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?

Opening and closing the spiritual doors

Opening and closing the spiritual doors in your life.

Proverbs 8:34 ESV

Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors

doorway or gate way is a point of entry and exit

There are no one-way doors in the spirit that I know of.

If I were to mention one possible one-way door it would be the lake of fire. I’m not so sure that God just doesn’t set a time to close that door of the lake of fire where no man nor spirit will ever exit again
God can open doors that no man can shut and he can close doors that no man can open.

Doors of salvation
Doors of faith
Access into the doors of God’s promise
Doors into heaven
Doors or gates into hell

Doors to your spirit
Gateway into your mind

Accessible doors to the Holy Ghost into your life

The high place. At the place of a spiritual gate to the heavenlies.

Samuel lived in Rahma and was a frequent visitor of the Highplace
Elijah and the showdown with the prophets of bail and Asherah
1 kings
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1 Worship
2 prayer
3 sacrifice

Open a door on purpose.

Matthew 7:7 ESV

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

– Jesus is the door to eternal life.

John 10:9 ESV

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:1-42 ESV

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” …

-Door to sin and to demonic oppression and destruction.

Genesis 4:7 ESV

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

– Doors opening to personal fellowship with the Lord
Revelation 3:8 ESV

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

Revelation 3:20 ESV

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Psalm 24:7 ESV

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

– door opening to heaven.
Revelation 4:1 ESV

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

-your mouth is a Doorway of blessing or cursing
Psalm 141:3 ESV

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

– doorways Of ministry opportunity
1 Corinthians 16:8-9 ESV

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Face the music

Face The Music

Genesis 3
The fall of man

Genesis 3:7
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Prior to the sin of man in the garden Adam and Eve were not running around in only their birthday suits, they were in perfect fellowship with God and we’re covered by the glory of the Lord. A bright aura of light shown all about them as it does from the Lord. The same brightness that was on Moses’s face. The same brightness that shown from the face of Stephen. The same brightness that was on Jesus. To be covered in the glory of the Lord is to live life without shame.

After the fall in the garden man was very ashamed. The glory of the Lord was removed from them immediately they recognized a difference they were naked and ashamed.

1. Fig leaves represent man’s efforts to cover our shame. Our humanistic efforts. Though our efforts are great often celebrated and noteworthy they are futile and unproductive long term.

Fig leaves. Every person though they may be arrogant, some what conceded, and proud of some of their accomplishments, they recognize they are naked they try to flaunt their fig leaves so no one sees past and realizes how utterly depraved we are.

Depraved not just Deprived
Deprived – desperately lacking basic needs. Destitute and poverty stricken.

Although certain Sinful habits can cause you to be deprived. so

Depraved. – morally corrupt; wicked.
“a depraved indifference to human life”
synonyms: corrupt, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, immoral, unprincipled; More

Every person must come to the understanding that without Christ we are morally spiritually and otherwise totally depraved. We must stop masking our spiritual condition with humanistic efforts.

2. We must face the music.

Illustration : story face the music

We may be able to fake and deceive others but we can’t deceive ourselves and we can’t deceive God.

– We must understand that there is nothing good in us except that which has been brought to pass from God. – We must recognize our total reliance on God for success in every area of our life.

3. We must learn to pray, to be prayed up, and to mix prayer with our gift.

In every thing prayer suplication
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Prayer mixed with a gift gets something done

Story:in Japan. According to the old story, there was once a man in the imperial orchestra who couldn’t play a note. Because he was a wealthy person with great influence, he demanded that a place be given him in the group because he wanted to “perform” before the emperor. The old conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra and hold a flute, even though he couldn’t read a dot of music. When a concert would begin, he’d raise his instrument, pucker his lips, and move his fingers. He went through all the motions of playing, but never made a sound. This deception continued for two years.

Then the old conductor died, and a new conductor took over. He told the orchestra that he wanted to audition each player personally. One by one they performed in his presence. Then came the phony flutist’s turn. He was frantic with worry, so he pretended to be sick. However, the doctor who was ordered to examine him declared that he was perfectly well. The new conductor insisted that the man appear and demonstrate his skill. Shamefacedly he had to confess that he was a fake, a hypocrite. He wanted the prestige of being part of the orchestra, but since he never took the time to learn his instrument he was unable to “face the music.”