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Trusting God with Your Finances

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June 17, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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Trusting God with Your Finances

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  • by the partners and friends of Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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  • Creflo Dollar: When it comes to your finances,
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  • I want you to ask yourself this question,
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  • do I trust money more than I trust God?
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  • Now, that's a huge question, ladies and gentlemen,
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  • but it's one everybody needs to answer.
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  • It's so important that you trust God to lead you where everything
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  • is concerned, including your finances.
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  • As you watch this broadcast today,
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  • expect the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where
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  • you're placing your trust.
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  • Stick around.
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  • female: There's going to be something that's going to be
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  • benefiting me, that's happening in the body of Christ.
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  • I want to be present.
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  • female: And in all honesty, my faith has gone from like here
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  • and I thought I had faith to like I can't,
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  • I can't explain how far it's gone.
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  • This is your world, so let's vow
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  • to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know your
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  • love is here to stay.
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  • Oh, it's time we live a new life.
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  • Oh, let his love shine bright in you.
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  • Oh, we're saved by his grace, so we embrace
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  • your love today, we are changed.
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  • Creflo: Come on, give the Lord a hilarious,
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  • God bless you to and just thank him so much for what he does.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Amen.
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  • You may be seated.
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  • I wanted to take tonight and just really drop some things
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  • here and there before I actually get started.
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  • I'm ultimately wanting to show what the spirit of mammon is
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  • and how it shows up, how it's stealth.
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  • In other words, you can't see it sometimes.
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  • And sometimes, people don't even know when they are under the
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  • demonic influence of mammon.
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  • The approach where finances are concerned,
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  • I think we kind of miss it sometimes because there is just
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  • no scenario in our lives where you're going to experience
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  • increase without understanding how vital a personal
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ is.
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  • This is not taking principles and then saying,
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  • "Well, I'm going to execute these principles and then God's
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  • gonna bless me physically and financially."
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  • That's not what this--that's not what it is.
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  • You've taken it, and in a sense, you've made it carnal,
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  • and you're trying to apply it.
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  • I've seen some preachers try to take some of the same principles
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  • that the world uses and think you can bring that over to the
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  • kingdom, and it doesn't work that way.
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  • There's some truth to that but happens when
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  • everything breaks out.
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  • I'm talking about when there's nothing around and God is still
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  • doing what he promised to do.
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  • And there is just nothing that where increase is concerned,
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  • that's going to operate in your life if you ignore a personal,
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  • intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
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  • And so, you know, we're talking about conquering
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  • the financial realm.
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  • I guess the first place I want to start is the fact that,
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  • you know I asked the Lord, "All right,
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  • how do I dominate the financial realm?"
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  • He says, "Like you do every other realm."
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  • He said, "This is--you know, when I gave,
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  • when I gave you dominion and authority,
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  • it didn't mean you have dominion and authority over
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  • demons, devils, circumstances
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  • and situations, but not finances."
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  • Okay, so it's not this unique thing because we think that the
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  • financial realm, we think it is, you know,
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  • the number one most important thing in the kingdom,
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  • and in reality, it is the least.
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  • In fact, it's at the bottom line as far as importance.
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  • It's the--now, now, please don't misunderstand.
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  • It's important for you to have it, but where your faith
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  • is concerned, it's the least in the kingdom of God.
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  • And somehow between today and Thursday,
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  • I want to show you that there is a connection between your
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  • faithfulness where money is concerned and everything else.
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  • Why is that you hear testimonies,
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  • I gave, and the next day they got healed?
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  • Or I gave and that person got delivered?
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  • There is a connection between faithfulness in your giving,
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  • trusting God where giving and receiving is concerned
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  • and everything else.
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  • Now, I took years for me to do this.
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  • I was accused of that over the years,
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  • saying, "Well, you know, you mean to tell me that your money,
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  • what your money got to do with your healing?"
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  • Well, this week I'mma show you.
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  • It's vital.
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  • Your money has--and in fact, I will tell you that if you're
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  • not--if you can't, if you can't trust God where giving and
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  • receiving is concerned, neither you will trust him to heal you.
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  • It's connected.
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  • If you can't trust God where giving and receiving is
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  • concerned--it talks about the true riches.
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  • And the Bible says, "The blessings of
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  • the Lord maketh rich."
