Faithfulness in Stewardship

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					                   Faithfulness in Stewardship
                             Luke 16:1-17 (Parable of the Steward)

By, Apostle John Eckhardt, www.impactnetwork.net




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If therefore you have not been FAITHFUL in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to
your trust the true riches. (Luke 16:11)

Moreover it is required in STEWARDS, that a man be found FAITHFUL. (1 Cor.4:2)




 A steward -a person who manages another’s property or financial
  affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or
                        others, a manager.


  All things belong to God, and we are responsible to be stewards of what we
                                   receive.


Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell
therein.

Psalm 50:9-10 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
                   God gives us RICHLY all things to enjoy


1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust
in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us RICHLY all things to enjoy;

A part of this stewardship is to help advance the Kingdom with our finances.
This includes supporting ministers, preaching, teaching, evangelism,
deliverance, healing, and worship.

It is impossible to become a fully developed follower of Jesus without also
becoming a fully developing steward of financial resources.

Stewardship gives us a unique opportunity to keep our finger on the pulse of
someone’s spiritual development. When we see someone growing in how much
they give, this generally implies a step of spiritual growth.

Because Jesus knew that this issue of money and possessions has the power to
consume and derail us more than anything else. He doesn’t mince words when
in Matthew 6:21, he says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your
heart will be. A fundamental connection exists between a person’s spiritual life
and his attitude toward money and possessions.
(Nelson Searcy)



Faithfulness is an important characteristic of a steward. Faithful means
adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; Worthy of trust or
belief; reliable. This raises the question, “How devoted are we as believers to
consistent giving?”



During this series we will look at four kinds of givers:
    First Time Givers
    Regular Givers
    Proportional (Systematic) Givers
    Extravagant Givers
We should not be Double-minded (James 1:8) when it comes to giving and
financing the kingdom. We should not waver in this area. We should be
consistent, steadfast, faithful, and loyal to God and his kingdom in the area of
giving. Giving is a part of stewardship. To be faithful means to be consistent.



The steward would properly and faithfully dispense his master’s finances. We
must properly dispense the wealth we have to properly advance the kingdom.

Finances are needed to advance the kingdom through preaching, teaching,
evangelism, church planting, worship, praying, healing, and deliverance.
Churches and leaders involved in this should be supported and financed by
God’s people.



This series will challenge you to examine your giving and stewardship. Our
desire is to be faithful stewards and be commended by heaven concerning
our giving and stewardship.



  Man was created to be a steward of the earth and its resources. God
                   has entrusted us with his riches




Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the
children of men.



Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the
earth is full of thy riches.
 The earth is full of God’s riches, and we are the stewards of those
riches. We are therefore responsible for how we handle and manage
                            God’s riches.



                             Riches are a gift from God


Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given
him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of
God.

We are to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us, including his riches. This includes
dispersing.

Psalm 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever;
his horn shall be exalted with honour.

Disperse- to break up and scatter in all directions; spread about; distribute widely.




                              LIBERAL DISTRIBUTION


  Giving is distribution. A part of stewardship is to distribute the
resources God has placed in your hands. Our distribution should be
                               liberal.
2 Corinthians 9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your
professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your LIBERAL DISTRIBUTION unto
them, and unto all men;




                         Those with riches should distribute
1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to DISTRIBUTE,
willing to communicate;




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