Stewards of mysteries 

1 Corinthians 4:1-21   Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2    Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 

A steward is someone who has been placed in charge of valuable things.  These valuable assets have increase potential. These assets can also be squandered and wasted. 
When we think stewardship, in the church, we always think about money. After all what churchgoing person hasn’t heard a good message on giving. The apostle Paul speaks of being a steward of mysteries not finances. 

We have been given gifts precious assets from the Lord.  As good stewards we must treat these assets as valuable and carefully consider how we interact and use these assets. 

1. The word of God- This is a mystery to the world. Many people do not realize the power of the living word of God. This word has potential to increase your life. It is effective to your Spirit, your soul, and your body. How have you been handling your responsibility as a steward of the mystery of God’s word?

2. The Holy Spirit- The Spirit is the earnest deposit from God. The Spirit is a mystery to the world but sadly is a mystery to the church attendees as well. It seems that few people have tapped into the increase potential that is found in the Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 1:22. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 

God has deposited his Spirit in us. He desires to increase the quality of our life and those around us by the power of the Holy Spirit. How have you been handling your responsibility as a steward of the mystery of the Holy Spirit?

3. Your life- Your life is a gift from God. The time that you have alive on this earth should be used wisely.  I heard someone say once that the place where you can find the most untapped potential in one place is the graveyard. There lies hundreds of people maybe thousands who have never reached their full potential in life. Your life is a God-given mystery and you are a steward of it. How have you been handling your responsibility?
Every steward of precious assets has three options to consider. 

1. You may release- A good steward only releases asset for a specific purpose. This precious asset has the ability to meet the specific need and accomplish an important task. As a steward of the mysteries of God you have the opportunity to release the Word, The Spirit, and the giving of your life to accomplish a specific purpose.  God’s chosen purpose. 
2.  You may invest- it is possible to invest the word the Holy Spirit and your life into others. I must admit sometimes your investment into people can come great disappointment. But some investments turn out to be tremendous blessings. Don’t be afraid to invest in the people that are around you. 

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.  
3.  You may retain increase-it is important to realize that as you are giving and investing these precious mysteries, the Lord God also give back into you in great measure.  We must pray that we have the ability to retain more of the word, more of the Holy Spirit, and more life. Yes it is possible to have more life than what you have right now. God is the giver of life, he wants you to have abundant life. There are testimonies of many people who were ready to die naturally, but by the power of God they were given more life from the Lord.  

Never underestimate the increase potential in the precious assets that you have been given by God. 

Have you handled your responsibility as a steward well?

Ask, seek, knock

Ask. Seek. Knock
These signs shall follow them that believe
Mark 16:17

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Signs shall follow them- we don’t see many signs showing up because we don’t see many Christians showing up. 
Active or inactive Christianity 

illustration: active or inactive membership 
Active are those who show up and continue to show up. 
Signs follow active Christians. 
Matthew 16:2-4

2    He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 

3   And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 

4   A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. 
You are not to be following signs…signs are to be following you
Signs follow active believing Christians
Believe- persuaded, place confidence in, trust and intrust 
Psalm 9:10

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
They believe because they know
Signs follow active believing Christians who know God
Mark 16:20

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
These signs were the manifestation of the Spirit at Work
1 Corinthians 12: 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Luke 12:48

…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Matthew 7:7 [Full Chapter]

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Ask

Matthew 7:9-11King James Version (KJV)

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 16:19

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 14:16

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 11:22

But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Revelation 21:6

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Seek -seek for revelation hidden uncovered 
Knock- open spiritual doors. Doors for access and entry and exit.  

Doors are personal gates are corporate 
You can open doors for yourself and for others 
Let me get that door for you

You must allow time for Faith to work

1. Cake baking-They put all the ingredients together and put it in the oven. But don’t give time for it bake. 

2. Hospital patients-wait in the lobby, wait in the room, wait for dr. Wait for testing, wait for lab, wait for treatment, wait wor treatment to work. 

