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Our Lord Jesus was narrating the parable of “the unjust steward” to His disciples, and He concluded by saying this statement,

“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” (Luke 16:8).

The summary of the parable is this; a rich man received bad report concerning his steward who has been in charge of his business. Therefore, he requested the steward to render the account of his stewardship before being relieved of his job. In reckoning, the steward went around adjusting downward what was owed to his master by his debtors (Luke 16:1-13). Hence, the above quotation was made by the Lord.

No one really know the reason for this downward adjustment; however, it could be inferred for one of the following reasons,

  1. to negotiate with the debtors in order to cheat his master since he knows that he would be fired after reckoning
  2. may be the debt had been formally inflated for personal gain, but because he has to render an account he down-adjusted the debt to the normal amount

OR

  1. he intentionally wants to wicked his master because he would be fired at the end of reckoning

Whatever may be the reason for adjusting the debts downward amounts to unfaithfulness on the part of the steward. The commendation for the steward bears negativism; he was called “unjust steward”. Moreover, any wise move made by unjust person is nothing but wiles orchestrated by the devil. Hence, our Lord described the steward as one of the children of this world who are wiser than the children of light (Christians).

What are the criteria or the yard stick that God uses to commit anything into the hand of anybody? I doubt if anybody can really give the right answer to this. However, God understands man better than man and He commits to them what they are capable to handle. Our misjudgments of man have put many people in problem and drown them into debt.

When God sent Samuel to anoint David, the first person he saw was Eliab the brother of David, and he concluded that Eliab must be the one to be anointed. But God reply him saying,

“.But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (2Sam. 16:7).

God was right with this statement about Eliab because, later in life, his character portrays him to be cowardice, envious, distracter and so forth. A man of these character traits cannot rule or be a king. However, God sees in David a man after God’s heart; a man who is bold and confident; and a man who is diligent: this is the character of a man who is fit to rule.

God commissions people to what they can handle. God will not put money in care of a scoundrel because; He knows he would waste it. But, God will put money in care of someone who will use the money to affect other people’s lives positively and to glorify God.

God will not put a man who cannot take care of his house to pastor a church because, the church is a family. How is he going to be an example or settle dispute on family matters? Unfortunately; many people become pastors today to have church as a business venture, worshiping mammon by exhorting worshipers for unrighteous gains.

What am I saying; God knows what is best for every one; and He gives talent, knowledge and ability to all liberally without prejudice. It is grace and not merit. The choice is yours to stay and develop your talent; or covetously, you can covet another man’s talent. If you chose the later, you are never going to be faithful in your stewardship.

Where do you find these unjust stewards? They are outside and within you gate. Christians must be vigilant, there are many unfaithful associates today that dressed in sheep’s clothes; who are they? They are your blood relations, they are your distance relations and they are your church members.

We often like to distance ourselves from a person who looks like children of the world; but unable to recognize our close associates who are worse than children of this world. The fact that a person is your blood brother or church member does not make him a just person; be careful to weigh or judge spiritually not by appearance only.

As a child of God, do not parade yourself in the devil’s territory; because, that is the domain of the generation of the children of this world, and there, they are wiser than you (children of light). Some things they do and get away with it do not mean they are right; their doom day is only being postponed.

As a child of God, you may not get away with it; and if you are caught, that will be a big disgrace. We should not be ignorant of the devices of the devil; because, that is where satan takes advantage of the children of God, we must avoid the devil’s territory.

What is this devil’s territory? Not doing things that are right.

As a child of God, we have to do things that are right; either we are being watched or not. The day of our visitation is without notice; there would not be enough time to run around for preparation. In order to receive a just commendation, at any moment, we should be ready to give an account of our stewardship either for thing done while on earth or in heaven.

The Bible declared,

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Eccl 12:14)

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? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Luke 12:42-43).

Can God commit good things to your care today? Have this in your mind that unfaithfulness results to loss of opportunity and loss of reward. “…It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1Cor. 4:1).

