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

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Obedience as a virtue


OBEDIENCE AS A VIRTUE

Today we are going to examine a dynamic topic which is”OBEDIENCE AS A VIRTUE”
TEXT:1Pet1:2

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

What’s obedience?
Obedience is the practical acceptance of the commandment and the will of God!
Obedience is an act! I mean an act of yielding to God’s leading By following his ways!

In other words obedience is a virtue whereas is a vice!
Apostle Paul asserted in Romans6vs16.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

It’s important to know that to be obedient is to be in agreement with God, to be in agreement with God is to be in the position of the power of Christ. In others words; obedience is a virtue why disobedience is vice.

As we patiently endure and fast through this season is a sign of Obedient to the leading of God.

Kingdom advancement prayer is a practical phenomenon of obedient to God’s leading which is a validity of obedience to God.

In other words disobedience is majorly caused by rebellion and distrust.

God expects obedience (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 ).
To choose Christ is to choose obedience (John 14:15,21 ).
To become disobedient is to sin or rebel against God (I Samuel 15:22,23).

Romans 16:26
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience

 GOD REWARDS OBEDIENCE!

Over and over again we read in the bible that God blesses and reward obedience! Genesis 22:18
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

God emphatically explain to us that we are going to be blessed if and only if we obey His voice which is an act of obedience.

HOW TO CORRECT THE SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE

Thank God for areas of disobedience you may have discovered.
Once they are identified, they can be removed. This will result in a new joy and greater faith. “And we know that in all things work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ). ”

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20 ). “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18

Confess the disobedience as a sin. Ask God for forgiveness and claim His promise of complete pardon. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).

If your act of disobedience involves others who are in authority over you, you must rectify the situation with them. The Bible teaches us that we can and should live at peace with ourselves and others.

Disobedience to God and those in authority over you can block the joy, blessings and inner peace which God desires for you.

 Benefits of obedience!

Who could ask for anything clearer or more straightforward than James’ blessed words concerning obedience? They are crystal-clear! “What does it profit, my , if someone says heaàa has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? … Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works [obedience], is dead. … Even the demons believe … But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is useless ? … For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:14-26.

CONCLUSION

Everything that is needed in order to be obedient can be found and obtained in Christ Jesus, so we are without excuse. Let us therefore do our utmost to be obedient in everything! ( 2 Corinthians 10:5-6;

Corinthians 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

God gives grace, but for what purpose? Precisely for this one reason: obedience! If we imagine anything else, then we are only deceiving ourselves and will come to regret it bitterly one day. Irrespective of what you say or do, irrespective of what stage you are at, know this: the only thing that counts is obedience to the faith.

SHALOM!
REMAIN BLESSED

This post is credited to FEMI

OBEDIENCE – THE PATHWAY TO SUPERNATURAL REWARDS


OBEDIENCE - The pathway to supernatural rewards

Continues…

How can I start following and obeying God’s commands?

You are who or  what you follow and who or what you follow determines who or what follows you.

1). Let kingdom advancement prayer become a part and parcel of your life. Let it become an habit to intercede or stand in gap for others who are lost and unsaved to be convicted and converted into Christ.

We saw in book of Luke.2:34 that prayer is a platform of service which is available for a lifetime. Are you not happy to hear that, Hannah at the age of 84 served God in the temple by praying kingdom advancement prayer day and night.

Luke 2:37 KJV
“And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Kingdom advancement prayer is a commandment. The word “when” in Mat.6:6 indicates that there is period that you must pray. And in Mat.6:9, after thanksgiving, the next item of priority is the God’s kingdom before asking for bread and butter and in verse 33, we are ordered to seek first the God’s kingdom if we must enjoy all kinds of seditions.

The truth is that most of our prayers are self-centered in nature. Only if we can turn all our demands into kingdom oriented prayers the supernatural grace will be flowing  cheaply.

2). Engage in soul winning – Soul winning is not a gift neither a talent. Today, many Christians mostly say that they don’t have the gift of soul winning, this is another lie from the pit of hell. Soul winning is a God giving mandate for every believer which facilitates answered prayers and divine favour.

John 15:16 KJV
“Ye 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 you.”

Other scriptural reference: JER. 1:5

3). Subscribe Into the covenant platform of seed time and harvest time. The natural man’s law States that “A bird at hand is worth more than two in the bush” this is a discounting principle on the ground of facts and assumptions.

On the contrary, the supernatural law states that “It’s more blessed to give than to receiving” Until you become an excited giver you will die poor irrespective of your involvement in church activities.

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.”

Other scriptural reference : PS.126:5-6

4). Consciously cultivate the attitude of praise – Praise is commandment, let everything that has breath praise the lord (PS.150:6). It’s where God lives, God inhabits the praise of Israel. If you want to seek God pray, if you want to see God praise Him (PS.22:3).