Ask receive practice 

Get it and go

Get it and go
Become the spiritual governor of your city

Elected by God
Matthew 10:1

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Luke 9:1

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Everywhere that I walk and in the place I set my foot that location has been given over to me as a spiritual governor
Governor

a :  one that exercises authority especially over an area or group

b :  an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, 

c :  commanding officer

d :  the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization

e :  a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society

Automatic spiritual control
Like a governor on an automobile – gives automatic control of speed

Isaiah 42:6-7King James Version (KJV)

6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Acts 16:25-26

The prison doors are opened

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Open the prison door and let the captive free
Imprisoned in sin imprisoned by sicknesses  imprisoned by addictions. Imprisoned by demonic spirits of fear and emotions
They are in prison and they need to be free

Matthew 16:19

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The Weight of Honor

Honor- (kabad = weighty, heavy) honor is a heavy esteem and respect laid upon the shoulders of one who has faithfully fulfilled (honored) their commitments in the midst of great hardship and danger. But we must not overlook that Honor may also carry the burden of future responsibility. 
The person honored has shown greatness in the past. Those that labor in the word and in doctrine the Bible says are worthy of double honor. But the honor we give to God belongs to God alone. The highest honor is God’s. He alone deserves the respect that we can give to him, for what he has done no other man was able nor worthy to accomplish. But He is also laden with a responsibility greater than can be placed upon any man. For in Jesus Christ alone do we have our confidence. Just as He has proven in the past, He is also willing to handle the battles in your future.  

So when we honor God we are saying to him; “thank you for what you have done and I now realize how reliant I am on you.” I honor you Jesus and my confidence is in you. 

All honor and all glory be unto the spotless Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of the world. 

Why is this controversial?Speaking in tongues

Is your church one of those tongue talking churches?  The better question may be, why isn’t your church one of those? 

I wonder if you would have felt comfortable in a church service lead by the apostle Paul?

For all of the truth seekers out there, you might want to check out the Scriptures below from the book of 1Corinthians chapter 14.  Remember these scriptures have been penned by the apostle Paul, but inspired (God Breathed) of the Holy Ghost.  I would encourage you to read the whole chapter but don’t allow the versus below to get lost in your religious training.  

1 Corinthians 14

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (In context:Praying in the spirit is praying in tongues)
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
38  But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Say Yes To Jesus

Say yes to Jesus
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I woke up this morning around 4 o’clock thinking about this time that I would have with you. I spent several hours wondering how I could make the most out of this time that I have in front of you.

I have decided to Set the record straight. You have been lied to for so long and I want to tell you the truth.

Look up to the sky. what do you see? A little higher what’s there? A little further out?

People are continually researching and discovering what is out there. Scientists have discovered Other Worlds and galaxies and solar systems.
Everything discovered and yet to be discovered every system has been so specially designed and created by a creator. It is too intricate and wonderful to have happened by coincidence. In the words of Gibbs from NCIS, “there is no such thing as coincidence.”
Here is the truth. God Jehovah, who is so much bigger and greater than you and I, created every detail of every good and perfect thing that is enjoyed.

The Bible says that not only did he create the worlds and systems in the sky but every living thing on the earth and he created it with purpose.

He created mankind in his own image and likeness and therefor gave us creative power.

Think about it. Here you are. Sitting here under the heavens that have great purpose. And just as much thought and planning and design was wrapped up in the creation of you. You are beautiful. You are so wonderfully made. With all complexity of flesh and bone and systems and emotions and thoughts and talents and personality. Look around you With all of this inner and outer beauty who could say there is no God? In fact the Bible says it is foolish and that only a fool says in his heart that there is no God. Plenty may say it with their mouth but only a fool would say that in their heart and believe it.

You have been created with great purpose and design.

In God’s perfect plan a man and a woman joined together in a binding commitment of married love. Each offer a seed full of creative power. That small seed develops and grows until strong enough with proper care to survive the elements of this great world. A baby is born. But the greatest thing about baby’s is this, every child born is born with an eternal spirit and soul. Which means this. This child will grow into a teen and then an adult. He or she will make choices in there life. Some maybe good or bad. But when they finally close there eyes for the final time and sigh this incredible body will die. But their soul (feelings emotions personality thought and spirit (that inner light that causes one to live). will survive eternally.
So what then? When this body is laid to rest 6feet underground, what’s next? Well that depends. There are 2 destinations.

