Pastor Roger Anghis
June 24, 2012
Stewardship: A way of handling or being trusted to handle the goods of someone else.
Revelation 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
(6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
Over the last few weeks we have been studying the Old Testament example of kings and priests. Last week we began to look at the role of the steward. It is important to understand the role of the steward because we have been placed in the role of steward of this earth. We have taken the place of Adam who was assigned the role of subduing and replenishing the earth. A steward is to take care of property, goods, money or whatever, of someone else’s just like it was his own. God intended for His people to control the earth, not let the enemy rule the earth.
1Corintians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
(13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
(14) For the body is not one member, but many.”
We have to understand that the Body of Christ has to operate as a team. If we are all going in different directions, we end up going nowhere. As every part of a piece of machinery has to operate as it was designed to do, we must do the same. Unlike the piece of machinery, we have the ability to operate where ever we want. A piston can’t decided to be a carburetor, or a carburetor decide it wants to be a crankshaft. It wasn’t designed to be a crankshaft and is not capable of being a crankshaft. We are the same. GOD has decided what we are to be and we are to operate in that anointing. If we try to be something other than what God anointed us to be, then we will NOT be operating under His anointing and everything we try to do will be like going against the grain, or going uphill and it will seem like it is almost impossible to make progress.
1Corinthians 12:18 “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” We can’t decide that there is a part of the gospel that we don’t need. Many denominations have done just that. They reject prosperity, they reject healing, they reject speaking in tongues, they reject many teachings in scripture, the rapture, laying on of hands and many others. This is one of the reasons that the church is so divided. 1Corinthians 12:21 “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.?”
God knows what you need to hear so he will send you to a church that will teach you what you need. The problem we see too often is the people in the pews get offended with what the preacher is teaching because it may be meddling with their lifestyle or what they LIKE to do so they either leave the church or force the preacher out.
Remembering the role of the priest, which is to hear from God, get revelation from God, know God’s timing, take care of the temple, pray for the people, speak blessings over the people, etc., etc. The king is responsible for bringing the spoils into the House of God so that the vision that the priest has can be fulfilled. So we see that the ‘eye’, the priest. Can not say to the hand, the king, ‘I have no need of thee’. The priest needs the provision and the kings needs prayer, direction, revelation, intersession.
The devil has been successful in keeping the kings and the priests separated so that they can’t fulfill their rightful jobs in the Body. Some kings have financed their own vision and even though they are good visions, they aren’t God’s visions.
Some folks believe that because they don’t have real good paying jobs that they aren’t supposed to do much or they can’t do much. This is not scriptural at all.
JOB 8:7 “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” This means that the increase is conditional. Only if you participate in His system, being the king or the priest as you are anointed, will your end increase. There is
A point here and that is faithfulness. If you aren’t faithful, God is not required to be responsive. Genesis 31:6 “And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
(7) And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.” Here we see that Jacob been faithful in his service to Laban, but Laban had not been honest with Jacob: Genesis 31:38 “This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
(39) That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.”
Because Jacob had dealt honestly with Laban and Laban was dishonest with Jacob there was a wealth transfer from Laban to Jacob: Genesis 31:1 “And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.”
Jacob, though he left his fathers house because of trickery, the stealing of his brothers blessing, he had become a man of honor and that honor brought the blessing upon him: Genesis 32:9 “And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
(10) I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast showed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.”
In continuing to look at those who were good stewards, I want to look at the faithfulness of Joseph. Remember that God had given Joseph a dream and he told that dream to his brothers and his brothers got mad at him and threw him in a pit and then sold him into slavery. Joseph was take to Egypt and sold to an Egyptian and even though he had been betrayed by his brothers, he remain faithful to God.
Genesis 39:1 “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.
(2) And the Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.
(3) Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
(4) So Joseph found favor in his sight, and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.
(5) And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord's blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.
(6) So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.”
Being faithful can be a seed. Joseph had nothing. As a slave you don’t own anything, so the only thing that he had to sow was his faithfulness. He was faithful with what the Egyptian had put him in charge of and because he was faithful, he prospered in all that he did. Remember that Jesus said that the ones that had been good stewards were good and faithful servants and because they had been faithful they were put in charge over many things. God is not going to overlook your faithfulness!
Sometimes it’s real hard to remain faithful. People talk behind your back. People look at you and know that you’re standing on Gods Word, but THEY don’t see anything happening. THEY think that you’re being foolish and sometimes they let you know that. They keep in front of your eyes the fact that they live however they want and SEEM to prosper. The devil makes sure that you know that too. I remember one time we were driving down C470 and the car began to rock back and forth and I know it had to look funny to who ever was behind us and when we stopped smoke began pour up through the floor boards. Everywhere we parked that car ended up looking like a major oil spill. But we kept believing God, sowing seed and being faithful and then we got a nice car that didn’t leak oil, that had a good suspension system and a heater that worked and air conditioning that worked, and we paid cash for it! One of our family members got a little frustrated with me when he found out that we had a nice car. And he really was upset that we paid cash for it. But that is the reward for being faithful. We have to forget about this not wanting to offend someone. If the gospel is preached properly, somebody is going to get offended. The adulterer is going to be offended. The homosexual is going to be offended. The thief is going to be offended. The gossip is going to be offended. But I have to be faithful in the preaching of God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” You have to hang in there when the going gets rough, and it will get rough. The enemy will see to it that everything that will cause you to rethink your stand comes against you. But the rewards are great: Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with blessings, . . .” Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is faithful to His promises and that He is a rewarder of those who are faithful to Him.
It is very important to know that the kings AND the priests have to be faithful. We have to preach the fear of God. Keeping in mind that reverential fear includes a fear that judgment will come upon you. I’m not talking about terror, but respectful fear.Today we have people that have no respect for God, the House of God, the preacher or the prophet. The kids are especially are disrespectful. Kids have no fear of cussing out their parents or anyone else and this is because they were never brought up to fear the Lord. In one youth group I was involved in the youth pastor opened up the service with prayer and there was a lot of the kids that paid no attention to the call to pray.
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I was running the sound board so I hooked up a mic, turned it up and hollered at the top of my voice into it. Needless to say the youth pastor stopped and all the kids became real quite. I got all over them for not respecting the House of God and the call to pray. When I got done the youth pastor finished the prayer and I thought that I was finished too, but she had no problem with what I did. Ananias and Sapphira learned real quick that you did not disrespect the Holy Spirit. They both lied about the price of the sale of a piece of property that and it cost them their lives, immediately! I believe that we will begin to see that same type of thing in the very near future.
No man of power is supposed to be without a priest to guide and instruct him. I had prayed for a congressman, at the instruction of the Holy Sprit, at a meeting one time and about a year later I felt the unction to do that again. I contacted that congressman’s office and made my request and the congressman agreed almost immediately. That meeting was about 6 weeks away and in the interim, that congressman had assembled an exploratory committee for the purpose of running for President of the U.S. I prayed about what God wanted me to say to him in that meeting, which was to last for about 10 minutes, and I ended up speaking with him for and hour and twenty minutes. He asked questions and I brought up what I felt God had told me to tell him.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org