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).

This post is credited to Adekunle

Advertisements

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.

Solution to ups and downs in business


Business

Today you are up, tomorrow you are down.

Today your business is up, tomorrow your business is down.

This is out of ordinary, it is a spiritual problem.

The authentic reason for this kind of trend is “spiritual irresponsibility” what can’t stop you from praying for souls everyday can’t stop your business for running smoothly.

The authentic root of ups and downs in business is spiritual laziness.

Ups and downs will become a story only if you will take responsibility.

If you are the type who is spiritually on today and off tomorrow don’t expect to your business to run smoothly. I’m not talking about church activisms.  Church activisms might lead to hypocrisies.

There are some business men who only remember to pray and check the bible on Sunday. Too busy to check the word of God. Very busy checking the stock exchange ratings.

Until you busy yourself with the primary  interest of God, which is passion for souls, don’t expect God to busy himself booming your business.

Any business that you run that will not allows you to attend church programs, pray for the  lost, hunt after souls through evangelism, it is toiling.

Don’t forget that Peter toiled all the night and cut nothing.  But, when he obeyed God he had a net breaking harvest and  business expansion that his one man business became a partnership business (Lk.5:5-7).

A business that will prevent you from preaching the gospel – e.g running of bear parlour, sale of alcoholic drinks and cigarette, etc – don’t expect the hand of God to stretched towards. Without God you can do nothing.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. For without me ye can do nothing.” Jn.15:5.

Your crawling business await your manifestation in responds to call of obedience in order to switch level. Your business is about to take a new turn only if you can take responsibility.

I must tell you this, if don’t acknowledge God as the one behind the success of your business by bringing the ten part to the house of God, it won’t takes much time before your business will collapsed. These are not fantasy, neither dramas. These are the authentic realities. (Mal.3:7-10). Don’t be religious, be real.

If you robed or steal money and bring it to the house of God, you will be caught. Make your money legitimately. And, let your wealth be clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discipline


Disc

Discipline is not how convenient a given task is, it is going beyond your best in order to deliver a given task. It is given what it demands.

The subject discipline is very crucial in any field of life. There is no record breaker in his comfort zone. Breaking record requires stretching out from your comfort zone, it requires going extra miles. There is no star without a scar. Nothing of value will ever be for free, there must be a price you must pay.

Just like the way we have it in the physical, so also in  the spiritual. It is not just about obeying  God’s commandments, but it is the level of your obedience. God rewards us according to the level of our works in the kingdom.

Behold I come quickly my rewards are with me to give everyman according to his work shall be.”Rev.22:12.

God does not rewards group, He rewards individual.

You must put the flesh into total subjection in oder to practice what the word says, the flesh has no profit. You must even put sleep under to pray so that you will be able to do the will of God.

Wherefore lift the hands which hang down; and the feeble knees.” Heb.12:12

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of obedience. The infilling of the Holy Spirit that makes you dead to serve. Christianity is sweet when the Holy Spirit is involved.

“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgment and do them.” Ez.36:27

The topic Holy Spirit is rarely discussed, but it is one of the most important topics. Until you engage the Holy Spirit in your prayer life, don’t expect serving God to be easy.

Praying in the Holy Ghost is not nonsense, we are chanting mysteries, connect with the spirit world by speaking in tongues.

The Holy Spirit helps us to pray according to the will of God, it helps us to build our faith.

Until you change levels in your spiritual life, don’t expect your level to change in the physical.

It is not about having a growing business, it is about having a growing business man. It is not about having a growing blog, it is about having a growing blogger. It is not about having a growing academics, it is about having a growing academician. You must mature and grow in the things of God.

Interestingly, Jesus Christ was born just like anyone of us, but he grew in wisdom and knowledge. You can’t afford to stay in one position, you must grow.

Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”Lk.2:52

On the mount of transfiguration in Mat.5:17, after the voice from the cloud has declared His sonship. Jesus ascended his throne, vested with authorities, both positive and negative forces were compelled to obey him. There were some occasions when He didn’t had to speak, His presence compelled demons leave out their victims.

But ye, beloved building up yourself on your most Holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Jude.1:20.

The Holy Spirit is a vital spirit that helps you to remain committed, dedicated and to build up your faith. Therefore, engage with the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

Every man is responsible for the outcome of his life


Every man is responsible for the outcome of his life

There are no lucky men, there are lighted men. The quality of your light equals the quality of your life. Every man is responsible for the outcome of his life.

