ARE WE GOOD STEWARDS OF GOD’S BLESSINGS?

The Great Purpose of Christian Stewardship

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1 Chronicles 16:23–36

Retired missionary Paul R. Lindholm begins a reflection on what he views as the overriding purpose of Christian stewardship—glorifying God—with a humorous vignette:

A church choir director asked a clerk in a music store for a copy of an anthem with the title, “The Glory of the Lord.” The clerk called to the person working in the storage shelves for a copy. Finding none, the clerk called down: “The Glory of the Lord” is out of print.

In print and in thought, the shekinah glory of our Lord does not have the prominence nor attention it should have.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism highlights this subject in its very first question and answer:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

What a mind-boggling thought: God created us for the purpose of glorifying and enjoying him! Are you tempted at first glance to question God’s motivation? The fact is that God is a spiritual being who is social. Certainly he enjoys intimacy within the Godhead and among the angels. But beyond that, he desires authentic and voluntary fellowship with the beings he created to be in relationship with him. The enjoyment part is reciprocal (see Zep 3:17). And Psalm 8:4–5even proclaims that God crowns us with a measure of glory and honor. When we think of stewardship, how readily does this aspect occur to us? Lindholm goes on:

Before Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, his father King David had the Ark of the Covenant that contained the two stone tablets on which were engraved the Ten Commandments brought there.

The Ark was the symbol of the presence of God. When the Ark was first placed in the tabernacle in Jerusalem many offerings were made. Then a long hymn of thanksgiving was sung with the chorus accompanied by a large instrumental band. In the hymn were the lines:

Declare his glory among the nations … Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name (1Ch 16:24,29).

The words, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name” [appear] many times throughout the Psalms.

Think About It:

  • Going back to Lindholm’s opening anecdote, how readily do we think of proclaiming and reflecting back the glory of our Creator as key to our God-ordained stewardship role?
  • In what ways has proclamation of the shekinah glory gone “out of print”?
  • What role does praise play in your daily prayers?

Pray About It: 

Dear Father God,

I praise you and worship you. Thank you for your mighty works and deeds!

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Writer’s Thoughts: 

Our relationship with the Lord in to be held in High Reverence (Psalm 89:7  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.)   

Praise the Lord in all occassions, prayer and supplications.  Worshipping the  Lord in spirit and truth!  Amen

 

 

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

JOHN 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

 

Scriptural References:

Reverence

Matthew 21:37

But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mark 12:6

Having yet therefore one son, his well
beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Luke 20:13

Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
Praise
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
Ezra 3:11

And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercyendureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when thepraisethe Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Psalm 7:17

I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Worshipping the Lord
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lordworshipping the Lord.

  1. John 4:23
    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

    John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. John 4:24
    God is a Spiritand they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    John 4:23-25 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. John 14:17
    even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    John 14:16-18 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. John 16:13
    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

    John 16:12-14 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. Ephesians 5:9
    (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth😉

    Ephesians 5:8-10 (in Context) Ephesians 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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ARE OUR HEARTS IN RIGHTEOUS STANDING WITH GOD?

God protects His people

How have our spiritual ancestors suffered?

Another beast…ordered the people of the world to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. He was permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

Revelation 13:11, 14-15 NLT

The Great Persecution

 

When Diocletian became emperor of the Roman Empire in 284, Christians were encouraged because of rumors that his wife and daughter were believers. And, in fact, during the first nineteen years of his reign, Christians lived in relative peace and prosperity.

Gradually, life became more difficult for Christians. Deciding that religious unity would strengthen his empire, Diocletian published three edicts to guarantee the supremacy of the Roman state religion.

On February 23, 303, the day of the Roman feat Terminalia, an edict was posted that ordered all copies of Scripture to be burned, all churches destroyed, their property confiscated, and Christian worship forbidden. The Great Persecution had begun.

In early 304 another edict insisted that everyone in the Roman Empire sacrifice to the Roman gods. Every Christian was in jeopardy. Finally, the years of the Great Persecution ended with an edict of toleration by Constantine in 313. It granted religion liberty to Christians and pagans alike.

“…we decree still further in regard to the Christians, that their places, in which they were formerly accustomed to assemble…shall be restored to the said Christians, without demanding money or any other equivalent, with no delay or hesitation… For by this means… the divine favor toward us which we have already experienced in many matters will continue sure through all time.”

adapted from The One Year® Book of Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten, Tyndale House Publishers (2003), pp 108-9

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Islam in the Bible/Study in Daniel and Revelation

GOD'S WORD STANDS FOREVER/CHARLES SPURGEION

ISLAM IN THE BIBLE AND STUDY OF DANIEL AND REVELATION…

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God bless!

SEND ME LORD, I BELIEVE,I WILL STAND ON “YOUR WORD” AMEN

WORD FOR THE DAY: SERVICE UNTO THE LORD WITH HUMILITY

God pursues us with his love

Who is “the least” in your life?

I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!

Matthew 25:40 NLT

 

Loving the Least

 

I remember a poster on a dorm-room wall during my days in college. The poster was a picture of a homeless man lying in a dirty gutter holding a bottle in a paper bag by his side. The inscription on the bottom was a quote from Mother Teresa. It read, “You love Jesus only as much as the person you love the least.”

For all we don’t understand about the life of Jesus and the true nature of God, there is one truth that he made completely clear. The Christian faith is about service and humility. It’s about helping those who can’t help themselves. It’s about loving others more than we love ourselves — even the most unlovable among us.