1. You could be in the presence of your loving creator and Heavenly Father. In a place called heaven yes but also strategically placed in and given power over his creation. Free to go and come and rule with loving authority. Able to create and live and socialize forever in a vast and endless world and worlds that will take eternity to explore. There will be no death or pain or tears nor rejection or fears. No disease no one used or abused. No hatred or prejudice. No murder or rape or deceit.
2. You could be separated forever from the presence of a loving God. Dragged kicking and screaming into a place called hell. A place that was not made for you but was made for the devil and his fallen angels. A place if continual pain and anguish both physically mentally and spiritually. Where men naw their toungs for pain and wish that they could die to find relief but cannot and will not. A place of solitude and outer darkness. Alienated from all others tormented by your own selfish decisions and thoughtless actions. In eternal judgement for the wickedness of your sinful deeds.

So this day it is set before you life and death. Blessing and cursing.
Your eternal destination depends solely on your decisions right now.

God is real heaven is real
The devil is real hell is real
You are real I am real and this moment is real and the decisions you are about to make is real. What decision is that?

Decision 1. What will you do with the life that you have been given?

Will you choose to live that life selfishly? fulfilling your own selfish desires, while defrauding and insulting and cursing and cheating and hurting and hating those around you. And at the same time taking your own self and the body that God has so wonderfully created and smudge and cut and abuse and deface and disgrace it.
Or will you choose to live unselfishly putting others before yourself. Using your words and your talents to build up and encourage and show Gods love to those around you while you glorify God in your body and with your thoughts and actions. How will you choose to live out the days of your life?

Decision 2. And how do you expect to pay for the sinful choices you have already made?
All have sinned
The wages of sin is death
Sin has to be paid for. I have told you the truth hell was not created for you. It was created for the devil. But if you go there it is because you chose to go there. For death, separation from God, and hell is the payment for sin.
But you don’t have to go there.
God so loved you that he gave his only son Jesus to die for you. He went to hell he paid for your sin in full. He resurrected with the keys of authority over death hell and the grave in his hand.
You can choose Jesus. You can believe on him and receive eternal life.
Today is the day of salvation. Will you choose him today? Will you choose life and heaven?
Say yes to Jesus. Time is running out.

One Family

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With all of the racial tension that has been stirring in our nation, I felt it necessary to do my part to promote unity. I especially want to promote unity within the body of Christ. What we are witnessing is nothing less than prophecy fulfilled. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus looked through time and sees this day we are living in. He warns specifically not to be deceived. There are many voices of deception. There are a few people who would try to convince the masses that Americans are filled with racial hatred. Although there are some who are full of hatred and violence, I tend to believe that they are a smaller group than portrayed by the media and that they do not represent the viewpoints of most Americans. As the end of time approaches the Bible is very clear, that the darkness will become darker and the violent will become more violent. The offended will become more offended, the deceived man will go on deceiving. Greed and selfishness, rebellion and perversion shall increase. Sin will surely abound, but God’s grace, (His enabling power) shall always increase to a greater degree than the sin opposition of our day. When darkness falls heavy on the people, the light of God’s anointed men and women must arise.
So here it is. I’m just a small town preacher, this may never get more than a few likes from close friends and family. But I have seen the power of social media. If we will join together our voice will be strengthened. We are all from different cultures and backgrounds, but as for me I will stand with my brothers and sisters of all colors and all races. We are all “One Family” in Christ Jesus.

Share this post and image I created if you agree. Let’s let the rest of America know where we stand and that we do not stand alone.

Pastor Andy Loos
Liberty Church
Coshocton Ohio & Howard Ohio
LibertyChurchOH.com

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The faith dimension

The faith dimension
Dimension- a property of measurable space.

We are living in a three dimensional world. Everything is measured by length width and depth

There is a fourth dimension

Scientists have been trying to study this dimension, they call it quantum physics. It is the behavior of molecules at an atomic level. A dimension of phenomenon sometimes things happen that cannot be measured through normal scientific measurements.