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  • The blessing in on the line because you can't even trust him
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  • with the least in the kingdom of God,
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  • and the least in the kingdom of God is money.
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  • I think I'll go ahead and go to Luke 16,
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  • and we'll deal with this
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  • dominion stuff a little bit later.
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  • Go to Luke 16.
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  • Let's immediately jump into this because this is something that
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  • we've, you know, danced around all of it,
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  • you know, for quite some time, the money-life issue,
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  • and we kind of separate money from everything else.
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  • We believe God as our source for all other issues but we
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  • want to be our source for financial issues,
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  • and that's the problem.
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  • It's when you make your sort--when you become the source
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  • of you financial issues, you trust God to heal you of a
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  • situation that there's no answer for in life,
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  • but when it comes to finances,
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  • "God, I'll trust you for to heal my marriage but
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  • I got this with my finances."
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  • And that's why you have to have an intimate relationship with
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  • God where your relationship with God doesn't separate your
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  • financial issues from your other life issues,
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  • and you got to pull those together.
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  • Now, let's look at Luke 16, I want to start at verse 1.
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  • I want to set in context, because if you don't see this
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  • in context, you'll continue to read it out of context,
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  • and it will be read wrong, okay?
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  • Context is the key.
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  • I mean, listen, every Scripture that's taken out of the context,
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  • you also take it out of its definition,
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  • and you also take it out of its application.
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  • You may take a Scripture and use it for other things,
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  • and it may be inspiring, but it also may just mean that's
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  • not what Jesus meant.
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  • You just took it out of the context because the application
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  • of the Scripture is based in the context that you find
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  • the Scripture in.
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  • So that you may lift it out and there may be a level of truth
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  • with what you're doing, but even before you lift it out,
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  • you need to make sure, allow the context to define that Scripture
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  • so that you won't create something,
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  • call it revelation, and then run on with it and never find out
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  • the intent of why he said it in the first place.
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  • So the application, the application of any Scripture
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  • is based on the content--context that it
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  • is discovered or found in.
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  • Now, so to lift it out of context immediately,
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  • ooh that's, that's going to be kind of scary because now you
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  • take a risk, you run a risk of going down the wrong place.
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  • It's like you're flying an airplane.
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  • If you're one degree off, just one,
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  • if you continue to go that way, you're going to get farther and
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  • farther away from your destination.
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  • That's what's literally happened,
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  • where this teaching of finances is concerned.
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  • We got one degree off and we started basing our finances only
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  • on principle and not on relationship.
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  • Finances are not based only on principles.
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  • Like I told you, that's the heading.
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  • It's based on relationship.
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  • It based on God saying, "You know what?
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  • I declare you righteous.
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  • You're righteous because I said so," and we put ourselves in the
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  • place where we can allow the context to establish the truth,
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  • and you see the grace and the truth within the context of it,
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  • and you get that first and then God can take ya and show ya all
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  • of the different other areas that it can touch.
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  • If you understand that, say "Amen."
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  • All right, now, look at verse 1.
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  • "And he said all--he said also unto his disciples,
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  • 'There was a certain rich man.'"
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  • Now, certain rich man meant that this,
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  • this actually happened.
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  • He actually existed.
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  • "There was a certain rich man which had a steward,
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  • and the same was accused unto him that
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  • he had wasted his goods."
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  • So let's talk about what a steward is.
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  • Okay, we're sons of God but there's still a level of
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  • stewardship that sons begin to show.
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  • You know, I'mma--you know when my father was alive,
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  • there was still a certain level of honor and management over
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  • certain things that he would give me,
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  • that even as a son I wanted to be responsible for.
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  • Now, a stewardship as a manager over the property or the wealth
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  • of another person, as a manager, he does not or should not be
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  • making decisions with stuff that he doesn't own, all right?
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  • Now, we understand that but the church moves stewardship that
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  • one degree and they kind of started defining stewardship as,
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  • let me pause, sheepship.
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  • You see why I paused, don't you?
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  • And so, what happens is so we know God,
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  • God speaks to us and he says--you know,
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  • you're going to God 'cause you have a
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  • relationship with him, right?
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  • And God said, "I want you to get this carpet," and you know,
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  • that's the most expensive carpet in the store,
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  • but I mean he says, "I want you to get this carpet."
