Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Application of Spiritual Knowledge


I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1-3



There is a place that we are to get to in Christ where we are not only pleasing in the sight of God but where the enemy can no longer manage us.  We neeed to understand that Jesus has already judged Satan. Satan was defeated by Jesus at Calvary. The power of God within you is greater than the power of the enemy:
             
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

You go on to spiritual maturity (perfection) through the strength of this power, not human effort. Going on to perfection is not a course in self-improvement. It is learning to live as the new creature you are through faith in Christ Jesus.

The following things are necessary for the perfection process to occur in your life:

®     A GOOD FOUNDATION:

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation

  • of repentance from dead works,
  • and of faith toward God
  • Of the doctrine of baptisms,
  • and of laying on of hands,
  • and of resurrection of the dead,
  • and of eternal judgment.

And this will we do , if God permit. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

One of the purposes of the Word of God is to provide correction which results in perfection:  

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

Just studying God's Word will not perfect you. 

¨      You must make a personal response to the Word:

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:21-25)

¨      You must not only look into God's law, but "continue" [live] according to it.

You must make a personal response to the Word by laying aside all "filthiness and naughtiness.” Being a doer of the Word brings assurance of salvation:  

But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  Hereby know we that we are in Him. (I John 2:5)

¨      Prayer results in perfection:  

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

By consecrating your life to God you will know His perfect will. Consecration means to be set apart. When you consecrate your life to God you refuse to conform to the standards of the world. You choose to conform to the standards of God's Word.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

One of the purposes of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to assist the perfection process in your life. God has ministry gifts in the church for...

...the perfection of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12-13)

¨      You should submit to the leadership of those God sets in authority in the church.    

God uses spiritual leaders in the perfection process.  Submission to "proven" ministries means submitting to spiritual leaders whose ministries have shown conformity to God's Word.  The role of spiritual leaders in the perfection process is revealed in Paul's writings:  

Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith. (I Thessalonians 3:10)

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 1:28)

...always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

...this also we wish, even your perfection. (II Corinthians 13:9)

¨      Suffering results in perfection:

No one likes to suffer, but when suffering comes in the life of a believer it can have a positive purpose: 

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (I Peter 5:10)

Patience during times of suffering results in perfection:  

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  (James 1:4)

¨      learning self-control is part of the process of perfection.

We are told to...

...cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 7:1)

One of the most difficult things to control is the tongue. But control of the tongue is a key to self-control of your whole life:

If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2)

¨      Correction received from mature believers is also part of the perfection process:  

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

You will be restored to perfection if you respond properly to such correction.

Spiritual maturity does not mean advancing in God's favor. It does not mean the work of salvation is incomplete. It does not gain you access to Heaven, because this was done through the death of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus you are justified before God. It is through Him you are saved and have the promise of Heaven.  Perfection does not come by maintaining a set of standards. It is possible for a person to maintain standards that give an outward spiritual appearance yet be unspiritual and maybe even unsaved. 

Spiritual maturity does not depend on how you feel emotionally. It does not come automatically through years of being a Christian or by Christian service. 

Spiritual maturity [perfection] comes through an increase in and application of spiritual knowledge.

This increase in knowledge comes by study of God's Word.  This study results in understanding of the processes for perfection and the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Personal application of what you learn leads to spiritual maturity through the enabling power of God.

...go on to perfection (Hebrews 6:1).

For...this also we wish, even your perfection. (II Corinthians 13:9)


(Biblical Studies)
[Part 2 – Applying Spiritual Knowledge – 10/1/13)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Uplifting The Standard of God: Women Fearfully and Wonderfully Made





For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (II Corinthians 10:12)




Our human nature dictates so much to us that if we are not mindful of God, we will let it overtake our actions.  Our human nature; our flesh is against God.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  Galatians 5:17

But, sometimes, we just have to meet God where he is; against all odds, no matter what it feels like or what it looks like.  This woman’s name was not given; the woman with the issue of blood.  She heard about a man name Jesus who was working miracles.  She didn’t let her unfortunate situation stop her from going out meet Him.  She was ready to be made whole.  What stands out about this woman was because of her issue of blood she was not allowed to have contact with anyone in her community; she wasn’t allowed to touch anyone and anyone who touched her had to go through a process of cleansing before they could re-enter the city.  But against all odds, she pressed forward to meet the only one that could make her whole again.  She didn’t let her pride or her fear of what others may say or do stop her.