Illustration – the gathering of photons when acted upon by exterior energy.
Illustration- light absorbed, transferred, and reflected.

Scientists will not be able to comprehend This dimension without the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

I would like to refer to this dimension as the faith dimension.

Faith- The deep conviction of the infallible word of God.

Faith nutrition- what feeds your Faith? The word of God.

Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith activation- what makes faith work? Hope is what puts your faith in action.

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hope – The painted picture of God’s vision on your heart

Faith impartation-how can you pass it on? Talk it, pray it, live it

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

There can be a passing down of generational curses. In the same manner there is the possibility of passing down generational blessing. Spiritual gifts that reside in you may very likely be caught by your children.

This Present Judgment

This Present Judgment

Often times when we hear the word judgment and we think about an event that will take place that is called the Great White Throne Judgment. There will be a day of final Judgment. When God will judge once and for all the living and the dead. But there are judgments that are happening at this present time. These Judgments are made in the dispensation of Grace and will soon be followed by final judgments made in the outpouring of God’s wrath.

1. Self-Judgment

a. Search your own heart under the direct guidance of the Lord and be willing to change as God reveals impurities and imperfections. (1 John 3:19-24; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32; 1 Corinthians 4:1-4)

2. Discipline Judgment of God

a. (1 Corinthians 3:12-17; Hebrews 12:6-11 )

3. Righteous Judging the Righteous

a. God judges those outside of the church but the righteous are to judge among themselves. (1 Corinthians 5; Hebrews 13:7, 17)

4. The continual Judgment of the wicked (John 3:18; Psalm 7:11-13)

Philippians 3:17,18 (AMP)
Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set you. For there are many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, who walk (live) as enemies of the cross of Christ, the Anointed One.

There is the pattern of the ungodly and the Pattern of the righteous. Worldly pattern and a heavenly. A pattern of Christ and the pattern of antichrist.

Pattern: an observable characteristic or behavior of a person, group, or institution.

One of the responsibilities of the righteous are to lead the ungodly into the truth.

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

The scarcely saved is not meaning that they are barely living for Jesus…you cannot be righteous and barely living right. You’re not kind of saved. This idea that you can have one foot in the world and the other in the kingdom is a lie. Your either wicked or righteous, saved or damned,

No this is talking about the judgment that will come on the world. It will start in the house of God and then move into the rest of the world. At the last possible minute the righteous are saved from the destruction. There is a lot the people of God had to endure but in God’s people had to endure such how much greater will the judgment be upon those that are ungodly.

Philippians 3:10-11 (AMP)
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know him. That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding [the wonders of His person] more strongly and more clearly. And that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers]; and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

Never Ashamed

Never Ashamed

Romans 10:11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1. For God will keep His Word

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.( firmly fixed, stands secure , set up and established ).

* when God says something you don’t have to wonder if he is ready to act upon it. If he said it, everything that is needed is all ready prepared set up and in order to make good on what he said.

Isaiah 55:8-11 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

2Timothy 1:8. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

2. For Glory out ways Afflictions

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The Lord Doesn’t promise and easy life with no trials- faith that is not tested can not be trusted.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

3. For Truth empowers freedom

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The word (make) is a progressive word. It means it empowers time and time again.

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word becomes a sword when it comes from your mouth. It is the blessing of the Lord. It empowers to prosper.

Psalms 118:17

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Whatever situation you are facing God has given you his word. If you speak and declare by faith the word of the Lord, you release the blessing of God into your situation. The word empowers your situation to turn around for your good. The word causes freedom.

The sword of the Spirit is your only offensive weapon in your arsenal. You only need one. Because the word is versatile. It can be used towards many different situations and it is unlimited it supply. You cannot exhaust the power in the word of God.

…So I know that what I’m going through is hard to handle. The suffering of this trial seems overwhelming. But I serve a God who speaks his word and is ready to act upon it. And I know that the suffering that I am facing right now cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed in me. So I will speak the word of the Lord with boldness and confidence. For he is not a liar and he will work for me. And as I speak this word it will empower my situation to change for my good. And his word shall make me free once again.

Romans 4:17(as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.