Welcome to the seventh month and the second half of this year. It shall be far more glorious than the first in Jesus' name.It is important to know that Kingdom stewardship is the most profitable venture as it does not only pay, but pays the most and the best. This is because it offers incomparable dividends and out-of-this world order of blessings. As it is written: 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. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil(Exodus 23:25-26).
From the above scripture, 'Bless' means sorrow-free blessings. That is, blessings immune to all kinds of sorrow. It is written:The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it(Proverbs 10:22; see also Exodus 23:25-26).
We must recognize that there is no pay anywhere in the world that is sorrow-free, it is always inadequate. However, when God pays, it is always sorrow-free. Serving God (Kingdom stewardship) is what qualifies us for His irreversible blessings, which makes us 'uncursable' by the devil and his agents.For instance, Balaam, an anointed prophet of his time said:How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied?(Numbers 23:8; see also Genesis 12:3; Numbers 23:20).Serving God and the interests of His Kingdom also entitles us to supernatural supplies, which delivers us from begging, lack and want. It is written:If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures(Job 36:11; see also Exodus 23:25).
Moreover, no one serving God is permitted to be barren or cast their young. That is, it secures posterity. It also procures longevity, health and vitality. Remember, Moses was still serving God at the age of 120 and the Bible records that his eyes were not dim nor his natural force abated. Also, Anna was an 84-year old widow serving with prayer and fastings, day and night (Deuteronomy 34:7; Luke 2:37).
Furthermore, Kingdom stewardship entitles us to supernatural joy. When we are 'on the go', serving the interests of the Kingdom, we will always return with joy, which secures our harvest (Joel 1:12; Luke 10:17).
Indeed, serving God is the master key to a life of fulfilment and sweatless triumph.
But, what is Kingdom Stewardship?
Kingdom stewardship is serving God and the interests of His Kingdom as a lifestyle. That is, commitment to the growth, expansion, enlargement and overall advancement of the Kingdom.Kingdom stewardship can be classified into two:
Physical Stewardship: This involves our engagement in various service groups in the church.
Spiritual Stewardship:We engage in spiritual stewardship in two main ways, among others:
Prayer & fasting: This involves serving the interests of the Kingdom by engaging in Kingdom-promotion, Kingdom-advancement and Kingdom-enlargement prayers. We understand from scriptures that Anna was a widow, who served God in prayer and fastings, day and night, for the advancement of the Kingdom of God in her days. Also, when Jesus taught us to pray, He urged us to engage in Kingdom-focused prayers when He said we should pray thus: '...Thy kingdom come....' (Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 2:37).
Thus, we serve God through prayer and fasting by praying for salvation of souls, establishment of new converts in the faith, for church growth, effective outreaches and impactful services, among others. Furthermore, it includes praying for the rain of life-transforming Word and the good Word of the Lord that engenders strange order of testimonies among His people (Psalms 2:8; Isaiah 66:7-8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 4:12; Hebrews 6:5).
The returns on Prayer and Fasting Stewardship include:
Destruction of yokes:Is not this the fast that I have chosen? toloose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?(Isaiah 58:6)
Express answers to prayers:Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am...(Isaiah 58:9; see also John 15:16).
Divine Direction:And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not(Isaiah 58:11; see also Ezra 8:21-23).
Supernatural Breakthroughs: It is written:Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?...And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not(Isaiah 58:6, 11; see also Isaiah 58:12, 14).
Are you born again? This means, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If you haven't, you can do so as you say this prayer: "Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!"
For further reading, please get my books:Wisdom that Works, Walking in Wisdom, All you need to have all your needs met, Winning Wisdom and Excellency of Wisdom.I will conclude this teaching next week.
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 7747546-8; or E-mail:[email protected]