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Cultivate Faithfulness

April 29, 2019

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Cultivate Faithfulness

To cultivate something includes more than preparing soil for planting  and keeping it weed free.     To cultivate also includes the idea  of taking great care  to improve something  by training,  practice,  study,  and refining.    All of that is done  to promote growth  or improvement  of some sort.     An example is cultivating a taste for music  and good literature — or cultivating one’s expertise  in a certain work field,  so that one truly becomes a caring  and knowledgeable expert  in that area.

We have but one life  to live  in this world  of many tests and trials.     We need  to do a lot of cultivating  in our one life,  to make sure we will enjoy the fruits  of heaven.     All around us we have the weeds  of all sorts of sins,  that want to choke the godly life out  of us.    

Will we tend  to our one life  and take care of it?     Or,  will we let sin choke all our common sense out  of us?     We have a conscience  that shows us  the  distinct difference  between right and wrong.     We know when things are ungodly — kid yourself not.     But,  do we defiantly do  those ungodly things anyway?     Just how willing are we  to turn our backs  on the truths God Almighty has set  before us?

Are we cultivating our lives  with the purpose  of showing love  to our Creator and Redeemer?     It’s only right  to live lives  that cultivate love  for our Lord,  considering how greatly He has loved us  in Jesus Christ.

Every person  that has ever lived  on this earth  has had to live with sin  surrounding them.     They all have had the choice  of either letting sin choke them  to eternal death — or of cultivating their faith  in all of God’s promises  for eternal life.     When King David lived,  he made sure he paid attention  to his spiritual garden,  and wrote  in Psalm 37:3,

Trust in the LORD,  and do good;   
Dwell in the land  and cultivate faithfulness.

We have no choice but  to  “dwell in the land”,  which includes all sorts  of sinful temptations  and liberal leanings.     Although we have  to live here,  we don’t have to lose our realization  and acceptance of God’s truths  in this life.     So,  David tells us  to  “trust in the LORD,  and do good”.     We’re in a dangerous place, where we really need  to trust all  that God has taught us  in His holy word.     The ways  of this world  cannot be trusted.

In all this,  we need to  cultivate faithfulness.     It’s hard to be faithful  when everyone around us is running around  in unfaithfulness.     We are not  to be unfaithful,  just because everyone else is doing it.     Not everyone is getting  to heaven (hint, hint).     Do we want  to spend eternity  in heaven  or not?     If we do,  we need to start cultivating  our faithfulness.

Let us not foolishly allow our garden  of faith  to turn into a bed  of ugly, tangled weeds.     What we do now  to “cultivate faithfulness” will pay big dividends  in the end — not to mention make us happy  and give us the peace and rest  we long for.

With a well cultivated garden  of faithfulness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You have given us  Your proven promises  and salvation  to use as tools  in cultivating faithfulness.     Let our hearts and minds  be open  to all Your goodness,  so that we may grow  in faith,  hope,  and love  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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