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Good Stewards

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September 9, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • after testimony, here at Gateway Church,
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  • of people who have gotten their finances in order
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  • and God has supernaturally blessed them.
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  • So, that's what I want you to hear.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're in a series called "Beyond Blessed",
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  • And, I want you to understand that this is so big
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  • and so many people miss this, and I'm trying to think of
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  • how I can say it to make the impact
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  • that I want this statement to make, all right?
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  • We know that when we give, God blesses us.
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  • That's just all through Scripture,
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  • and it's when we give with the right heart, obviously.
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  • If we're giving with a selfish motive,
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  • that's not gonna bring the blessing of God.
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  • That's not what God's trying to do in our heart.
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  • But when I wrote "The Blessed Life",
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  • we've talked about when we give and I talked about all of these
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  • testimonies about how God would bless.
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  • Here's what I want you to catch about "Beyond Blessed".
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  • In the very same way that God supernaturally blesses you
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  • when you give generously, in the very same way
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  • God supernaturally blesses you
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  • when you operate your finances according
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  • to biblical standards and stewardship.
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  • And, so many don't understand this.
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  • Please, please, please, please hear me.
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  • Please hear me on this.
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  • It's not just that the numbers add up.
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  • It's not just that you got on a budget
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  • and you're spending less in this column
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  • so you have more in this column.
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  • We have testimony after testimony after testimony,
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  • here at Gateway Church, of people who have gotten
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  • their finances in order and God has supernaturally blessed them.
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  • So, that's what I want you to hear.
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  • I want you to hear, because see, in the same way,
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  • we do want God's supernatural blessing on our finances,
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  • so when there's an opportunity to give,
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  • sometimes we give knowing, not in a bad way,
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  • but knowing that God's gonna bless us for giving.
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  • When you get your finances in order,
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  • there is a supernatural blessing from heaven.
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  • There's miraculous blessings that happen from heaven.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • I want you to know that, and I want you to just try it.
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  • Just try it and watch the supernatural happen.
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  • So, we're talking about "Good Stewards" this week,
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  • and I want to talk a little bit about ownership and stewardship,
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  • because this is a big issue for us
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  • to understand as believers.
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  • It will change everything in your life.
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  • I am overwhelmed right now with this burden.
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  • You can live with no financial stress.
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  • I'm talking about none.
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  • And it is one of the greatest places to live in the world,
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  • but it comes not from whether you have
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  • a lot of money in the bank or not.
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  • It comes whether in your heart you're the owner or the steward.
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  • Because, listen, it's like renting.
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  • Think about this, okay?
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  • If you're the renter, when stuff breaks,
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  • you just call the landlord.
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  • And think about that term even, the land-lord.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Who's the Lord of the land?
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  • See, what's great is when God owns it, He fixes it.
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  • When you own it, it causes you a whole bunch of stress.
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  • So I'm gonna read you this passage in Matthew 25,
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  • and here's what you need to know.
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  • It's the famous passage about God giving five talents,
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  • two talents, and one talent.
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  • Here's the only thing you've got to know,
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  • and I'll explain it later in the message.
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  • Talent here is talking about money.
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  • It is a sum of money.
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  • I can prove it theologically and historically. Okay?
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  • It is not talking about ability.
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  • And there are many people that say, well,
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  • some people have this much ability,
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  • some have this much ability.
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  • Okay, this talks about ability, but this is talking about
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  • a sum of money.
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  • This is a whole thing where God says I have given so much money
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  • to different people according to the ability that they have,
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  • and I expect money back.
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  • I expect a return on My investment.
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  • So you need to know, here's Jesus taking several verses
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  • talking about how we handle money, all right?
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  • So, Matthew 25:14.
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  • "For the kingdom of heaven is like..."
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  • I'm gonna stop a few times 'cause I'm eaten up
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  • with this burden for this message.
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  • This is Jesus talking.
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  • He knows what heaven's like, would you agree?
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  • This is the Son of God talking.
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  • And by the way, this is the eleventh time Jesus said,
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  • in the Book of Matthew,
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  • "For the kingdom of heaven is like..."
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  • "The kingdom of heaven is like..."
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  • It's a great study, by the way.
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  • There are eleven of them. This is the eleventh one.
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  • It starts in Matthew 13, by the way, all right.
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  • "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man,"
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  • that's Jesus: "traveling to a far country,
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  • who called his own servants,"
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  • that's believers, Christians: "and delivered,"
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  • watch this very carefully: "his goods to them."
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  • Just a question you can all answer out loud,
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  • whose goods are they?
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  • Okay, let's remember that.
