SERVICE – THE COVENANT PATHWAY TO FRUITFULNESS


All forms of fruitfulness answer to the covenant platform of services. And the most fruitful platform of service is the spiritual service

Spiritual service among others includes prayer labour. A lifestyle that travails on the prayer alter on behalf of others will always prevail in life.

” As soon as Zion travailed; she brought forth her children (Is.66:8).”

The scope of fruitfulness is beyond the fruit of the womb. Barrenness can manifest in many forms. A fellow can be barren spiritually(spiritual infirmity), financially, physically and academically; Also, there are business and career barrenness.

The root of all forms of barrenness can be traceable to inertia (an econometrics term which connotes lack of activity)

Those who think that Christianity is a passive religion are under strong illusion.
Active engagement in service is the pathway to every side’s fruitfulness. And ye shall serve the LORD your GOD,……………….There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land(Ex.23:25-26).

Now that we have understood that inertia in service is the cause of barrenness, what is the platform of services to key into?

PRAYER LABOUR PLATFORM

Prayer provides the software for longtime or lifetime (better still) service -prayer is not just a medium or channel to place all kinds of demands on God.

But , it’s so sad that ignorantly most of our prayers are selfish and self-centered.

Prayer is a spiritual service’s tool for serving God with an unbeatable fruitfulness reward. Hannah, at the age of 84years served God day and night with prayer and fasting (Lk.2:37)

Understand this, Our being here is not meant to serve ourselves. An excellent Life is all about serving others. It’s all about sacrifice. A selfish lifestyle does not offers anything to the world – there is no how you can even live with your fellow human beings by being selfish – A man who will live a life of fulfilment must be ready to be a man who will make a mark by pulling others out from fire🔥

Why are we here? we are here to pray for others. We are here to intercede for the unsaved. Somebody had prayed you before you came to Christ. You too must pray somebody. There are many of our family members that are still in the world that would only come to Christ if there is somebody to tell it to God. Now we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled by God (2.Cor.5:20).

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven(Mat.6:9 -10).”

High premium must be placed on the advancement of God’s kingdom in our prayer life. That is where the grace of divine fruitfulness flows.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you(Mat.6:33).”

Get God to be committed to your welfare by committing yourself to His interest.

My point is that for you to be fruitful in all spheres of life you must carry a heart for God especially through prayer labour

If things of God can’t move you. Nothing else will.

For those who are barren . Whose case have been medically termed impossible. My word for you is that, key into this prayer labour platform and other services’ platforms. That’s what qualify you into the covenant of fruitfulness. After the order of the Hebrew women, you are meant to carry your baby(pregnancy) till full term & deliver without any strain or stress.

“Your father can’t be a baby maker and be a baby beggar.”Joy, appreciation and praise are the antidotes for barrenness

“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord (Psalm.113:9).”

My prayer is that whatsoever that has been barren in your life receives fruitfulness In the name of Jesus. Between now and tomorrow evening I will receives somebody’s testimony in the name of Jesus. Nothing will die again in your hands. Thank you Jesus. In Jesus mighty name I have prayed. Amen🙏

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Stewardship means granting a trust to someone for profitable use.

Luke 12:42-48 KJV
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? [43] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [44] Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. [45] But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; [46] The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him , and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. [47] And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself , neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes . [48] But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

1. Stewardship is a gift to invest (Mat. 25:13-15). If we read these verses, we will understand what our heavenly father makes.

PS.24:1. The earth is the lord and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. Therefore, all of us are His creatures.

He was sent to us for our salvation. Jesus said in Jn.9:41, I must work the works of Him that sent me while it’s a day the night cometh when no man can work.

He also want us to perform like Him (Jn.15:16 & Jn 13:16-17). “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, He may give it to you (KJV). ” SO, we have responsibility which has been given by God.

2. Giving for a purpose –

Luke 16:1-9 KJV
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. [2] And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. [3] Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. [4] I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. [5] So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him , and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? [6] And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. [7] Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. [8] And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. [9] And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. My reader, this is the problem we have in churches and the whole world. Stewardship is given for a purpose but we are not using it for God’s purpose.

