Faithfulness by Mitch Metzger

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This teaching is one of the most transformational teachings I have been developing over the past 24 years. The original was by Graham Jones in 1988. I've been re-working it since then. The teaching is highly contextualized for a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) audience of missionaries in-training. Further edits will need to be done if presented to a church or non-YWAM audience.

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Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because of these five reasons.

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God is Faithful Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because…

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God’s Faithfulness Deut 7:9 ; 32:4; 1 Kings 3:6; Ps 33:4; Ps 111:7; 145:13; 146:6; 36:5 ; 40:10; 57:3; 57:10; 85:10-11; 89:8 ; 89:14; 91:4; 92:2 ; 100:5; 108:4; 117:2; 119:90 Is. 49:7; 1 Cor. 1:9 ; 10:13 ; 2 Cor. 1:18; 1 Thess 5:24 ; 2 Thess. 3:3; Heb. 10:23 ; 1 John 1:9; Rev. 19:11 . READ JOHN 2:23-25

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Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God , which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deut 7:9

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Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalms 36:5

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O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Psalms 89:8

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To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Psalms 92:2

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Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. Psalms 119:90

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God is faithful , by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

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There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful , who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thess 5:24

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Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:22-23

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2. Our Old Testament Heroes Were Faithful Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because…

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Moses Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. Hebrews 3:2; 5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

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David READING 1 Samuel 16 and 17 Note especially the following verses: 16:11; 16:19; 17:15; 17:20, 22 …keepeth the sheep - with the sheep - feed his father’s sheep - left the sheep with a keeper - left his carriage in the hand of the keeper

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David Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David , which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? 1 Samuel 22:14

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JOSEPH Reading Genesis 37, 39, 40 Joseph was a faithful slave. Though he did everything right, it seemed like everything was going wrong! But he remained faithful. It took 13 years to prepare Joseph to be in leadership. From ‘Dreamer’ ( 17 yrs old ) to ‘Prime Minister of Egypt’ ( 30 yrs old ). 13 YEARS OF FAITHFULNESS!! During difficult times!!!

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3. Jesus Was Faithful Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because…

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For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

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Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Hebrews 5:8

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I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17:4

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And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness , and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5

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And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:11

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4. The Apostles were Faithful Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because…

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1 Timothy 1:12 - PAUL And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful , putting me into the ministry; 1 Cor. 4:17 - TIMOTHY For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 1 Corinthians 4:17 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men , who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2

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There are NO overnight successes in the Kingdom of God! God promotes on character and faithfulness NOT gifts, abilities, and theological training!

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5. Our Fathers were faithful Every YWAMer should practice faithfulness because…

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If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? Luke 16:11

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How about you? Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. Psalms 101:6 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant : thou hast been faithful over a few things , I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

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He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much : and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? Luke 16:10-11 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? Luke 16:12

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Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful . 1 Corinthians 4:2

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1. OBLIGATIONS: staff fees, tuition, lecture/outreach fees 2. NEEDS: personal things like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, clothes, phone, internet 3. WANTS: Coke, candy, snacks, entertainment, etc. YWAM Life

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Reflection Questions: 1. Do I return a borrowed item or pay off a debt in the time agreed? 2. Do I treat others’ things as carefully as my own? 3. Do I use community funds as carefully as my own? 4. Do I obey written and spoken rules even when no one is watching?

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5. Am I punctual when I have an appointment? Or do I waste other people’s time waiting for me? 6. Do I complete my work duties on time? Even doing more than required? Even when I know no one is watching? 7. Am I paying my OBLIGATIONS FIRST and then spending on my NEEDS and WANTS?

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Questions continued... 8. Do I joyfully work even at things I don’t like doing? Brother Mitch Clean Heart Movie

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