UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Examples of stewardship in the Bible

Above, in Genesis 1:26-28, we observe that the concept of stewardship is woven into the fabric of creation. The desire to steward has been hardwired into the soul of every person, which explains why, in varying degrees, people have a desire to create and manage.

On this foundation, let’s take a look at some examples of stewardship in the Bible.

1.  Adam was called to work

From the very beginning, God had good intentions for work. In Genesis 2:15, we read, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
God called Adam to “work” and to “keep” the garden. Basically, God commanded Adam to take care of things on his behalf.

God’s call of Adam too wasn’t a burden, and God isn’t a vindictive taskmaster. Since Adam’s call to work preceded the entrance of sin (Gen. 3), we can see that God had a good purpose for work in mind.

2.  Joseph oversees Potiphar’s house

Joseph’s is arguably one of the best examples of biblical stewardship (Gen. 39).

After Joseph was brought to Egypt, the LORD made him a successful man. While Joseph was in the house of his Egyptian master, we read, _Gen. 39:4 “So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had”

Joseph didn’t own this home.
He didn’t own the furnishings.
He wasn’t responsible for generating income.
But he was given stewardship over the house and everything his master owned.

Referring back to the biblical stewardship definition above “the manager of a household” you can see why Joseph is the perfect example of what it means to be a Steward.

3.  Moses, let the land have a break

Remember, God owns the earth. As the owner of everything, He makes His desires for His creation known. We see just one example of this in Leviticus 25:1-5.

In this passage, the LORD told Moses to let the people farm the land for six years, but to make them take a break from farming the ground in the seventh year.

What does this have to do with stewardship in the Bible?

Simple.
From this passage, we see that God owns the earth, he oversees the growth of produce, and He knows how to handle his land.

(THIS POST IS IN 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU’RE READING THE THIRD PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND SECOND PARTS).

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical Verses on Stewardship

The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship, but here are some big themes emphasized in biblical texts on stewardship: The themes are as follow:

1.God created everything

Stewardship in the Bible begins with the very first verse of the Bible.

Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
We see in this passage that God is the creator of everything: He created the universe, the earth, and He created us. There’s not one particle in the entire world that was not created by God.
This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.

In the New Testament we read
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth….. all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:15-16).
The foundation of stewardship is built upon this reality.

2. God owns everything

Not only did God create everything; God owns everything (Job 41:11; 1 Tim. 4:3-5)
Job:41:11. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
1 Timothy:4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1 Timothy:4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1 Timothy:4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.
Our life is on loan from God. He has given us our life to steward for His glory and our goods.

As the owner of everything, God desires for all things to be redeemed (Col. 1:20)
Colossians:1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Including people, governments, businesses, and the arts. Said another way: God desires for everything to bring Him glory (1 Cor. 10:31).
1 Corinthians:10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Also see Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

3. God delegates responsibility

God calls us to manage what He created on His behalf.
If we haven’t noticed, we do not see the individual members farming, building houses, or preaching the gospel. But, if we look with the eyes of faith, we can see God meeting the needs of people, drawing us to Himself in faith, and tending to His creation through billions of people around the world.

This is participating in God’s work, it’s picked up by Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth: _1. Cor. 3:9 “For we are God’s fellow workers.”
Paul mentions again in _2 Cor. 6:1 that we are “working together with Him…”
God is at work in our life and around the world, and we have the privilege of participating in His work. Think about it this way.

Let just look through the books of the bible to see many people that God has delegated responsibility to.
When Jesus builds His church, He does so through our participation in His work by preaching the gospel.

When we are at our bagel for breakfast, God provided it for us through the work of farmers, bakers, truck drivers, and grocery stores.

Genesis 1:26-28: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical stewardship is one of the primary ways God calls us to live our life.

It’s a theme in the Bible we can trace from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a calling rooted in creation, highlighted throughout the Bible, and influences the way we live our life for the glory of God.
In this teaching, we are going answer some common questions and highlight the big themes of what it means to be a steward, including:

  •  What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?
  • Bible verses about stewardship.
  • Examples of stewardship in the Bible.

Before we dive into Bible verses about stewardship, let’s start by defining what it means to be a steward.

What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?

Has someone ever asked you to watch their kids? Are you responsible for managing an office or people on behalf of an employer? Do you have a financial advisor overseeing your investments?
If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are or have been a steward.

In general, to steward is to manage something on someone’s behalf. Whether a family member, friend, or employer asks you to watch over something, then you are stewarding or managing whatever they entrusted to your care.

