact He has given us all things. All we have to do is believe in Him and trust Him. We can have faith in Him because He has been faithful to us. (In Biblical Hebrew, the word for “faith” emunah, means “faithfulness.”)

II Timothy 2:13 – If we are unfaithful, He will remain faithful, because He cannot deny Himself.

Since faithfulness is the nature of God, we want to be faithful as He has been to us. We are faithful to Him by being faithful to the people around us.

In the lives of the Patriarchs and Prophets, it seems that God often allowed them to go through long periods during which there was no outward evidence of the fulfillment of God’s promises in their lives. All they could do was to be faithful. Perhaps God was testing them? Or perhaps there is no way to develop faithfulness without going through a long period in which there is no outward blessing.

How faithful do we have to be? – All the way:

Revelation 2:10 – Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life.

In every relationship, no matter how good it is, you will go through periods when nothing seems to be going right. There is no reason to keep going from a personal viewpoint. Then you have to make a choice of whether to be faithful to that relationship. Why? Just to be “faithful, for faithfulness’ sake?” That’s right!

Yeshua gave His life to us when nothing else seemed to be right. He was faithful to us. He was pierced to the heart and bled to death, on the mere possibility that someone would be faithful in return.

Romans 15:8 – Messiah became a servant to the circumcised because of the faithfulness of God, in order to fulfill the promises made to the patriarchs.

One of the ironic aspects of being the “chosen people” is that the multitude of our sins are written in the Bible for the whole world to see. Throughout all the centuries, despite our failures, sins and betrayals, God was and is still faithful to Israel. Yeshua is Jewish, an offspring of Abraham and David. This is an expression of God’s faithfulness to His promises. If He has been faithful to our people, He will be faithful to all. Let us be faithful in return.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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