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  • "And to one he gave five talents..." --
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  • now that's a sum of money.
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  • I'll tell you exactly how much money He gives in just a moment.
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  • "To another two, to another one."
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  • Now, why would He do that? It doesn't sound fair.
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  • Here's why.
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  • "To each according to his own ability..." --
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  • how much ability the person had.
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  • "And immediately he went on a journey.
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  • Then he who had received the five talents went
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  • and traded with them."
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  • The word "traded" here means to do business.
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  • It literally means to enact business, a business,
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  • to do business.
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  • He did business with them, "and he made another five talents.
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  • Likewise, he who had received two gained two more also.
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  • But he who had received one went and dug it in the ground,
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  • and hid..." -- watch, "his lord's money."
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  • Not his money, his lord's money.
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  • "After a long time, the lord of those servants came
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  • and settled accounts with them."
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  • Did you know that Jesus is going to come back
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  • and one of the things He's going to do
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  • is He's going to see how you handled His money?
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  • His money, that's part of it.
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  • "Settled accounts with them..." --
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  • and I'm gonna show you in a minute that it's money,
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  • okay, it's clear.
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  • "So he who had received five talents came
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  • and brought five other talents, saying,
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  • "Lord, you delivered to me five talents;
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  • look, I have gained five more talents besides them."
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  • His lord said to him, "Well done, good
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  • and faithful servant." Look at me just for a moment.
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  • Have you ever heard that phrase?
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  • Does everyone say that's what I want to hear Jesus say?
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  • This is the only place it's in the Bible,
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  • and it's talking about money.
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  • The people who hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant",
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  • from the Lord, are the people who are good stewards.
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  • I know I'm shocking you all.
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  • I can just feel the -- I just don't know about this.
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  • I do. [laughter]
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  • I've studied this.
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  • He is talking about money, and the people that hear this
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  • are the good stewards.
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  • Are you all with me? This is amazing.
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  • Okay, the way you've handled your money -- pardon me,
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  • the way you handled His money so far, is He gonna say,
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  • "Well done, good and faithful servant?" Okay.
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  • "Well done, good and faithful servant;
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  • you have been faithful over a few things,
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  • I will make you ruler over many things.
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  • Enter into the joy of your lord."
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  • He also who had received two talents came and said,
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  • "Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look,
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  • I have gained two more talents besides them."
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  • His lord said to him, "Well done, good
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  • and faithful servant."
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  • Notice, by the way, it's not how much,
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  • it's how much according to your ability.
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  • Okay, so in other words, a person who makes a small amount
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  • can get the same "well done" as a person who makes
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  • a large amount, as long as you do it according to your ability.
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  • "You have been faithful over a few things,
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  • I will make you ruler over many things.
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  • Enter into the joy of your lord."
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  • Then he who had received the one talent came and said,
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  • "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man."
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  • My understanding of you is you're a hard man.
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  • There's a lot of people that think that about God.
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  • "Reaping where you have not sown,
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  • and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
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  • And I was afraid."
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  • Fear is what drove him.
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  • So, he was never generous, never a good steward.
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  • "And I went and hid your talent..." --
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  • remember, talent is a sum of money, "in the ground.
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  • Look, there you have what is yours."
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  • But his lord answered and said to him,
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  • "You're a wicked and a lazy servant."
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  • This is a person who was not a good steward.
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  • "You knew that I reap where I have not sown,
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  • and gather where I have not scattered seed.
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  • So you ought to have at least,"
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  • or you ought to have deposited..." --
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  • now watch, "my money."
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  • I told you He was talking about money.
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  • This is in red.
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  • This is Jesus.
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  • I just wanted you all to know. Some of you might be shocked.
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  • Jesus used the word "money", and He called it His money.
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  • "So you ought to have at least deposited my money
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  • with the bankers, and at my coming..."
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  • at my coming -- a lot of good theology in here:
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  • "I would have received back my own with interest.
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  • So take the talent from him, and give it to him
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  • who has ten talents..." --
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  • the guy who will do somethin' with it.
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  • "For to everyone who has, more will be given,
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  • "And he will have abundance; but from him who does not have,
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  • even what he has will be taken away."
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  • Okay, let me give you just a definition, if you wanted one,
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  • of stewardship.
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  • This is my own definition.
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  • I didn't find this in a dictionary,
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  • so there's probably a better one,
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  • but it's the management of the property of another.
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  • The management of the property of another.
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  • Alright. So, three points, one is going to build on last week.
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  • Here's number one, I am not the owner.
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  • I am not the owner.