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  • So now, you find something that looks like that carpet and it's
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  • much cheaper than that and you come back and say,
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  • "Hey man, I want to show you my stewardship.
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  • I'm a good steward.
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  • I just saved you an extra hundred thousand dollars."
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  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
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  • That's not stewardship.
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  • Just 'cause you got something for a cheaper price doesn't
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  • means it's stewardship.
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  • What makes it stewardship is, is that you got your
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  • instructions from the owner, why?
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  • Because the owner says, "I'm the one paying for it.
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  • I didn't ask you to go and dumb this down,
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  • or make it cheaper and then brag on you being a steward."
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  • You're just a manager who decided to do what you wanted
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  • to do instead of doing what God wanted to do.
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  • So that's one of things you have to check as a minister.
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  • Am I doing what I want to do or am I doing what God wants to do?
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  • Am I doing what I want to do and then trying
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  • to beg God to pay for it?
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  • And so, you can't even get, you can't even get God to bless the
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  • cheap thing because he's like, "That's, that's not my heart.
  • 00:12:36.020 --> 00:12:40.050
  • You're trying to get me to bless your desire and I want my
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  • desire to be fulfilled."
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  • And it's like, you know, there is provision but you know,
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  • you can't go create your own little thing and then try to
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  • get me to finance it.
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  • So, in your relationship with God,
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  • am I doing what you want me to do,
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  • or am I doing what I want to do, or am I operating
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  • in discontentment?
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  • Okay, let's talk about that for a moment.
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  • What's--how do you compare contentment with discontentment
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  • because the Bible, the Bible says--and he talks about
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  • godliness plus contentment equals great gain.
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  • How many of you want great gain?
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  • All right, so we're talking about godliness
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  • plus being content.
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  • Now, we talk about the contentment part,
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:40.080
  • but we don't spend a lot of time talking about discontentment.
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  • And discontentment in the life of a person does this,
  • 00:13:43.160 --> 00:13:46.280
  • discontentment views everything from a horizontal position or
  • 00:13:46.290 --> 00:13:53.060
  • from a horizontal perspective.
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  • Discontentment from a horizontal perspective is always looking to
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  • people on that same perspective.
  • 00:14:01.130 --> 00:14:04.200
  • And what happens?
  • 00:14:04.210 --> 00:14:06.070
  • You see where you are and then you co-compare yourself with
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:09.070
  • some people right there and you look down the line and you say,
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:12.100
  • "Well, here's where I am but there's where they are."
  • 00:14:12.110 --> 00:14:16.040
  • And you know what, you know what happens on that level
  • 00:14:16.050 --> 00:14:18.050
  • of discontentment?
  • 00:14:18.060 --> 00:14:19.150
  • You're always going to be looking at somebody else,
  • 00:14:19.160 --> 00:14:22.260
  • and it's always going to say to you about yourself,
  • 00:14:22.270 --> 00:14:26.000
  • "Not enough."
  • 00:14:26.010 --> 00:14:28.110
  • You're always going to view where you are,
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:29.220
  • "It's not enough.
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  • It's not enough."
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  • Because you're in discontentment, it's not enough.
  • 00:14:32.130 --> 00:14:34.190
  • And I think that's what happened to a lot of preachers?
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  • You're thinking that you're being inspired to go to the next
  • 00:14:36.260 --> 00:14:40.020
  • level, when in actuality it may just be discontentment because
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:43.090
  • you keep comparing what God called you to do,
  • 00:14:43.100 --> 00:14:46.070
  • what God told you to do, and where you are with the next
  • 00:14:46.080 --> 00:14:48.130
  • person that you could see on that line.
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:51.070
  • And you've got to grow up and stop comparing yourself amongst
  • 00:14:51.080 --> 00:14:54.220
  • yourself because every time you compare yourself amongst
  • 00:14:54.230 --> 00:14:57.050
  • yourself, you limit God.
  • 00:14:57.060 --> 00:15:00.040
  • But contentment operates on the vertical line,
  • 00:15:00.050 --> 00:15:05.100
  • and contentment says, rather than me looking in this
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  • horizontal line from side to side,
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  • and always seeing from side to side not enough,
  • 00:15:11.290 --> 00:15:14.180
  • not enough, I look on the vertical line and here's what I
  • 00:15:14.190 --> 00:15:18.090
  • am seeing, watch this, "I look on the vertical line and I keep
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:21.000
  • seeing God, 'Enough.'