Jesus explained to the multitude that they who embrace Him are to be the salt of the earth:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Matthew 5:13

Our seasoning should be so distinctive that it's very savor should attract others to taste of it.  This can't be possible if our seasoning is non-distinctive from the world.  When you look at the resurrection of Jesus; when He emerged on the other side of death, Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him.  And so, we too, as believers and followers of Jesus, should be distinguishable from our former self.

But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy 1 Peter 1:15-16

Live a victorious life in Jesus after death to the world!
  Die to this world so you can live this life to live again.

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  Luke 12:4-5

We may go through some embarrassing moments, we may lose face; our pride may be wounded but only for a time; you’ll get over it, you’ll get past it.  Consider that it is nothing compared with spending eternity in hell.

Let’s look at another woman in a similar situation, Bathsheba.  Bathsheba was requested to visit the king for an illicit affair. She had the same option as Queen Vashti to refuse particularly since she was an Israelite and knew the standard of God.  I won’t speculate why she did what she did because the bible does give any indication as to why. 

My point is God’s standard was let down and the result of that was not only the death of their illegitimate son but the tragic loss of many of King David’s sons.
  
In this kingdom, we are not or own.  When people set up their own patterns of conduct, their own denominational, religious, or cultural rules, they set up a false standard of measurement. They begin to teach as Biblical doctrine things that are nothing but commandments of men.

Jesus said of such people:  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9)

It is important to understand Biblical patterns and principles because otherwise your worship of God can be in vain.

God is not pleased when we do not uphold His standards:

In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
  Ezekiel 43:7-12   

There are many worldly standards of measurement. There are different patterns for worldly conduct and success which women pattern themselves after. Women measure themselves by other women instead of by God's standard. The Apostle Paul wrote:  

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (II Corinthians 10:12)

Jesus was the great example by which believers are to pattern their lives:  

For I (Jesus) have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. (John 13:15)

The lives of men and women of God are recorded in the Bible as patterns for us to follow:  

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (I Corinthians 10:6)

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (I Corinthians 10:11)

Ladies we are to be spiritual patterns: We are to provide a positive spiritual example for other women to follow:

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (I Timothy 4:12)

If we are to provide a positive spiritual pattern for others, then we must understand and incorporate Biblical principles into our life.

 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity (Titus 2:7)

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:13)

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
 (Matthew 7:13-14). 

God stresses the heart condition rather than the deception of outward appearance

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (Matthew 15:16-20)

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:20-23;

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  (Luke 6:45)

Finally ladies, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Allow God to strengthen and keep you no matter what you are going through.  Know that God has a plan for you and the expected end of that plan is for good and not for evil.  Get to know the various women in the bible; follow the pattern of the ones that held the standard of God and rid yourselves of the iniquity of the ones that did not hold on to that standard.

Biblical Studies


Monday, June 13, 2016

Women Uplifting The Standard of God




Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;   But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.  2 Corinthians 4:1-2




There are many women in the bible that upheld the standard of God and many that did not. I want to share with you some women of the bible and the standard they held; both good and bad and then you decide where you weigh in.   Look at these women and see how you measure up, see your shortcomings and your strengths in terms of lifting the standard of God!

Queen VashtiThe first woman of the bible I want to discuss is Queen Vashti.  This is a stellar example of someone who acted according to her standards.  She is probably the most controversial woman in the bible in terms of rather she was right or wrong to defy her husband; the king.  But that’s not what we want to look at.  This woman, though she did not serve God held a standard that was commendable. The king asked her to parade her beauty in front of all the kings men and she said no.  She held on to a standard of integrity in spite of the consequences.  The thing that you should note about Vashti is not rather or not she was ‘saved’ but the stance that she took that she would not be belittled, abased, disrespected by a bunch of drunken men gawking at her.  She took this stance despite the fact that it was a request; first from her King and secondly her husband.  As a consequence the King divorced her and took her queen ship.
 
In this senerio, the point I want to make is regardless of the circumstances and the subsequent consequences of our actions our adherence to the standard of God must remain intact.   If Queen Vashti could hold on to her standard and she wasn't even serving a God that could come to her rescue, what about you and I?