When we read Acts of Apostle 4:32 _ And the multitudes of them that believe were of one heart of one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which He possessed was his own but they had all things in common. Churches have diverted from the laid down principles of Apostles and command of Jesus Christ.

In the world today, people are not fearing God who is the General overseer of every man’s deed. Stealing, corruption, etc have deepened down into the system even including the so called Children of God.

Remember, in the book of Rev 22:11-12, he that is unjust let him be unjust still and he which is filthy let him be filthy still, that is righteous let him be righteous still and he that is holy let him be holy still. 12, And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give everyman according to his works shall be.

3. Benefit of giving life style – It’s a style of living that reflect the attitude and values of a person or group. In the book of Dan.6:4-5 Then the president and prince sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find none occasions nor fault forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. If you as a christian can do like Daniel then your heaven is certain (Mat.25:31-34). Read and see the reward of a good steward. God will blessed you as you put it into practice.

This post is credited Pastor, Johnson Adedoyin

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

Stewardship: A Rewarding Service’s Platform


A rewarding platform of service

Stewardship is a platform of service where blessings and privileges are released to the faithful and obedient servant.

Matthew 25:21 KJV

“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.”

Types of stewardship

In my list, there are three types of stewardship. Some are spiritual where some are financial in nature. However, all types of stewardship are very important.

A). Spiritual stewardship B). Financial Stewardship C). In – Service

 What is spiritual Stewardship?

The spiritual Stewardship worship is a spiritual platform of service such as: Kingdom advancement prayer, prayer and fasting, etc

This is the most important platform of stewardship that yield the greatest rewards

I believe will are no longer ignorant of what kingdom advancement prayer means.

However, if we still have somebody still  wondering what kingdom advancement prayer means, I’ll give him/her a brief definition here.

Kingdom advancement prayer is a platform of stewardship where saved humans intercede on behalf of others (the unsaved humans) in order to be rescued. This is cardinal part of our rescue mission strategy (Mat.6:6/9/33).

In my previous post  about obedience I mentioned about kingdom advancement prayer there, you might want to take a look.

In the book of Mat.6:6, God ordered us to pray secretly and promised to reward us openly, in vs 9, He placed high premium on His kingdom (in the lord’s prayer) & in verse 33, He ordered us to seek His kingdom first before every other thing can flow naturally in the form of additions.

In the book of Lk.2:37, we saw a widow(Hannah) at 84years of age who served God with prayer and fasting in the temple day and night.

Understand this: Prayer is one of the most cheapest way to serve God and service is the condition for all the rewards of God. Hence, get enlisted.

Soul winning is also a spiritual Stewardship. The pursuit after souls is not an ambition, not a gift neither a talent. It is a commandment more than anything else. This mandate has become a mandate for everyone believer to follow. There is nothing like i don’t have the gift of soul winning as many Christians would say today.

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Luke 10:2-4 KJV
“Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.”

What is Financial stewardship? 

This is an opportunity to serve God in monetary terms. The platform of thiting and offerings, sacrificial offering, vows, kingdom advancement project funding, and giving to the poor fall into this category

Luke 6:38 KJV
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Understand this: financial prosperity doesn’t answers to fasting, there is no amount of fasting that you will fast that will make you to become rich. God prosperity plan answers to giving by acknowledging God with the ten part of your earnings.

Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

Get this straight: any seed that you sow as a donation is a waste. Your seed is spiritual transaction between humanity and divinity. God needs your seeds in order to meet your needs.

What is In-Service?

In-service like Ushering, choiring, Hospitality, sanctuary keeping and the likes. This has to with your active engagement in one service’s unit or the other in the house of God.

Beware, In-service can lead to hypocrisy. There are people who come to church on Sunday’s just to show off their new bought or borrowed materials.

However, In-service has it own rewards as it’s not good to be a bench warmer in the church. whatever your hand find so doing, do it wholeheartedly.

What are the benefits of stewardship?

Every opportunity to serve God is an opportunity to get blessed. God does not use people, He blesses people. You are not working for God, you’re working with God,  you are partnering with God. You need to Change your mentality if you must experience the miraculous on every side while you’re on the platform of service.

