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.

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical Verses on Stewardship

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

1.God created everything

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

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

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

2. God owns everything

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

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

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

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

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

3. God delegates responsibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trusting God 2


Trusting God in Godly living

We make our marks in life by trusting God. God specializes at lifting and building men but our trust in His ability to perform His promises is a prerequisite.

When faith graduated into trust every element of doubt is destroyed. Many of us want the blessings of Abraham but have the faith of Thomas. Life cannot be sweet than the level of our faith.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. [7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. [8] A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” -JMS.1:5-8

What is trust?

Trust is a deep-seated conviction – this implies that you are not daunted by the situations or happenings around you, this means that  you’re listening to what the WORD is saying irrespective of what the WORLD is saying

 Some Biblical Instances of Trust

By trust, Abraham became the father of nations. Immortality swallowed up mortality in Abraham as he was ever ready to sacrifice his only long awaited son. He trusted God in His ability to deliver.

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. [7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? [8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. [9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. [10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. [11] And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. [12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. [13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” – Gen.22:6-13

 

By trust, the three Hebrew boys were rescued. These boys said “O NEBUCHADNEZZAR – no title was involved – we are not careful to answer you in this matter.”  And God saw the dogged determination in them that they will not bow for the king’s golden image and His heart beat was like “I must rescue my children”. He delivered!

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Dan.3:16-18

What are the proofs of trust?

1). Godliness – your trust stops where your Godly living ends. The fear of God is the capital proof your trust in God.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter. 1:15-16

 

Godliness is the covenant key to greatness

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” – Dan.1:8
“Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.” – Dan.2:46

 

Choose to be different. Your choice overrun sin. We are who we are and what we are by our choices. The aces are in our hands.

By choice, Daniel reigned. By choice, Joseph ruled.

It’s never too late to turn. Things start turning the day you turn.

2). Obedience – Faith is an element of trust. Trust and faith are inseparable. While faith requires work to works. Faith without work is dead. That is, faith without you taking responsibilities lacks its potency.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” – JMS.2:17-18
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – JMS.2:20

 

Stop waiting, you’ve waited long enough. Enough is enough! It’s high time to act. Enter into the word of God by demonstrating its injunctions. It works! It works like fire!!

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] 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 deed.” JMS.1:22-25

 

Wait a minute about this, unrepentant, undying and tireless obedience are the hallmarks of a winning believer. Obedience is the cardinal proof of trust.

Get this straight : put God first ( not yourself, not your spouse). Laziness is a satanic instrument. Subscribe into the obedience and all round flow of blessings will overtake you and your life will be become like a dream world.

“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.” Deu.28:1-3

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matt.6:33
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” – psm.126:1

 

In conclusion, it’s wisdom to make a U-turn when you’re heading to a road that leading to the wrong way. Live ready today; it might be too late to get ready. May open the eyes of your understanding.

May God open the eyes of your understanding to know how to trust him to the point of receiving rewards and blessings.

Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny (c)


Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny

THE FEAR OF GOD

The fear of God enhances and advances you to operate on a wavelength with God as God is ever ready to entrust His secret to those who fear Him.

Whereas, manifestation is a  product of revelation

“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” PS.25:14

 

Understand this: Your wisdom ends where your fear for God’s injunctions or instructions stops. Wisdom is applied knowledge. It’s knowing the right thing to do from the word of God and do it.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments : his praise endureth for ever.” – Pslm.111:10

 

Strictly speaking, our greatest asset in life is the fear of the lord. Joseph and Daniel reigned by the fear of the lord. Get this straight – your reigning in life stops where your fear for scriptural injunctions stops.

For instance, when God saw the dogged determination in Daniel that he could not defiled himself with the king’s meat,and God’s heartbeat was like “i must honoured my son” and then king Nebuchadnezzar had to bow and worshipped Daniel.

“Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.” – Dan.2:46

 

The capital truth is that life is a choice. By choice, Daniel reigned.

