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.’

(THIS POST IS DIVIDED INTO 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU ARE READING THE SECOND PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND THIRD PART).

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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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The wisdom from above


Divine wisdom

Continues…

 Why do I need divine wisdom?

(1). You need divine wisdom in order to exercise authority over every issue of life.

Life is complex, it takes the simplicity in Christ to solve life complexity.

2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

To be in control over the affairs of life, divine wisdom is required.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 KJV
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

It’s not your fault that you are frustrated over the issues of life; it’s your knowledge that is inadequate. Knowledge is the key to dominion. Darkness reigns until light prevails.

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.

(2). Divine wisdom guarantees your stability in our time.

Isaiah 33:6 KJV
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

It’s a jet set age with so much jostling and bustling here and there. Even believers are caught up in the web whether consciously or unconsciously. The whole world is unstable. Divine wisdom establishes your stability in every realm of existence.

That point lead us to the third point.

(3).  The carriers of divine are solutions that the world needs. We are in era of gross darkness, even state men are confused.

Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [2] For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. [3] And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

It’s my prayer as you plugged into the frequency of divine wisdom, this week, you with appear in white house.

You are doubting it,

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

Daniel was ever relevant.

(4). Divine wisdom will make you a star. For you to be numbered among the world Highflyers, you must be a possessor of divine content.

Daniel 12:3 KJV
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

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.

How can someone be a carrier of divine wisdom?

 (1). Be a soul hunter.

Proverbs 11:30 KJV
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

 (2). Pray for the lost to be saved

Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
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.

Whatever you prayed for others answer back for you.

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

The life of the lost is God’s heartbeat. Carry a heart for Christ by pursuing after it utmost priority on earth. This is the platform where the supernatural grace flows.

(3). Key into the sacrificial alter –

The alter of sacrifice is the alter of sworn blessings. It takes a sacrificial approach to get anything from God.

Solomon offers the greatest sacrifice, no wonder he is the richest man ever liveth.

Malachi 3:7-10 KJV
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them . Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? [8] Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. [9] Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. [10] Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it .

Revealing the Secret of Biblical Instruction (Part 2)


Yesterday I shared with us the first segment of “Revealing the Secret of Biblical Instruction.” Let me quickly refresh our memory on what we treated yesterday. Biblical Instruction is the gateway to overflowing blessings. Biblical Instruction is the key to outpouring rewards. Deu.281-3, Jos.1:8, James.1:25, Ex.23:25, Job.36:11.

Releasing the secret of the biblical instrution

What are Biblical Instructions? a). The prayer instruction, b). The fasting Instruction, c). The Praise Instruction, d). The Soul winning Instruction, e). The giving instruction. If you want the full details on what we treated yesterday, you can visit our previous post.

Today, we are focusing on a).  the reason why I must follow the bible Instruction and b). How can someone follows the bible Instruction.

The first part will be discussed in this Segment while the other part will be discussed in the next segment.

Why Must I Follow the Bible Instruction?

Releasing the secret of biblical instruction

a). You must follow the bible Instruction in order to cease from life’s toiling and struggles

Life is ordinary toiling and struggle outside the bible instruction. Peter toiled all the night and caught nothing, but by obedience to the Instruction he had a net breaking harvest (Lk.5:5-6). “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mat.6:33.

Ceased from your fruitless labour by forgetting about yourself and focusing on doing what the word says. Outside the bible instruction, frustration becomes the order of the day, confusion appears on the scene. You can’t afford to be that careless by letting that to happen to you. Stop living by law of accident. Until you subscribe into the bible Instruction, your life will be based on guesses and assumptions.

b). You Must Follow the Bible Instruction In Order to Live a Sickness and Disease Free Life:

Instruction got you covered. Following the bible Instruction guarantees your total freedom from sickness and disease. “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.” Ex.23:25. All negative circumstances are not our portions. That is why you must despise them (don’t ever take nonsense) “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinance that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Col.2:14. Every negative doctor’s verdicts must be rejected. As an engaging believer you must carry the conscious that Jesus already took your infirmities and bare your place in sickness. So, you are not permitted to be sicked ( despise sickness). “Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” Mat.8:17.