In a partnership business, every active partner is entitled to a dividend. You can’t work with God and not receive the dividend of service. We are shareholders in this kingdom.

Revelation 22:12 KJV
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

God has never has the seed of Jacob to seek Him in vain (Is.45:19).

Paul planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase.. Meaning that, some people are interceding on behalf of the unsaved while some are on the field bringing in the harvest to Christ and both are still working towards the same purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:6 KJV
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

Hear this: Service is your surest insurance against all satanic affliction of sicknesses and diseases.

Exodus 23:25 KJV
“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”

Service is your cardinal bail out from a wretched, pitiful, and poverty in every sphere of existence.

Job 36:11 KJV
“If they obey and serve him , they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”

What more?

Serving God guarantees your longevity. Ex.23:27

Serving God secures your access to fruitfulness Ex.23:25-27. Serving God through the instrumentality of faith is the key to all your expectations’ manifestations.

The promises of God


The promise of God is delivered on commands basis

The truth is that God’s promises for us are genuine and authentic. Everything that the word says that we are in Christ are true and real

1 Peter 2:9 KJV
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

You need to know that God has already made available for us all the things that our lives demand

1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

It’s not as if God is just going to prepare us exploits. Exploits are what eyes has not seen nor ear heard before. He had prepared exploits for us already.

Daniel 11:32 KJV
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits .

There is nothing that our lives demand that God can’t provide.

Matthew 6:33 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

From that scripture mark the word all everything excluding nothing can be provided. Move out of the box. Nothing is impossible

Matthew 19:26 KJV
But Jesus beheld them , and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

In God’s agenda we are predestined for glorification.

Romans 8:29-30 KJV
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

In God’s plan our destiny is an enviable destiny. We are not meant to be pitied; we are meant to be envied

Genesis 26:14 KJV
For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

It’s my prayer whatsoever that will make you to see your mates and hide ends today

However, we need to understand that there is nothing of value that is ever for free. There are no stars without scars.
There are conditions need to be meant before you can enjoy the blessings/promises

Deuteronomy 28:1-3 KJV
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt 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: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. [3] Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Until God sees your investments in the kingdom the blessings are out of reach

May I tell you this, this principle works like fire. Before I was small but now God had been enlarging my coast in all aspects. And this is just the beginning.. Trust me it works!

Listen to this: every scriptural instruction is for our profiting/benefits. God has not commanded us in order to grieve us; He has commanded us in order to bless us

1 John 5:3 KJV
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Serving God will not reduce you; it will expand you. May I tell you this from the bottom if my heart: nothing remain worse serving God

I’m a living testimony; I have never regret serving God for once. I have been experiencing the miraculous on every side

Also understand that God has all what it takes to  win souls into the kingdom without your involvement

He doesn’t need your money for any reason. He is big enough and has no space to accommodate anything

If you want to operate in the realm of light where things are working key yourself into the covenant of greatness by obeying every scriptural instruction with the instrumentality of faith. That is the key.

Romans 8:28 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

As long as you are doing it; God is ever faithful to fulfil His own part of the deal. His integrity is at stakes if He doesn’t keep His promises. The truth is that the scripture can’t be broken (not even by God)

John 10:35 KJV
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Numbers 23:19 KJV

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

I will stop here…Hope someone is blessed. Your questions and suggestions are welcomed

Exit: Off to camp


Exit

I’m going for a 21days orientation course that will later stretched into a year of service to my father’s land. It’s mandatory for all graduates across the country to participate in this orientation scheme where we will be drilled by military personnel for a straight 21 days.

If time permit me, I will show up sometimes on WordPress to show some support for my fellow bloggers.

A big thank to God for seeing me through my academic journey and for taking me into another phase of life.  A special thanks to my family for their generous love and kindness towards me.

1million thumbs up to my dear followers and readers for taking their time for reading my posts and also pressing the like button and commenting.

I believe God has worked through me to make some impacts in peoples lives on this platform. And I strongly believe your spiritual life have taken some new shapes with the application of truth posted here.

