• Some people just give up too early, and Satan is very pleased when that happens.

• There are many passages in the Word of God that demonstrate the possibility of apostasy.
• These passages are significant and should not be ignored, whether in private study, or public proclamation of God's word.
• In fact, a serious doctrinal error in the religious world is the Calvinistic doctrine of "once saved, always saved."
• Having said this, I believe it is also important to point out that the same Bible which demonstrates the possibility of unfaithfulness, also reveals the possibility of faithfulness.
• So often, one extreme begets another.
• We should be careful to avoid going from the false doctrine of "once saved, always saved" to the doctrine of "once saved, never quite sure thereafter."
• The POSSIBILITY of apostasy should not be proclaimed as the PROBABILITY of apostasy.
• Yes, there is security, even eternal security, available to the believer.
• But, we need to put proper emphasis on the word "believer."
• If one ceases to be a believer, then he ceases to be secure.
• On the other hand, if one continues to believe in Jesus and follow His teaching, that believer is secure for as long as he continues the practice.
• Isn't this what Jesus taught in the gospel of John? John 10:27-29.
• But, the sheep who refuse to hear the voice of Jesus, and the sheep who cease to follow Him, are promised no security whatsoever!
• Sadly, such apostate sheep are headed for the ceaseless torment of a devil's hell Acts 8:13-22; Revelation 21:8.

• Perhaps the best way to define faithfulness is to see it personified, that is, lived out in the lives of men and women of the Holy Scriptures.
• The Bible is full of such manifestations of faithfulness.
• These demonstrations of faithfulness are found in both the Old and New Testaments.
• For example: Jehovah described Moses as "faithful in all his house" Hebrews 3:2,5.
• The remainder of the Pentateuch is full of command after command that God gave to Moses and he carried them out to the letter.
• Though Moses stumbled from time to time, he got right back up and walked in the way of God.
• Moses is not the only Old Testament character who was faithful to God.
• Hezekiah was good and right and faithful before God.
2 Chronicles 32:20,21.
• Nehemiah tells of those who were faithful. Nehemiah 7:1,2; 9:;8; 13:13.
• Is it possible for one to be faithful in any circumstance? The life of Daniel answers with a resounding "Yes". Daniel 6:4.
• Faithfulness is also personified in a number of New Testament texts.
• Matthew. 24:45-51; 25:1-13,14-30.
• Paul's epistles are filled with references to faithful Christians.
1 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 1:;7; 1 Timothy 3:11; 2 Timothy 2:2.
• The Hebrew writer gives us a list of faithful people in Hebrews 11.
• Peter speaks of Silvanus as a "faithful brother". 1 Peter. 5:12.
• Jesus encourages the Christians in Smyrna to be faithful unto death. Revelation 2:10.

• Even though it is possible to be a faithful Christian, we are also reminded in the parable of the sower of some who fell away. Luke 8:13.
• This parable tells us of other circumstances that caused people to fall away from faithfulness. Luke 8:14,15.
• Paul tells us of the possibility of apostasy unless we continue in the zealous service of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:12, 8.
• There are four ways that we can help to perpetuate our faithfulness.
• Let God say something to you every day.
• God speaks to us through His word: Hebrews 1:1,2; John 12:48; 16:12-14; 1 Corinthians 2: 13-16; 14:37; Colossians 1:9-11; Psalm 119:11, 101-105, 128-131.
• We find time to read, to watch TV, etc. we must find time to read God's word.
• Say something to God every day.
• This is done through prayer: Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:17,18; Mark 1:35.
• A lot of kneeling keeps one in good standing with God.
• Standup for God every day. Mark 8:38.
• Do something for God every day. Galatians 6:9,10; Matthew 25:31-46.

• In order to live the Faithful Christian life:
• We must live it.
• We must promote it.
• We must encourage it.
• Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
• Can we say that we also have fought the good fight and remained faithful?

By Carey Scott from an outline I came across

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