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  • I look on the vertical line, 'Enough.'
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  • And no matter what's going on in the ministry,
  • 00:15:24.190 --> 00:15:26.090
  • I keep looking on the vertical line, 'Enough.'"
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  • In other words, he becomes the source for
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:32.060
  • whatever needs to happen in your life and ministry.
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  • You're not looking at what everybody is doing in ministry.
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:38.020
  • You're paying attention to God so he can keep you focused on
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  • what he's calling you to do.
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  • So what does that do?
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  • That sets you free from image setting.
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  • That sets you free from yourself.
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  • When you compared yourself with somebody else,
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:55.180
  • when you compare your ministry with somebody else,
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  • not understanding, it's not even fair,
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:16:00.050
  • not understanding what God's called you to do and the way God
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:03.070
  • calls you to do it, and how God calls you to do it,
  • 00:16:03.080 --> 00:16:05.070
  • and you compare yourself with somebody else,
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:07.020
  • now becomes an image race.
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:08.130
  • And now, you're working real hard where they're doing this,
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:11.100
  • well, we need to be doing this too.
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:12.280
  • And then, you know, here's the big famous one,
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:15.090
  • "Well, if God can do it for them,
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  • he can do it for me."
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  • You've got to become a lot more secure in yourself,
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.070
  • and secure in what God has called you do,
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:23.110
  • and secure in the vision that God's called you do and become
  • 00:16:23.120 --> 00:16:27.090
  • content with that vision and know that whatever God calls
  • 00:16:27.100 --> 00:16:31.010
  • you to do, look at from the vertical line, he's enough.
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  • He's enough.
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  • God called you to get this building that costs millions
  • 00:16:36.110 --> 00:16:38.070
  • of dollars; he's enough.
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:39.290
  • And what happens?
  • 00:16:40.000 --> 00:16:41.090
  • You live in a level of peace that will sustain you God while
  • 00:16:41.100 --> 00:16:45.030
  • doing the work and making the thing happen in ways it needs
  • 00:16:45.040 --> 00:16:48.260
  • to happen, and you're not a mess.
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:50.260
  • Your emotions are not all over the place.
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:52.210
  • And your negative emotions, you know,
  • 00:16:52.220 --> 00:16:54.280
  • negative--I don't need to really get into that,
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:57.110
  • this sermon I'm preaching here.
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  • but you allow your emotions to be out of control,
  • 00:16:58.250 --> 00:17:01.050
  • the more you allow your emotions to be out of control,
  • 00:17:01.060 --> 00:17:03.250
  • the farther you get away from the blessings of God and the
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:06.170
  • designed place that God wants you to be.
  • 00:17:06.180 --> 00:17:09.090
  • And I'm telling you, when you're comparing yourself on the
  • 00:17:09.100 --> 00:17:10.230
  • horizontal, you're setting yourself up for your emotions to
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:13.280
  • move you farther and farther away from the plan that God
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:16.160
  • has for your life.
  • 00:17:16.170 --> 00:17:18.090
  • This is about relationship.
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  • This is not about the cash balance in the bank,
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  • because God will contradict the cash balance in the bank.
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  • When he tells you to do something,
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  • you figure out how to do it and you look vertically so he can
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:31.160
  • speak to your heart.
  • 00:17:31.170 --> 00:17:33.070
  • But if you keep playing these games,
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:34.200
  • trying to be like the world--I can't stand it when I hear
  • 00:17:34.210 --> 00:17:37.200
  • people say--they try to justify the blessings of God and they
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:41.230
  • say, "Well," and then they use,
  • 00:17:41.240 --> 00:17:43.030
  • "Well, the rap singers have this, and that person."
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  • You're not a rap singer.
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  • Don't compare yourself with what they have.
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  • And you know, that's image.
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  • That's all image stuff.
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  • It's this fear that my image is in jeopardy of being ignored
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  • because I'm not like the person on the same horizontal line,
  • 00:18:01.170 --> 00:18:05.190
  • and you got to get over that.
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  • This is about relationship.
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  • You're in this for the relationship.
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  • If you're in the ministry for any other reason except
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:14.240
  • relationship, get ready to fall.