In the Bible, stewardship is another way of talking about how you live your life. In the New Testament, the word “steward” is rooted in the Greek word “oikonomos,” which means “the manager of a household.”

If you were a steward in Ancient Greek culture, you were not the owner of the house. Instead you would have been the manager of the house and the household affairs. From making sure the home was clean to managing the finances and perhaps servants, you would have managed everything on behalf of the owner.

In light of Bible verses about stewardship, we will see that our life is not our own. Our life is on loan from God regardless if you acknowledge this or not and God calls us to steward everything about our life for his glory and the good of others.

To help us see the duties of a steward in the Bible, let’s look at some Biblical texts on stewardship that will give us a better idea of what biblical stewardship means.

(This post has been divided into three parts for ease of studying. Make sure that you also study the other two parts as well).

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Wonders of prayer and fasting


 Wonders of prayer and fasting

If there’s a person to pray, there’s a God to answer.
There is never a time that we are ready to call that He isn’t available to answer us. He is merciful enough to grant us answer.

Prayer is the platform that provides nurturing for our seed of greatness to emerge. Since we exist in a word frame world. what you speak is what you see and can speak on the altar of prayer.

We speak on the altar of prayer. We have to speak in prayer, expressing our heart desire. God said as ye say in my ear so shall it be. If he ask, you will receive.

Prayer is an order of responsibility because it confers us with the responsibility to ask and if we refuse to do so nothing comes for us.

A prayer less life is full of danger because, things and life is so unpredictable for such person. Remember He said surely our expectations shall not be cut off.

Someone who doesn’t pray has little or no expectation and and this means no RESULT. it means nothing to show for been a christian.
2nd chronicles 7:14.

Fasting; isaiah 58:6.

Fasting is a spiritual quickening agent that helps to speed up our prayer and also a spiritual exercise. Remember, bodily exercise profits nothing.

Fasting keeps our flesh under the subjection and the leading of the holy spirit making our communication zealous. God knew some certain mountains will remain until we fast and pray that’s why He gave us the order of prayer and fasting to give us dominion over situation of life

Benefits of prayer and fasting

  1. To deliver us from affliction:the wicked ones are envy at our growth and it will stir up jealousy and move to looking out to harm us. As long as your life produce result you have the wicked one on the loose.
    The escape out of it is prayer and fasting.
  2.  It increase our level of communing with the holy spirit, it provide us a means of spiritual fattening. fasting is a food of the spirit.
  3. It helps save us from temptation (Luke 22:40).
    Temptation is everywhere but at the direction of God via our communication on the altar of prayer. We are directed on what to do and what not to do. He promises never to leave us alone.

In conclusion, a lifestyle of prayer and fasting is not just a religious act; it is a platform to acknowledge and commit the holy spirit on our issues.

God is ever faithful to fulfil His own part of the deal but because the devil our enemy is not tired of looking out for the christian, he tries everything to make us engage less the blessedness of prayer and fasting.

My prayer is that as we commit our heart to engage the altar of prayer and fasting in this season. May He hear us and gives us answers speedily.

Holy Ghost Anger


Holy Ghost anger

I’m so sorry to say that I don’t pray for my enemies. An Holy ghost anger against the act of wickedness of the wicked is acceptable through divine intervention. God is angry at the wicked every day because he has killed innocent children, shed the blood of the saints – mostly in our country – if the evil perpetrators do not change God has prepared His instrument of   death to destroy them.

Psalm 7:10-13 KJV
My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. [11] God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. [12] If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. [13] He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

We live in a magnetic field of wickedness. The devil and his cohorts and sometimes human extension with their remote control mishandle the destinies of men and women. Sickness, disease, loss, pain and poverty emanated from this negative pole of wickedness. Therefore, we must put up a fight by engaging in a spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:12 KJV
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .

1 Timothy 6:12 KJV
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The Mystery of Prayer and Fasting


The mystery of prayer and fasting

Fasting is not an advice, not an admonition. Fasting is a commandment

Matthew 6:17 KJV
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;”

In the same vein, prayer is a commandment.
Matthew 6:6 KJV
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

In the text above, the word when indicates that there is a period that you must fast and pray.

Benefits of Prayer and Fasting

1). Higher Dimension of Spiritual Authority – The scripture says that he that is above is above all (Jn.3:31). I can’t imagine a witch pursuing me, this is not a pride, it’s drawing light from the fountain of life. Because I’m a far above (Eph.1:21). The witch is a weaker being
By God grace, I’m now a certified Satan tormentor.