Our belief, trust and love in God should be such that we are much more concerned with what God will do and how God feels than we are with the opinions and actions of man:

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Luke 12:4-6

 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.  Ecclesiastes 8:8

Queen Esther was committed to the God she served.  She was in a place of position and yet had the same stipulations to be obedient to her husband, the king.  The same king that had banished Queen Vashti.  In an attempt to save her people, Esther goes to see the king without being summed by him.  Thus it is recorded her saying:

Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  Esther 4:16

When we are committed and sold out to God, we will be obedient to His ways:

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  I Peter 2:9

When we come out, we are held to a different standard than the world.  Our actions, our behavior and our conversation has to be different.  We are new creatures in Christ; the old has passed away (or has it?) and the new has taken hold:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Queen Jezabel – This next queen was ruthless and selfish beyond belief.  She was married to King Ahab and was known for her mean and vindictive ways.  She sought to kill Elijah and killed a man over a vineyard just to please her husband.    She was a Phoenician who worshipped Baal even though she knew about God; she actively rejected him.  Her whole thought process was 'I’m in this thing for myself and only for me'; taunting and threatening Elijah and having the landowner of a vineyard killed for his refusal to sale his vineyard. 

This is a example of a standard that we, as women of God, certainly do not want to portray.  God does no call us to be ruthless in our actions and our attitudes, instead, he says:

 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  Colossians 3:12-16

The bible tells us to follow peace with all men:

*        Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14

Abigail sought peace between King David and her husband; when David was ready to kill her husband Nabal for the insulting comments he had made in reference to David.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  1 Peter 1:5-6

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5

Naomi, despite being blind-sided by the negative circumstances of life continued to hold onto the standards of God.  She acknowledged the bitterness of her situation and made the decision to remain with God and walk in His statutes; so much so that her daughter-in-law, Ruth, decided that not only would she follow Naomi where ever she went but also serve the same God that Naomi served.

Many times we are put in situations where it seems it would just be easier to do things as the world does, but as God has called us to a higher standard.  We are to set the tone and be the example that the lost, the unsaved, the unbeliever, and even the new babes in Christ, the carnal saints can see the difference.  We display the pattern of holiness that God wants exhibited.  We cannot do this as long as we long for the things, ways and attitudes of the world when we are told:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  1 John 2:15

Biblical Studies

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lifting the Standard of God: Prelude




For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  2 Corinthians 10:12



Like a child that looks to their parent for acceptance and approval; that’s the way we should look to the heavenly Father.

When I consider what he did for us how God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him, I am awed.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

If that’s not love, I don’t know what is!  It’s this love that binds us to Him and ought to make us want to abide by and with Him.  The bible tells us that there is a way that seems right to man;

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 16:25

Therefore, I can’t go by what I or what you think is right, I have to go by the word of God.  That cuts out my and everyone else’s opinions.  The way that is right and guarantees us a seat in heaven is living by the standards established by God.  That standard has to be so ingrained in us that no matter what you abide by it.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  (II Corinthians 6:17)

It is the spirit of God residing within us that causes us to cast off everything that is not like Him; to come out from among 'them' and live a life that is separate, holy and pleasing unto God.

God holds us to a standard that is derived from His word; it is not the standard of the world.  Everything we strive to be, all that we strive to do, all that we strive to achieve, the way that we handle our successes and our failures should all be based on biblical standards and truths.  Our ways do not come from the world but through the way of God.

God tells us in His word that His thoughts are not our thoughts and our ways are not His ways but  our goal should be to constantly strive to be the very thought of God and our ways to be in compliance with God’s ways.
  
There is a way that women are to carry ourselves.  God designed us to be helpmates to be nurturers and made us the fairer sex and yet He also gave us resilience; strength the ability to stand and resist ungodly influences.  When we go back to the beginning of creation, the bible says that God saw that Adam was alone and needed a help mate.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.  Genesis 3:18

However, with the fall of Adam and Eve, we left the original design or pattern of God.
We’re given examples through God’s written word of what his pattern on us should look like and what it shouldn’t look like.

All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. (I Chronicles 28:19)

The Bible is the written record of the patterns and principles by which the Kingdom of God operates. In order to follow these patterns and principles, we must understand their importance.

A Biblical pattern is a spiritual model or example given in Scripture for purposes of imitation. For example, the life of Jesus Christ is given as a pattern or model which believers are to follow.

