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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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.

Discipline


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

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

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

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

God does not rewards group, He rewards individual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

The Reason Why Things Are Not Working


The reason why things are not working

If things are not working, it is a sign of lack of love. Love is not mystical, love is simply the combination of what you receive, believe and obey. Obedient to scriptural instructions is the cardinal proof of love. It is our passion for the things of the kingdom that make things happened in life. If the things of God does not move you, don’t expect things to work.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that love me: and the that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” Jn.14:21

The hotter our obedience, the hotter our love level and the hotter will become in life. The more our passion for lost souls, the more things get better.

Love has the potency to make all things to work for good: spiritual life, career, business, academics, family, work, finances, health, etc. All things work together for good to them that love God.

“And we know that all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” ROM.8:28.

Therefore, if things are not working, check yourself. It might be that you have be disobeying instructions. Christianity without result is a sign of spiritual irresponsibility. You can’t be doing it and not be seeing it manifestation in all areas of your life. This is divine arrangement.

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

Love will not only make all things to work together for good, love will also announce you to your world. Love will make a star of any believer.

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.” 1.Cor.2:9

Turning many to righteousness will make you a celebrity. Every genuine soul hunter is a public figure.

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

Releasing the gateway to Miracle Job


Miracle job answers to you forgetting about yourself, and letting God employs you first. You can’t be employed by God and be rejected by any earthly employers.Miracle job is real

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mat.6:33.

Let your heart start beating for God, pursue after his interests first and you’ll see that the work you’re dying to get will be dying to get to you. The job you don’t apply for they’ll call you to take it.

As a matter of fact, you’re not working for God, you’re partnering with God. In business settings, every active partner is entitled to the share of profits and dividends, you see. Be active in the things of God, and forget about yourself and you’ll see the reward of strange job offerings coming your way.

Releasing the gateway to miracle job

Job is desirable, there is no room for laziness in the kingdom. Jesus hates idleness. “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idles, and saith unto them, why ye stand here all the day idle?” Mat.20:6.

Why must you work? 

  1. In the beginning when God created Adam and he gave him job to dress and keep the garden. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”Gen.2:15
  2. Jesus Christ and God work every moments, if they should stop working for one seconds every living beings In the realm of existence would die. “But Jesus answered them, My father work hitherto, and I work.” Jn.5:17

Now, God says that the righteous shall eat from the fruit of the his doings (Is.3:10), not from the fruit of your cousins, uncles or Parents as you’ve been doing before time. You can’t afford to live as a dependant.

Finally, earthly employers can use you and dump you, God does not uses people, He rewards people and if you’ve access to the table why would you have to settle for the crumbs. It is job you’re looking for, God will gives you the wisdom to create jobs.

 

Be Responsible


Anyone engaging today can tell what tomorrow holds for him. Your tomorrow is determine by the level of your obedience today. You cannot be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow. Anything can fail, but your obedience to all scriptural instructions cannot fail. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command you thee this day, that the lord thy God, will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.” Deu.28:1.

Everything that the word said we are in Christ is absolutely true and correct. But it requires our entrance into the commandments of the  scripture in order to actualized them. “But Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein. He being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.” James.1:25.

Note the word work. Nothing of value is for free, serving God is work, until you become a diligent practitioner of the work, the blessings are out of reach. You must pay the price before the blessings can be unleashed.

The greatest asset that a man has is obedience. You must discipline yourself to be spiritually responsible in order to experience a change. Discipline is not about how convenient a given task is but discipline is giving what it demands in order to accomplished a given task. A golden destiny can lie dormant for eternal. Until you take responsibility, you will as well die a liability.

I have never seen any record breaker in his comfort zone. Breaking records requires going extra miles. It is to everyone according to his work. Not just your obedience that counts but the level of your obedience that matters and God does not bless group, He blesses individuals. “And, Behold, I come quickly; my reward is with me to give every man according to his work shall be.” Rev.22:12.

It is the individuality engagement that unleashed the original rewards. Be inspired to intercede privately and tirelessly on behalf of the lost in secret and you will results coming your way. Kingdom advancement prayer which is a commandment is the gateway to open rewards. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy father which is in the secret; and thy father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Mat.6:6. Praying kingdom advancement prayer releases divine favour. Favour is what colours your efforts and covers your errors. “But, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all this things shall be added unto you.” Mat.6:33. Wake up! And live ready, it might be too late to get ready.

Everyman is responsible for the outcome of his life, nobody is responsible for your predicament. Anybody that can eat or talk can pray. God forbid bad thing, you can’t talk outside and you can’t talk inside as well. A closed mouth is a closed destiny; Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.” PS.81:10. In the scripture, we are told that “men ought to pray and not to faint.” Lk.18:1. “Pray without ceasing.” 1Thes.5:17. There is no prayer lazy person that will grow. Your spiritual growth has a connection with your life growth. The more you grow spiritually by engaging in commands the more you grow in faith, then your faith growth equals your life growth.

Repent all spiritual irresponsibility and collect the blessings from your parent by being responsible. You don’t wait for God to release blessings; you work out the blessings. When you wait, you will for life.

 

 

Command Exploits by Discipline


There is no record breaker in his comfort zone. Record breaking required being stretching out.

Discipline is not about how convenient a particular task is, It is about given what it demands in order to accomplish a given task. The subject discipline is very important in every field of life. For you to be successful in any field, you must be discipline.

The scripture says, “Those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” Dan.11:32.  You don’t need to know anybody in order to make things happen, even if the entire world stand against you, you will overcome.

Exploits means what eyes hath not seen nor ear heard. “But 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.” 1.cor.2:9. ” He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” 1Jn.14:21.

Serving God is what makes a ‘nonentity‘ to become a “celebrity‘ Until you loose your voice on the prayer altar, don’t expect to have a voice in your world. “ All men ought to pray and not to faint.” Lk.18:1.

There are some people who have lost their golden destiny to TV boxes. Who are you watching for? I am not saying watching TV is bad, but if it is stealing your time, it is stealing your destiny, to hell be with it! It causes distractions and adds no values.

Ever since mobile phone came, so many people have run into madness. How can a person be using three phones with three sims in each at the same time. Making unnecessary calls.

Life is both spiritual and physical. Approach life spiritually by obeying all His commands. Approach life physically by being disciplined and hardworking.

God hate idleness. He went out in third hour, met some people standing idle in the market place, and he said why ye stand idle all the day. Mat. 20:3. Exploits required vigour, strength and diligence all of which can be found in God. It is for those who do  know their God. Dan.11:32