Authority can never be imposed, authority is conferred by service. We can only serve our way into the place of authority. And, prayer and fasting is a sure platform of service. David was serving by keeping flocks before he was called to enthronement. Jesus was obedient the point of death on the cross before enthronement (Phil2). Hear this: anybody who needs authority must be ready to serve.

Wait a minute: prayer and fasting is the surest way to exercise authority over every power of principality and dominion over every affair of life (Eph.1:21). The truth is that power is a core aspect or element of authority. This takes us to our second benefit, power

2). Power is the end product of our genuine engagement in prayer and fasting. When Jesus went to fast for forty days and nights, on His return, He returned with power and authority casting out demons (demons cried out His name and left their victims), healing all manners of sicknesses and diseases.

Acts 10:38 KJV
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

Acts 8:7 KJV
“For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them : and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.”

Understanding the values of prayer and fasting

3). Living wonders – Prior to the 40days prayer and fasting Jesus was just like any other man in the land. But after, wonders exploded! People began to exclaimed “What manner of man is this; that even the winds and the sea obey Him!” (mat.8:27)….. “We have seen strange things today (Lk.5:26).

Therefore I pray before the conclusion of this ongoing prayer and fasting your life will keeps springing forth surprises. Every of your questioned mark will turned exclamation in the name of Jesus.

4). Breakthrough order of testimonies – There are some mountains that will not give way until you put up a fight through prayer and fasting. By prayer and fasting your absolute freedom from satanic oppression(sickness, disease, untimely death, grovelling in poverty, stagnation, spells and curses, etc) is guaranteed.

Isaiah 58:6 KJV
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

Matthew 17:20-21 KJV
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. [21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Therefore I pray, after this ongoing prayer and fasting every mountain that will not let you go will give way for you in the name of Jesus.

Prayer and fasting can move mountains and dispell

5). Light (Illumination) – Verse 10 of Isaiah.58 says,

Isaiah 58:10 KJV
“And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:”

You can’t be lighted and be tormented. God’s word is the container of God’s light. The incoming of His word emits light and shatters darkness. Light and darkness can’t coexist. You belong to one camp or the other. This is why you better romance with God’s word as you plugged yourself into this ongoing prayer and fasting…

Psalm 119:130 KJV
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”
1 John 1:5 KJV
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

Therefore I declare that every darkness that has been dogging your path hitherto goes out by the entrance of light in the name of Jesus.

The love of the lord – by Tolu


The love of the lord

I love God easy to say but hard to understand. Many people can say it with their mouths that they love God. But most people are only saying it with their mouth their love for God isn’t genuine.

And also we should understand that when you genuinely love God then you can love everyone around you without discrimination.

John3 vrs 16 makes us understand how God love us so much that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

I will be discussing 3things  which is (1) love yet lacking life (2) living through his love (3) living the Lord throughout our lives.

Love yet lacking eternal life …mark 10 vrs 17,21 22 1st Timothy chapter2 vrs3,4&5, the Bible reveals two aspects of God will for human kind with regard to Salvation, His perfect will which says that he wants everyone to be saved.

 

Love is the combination of the word that we receive, believe and obey

living through love… 1st John 4vrs6 genesis 1 vrs28 then God blessed them and God said to them be fruitful and multiply fill the heart and subdue it have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and Over everything that moves on the heart. U can see so much blessings in this that he filled us with because of love.

Let’s take for example when there is no love between two parties, to be useful for each other will be difficult, the first person can’t be blessed by the other; they won’t be able to help each other in any way.

And we also know that when one person loves the other even if who they love don’t love them back they will still be doing things in that person favour just because of love.

That’s why there is a saying that love conquers all. When there is love to live won’t be difficult.

john6 vrs 47…Rev 1vrs5 makes us understand what God did for us to convince us how much love he have for mankind and that he gave us so much opportunity , grace and life because He loves us He wants us to also love everyone the same way.

This will take me to the last one which is loving the Lord throughout our lives 1stjohn 4vrs19 and john13vrs1 .

It was before the passover feast Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave the world, and go to His father having love His own who are in the world, He now showed them the full extent of his love.

God is a great example for us to follow and imitate because He shows us what true love really is He loves us with heart, soul and all that He has. Do we love him back?

Do we love him back? well I asked if we actually love him back because most people don’t, this is why it is hard to love human being like us because if you can’t love God who obviously loves you it will be difficult to love people around you, people you claim to be your family, friends and church members, in your area, community, country etc.

Written by: Tolu Adedoyin