By  Lawrence  Abitogun

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The fear of God means to reverence and respect God; by obeying His commandments, departing from all forms of evil and doing according to His will. This requires us to walk in His ways; to walk in the spirit in order to avoid the lust of the flesh; to allow Him dictate the path we should follow in life. Why? He is our creator and the creator of the universe where we exist; since He is the supreme ruler over all that exists, our fear of Him is to surrender our total being to Him.

Joseph refused the offer of a free enjoyment of fornication with his master’s wife; he knew his master would not know if he consented to his mistress’ request. However, he realized that even though his master was not around, someone else is watching him. The invisible eye of the omniscient and omnipresent God is watching him. Joseph sees this offense not against his master but against God (Gen. 39).

Any evil mete out for another human being shows lack of love and disrespect and this is against the will of God. Anything against the will of God is an offense against God. Hence Joseph said “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen.39:9). Hence, the Lord was with Joseph.

Similarly, David, when he had the opportunity to kill his greatest enemy, King Saul, he refused to do it for conscience sake. He had a high regard for the Lord’s anointed king, and would not want to disrespect God’s representative, even though, Saul was seeking to take David’s life (1Sam. 24:4-7; 26:9). But David knew that vengeance belongs to God and not to man and would not avenge for himself. He respected the word of God. Hence, David was more preferred as king than Saul.

We are steward to one thing or the other in this world.

  • The President or Prime Minister is a steward to his country
  • The Governor is a steward to his state
  • The chairman of locality is a steward to his locality
  • The church overseer is a steward of God over His congregation
  • A worker is a steward to his/her employer
  • Subordinates are stewards to their superiors

Ultimately, human being are steward to the Almighty God; the only way we can fear him is to be faithful in whatever is committed to our care, knowing and doing the will of God. The empowering presence of God in our lives helps us to overcome sin and to resists temptation. Hence, Joseph and David were exalted

  • Joseph became the prime Minister in a foreignlandofEgypt(Gen. 41: 37-45)
  • David became the greatest earthly human King

Be you a president of a country or the lowest of human status; discharge your duty in the fear of God.

The fear of God exalts a man.

 

ByLawrenceAbitogun

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Many have taken good decisions in life that are gold mines, but remain a dream not accomplished, because of the fear of the unknown. Many revelations, dreams, visions, goals and ideas have become unfulfilled because of envisaging problems, histories of many that have failed in the like ventures. Therefore, at the very first obstacle encountered in their ventures, their spirits failed.

The wish of the slave master or the spirit of poverty is for you to encounter problems so that you can run back. If you dare do so, your suffering will be greater than the time you were still under him. He will use every power he has to make his wish fulfilled. The spirit behind that wish will continue to follow you. As long as you remain under the new master (the shadow of God almighty), the spirit behind the wish of the slave master remain paralytic. Eventually, if the wish of the slave master is dashed, he will be forced to disengage or to engage in a suicide mission that will destroy him.

The spirit behind slavery or poverty is so stubborn that it will not allow its subject to go unless overcame by a more powerful force. Christians finds that power only in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The spirit of poverty or slavery does not affect Christians only, but to all those who wants to get out of it. There are many who will never get out of it no matter what you do to help them. The whole thing will be as if a curse has been placed on them, never to get better in life. They preferred to remain a slave or poor. Their consolation is, as long as they get their daily bread, they are contented; or saying, “Half bread is better than none”.

At the very outset of your translation to freedom and prosperity, all plans must have being in place. All necessary materials, tools, equipment must be available. In addition to these, you must prepare yourself physically and mentally. The moment the determination and the preparedness is there, the journey to translation begins.

Beginning your translation process

The fear of the unknown is still in place even after you have started to move forward. Having not gone too far, some thoughts come to mind. Doubt sets in, whether to keep moving or not, because you are still near to the zone which you have just left. If the later is considered, you are likely to go back. Except you hold strongly to your new master (God), faith in your goal and faith to subdue any obstacle that comes your way, your choice will be to go back.