  • 00:11:13.110 --> 00:11:14.160
  • Last week I read Psalm 24, "The earth is the Lord's,
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:17.020
  • the fullness thereof, and all of the people who dwell in it."
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:19.210
  • I also read Psalm 50, where He said,
  • 00:11:19.240 --> 00:11:21.090
  • "I own the cattle on a thousand hills, I own the hills also."
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:24.010
  • And I want to just go back to one there, Psalm 50:12.
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  • "If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
  • 00:11:27.220 --> 00:11:31.000
  • for the world is Mine..."
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  • Okay, I just like that because of this.
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  • Here's what I think He's saying.
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  • If I were hungry, I'd eat one of My cows.
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  • Even if they're on your land, they're My cows.
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  • They're My deer, they're My fish,
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  • they're My chickens, My eggs.
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  • If I'm hungry, I'm going to eat one of My animals,
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  • or one of My vegetables.
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  • You know, I'll eat My tomatoes, My cauliflower, My broccoli.
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  • Mine, it's Mine.
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  • It's all God's.
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  • God owns it all!
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:06.070
  • I showed you some Scripture, Old Testament.
  • 00:12:06.100 --> 00:12:07.190
  • Let me show you one in the New Testament.
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  • 1 Corinthians 10:26, "For the earth is the Lord's
  • 00:12:09.050 --> 00:12:12.290
  • and all it contains."
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  • All it contains!
  • 00:12:15.000 --> 00:12:17.030
  • How many of you ladies, either a ring, necklace, pendant,
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:22.110
  • earring, bracelet, I don't know --
  • 00:12:22.140 --> 00:12:23.240
  • how many of you ladies have a diamond?
  • 00:12:23.270 --> 00:12:26.200
  • Can I see your hand at every campus? Okay.
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  • That diamond came from God's coal.
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:34.170
  • The metal that you drove to church today,
  • 00:12:34.200 --> 00:12:40.270
  • whether it's a Mercedes or a Chevy,
  • 00:12:41.000 --> 00:12:43.230
  • it came from God's ore and His minerals.
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:47.280
  • That's where that metal came from.
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:50.100
  • The clothes you're wearing came from God's plants.
  • 00:12:50.130 --> 00:12:55.160
  • The house you live in - the wood, the stone, the brick,
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:59.030
  • every bit of it came from God's earth.
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:02.250
  • If you have a pearl, it's because one of God's oysters
  • 00:13:02.280 --> 00:13:05.100
  • got irritated by some sand.
  • 00:13:05.130 --> 00:13:08.000
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:08.030 --> 00:13:12.170
  • Can you imagine us saying that anything belongs to us,
  • 00:13:14.060 --> 00:13:20.290
  • and how God would feel?
  • 00:13:21.020 --> 00:13:23.190
  • By the way, the paper that your money is printed on
  • 00:13:23.220 --> 00:13:27.260
  • came from God's trees.
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  • He owns every one of them.
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  • God's the owner.
  • 00:13:32.070 --> 00:13:33.160
  • You know what I think we have?
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:36.180
  • I think we have a teenager problem.
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:41.040
  • Now, not all teenagers go through this,
  • 00:13:41.070 --> 00:13:45.000
  • but most of them do, okay?
  • 00:13:45.030 --> 00:13:47.070
  • If you have a teenager or have ever had a teenager,
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:50.150
  • you have had this thought at some point in your life --
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  • this is not your house.
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:55.250
  • [Laughter]
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  • Haven't you?
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:01.040
  • This is not your house, young man.
  • 00:14:01.070 --> 00:14:05.250
  • You're on loan.
  • 00:14:05.280 --> 00:14:09.090
  • You're leaving pretty soon, and it's just your mother and I,
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:12.290
  • and we're not going to be crying, either.
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:15.040
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:17.080
  • We're havin' a party!
  • 00:14:17.110 --> 00:14:20.070
  • We liked it when it was just us, and we're going to be happy
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:22.090
  • when it's just us again.
  • 00:14:22.120 --> 00:14:27.220
  • But what's the problem with a teenager?
  • 00:14:27.250 --> 00:14:29.270
  • We talked about this: childhood, adolescence, adulthood.
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  • You've got a person that has not transitioned to adulthood yet.
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:36.290
  • How many teenagers does God have?
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:46.190
  • All of us.
  • 00:14:46.220 --> 00:14:47.200
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:14:47.230 --> 00:14:50.160
  • Listen, do you know the transition when you go from
  • 00:14:50.190 --> 00:14:53.270
  • being childhood, adolescence, to adulthood in the kingdom?