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  • It's about the relationship.
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  • Relationship and people. That's it.
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  • It's not I'm in a ministry to be whatever your
  • 00:18:24.040 --> 00:18:28.030
  • image objectives are.
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  • It's about relationship and people.
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  • Bless the people, the church will grow.
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  • Forget about church growth, get into church health,
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  • and when your church is healthy, it'll grow all by itself,
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  • and you'll have the money to do everything
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  • that God called you to do.
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:46.020
  • Now, Taffi and I have not, too many times,
  • 00:18:46.030 --> 00:18:48.220
  • well, you know we don't have these gigantic testimonies about
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:54.060
  • God showing up with $20 million dollars in the nick of time.
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:58.080
  • But here's what we do know, it just always worked out.
  • 00:18:58.090 --> 00:19:05.200
  • It little bit this and that, and that,
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:08.110
  • and just focused on what he calls us to do,
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:10.240
  • and then you look up; it worked out.
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:13.090
  • And it just--it keeps working out,
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:15.280
  • and it just keeps working out.
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  • I believe that's called living by the blessing.
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  • I don't want no financial miracle all of my life.
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  • I want to learn how to live by the blessing and not have to
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:27.050
  • worry about where it's going to come from,
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:29.080
  • and just know that, you know, your 20 years go by,
  • 00:19:29.090 --> 00:19:32.210
  • your 30 years go by, your 40 years go by and you start having
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:35.090
  • a flashback, and you don't know the big thing that happened.
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:39.010
  • In fact, it's not the big thing that happens
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:40.250
  • just that one time.
  • 00:19:40.260 --> 00:19:42.060
  • I just want to have a consistent,
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:44.050
  • perpetual, walk in God's blessing so that no matter
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:47.270
  • what happens, it just always seems to work out.
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:54.130
  • Quit--how do you say it years ago?
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:56.160
  • Quit looking for the event and learn how
  • 00:19:56.170 --> 00:19:58.190
  • to discover the process.
  • 00:19:58.200 --> 00:20:02.150
  • What's the process?
  • 00:20:02.160 --> 00:20:04.020
  • And I believe that process starts with a personal,
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:07.020
  • intimate, daily relationship with the Holy Spirit who says,
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:12.290
  • "I know what you need before you even need it."
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:22.040
  • Now--okay, let's get back here.
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:23.260
  • So that's what's--meant a long way from
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:27.080
  • defining stewardship, huh?
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  • So a steward manages the goods of others and the same
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:32.140
  • was accused, this steward now, he was accused unto him that
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:38.100
  • he had wasted his master's goods.
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  • Verse 2.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.050
  • All of that, and we're just on verse 2.
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:47.190
  • "And he called him, and said unto him,
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:49.170
  • 'How is it that I hear this of thee?
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  • Give an account of thy stewardship.'"
  • 00:20:53.110 --> 00:20:57.160
  • Wow, what if, what if God were to one day
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:01.060
  • ever ask us to give an account of our stewardship?
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:04.140
  • It would be interesting to see how much of what you're doing
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:07.140
  • was what you wanted to do versus what he wanted you to do.
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  • Give account of your stewardship.
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:16.050
  • "For thou mayest be no longer a steward.
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  • So his job is in jeopardy.
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:21.250
  • Watch this, not only his job, 'cause I'mma show you,
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:23.270
  • this guy's fighting the same fight I see today, image.
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:27.230
  • He is concerned about how he gon' look.
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:31.050
  • So watch this, look at the next verse, verse 3.
  • 00:21:31.060 --> 00:21:35.100
  • He says, "Then the steward said within himself,
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.000
  • 'What shall I do?
  • 00:21:38.010 --> 00:21:39.230
  • For my lord taketh away from me the stewardship.'"
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:42.240
  • Kind of like an admission of guilt, right?
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  • "I cannot dig."
  • 00:21:45.170 --> 00:21:48.040
  • See, he's concerned about the image.
  • 00:21:48.050 --> 00:21:49.140
  • There was nothing physically wrong with him that would
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:52.160
  • prevent him or stop him from digging.
  • 00:21:52.170 --> 00:21:57.020
  • What he's saying is, "I can't let nobody see me digging.
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:22:01.090
  • I can't dig no ditch."