A Biblical principle is a spiritual truth taught in Scripture. Such principles often incorporate additional subordinate principles which apply to many different situations. For example, one Biblical principle taught by Jesus is "Give and ye shall receive." Its subordinate truths apply to giving money, material goods, friendship, etc.  In each of these, spiritual benefits are received as a result of the act of giving.

However, when Satan entered the scene we took on his nature of lies, deceit, envy, jealously, strife, dissention, and the list goes on and on.  God would that we have His nature of love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, faith, longsuffering, peace, and temperance.  These are requirements for the kingdom of God.  When we take up residency in the Kingdom of God we must learn the patterns and principles of Kingdom living.  Not only must we learn them, we must apply them to our lives.  It is similar to learning the lifestyle of a new country to which we have immigrated.

Even as Jesus died on the cross for us so that our sins may be washed away and we may have our eternal home with Him, we are to die to the world and the things of the world.  When we are baptized in the name of Jesus, the bondage of sin is broken and we die to the world and emerge in new life in Jesus Christ; dead to the world yet alive in Jesus Christ!  

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Just as Jesus died in the world but emerged victorious through death to prepare our eternal home for us, so must we symbolically die to this world and emerge as agents for Jesus to help bring others to the realization of Jesus and what He accomplished for mankind.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have new life here on earth!  We can live better lives as new creatures in Christ Jesus even as we await His return.

God is not pleased when we do not uphold His standards:


In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.  Ezekiel 43:7-12   

- stay tuned; the next blog will be examining women of the bible and the standard they lifted.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Faith Pleasing Unto God






But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6



Christ shows that if we are not faithful in trivial matters, we cannot expect to be faithful when confronted with weightier matters. God tests our faithfulness in our day-to-day activities, and it is in them that Christian maturity emerges. The Laodicean attitude, one of indifference to the things God considers important, often reveals itself as faithlessness. Christ's words to the church in Smyrna show that faithfulness does not guarantee a life free of persecution. In fact, the more faithful we are, the more at odds with the world we become.

®      Faithfulness is necessary in all situations:

His master answered, 'Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.'  Matthew 25:23

The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you haven't been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches?  Luke 16:10-11

Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown into prison so you may be tested, and you will experience suffering for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself.  Revelation 2:10

We are faithful when we lovingly conceal the sins of others and have private intervention rather than gossip about them. Being truthful, doing God's work and being loyal are also faithful works. As Christians, we must make faith a living reality in our lives so that we can produce faithfulness.

We cannot please God without true faithfulness.

Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

®      We demonstrate true faithfulness as revealed in the following scriptures:

The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.  Proverbs 11:13 

A truthful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. Proverbs 14:5

Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the heart of his masters. Proverbs 25:13

Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time?  Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes.  I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions.  Matthew 24:45-47 

But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that - and tremble with fear.  But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness," and he was called God's friend.  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. James 2:18-24

The faith through which we please God and receive salvation is God's gift. 

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit.  I Corinthians 12:4 

to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  I Corinthians 12:9

Those in His true church have the faith of Jesus. It is not just our faith in Him, but His faith placed in us. Faithfulness, therefore, is a gift of God produced through the Holy Spirit.

®      We accumulate faithfulness ourselves:

For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3

For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast  Ephesians 2:8-9

®      It’s Christ’s faith:

in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ's faithfulness. Ephesians 3:12

and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ's faithfulness - a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ's faithfulness. Philippians 3:9

keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

This requires the steadfast endurance of the saints - those who obey God's commandments and hold to their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12

Paul says that Christ dwelled in Him through the Holy Spirit. This indwelling of God's Spirit enables us to be faithful. Christ's faithful mind is imparted to us and becomes part of our mind. If we provided the faith to obey God, it would be self-righteous. Our righteousness must come through the faith of Jesus Christ.
Faithfulness includes loyalty, conscientiousness, dedication and truthfulness. This not only refers to our feelings and actions toward God but also to the influences of the Holy Spirit in directing and controlling our behavior toward others. A Christian must always be faithful—as a child, spouse, parent, friend, neighbor, and employee. He is faithful to his contracts and promises. Faithfulness is a character trait of one whom others confide in and trust.

®      The effect of Christ living in us:

And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.  Acts 3:16

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness.  Romans 8:9-10

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had   Philippians 2:5

(Biblical Studies)