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:57.020
  • I'm going to tell you exactly what it is.
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:59.030
  • When you learn to be a good steward and when you realize
  • 00:14:59.060 --> 00:15:01.100
  • it's not yours, it's His.
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:04.170
  • Otherwise you're still a teenager,
  • 00:15:04.200 --> 00:15:06.020
  • and you think that even though you're living in His house,
  • 00:15:06.050 --> 00:15:08.220
  • it's your house.
  • 00:15:08.250 --> 00:15:13.080
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:15:13.110 --> 00:15:15.120
  • It's God's!
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:17.140
  • It's God. God owns it all.
  • 00:15:17.170 --> 00:15:19.270
  • By the way, it says after a long time the owner came back
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  • and settled accounts.
  • 00:15:25.010 --> 00:15:26.190
  • I just want to remind all of you,
  • 00:15:26.220 --> 00:15:28.050
  • the Owner's coming back and He's going to settle accounts.
  • 00:15:28.080 --> 00:15:32.070
  • So, number one, I'm not the owner.
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:33.290
  • Here's number two, I am a steward.
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  • I am a steward.
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  • Do you realize God started the whole thing with stewardship?
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:41.060
  • Adam and Eve.
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.180
  • He said, y'all can live here and you can tend it.
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  • You can tend and you can work this garden,
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  • but that tree right there, you cannot eat
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:52.160
  • from that tree right there.
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:54.030
  • You know what He was trying to say?
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  • Every time you walk by that tree,
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:56.290
  • I want you to remember who the Owner is.
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  • I'm the Owner.
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  • Do you know in essence what Satan told them?
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  • Remember he said He didn't want you to eat
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  • 'cause you'll be like Him?
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:08.220
  • Here's what he said - you'll be an owner then.
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:13.110
  • You won't be the steward anymore,
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:14.170
  • you'll get to be the owner.
  • 00:16:14.200 --> 00:16:17.170
  • And God said, no, you don't even get to live here anymore
  • 00:16:17.200 --> 00:16:21.160
  • if you don't understand that I'm the Owner.
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  • It all started with stewardship.
  • 00:16:24.040 --> 00:16:25.110
  • By the way, do you know this is why evolutionists
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:27.100
  • hate creationism?
  • 00:16:27.130 --> 00:16:29.010
  • Because if there's an Owner, that means He owns them, too,
  • 00:16:29.040 --> 00:16:34.170
  • and He does.
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  • There is an Owner.
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  • He owns the world and everybody.
  • 00:16:37.220 --> 00:16:38.240
  • Okay, so let me tell you about a talent.
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:40.060
  • A talent is a sum of money.
  • 00:16:40.090 --> 00:16:42.230
  • I'll tell you and then I'll have to break it down for you.
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  • It is 10.000 denarii. Okay?
  • 00:16:45.150 --> 00:16:48.170
  • A denarius is a day's wage.
  • 00:16:48.200 --> 00:16:52.290
  • Denarius is singular, denarii is plural.
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  • It'd be like octopus and octopi. Okay?
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:17:01.000
  • So, if you went snorkeling and saw two,
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:05.220
  • you wouldn't say I saw two octopuses,
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:07.240
  • you'd say I saw two octopi. [laughter]
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:11.210
  • Just helping you, okay?
  • 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:15.230
  • So, you didn't make two denarius, you made two denarii.
  • 00:17:15.260 --> 00:17:20.030
  • So, denarii. Denarius, denarii.
  • 00:17:20.060 --> 00:17:22.220
  • Okay, now 300 denarii is a year's wage.
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:28.030
  • You worked about 300 days, with Sabbaths, holidays,
  • 00:17:28.060 --> 00:17:30.190
  • and festivals.
  • 00:17:30.220 --> 00:17:31.270
  • So, remember she poured the ointment on His feet,
  • 00:17:32.000 --> 00:17:35.250
  • and Judas said, "Why wasn't this sold for 300 denarii?"
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  • A year's wage is what that perfume cost.
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:41.180
  • 10.000 denarii, which is a talent of silver, is a lifetime.
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:49.260
  • It's actually 33-1/3 years.
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:52.180
  • By the way, that's how long Jesus lived, 33-1/3 years.
  • 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:57.080
  • A boy started working with his father when he was 12.
  • 00:17:57.110 --> 00:18:01.160
  • He actually entered adolescence, but he actually became a laborer
  • 00:18:01.190 --> 00:18:05.260
  • at 17, and in Jesus' day, retirement was age 50.
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:11.290
  • Part of the reason was the life span was 55 to 65.