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” – Dan.1:8
“Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” – Dan.6:5

 

And the god and goddess truth is that the aces are in our hands. By choice again, Joseph ruled.

“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” – Gen.39:2

 

I pray, in the mighty name of Jesus, you’re are the next to reign!

Choose to be different. Those three Hebrew boys would rather die than to bow for the king’s golden image. “If you can’t beat them join them” this statement is a demonic statement. You can’t beat them by joining them orelse, you will remain under them. God so good there is freedom of choice in the constitution of Nigeria. Choose wisely!

 

 

Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny (b)


Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny

 

We are God’s heirs and joint heirs in Christ. As Jesus Christ was sent to be great also He sent us. Hear me well, Greatness is not our ambition; It’s our birth right

 

“And the angel said untot her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” – Lk.1:30-33
“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” – Jn.17:18

 

Furthermore, through Jesus and by redemption, we are partakers of Abraham’s Covenant of greatness

“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” –  Gal.3:14

 

WHAT ARE THE AVENUES THAT LEAD TO AN ENVIABLE DESTINY?

(A). Obedience

B).  Fear of God

(C). Godliness

 OBEDIENCE

Obedience is the cardinal mark of our glorious destinies. The journey of our enthronements begins with obedience. The release of blessings and rewards become a cheap possibility by OBEDIENCE to God’s commandments.

And also note that our shinning and decorated destinies are brought by and sustained or preserved by sustainable obedience. However, where everything fails In life, our obedience to scriptural injunctions can never fail

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” – Phil.2:8-10

 

By OBEDIENCE, Jesus was enthroned.

It’s the master key to all that you desires in life

“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.” – Deu.28:1-3

 

In most cases what God might tell you to do might looks too cheap and simple but that is the answer you’ve been waiting for.

For instance, in the book of Jn.2:5, Jesus’ mother told the servants that whatever He ordered them to do; they should do it.

“His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it .” – Jn.2:5

 

This tells us that there is no room for argument or negotiation. You see, God is a commander (God of order)

In another instance, Peter and others toiled, struggled overnight. Frustration and despondency held a grip on them. They were worried and frustrated but when Jesus came in ( invite Jesus to that issue), He instructed them to throw their net for a catch and they did as instructed and that was it.

The miraculous erupted! They had a net-breaking harvest and Peter’s one man’s business before became a partnership business – you see transformation on the ground of obedience.

Hear this: your business enlargement await the manifestation of your obedience to scriptural injunctions of giving and receiving, seed and harvest.

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” – ROM.8:19

 

Don’t question God; question yourself. Don’t blame God; blame yourself. Nobody is responsible for the outcome of your life.

“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. [6] And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. [7] And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.” – Lk.5:5-7

 

Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny


Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny

The hallmark of the gospel of Jesus Christ is simplicity. The mysteries of the scripture is wrapped up in simplicity of Jesus. Life is complex. Nevertheless, it requires the simplicity in Christ to solve the complexity of life.

“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

 

Moreover, our understanding of any subject matter will command outstanding outcomes in that area. This made knowledge to be priceless more than any other thing. God’s people are perishing due to ignorance

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea.4:6

 

DESTINY

Destiny is neither a myth nor a tale. It’s not a drama neither a fantasy. DESTINY is real. The word destiny is coined from the word destination. Our destination in life can better be known and view through the lens of the scripture and by taking scriptural calculated steps, our arrivals at our destinations in life can’t be farfetched.

From the scripture, we understood that we are predestined for glorification and enthronement

That is why I pray that whatsoever that does not look like Jesus in your life ends today!

“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.” – ROM.8:29-30

Listen to this: In God’s plan, our destinies are envious destines. In the same vein – in God’s agenda – we have shinning and decorated destinies.

“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” – Gen. 26:14

 

May i tell you this, We are not meant to be pitied. A call to serve God is not a call to the world of shame, reproaches and intimidations. Our destinies are envious destinies.

“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.” – Is. 60:1-3

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 .