Don’t wait until something spectacular happen before you put on the garment of praise. Appreciation equals multiplication. The reason may are few and small in life is because they have been disobeying the commandment of praise.

Jeremiah 30:19 KJV
“And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.”

Psalm 67:5-6 KJV
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. [6] Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.”

5). Let your engagement be mixed with faith – As you are putting all the steps listed above into work also let it be mixed with faith – Faith is simply seeing the invincible and believing the impossible. Without faith it’s impossible to please God (Heb.11:6).

Listen to this: Let both what you think and say agree with each other. This the best principle of faith. You are what you think (Prov.22:3) and it’s what you can boldly declare with your mouth that God will confirmed.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” – Prov.18:23

 

 

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.

God’s Integrity


God has integrity

God integrity is at stake when you obey His commandments and not seeing the results.

Until you fulfill commandments don't expect His promises

 

God is more faithful than us. Don’t question God, question yourself. Don’t blame God, blame yourself.

 

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?” Num.23:19

 

The scripture can’t be broken – not even by God. “If he call them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken.” Jn.10:35

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God doesn’t owe anybody anything, you owe God obedience to His instructions. God is an instructor. Until you subscribe to His instructions, all the blessings as promised are not in view.

 

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

 

Jesus the Jesus – who has Holy spirit without measure – had to obey His father before He was enthroned.

 

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient into death, even unto death of the cross. Wherefore God also highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every other name.” Phil.2:7-8

 

Jesus is our perfect example, if Jesus had to obey God’s instruction before he could be enthroned, then you and I have no choice than to do the same.

 

You can be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow.

 

Obedience is our surest bailout in these hard times. Peter struggled all the night and caught nothing but as he plugged into the frequency of obedience, he had a supernatural business breakthrough – a net breaking harvest. Many businesses are collapsing today as a result of disobedience to the “thiting” instruction.  There is corporate thite that you must pay.  Jesus said, I must be about my father business (Lk.2:49). Serving God is a big time business. Until it become a must, don’t expect the rewards.

 

Nothing of value is for free

 

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they in closed a great multitudes of fishes: and their net break.” Lk.5:5-6.

 

Many Christians – though born again – are toiling today as a result of disobedience.

 

Be God greedy, live ready. Be greedy of everything that serving God offers and you will see that serving God will no longer become a burden for you. You will become addicted to serving when you understood what serving God guarantees.

 

You don’t need to be coerced or forced before you out the word of God to work. I’m educating you today, be scriptural enlightened. Your light quality equals your life quality. God’s people are in a state of perishing due to ignorance. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

 

I’m charging you today to be responsible. Live right. It always pays off.

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Pray this prayer as the psalmist did. Father, in the name of Jesus open the eyes of my understanding and grant me the grace to live my life to please you.

 

Knowledge is priceless


Knowledge is the key to freedom.

Knowledge is priceless. It’s the key to freedom. You will have authority on any issue that understood. It is our understanding that make us outstanding in life.

The reason why you are frustrated is because you have not gained adequate knowledge on that issue of concern. So, it’s not your fault.

Darkness reigns until light appears. Principalities is not our problem. The truth is that many Christians – even pastors – are victims of ignorance. The devil has no power when knowledge is in place.

When light comes in darkness goes out.

If the devil could tempted Jesus who was given the Holy Spirit by no measure, he would tempt anybody. Thank God that Jesus applied the right word to dislodge the wicked.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he had a reading culture  (Lk.4:16). Paul advocated for studies by telling his ministry son, Timothy to study to show himself approved (2Tim.2:15). Daniel understood by books (Dan.9:3). Knowledge is the key to dominion. Anything you don’t understand might lead to abuse.

Only those who can settle down at delightful studies will benefit from the treasures of the book. You can’t lighted and be tormented. The devil needs your ignorance to molest you.

Knowledge is the key to freedom

The inheritance that you don’t know that your father has, you can’t claim it. Your father can’t be a baby maker and be a baby beggar (this applies to the barren). Plugging into the frequency of the covenant has qualified you for a sickness free life.

Jesus took, not coming to take, He took your infirmities and has been wounded and bruised so that you won’t suffer any (Mat.8:17).

He was poor so that you can be rich.

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross – col.2:14

What can’t be found in Jesus must not be found in you as long as you’re obeying His instructions. If you can’t imagine Jesus in an accident wreck why should you be found in one.

You’re a citizen if heaven, there is no poverty, sickness, diseases, frustration, failure and any of such things at where you came from.

There nothing theoretical about serving God, serving God is simple. There is simplicity in Christ.

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 -2.cor:11:3

Our obedience to the demands of our covenant walk with God is the cheapest way to provoke the manifestation of God’s promises in all realms of existence. Until you plug into the frequency of covenant, don’t expect God’s blessings.

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 the nations of the earth – Deu.28:1

Brethren, loose yourself from the shackles of religion and be real. Shake off your feet from the dust by embracing the truth.