Pastor Roger Anghis
July 1, 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.”
Last week we began to talk about how stewardship involves being faithful and that ever king needs a priest. This goes even further to understanding that all people in power are supposed to have a priest speaking into their lives. All the king sin the Old Testament had a prophet that guided them or even rebuked them. Today there is so much corruptness in government, the U. S. included, that those in power need a priest that will keep them in line. I want to look at a king who heard from the prophet in a time of great need. 2 Kings 18:13 “Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.
(14) And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
(15) And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house.
(16) At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.”
The enemy will always try to make you feel like all is hopeless. When you give into him, take your eyes off of God, the enemy will continue to try to back you up until you have no where to go and you’ve lost all hope.
Here the king was told that even though he had attempted to appease his attackers, they wanted more That’s just like the enemy, you compromise here and he want even more and as long as you continue to compromise, he continues to take. We see this very scenario in Israel today. The Arabs want all of Israel’s land, Israel gives a little land for the promise of peace, the Arabs see this as a weakness, kick the terrorism up a notch or two, Israel gives more land, they kick up the terrorism a couple of more notches and now Israel is contemplating giving more land, even though the Arabs have not kept one item of any of the peace agreements for the last 30 years.
God ha: 2Kings 19:1 “And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
The best thing to do when confronted with insurmountable odds is to go before God.
(2) And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
(3) And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
(4) It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.
(5) So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
(6) And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Notice where the Word of the Lord came from, the prophet.
(7) Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”
The enemy will go as far as he can and take as much as he can, but for those who are faithful, God will preserve. 2 Kings 19:14 “And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.(15)O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
(16) LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.”
2Kings 19:20 “Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.”
Again we see the Word of the Lord come through the priest to the king. The king was in need of verification that he was going the right way.
2 Kings 19:32 “Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
(33) By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
(34) For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five
thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were
all dead corpses.”
God protected the faithful, as He has always promised to do. There is nothing that satan can mess up that God can’t fix! All we have to do is believe God. God can go no further in our lives than what we believe He can do. That’s why there is so much poverty and sickness in the Body of Christ. Most denominations won’t teach healing and prosperity and the result is the Body of Christ is sick, poor and in too many cases, hopeless. The church does not give the Body of Christ a hope of better things. Being free of not having enough is the reward for being faithful. The church does not teach this. Being free from sickness is the reward for faithfulness. The church has not taught this. Being able to overcome great trials by depending on God has not been taught by the church. Instead the church teaches that God is putting these things on you to teach you something. This could not be farther from the truth. God does not and will not use the things of this earth to teach us. When that is all we give Him, He will use it but scripture tells us that (John 14:26)
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” When we are taught by the Holy Spirit, we will then be given the discernment that we need to do what we are supposed to do in the kingdom. When we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, then we will be walking in the blessings of God and that blessing includes the anointing to prosper. That prosperity is not just material but it is also divine health, excellent relationships, excellent business positions, every area of our lives is prospering and increasing. If we are prospering as kings we are able to support the vision of the priest and underwrite the replenishing of the earth. I want to look at the procedure that God laid out for the people for winning. Deuteronomy 20:1”When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
(2) And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
(3) And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against
your enemies, to save you.” The word ‘save’ here is
yasha and means delivered from external evils in this verse, but the
word is also used for the meaning of liberating, make sufficient, and
to be in abundance.
Each of us is anointed for either being a king or a priest. We have to remember that God has anointed us as it has pleased Him, not us. (2 Corinthians 12) We will only function in the sweatless anointing when we are doing what He has called us to do.
Ephesians 1:16 “Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
(17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
(18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
(19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” Here we are told that we can KNOW the hope of His calling. This is confirmed in:
COL 1:9 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
COL 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
COL 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
COL 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” Paul is declaring that as we grow in the anointing or what God has called us to do, we should be increasing in not just the knowledge of Him, but in what He has called us to do.
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Psalm 92:13 “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
(14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” The word ‘flourishing’ is a figurative term for righteousness. What we see happening today is people go to a church that is close to them instead of where God wants them to go. They don’t learn what they need to learn, so they aren’t flourishing as they are supposed to do. If they aren’t where they are supposed to be, they aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing, which means that the kingdom isn’t advancing as it should. All this says is the Body of Christ is not being faithful to its calling. We have to be faithful for all of this to work properly. This is all part of being faithful stewards with what God has given us.
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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