Always maintain your ground no matter what happens in life. The supernatural is the backbone of life. I’ll maintain my stance at where I’m going to or wherever I may find myself. Our stance is our escape into light from the darkness of our time.

Kebbi is far from my current location, it will take me about 10 to13 hours of journey to get there, a Muslim dominated state, my parents are bothered, I might later consider redeployment after the orientation course.

Picture of Corps members at Kebbi Nysc camp

I believe God is in control. He’s the same everywhere no matter the distance, he’s always around. His principles work any day, anytime and anywhere. God forbid bad thing, If everybody dies in Kebbi, I will be exempted. I’m too sure of my God coming to my rescue from any form calamity.

No evil will happen in Kebbi. No evil will occur on my way to Kebbi. I’ll exercise faith all the way. For therein is the rightousness of the lord is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, The just shall live by his faith (Rom.1:17).

Don’t forget that our obedience to scriptural instructions is still the surest way to have just the way we want it in life.

And it shall come to pass if thou shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the lord thy God, to obey his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord will set thee high above all nations of the earth. All these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shall hearken unto the voice of the lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field (Deu.28:1-3).

Sit down and relaxed, I’m going to go with a life journal where I will record every bit of my camping experience all of which I will later share on the platform.

Camp will be stressful and at the same time it’s going to be fun. I can’t wait to participate in camp fire, camp parades, drills and sports.

I have got some details about Kebbi. Everything is in excess. The weather, Kebbi is over hot in the noon time, over cold in the morning period. Too much of rain in the raining season and too much of sun the dry period.

The land is Sandy. Incase you have Asthma, Kebbi isn’t a place to try. Kebbi is peaceful in terms of security. There have not been anycase of insurgency and kidnapping in the area. The camp at Kebbi is one of the best in the country, most of its facilities have just been renovated.

No doubt, I will be going with my bible and anointing oil. I’ll take a shot of the anointing oil every night before I sleep.

I will be going with a lot of sweaters to keep my body warm when it’s cold. Though, we will be  wearing white shirts and shorts most of the time  and sometimes NYSC khaki which is our uniform at  camp. We will be wearing white tennis and later jungle boots.

I’ll be going with a lot of cash and ATM card -incase I got stranded. I’ll be going with travel lamp and mosquito net – with a rope to tie the net. I’ll be going with a waist pouch bag where I’ll keep all  my valuable items and belongings to safeguard against theft. And I’ll also be going with a lot of padlocks to protect my luggage.

Camping preparation is ongoing. I must resume at camp before Tuesday. I’ll miss ya all. Your impactful posts and comments. It’s a clarion call, I must obey.

I love you all, Chris.

 

The ignorance of Wednesday match


Ignorance

 

On Wednesday’s night, every member of my house – outsiders inclusive – all gathered in the sitting room watching England match. It was England vs Croatia night. The TV box was the center of attraction – I envied the television – all eyes fixed on the thing. Daddy’s legs move when a player shoot. I think he was supporting Croatia for the night.

Ignorant analysis flew from lips to lips. Everybody in the house had become an analyst. Noises, arguments and ignorant laughter filled the atmosphere. Adults and innocent’s children would kill themselves over an issue that brings no Penney to their pockets. Those whom nobody know are watching for the people the world recognized. A man who is coping to handle his family had already coached a team successfully with his mouth, on the sit, at the spot.

My lips was pressed. I don’t speak often. Although I was still at the place, but my mind was in another realm, I was brooding already. Thinking of how the good devil had used football in disguise to steal people’s destinies. By drawing their hearts away from Christ. Not only with football but including movies and other 21st century idols in disguise. The devil is crafty indeed.

However, after the first half of the game, I couldn’t watch anymore, I stood, I must not missed my prayer time.

Spiritual irresponsibility is the authentic root of the problems many are facing today. Discipline is the key word here. It is not how comfortable it is but it is given what it demands.

I’m a lover of the game but not at the expense of God’s interests. Football is not bad, music, movies, entertainments, all those things are not bad, but they can steal our time until we are conscious of it. And if they are stealing our time, that means they are stealing our destiny. However, our passion for them must be controlled.