The man who is looking for honey in the rock must be determined, having his axe sharpened and fully prepared physically and mentally. He is now ready to strike the first blow to the rock. At the first strike, he will feel the effect all over his body. At this point, he will do a little recalculation, to keep striking or not. The rock becomes a barrier between the man and the honeybee hives. Your steps and processes toward achieving your goal may be difficult at this very outset. The form it will take depends on the nature of you goal. Therefore, hold fast to the new master (God), build a strong faith in your goal and have a strong faith to subdue and possess.

In the journey of the Israelites to the promise land, the way in which they were travelling naturally terminates at theRed sea. There were mountains to the right and left of their path. To worsen their situation, Pharaoh and his army were pursuing from the rear. By the time they saw the host of the Egyptian army, their faith waters down, they lost heart, they became critical, their confidence disappeared and they were confused. The reaction of the Israelites is natural to every human being, especially, when you don’t have the ultimate master (God) whose spirit will direct you.

The Bible says “Believe”; therefore, do not let your heart be shaken down. He who is leading you in your new mission is able to make a way where seems to be no way. He is able and has the power to conquer, when enemies come your way. He has the power to overcome any form of obstacle on your behalf.

Today, many are bitter and would start to blame themselves for taking the step to get out of slavery or poverty simply because of their lack of confidence to pursue. Some will blame the person who has given them the advice to get out of whatever. Why are they that critical? They were because they have no faith in the new ultimate master (God), no faith in their goal and no faith in themselves to subdue and possess.

Moses said to the Israelites by theRed sea,

“fear not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord

which He will work for you today ,

for the Egyptians you have seen today,

you shall never see again.

The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:13-14)

After Moses had spoken the word of faith with his own mouth, the Lord told him, “Why do you cry unto Me? Tell the people that they go forward”. Uncountable number of times, it has been repeated in the bible that “fear not”.

What fear does is this, it erases hope; it dashes away hope; it brings failure; it makes possibility impossible; it confuses the mind; and is an agent of adversities.  Moreover, fear neutralizes the effect of faith to make goals or hopes become a reality.

 

“fear not” is the key that ignites a person to move forward into the unknown. 

Moses said, “fear not”, God said, “go forward”, if you are so determined to move out of slavery and poverty, why not obey the voice of the new ultimate master today. “Fear not”, “Go forward”, our God through our Lord Jesus Christ will surely take you to your freedom and prosperity.

When you are facing an obstacle in the way as you progress, the solution to it is not to turn back, but rather, weigh many options, which you can, not to make the obstacle a hindrance to achieving your goal. Achieving the goal is paramount. Any form of obstacles that will stand in the way of your success must be taking off the way. In this situation, the first thing to do is to cast away any form of fear. When there is no fear, there is faith. You will be able to think of many ways by which you can move forward.

 

Fear blocks vision.

The moment you step out of bondage of whatever, keep pursuing your goal, and seek the place where God is taking you. Make sure your goal is in line with the will of God. Do not look backward at what is behind or what you left behind, but rather, look forward to reach what is ahead: Looking forward on how to achieve even in the mist of many odds, which you cannot avoid. Thanks to God almighty who said through Apostle Paul that He would provide a way of escape. (1Cor. 10:13)

On your way to freedom and prosperity, “do not fear”, “move forward”. When enemies pursue you, which you cannot avoid, do not wait, keep moving. Trust in the Lord who promised that He is fighting your battle. When you are moving forward, the Lord will cause the way of the enemies or adversaries to go into destruction. The Lord will send His angels to go before and behind you as He did concerning the Israelites. This is the portion of true Christians who are always led by the spirit of God. When your enemies see that you are under the shadow of the Almighty, many of them will turn back from pursing you. However, the Lord will lead the stubborn ones to their own destruction. This explained the destruction of Pharaoh and the host of Egyptians.

For every successful step you take during your translation, give thanks to the Lord.

 

ByLawrenceAbitogun






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