c) You must follow the bible Instruction in order to command the flow of financial prosperity :

Financial prosperity answers  to our obedience to the commandment of giving. Giving is a platform of service. Following the bible Instruction guarantees your absolute freedom from poverty, lack and want, begging and borrowing, shame and reproach. (Psm.34:10,  Deu.28:1-3, Deu.8:18, Haggai.2:8) “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasure.” Job.36:11.

d).  You must follow the bible Instruction in order to enjoy fruitfulness in all aspects of your life:

Fruitfulness is not limited to the fruit of the womb. A person can be financially barren. A person can be academically barren. Following the bible Instruction exempts you from all forms of barrenness including the fruit of the womb ” There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land.” Ex.23:25-26. Even your cattle which connotes business is not permitted to be barren. “Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” Deu.7:14.

e). You must follow the bible Instruction in order to enjoy longevity:

Long life is guaranteed by following the bible Instruction. You are not permitted to die young (The car that will kill you will never be made). Still in Ex. 23, in vs 26 “There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number if thy days I will fulfil.” 

Secret of biblical Instruction part two

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Understanding the Power of Faith


What is is faith?

  1. Faith is a substance of the things hoped for and the evidence of the things not seen. “Now faith is the substance of the things hoped for; evidence of things not seen.” Heb.11:1
  2. Faith is not waiting but faith is an action. “And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.” Mat. 9:20
  3. Faith is taking responsibility – The fact that you are still doing what the word says implies that you still believe in the word. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own self.” JMS.1:22
  4. Faith is obedience – it is putting God’s word to work and faith without work is dead.  “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and not works? Can faith save him? Even so faith, if it hath no works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and i have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James.2:14/17-18/20

Why Do I Engage The Power of Faith?

  • Take a daily dose of God’s word by hearing the word of God. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom.10:17
  • Think the impossible and see the invisible – In case you don’t know, God also answers thoughts just as the way He answers prayers. For she ‘said’ within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be made 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
  • Sound/declare what you believe. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov.18:21. You are what you think and sound. If you think and sound failure today, you can’t wake up tomorrow to see success. This may seems unfair but this is what the scripture says. “For as he thinketh in his heart so he is.” Prov.23:7

How Do I Engage The Power Of Faith?

You need to engage the power of faith because it takes only faith to emerge an Overcomer. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is that victory overcometh the world, even our faith.”1Jn.5:4.

*These last three posts are some of my old posts, I know someone will definitely need them.

Understanding the Power of Faith


What is is faith?

  1. Faith is a substance of the things hoped for and the evidence of the things not seen. “Now faith is the substance of the things hoped for; evidence of things not seen.” Heb.11:1
  2. Faith is not waiting but faith is an action. “And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.” Mat. 9:20
  3. Faith is taking responsibility – The fact that you are still doing what the word says implies that you still believe in the word. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own self.” JMS.1:22
  4. Faith is obedience – it is putting God’s word to work and faith without work is dead.  “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and not works? Can faith save him? Even so faith, if it hath no works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and i have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” Jms.2:14/17-18/20

How Do I Engage The Power of Faith?

  • Take a daily dose of God’s word by hearing the word of God. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom.10:17
  • Think the impossible and see the invisible – In case you don’t know, God also answers thoughts just as the way He answers prayers. For she ‘said’ within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be made 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
  • Sound/declare what you believe. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov.18:21. You are what you think and sound. If you think and sound failure today, you can’t wake up tomorrow to see success. This may seems unfair but this is what the scripture says. “For as he thinketh in his heart so he is.” Prov.23:7

How Do I Engage The Power Of Faith?

You need to engage the power of faith because it takes only faith to emerge an Overcomer. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is that victory overcometh the world, even our faith.”1Jn.5:4