Don’t blame God, blame yourself. Don’t question God, question yourself. Your cousins, uncles, aunts and parents are not the cause of your predicament. You’re the one responsible for your woes.

A closed mouth is a closed destiny. Anybody that can eat or talk can pray. As you’re feeding yourself with food also be feeding on God’s word.

There is nothing mystical about faith. Faith is simply a product of the word you receive, believe and obey.

The blessings are real and are not reserved for some special people and in case it is, that means you’re among the special people. Start taking responsibilities and collect the blessings from your parents by being responsible.

You’re what you think, “As he thinketh in is heart so he is.”  Prov.23:7. When you think positive, you’ll get positive results, when you think negative, you’ll get negative results. This is divine settings. God can’t break this principle because of you. God answers thoughts as much as he answers prayers. The woman with the issue of blood didn’t had to say or pray before she got her healing.

For she said within herself, if I may touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about and when he saw her, he said, Daughter be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” Mat.9:21-22

You mind can either make you or break you. Watch out for what you allowed to stay on it.

You’re what you say, “Death and life are in the power of tongue.” Prov.18:21. Make bold declaration Inline with what you believe. Whatever we declared with confidence we’re empowered to become.

Life is choice and not chance, everyone choose what they want.  Those who chose not to pray will die prey in the hands of the wicked. You chose to serve and you chose not to serve, it’s your choice. You chose either light or darkness, blessings or curses, truth or lies. You don’t need to be coerce or force. They all your choices. You have the ball in your court.

If you call on God, he will answers you. If you don’t give up on God, He will not  give up on you. He’s able to do what he says. Prayers are meant for answers.

Christianity is not a religion, it is the manifestation of God’s power in the life of his people. Christianity without results will lead to mockery. Results are proofs of obedience.

The gospel of Christ is cheaply preached when there are results to show. Imagine a preacher with tuberculosis, how will he preach healings to the unsaved while the saved has not been free from sickness.

If you point one finger to your parent, the remanning four fingers are pointing back at you. You’re in this ugly position because of your nonchalant attitudes towards obedience. It is better you move with the cloud before it is too late. Everybody is moving.

Henry Ford said, if you’re 20 and you stop learning you are old but if you’re 80 and keep learning, you are young. Knowledge is the key to freedom. It is not by might, it is by light. Stop checking sad news that will drain you from the newspapers, start searching the scripture for answers. The bible is a solution book. It is key to liberty.

Anyone who stop learning is old whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning is young

Albert Einstein said, not everything that count can be counted, not everything that can be counted that counts. Most of the things that flies around are lies, lies from the pit of hell, camouflage. Don’t get carried away with deceits. See the truth through the window of the scripture. Feed and print with it and speaks after its prescriptions. God’s word because is your road map. Indeed, it is your life manual. If you don’t want to malfunction, don’t operate outside it.

If you don’t take responsibility, you’ll as well die as a liability. Live ready it might be too late to get ready. Everyone have their own burden to carry. You cousins or uncles have their own family to feed. Stop looking unto man for help, start looking up to God. The impotent man beside the river of Betesda waited for 38years for natural man to carry him into the river (Jn.5:7).

Shake off the shackles of religion and walk out from your misfortunes by being responsible. Don’t be religious, be real! Obey God’s commandments tirelessly and unrepentantly.

Where God is taking you to is far beyond where you’re today. You can’t be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow. This is divine settings, dedication precedes decoration. Jesus could do nothing outside obeying his father’s instructions. Jesus was decorated with a powerful name which all other names bow to (Phil.2:8-13).

 

 

You will die a liability if you don’t take responsibility


God doesn’t speaks to impress people, God speaks to impact people. Things that will impress you will not impact you. Things that will impact you will not impress you.

Those who do common things got common results, those who do uncommon things got uncommon results.

Prayer is a commandment, fasting is a commandment. Mat.6:6, Mat.6:17.

A golden destiny can be dormant forever, if the victims refuses to take responsibility.

The word that enters you gives you mere information. At most you get ordinary intellectual excitement. But, when you dive into the word, illumination is sparks off.

Diving into the word is the pathway to the release of avalanche of insights (light). “The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” Ps.119:130.

