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Gods Faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23. Introduction. Lam. 3:23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness .. 1. Meaning of faithfulness. Being honest to ones word Committed Constant Loyal True. 2. God is faithful. Deut. 7:9 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Gods FaithfulnessLamentations 3:23IntroductionLam. 3:23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.1. Meaning of faithfulnessBeing honest to ones wordCommittedConstantLoyalTrue

2. God is faithfulDeut. 7:9Know 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 generationsPs. 89:1-2I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.1 Cor. 10:13There 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.Gods faithfulness helps Christians to endure the trials of life and know that our home in heaven is secure if we continue faithfulOur text from Lam. 3 speaks of Gods faithfulness3. Background of LamentationsIn this book Jeremiah writes about the fall of Jerusalem to BabylonOver 150 years earlier the Northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen to Assyria Now Judah because of idolatry was taken into captivity by the BabyloniansThe final siege of Jerusalem lasted some 18 months Many of the people were sent off into captivityThe city lay in ruins for many years

Lamentations records Jeremiahs feelings as he surveyed the remains of this once great cityLam. 1:1; 3:8-9, 18, 19-23

Jeremiah changed his outlook when he remembered Gods faithfulnessHe remembered that God was always presentLam. 3:22-24

I. Gods faithfulness: The answer to disastersGods faithfulness is mankinds answer to the worlds problems and disastersLook at the Prodigal son of Lk. 15

Rom. 8:35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?Rom. 8:37-3937 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When disaster comes, Gods faithfulness remainsWhen you fail, Gods faithfulness is there

II. How to have this assurance when trials come1. Wait patiently3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh himPatience is not a popular quality in our impatient world Jeremiahs advice to Christians is to wait for God whose faithfulness never fails2. Sit silently 3:28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon himWe need to meditate on Gods faithfulness it will give us strength to persevere in the trials we face3. Submit willingly3:29-3029 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproachWhen problems overtake us we tend to react without trusting Gods strengthWe try to overcome our despair and discouragement with our own strength when that fails we become more discouraged A trust in God will answer lifes trialsAs we struggle with adversity in life we need to remember that Gods mercies have never stopped

Lam. 3:31-3231 For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.ConclusionGods faithfulness is new every dayWe may become faint and weary but God will notThe greatness of Gods faithfulness allows us to renew our strengthPS. 119:90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.Adapted from material from Truth for Today, 2004