What is the sign of true followers? Is it the amount of knowledge that we have? Is it the money we give to missions? the degrees we’ve earned? the number of people we’ve preached to? the hours we’ve spent worshiping in church? the books we’ve read or written?

According to Jesus, the sign of the saved is their love for the least.

It is said that when Francis of Assisi left his wealth behind to seek God, he stripped naked and walked out of the city. The first person he encountered on his journey was a leper on the side of the road. He first passed him, then turned back. He embraced the leper in his arms before continuing his journey. A few steps down the road he turned and saw that the leper was gone. Until his dying day, Francis of Assisi was convinced that the leper was Jesus. Even if he was wrong, he was right.

Adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin,, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), p 3

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

1 PETER 2:9

1 Peter 2:9
King James Version (KJV)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…
Spurgeon Audio Sermon
REMINDERS FOR PILGRIMS AND STRANGERS

HUMILITY

Lord's Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

Lord’s Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

Writer’s thought’s:  I got this in an email today and wanted to share it along with the link for those interested.  This is full of truth and makes one look a whole closer and examine your own heart.   Personally, the last two months have been trial and that’s putting it lightly.  One would expect their family (irregardless of single parent, married, been married, or what the situation) see when you are struggling in just about any area of your life!  You love, teach, take care of, sacrifice for and do without so they do with(in love w/o complaint); BUT comes the day when YOU have come to the end of your rope in dealing with daily pressures, bills, supporting others, barely making it by, THOU(spelling?) you know the Lord is your supplier, healer, defender, keeper, protector(list is to great of the Lord)sound off that you’re burnt out, fed up, can’t stand the pressures anymore; your own family thinks you only want $$ and they know and can count on one finger when you’ve ever ask for help with a bill!  I tell you, blogging has helped to KEEP my sanity!  I prayer this blog has been an encouragement to people.  I love my family; we are all human and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane(my whining as I call it-is NO comparsion to our Lord’s suffering-let me put that up front so we have no misunderstandings!!!) Jesus showed us his humaness in that Garden=> showing us to WHOM we turn when we heavy laden with burden and we can not bare it anymore(Mt. 11:28 Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010) Come unto me, all of you who labor and are forced to bear burdens, and I shall give you rest.)  Amen

Oberservation: The snake has gotten in the Garden deeper in relationships and is SEEKING to kill the ROOT(Root of Jesse when it comes our Lord) and anything that stands for God and His Kingdom.  Division causes confusion and confusion causes division.  This blog is all over the page- point is=> GOD, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT =SANITY, STABILITY, CURABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY, AND CONTAINIBILITY(A vessel for the Word to sustain the only cure to sin=Jesus= He is the cure who makes you stable in an unstable world and the Holy Spirit gives you sanity by creation of a new mind with your new creation in Christ Jesus.  Amen

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the
new has come!  Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation
//bible.cc/2_corinthians/5-17.htm – 17k

Galatians 6:15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means 

 For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything,
nor uncircumcision; but new creation
//bible.cc/galatians/6-15.htm – 16k

Colossians 3:11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or 

 In that new creation there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free man, but Christ is everything and is 
//bible.cc/colossians/3-11.htm – 17k

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PRIDE HUMBLED

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble” (Daniel 4:37).

Pride will eventually give way to humility. It may not happen overnight. It may have to follow a painful process, because pride can be very, very stubborn. Like an embedded splinter deep in the flesh of your foot, it is hard to remove. You cannot remove it alone, and there is constant throbbing and pain until it is extracted.

This is the plight of pride. Pain and suffering are its cohorts. Pride provides a false sense of security. Spiritually minded people know it is only a matter of time until a fall, as pride will catch up with you. Humility was once a staple in your spiritual diet, but success has squelched your humility and subtly replaced it with pride. Authority without accountability generates pride.

The more authority you possess, the more you are required to submit to accountability. Otherwise, you cannot handle this freewheeling power. Your behavior defaults to pride without the checkmate of humility. This is true in relationships, business, ministry, and churches. Beware of obsessing over control.

Paranoia is an application of pride. You are fearful of losing control. It is better to hand over control than to lose control. Humility gives control, while pride grasps for it. So be open and humble about your insecurities. We are all insecure to some degree. Humility builds security, and pride tears it down. The humble have nothing to hide. So root out pride, replacing it with humility.

The process of pride’s removal begins with submission to Christ. It is acknowledging His lordship and ownership over your life. He is in control. He is large and in charge. Nothing in your life has sneaked up on God. He can be trusted. He holds your life, family, health, and career in His hand. You start by humbly bowing to God with your head and heart. He is to be feared and loved.

You have the awesome opportunity to worship and adore Him. When you walk with God, you walk in humility. Pride cannot coexist in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Pride is extinguished in the presence of Jesus. Pride is like a roach lurking in the dark recesses of your heart. The Holy Spirit’s light reveals pride and convicts you during times of prayer and Scripture meditation.

The second offense to pride is praying people. Ask people to pray for humility to infiltrate and occupy your life. You want the occupation of humility on the soil of your heart and mind. Be transparent with others about your sins and shortcomings. Talk about them with the motive for change.

Humble yourself, and trust God to humble others. It is easy to recognize pride in others while it is still looming in your spirit. Run from spiritual pride. It is the worst kind. It is insidious. It is self-righteousness in nature, and it chokes the Holy Spirit. Humility grows in an environment of honesty, openness, prayer, and change. Be a change agent on behalf of the humble. Humble pride!

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:5–6).

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