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:03.070
  • See, you're missing the whole thing.
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:04.180
  • Paul built tents.
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:06.100
  • See, that's locating an issue there.
  • 00:22:06.110 --> 00:22:08.180
  • "I cannot dig."
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:10.120
  • See, when you have a family, you have a wife,
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:12.280
  • you got things you got to do, if you're willing to do whatever
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:15.210
  • you need to do for the time, there's an honorable thing about
  • 00:22:15.220 --> 00:22:19.120
  • doing what you have to do, but there's something wrong with
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:22.130
  • after you've been in this position talking to God about
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:25.170
  • what you cannot do.
  • 00:22:25.180 --> 00:22:27.100
  • And if he told you do it, he's just trying to equip you for
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:30.050
  • something in the future.
  • 00:22:30.060 --> 00:22:31.190
  • And don't be so quick to talk about what you cannot do,
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:34.080
  • 'cause God might need you to go that route,
  • 00:22:34.090 --> 00:22:36.260
  • take that course, and then put you back in a place so he can
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:39.030
  • show you what to do later on, but you got to stop this thing
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:42.230
  • about telling God what you can and can't do.
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:46.240
  • Are you listening to what I'm saying?
  • 00:22:46.250 --> 00:22:50.140
  • "So the steward said unto himself, 'What shall I do?
  • 00:22:50.150 --> 00:22:54.020
  • for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship.'"
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:56.170
  • He says, "I cannot dig."
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:58.030
  • He said, "And to beg, I'm ashamed."
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  • You see, you see what's working here?
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:03.130
  • See, he should have thought about this before he mismanaged,
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:07.290
  • but now he's thinking about what's people going to think
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:12.030
  • about me because I cannot dig, and the shame.
  • 00:23:12.040 --> 00:23:14.180
  • Shame is, you know, the fear of somebody seeing who you are,
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:21.170
  • and it's like, "Wow, I'm not going to do that."
  • 00:23:21.180 --> 00:23:24.250
  • So he's dealing with this.
  • 00:23:24.260 --> 00:23:26.070
  • Now, look at verse 4, "I am resolved what to do."
  • 00:23:26.080 --> 00:23:29.150
  • So he thinks about, "Okay, I know what I'm going to do."
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:31.150
  • And he's still operating on a level of pride and arrogance.
  • 00:23:31.160 --> 00:23:35.210
  • "I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the
  • 00:23:35.220 --> 00:23:39.230
  • stewardship, they may receive me into their houses."
  • 00:23:39.240 --> 00:23:43.280
  • What's he talking about?
  • 00:23:43.290 --> 00:23:45.080
  • Look at verse 5, "So he called every one of his lord's debtors
  • 00:23:45.090 --> 00:23:48.280
  • unto him, and said unto the first,
  • 00:23:48.290 --> 00:23:52.210
  • 'How much owest thou unto my lord?'
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  • This is just so all wrong.
  • 00:23:55.230 --> 00:23:58.000
  • Look at where this guy is. You're a steward.
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:24:00.220
  • You're not supposed to call these guys until you've been
  • 00:24:00.230 --> 00:24:03.150
  • instructed to do so.
  • 00:24:03.160 --> 00:24:05.150
  • "And he said," unto them, 'A hundred measures of oil.'
  • 00:24:05.160 --> 00:24:10.110
  • And he said unto him, 'Take thy bill, and sit down quickly,
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:14.050
  • and write 50.'"
  • 00:24:14.060 --> 00:24:16.120
  • Now, one of the things I thought about, when the owner,
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:18.110
  • when you saw this, why didn't you just change it?
  • 00:24:18.120 --> 00:24:20.220
  • He's like, "I'm trying to honor the bill."
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  • The guy's done business with some people that I'm in business
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  • with, and I'm trying to honor the bill,
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  • even though it was done this way."
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  • "Take thy bill, sit down quickly, and write 50."
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  • All right, look at next verse, "Then said he to another,
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  • 'And how much oweth thou?'
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  • And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.'
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  • And he said unto him,
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  • 'Take thy bill; write fourscore.'"
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  • Now, how many of ya know this is not his money?
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  • He's using what he doesn't own, 'cause he's trying to set his
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  • self up, thinking that if I can do them a favor,
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  • then when I'm in need, they'll do me favor.
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