It is not by might, it is by light. Light is the key to freedom. Every manifestation in every sphere of existence got its root from light.

It is what God shows you that makes you a show. Until the quality of your light receives divine approval on the answers you are longing for are out of reach.

This why you must be word loaded. Paul advocated for study.

 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2.Tim.2:15.

Read books. There is a book which talks about the issue of your concern. Daniel understood by books. “I Daniel understood by books.” Dan.9:2

Wait a minute, If you don’t want to die a liability, let your heart start beating for things of the kingdom.

Start pursuing after the interests of God by keying yourself into the commandments of kingdom advancement prayer and soul winning.

Prayer is not an admonition, it is a commandment. “Pray without ceasing.” 1.Thes.5:17, 

Soul winning is not a gift, not a talent, it is a mandate for every believer. “Before I formed thee in he belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophets unto nations.” Jer.1:5.

Life is a lifetime.

If somebody’s dies today, people would talk about the marks which he made when he was here.

If you refused to bear the scars, you won’t make the marks. Bearing the scar equals emerging the star. 

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turns many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” Dan.12:3

There is nothing I tell you to do that I’m not doing myself. I would be a hypocrite if I tell you do something and I’m not doing it. I live what I preach. Glory be to God, I’m now a Chartered covenant practitioner.

There is nothing mystical about serving God. It doesn’t work in theory, its potency can only produced in practice. Demonstrations of the instructions is the key to a working kingdom. Jos.1:8

If you don’t take responsibility you’ll be raining curses upon yourself and others and the lives of millions are at stakes, hanging upon your neck.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.” Deu.28:1.

You better buy into this idea of putting God’s word to work, God can use any instrument to teach you, subscribe to obedience and the last failure you saw will ever be the last you will ever saw.

I’m not disputing the fact that any other thing may work, but obedience works like fire. Anything can fail, obedience to scriptural instructions can never fail.

Don’t live your life carelessly, If the things of God will not move you, your destiny is will be at stake.

Until serving God become must, your liberty from the dungeon of the wicked is not in view. “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my father’s business.” Lk.2:49.

Until you serve God with all your resources: time, money, materials and strength, your glorious destiny is farfetched. “And thou shall live thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark.12:30

You also need to know that not just obedience, but unreserved, tireless, delightsome and continuous obedience that works.

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.” Jms.1:25.

Further reading. All Scriptural Commandments Are For Our Benefits (ASCAFOB)..#ASCAFOB.

 

Serving God is a big time business!


God does not speaks to impress you, He speaks to expands you. Things that will impress you will not expand you, things that will expand you will not impress you.

Serving God is a big time business

Serving God is a big time business. Big time! Until you get to a point where by serving God becomes a must, the rewards are farfetched. Jesus said, He must – not he can if he likes – be about his father’s business. “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that that I must be about my fathers business?” Lk.2:49.

The rewards of engaging in the things of God are overwhelming. The rewards outweigh the price. Nothing is for free, any valuable thing that you see for free might be a camouflage. There is a price to pay, before you can manifest the rewards.

As a matter of fact, there is no record breaker in his comfort zone. There is no a star without a scar. Breaking records required stretching out of your comfort zone. “Wherefore lift up your hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.” Heb.12:12.

The release of every blessings requires two hands. It was the sword of Gideon and the sword of the Lord. It is the hand of Moses and the lord that delivered. You better lift your hand which hanged down. If you don’t take responsibility you’ll die a liability.

I have said it on this platform times without numbers that everyman is responsible for the outcome of his life. Anybody that can talk or eat can pray.

You don’t have to live on drugs anymore. Faith is not a risk, unbelieve is a risk. Take responsibility and stop conditioning your body to all manners of ‘quines’ and ‘dols’  that is why you are dull. (Chloroquine, malaloquine, panadol, paracetamol).  I’m giving you ‘panasharp’. You can be free from sickness forever. Ex.23:25.

 

Don’t mistakes faith for luck. Faith is not luck. Don’t be jealous of me of where you find me tomorrow and never say that I’m lucky. You can’t be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow. Your tomorrow is determined by the level of your obedience today. “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasure.” Job.36:11. There is nothing as sweet as success. Jos.1:8, Deu.28:1-3. A failed life is not a life.