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  • Life span has increased.
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:17.050
  • By the way, think about this.
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:18.130
  • The life span of Methuselah was 969 years,
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:22.010
  • and it's been going down because of sin.
  • 00:18:22.040 --> 00:18:24.000
  • Jesus came into the world and it's been going back up,
  • 00:18:24.030 --> 00:18:27.290
  • and it's because God has given wisdom to doctors and medical
  • 00:18:28.020 --> 00:18:31.240
  • people now, and life has been extended actually because life
  • 00:18:31.270 --> 00:18:35.120
  • came into the world.
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:37.020
  • But in Jesus' day, you worked 33-1/3 years,
  • 00:18:37.050 --> 00:18:39.260
  • in essence from 17 until you were 50, and then you retired.
  • 00:18:39.290 --> 00:18:42.180
  • So, when people referred to 10.000 denarii,
  • 00:18:42.210 --> 00:18:46.050
  • or one talent of silver, that's a lifetime wage,
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:50.110
  • average wage, okay?
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:51.210
  • So this one, the one that got one, don't feel sorry for him.
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:56.290
  • He got a whole lifetime wage.
  • 00:18:57.020 --> 00:18:59.180
  • He didn't have to work the rest of his life.
  • 00:18:59.210 --> 00:19:03.020
  • And then someone got two.
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:04.090
  • Some people make twice what an annual salary would be.
  • 00:19:04.120 --> 00:19:07.060
  • One guy got five.
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:08.060
  • That's five times as much.
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:09.100
  • Now, that's a talent of silver.
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:11.050
  • By the way, a talent of gold is ten times.
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:15.150
  • So, there are some people that make 50 times
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:19.070
  • what an average person makes.
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:20.280
  • They're called athletes.
  • 00:19:21.010 --> 00:19:22.080
  • Okay, let's go on. [laughter]
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:30.050
  • But, it's money.
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:31.210
  • It was a talent.
  • 00:19:31.240 --> 00:19:32.270
  • God gave them a sum of money.
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:35.000
  • We don't know if it was a talent of silver or a talent of gold,
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:38.000
  • but it was enough to live on.
  • 00:19:38.030 --> 00:19:39.060
  • For even the one who had one, it was enough to live
  • 00:19:39.090 --> 00:19:40.270
  • his entire life. He gave him a lifetime of wages.
  • 00:19:41.000 --> 00:19:45.120
  • Now, here's the other thing that is amazing to me.
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:47.240
  • It says that "according to their ability."
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:53.180
  • When Debbie and I got married, I didn't make much money.
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:57.130
  • As a matter of fact, our first tax return we ever filed,
  • 00:19:57.160 --> 00:20:00.260
  • the government sent me back some money
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:03.020
  • 'cause I didn't make enough.
  • 00:20:03.050 --> 00:20:04.050
  • They felt sorry for me.
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:06.160
  • The government felt sorry for me.
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:07.240
  • We were lower than the low class when we got married.
  • 00:20:07.270 --> 00:20:12.100
  • Okay, but my ability has increased.
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:15.080
  • So you can say, well, I'm just a one talent person.
  • 00:20:15.110 --> 00:20:17.280
  • You don't have to stay a one talent person,
  • 00:20:18.010 --> 00:20:20.210
  • 'cause you can improve on your ability.
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:23.230
  • You can get more education, you can learn more skill.
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:27.050
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:29.150
  • But what are you doing?
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:31.010
  • Now, I would like to say this.
  • 00:20:31.040 --> 00:20:32.210
  • If you're a five talent person, God expects five talents
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:35.170
  • back from you.
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:37.240
  • I want you to think about this.
  • 00:20:37.270 --> 00:20:39.200
  • Let's say that there is a person who has the ability
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:42.120
  • to give a million dollars.
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:44.160
  • He has the ability to give a million dollars,
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:47.060
  • but he gives $500.000.
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:50.000
  • There's another person who only has the ability to give $50,
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:54.070
  • but she gives $200.
  • 00:20:54.100 --> 00:20:59.250
  • Who's going to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant?"
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:05.050
  • See, God is judging you by what He gave you,
  • 00:21:05.080 --> 00:21:10.230
  • but we have a lot of five talent people
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:13.040
  • that give like one talent,
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:16.080
  • and you're in trouble, because God is watching you.
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:21.150
  • He's going to come settle accounts one day.
  • 00:21:21.180 --> 00:21:24.040
  • I'm a steward. That's all I am is a steward.
  • 00:21:24.070 --> 00:21:26.280
  • Let me give you one other definition
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:28.000
  • I wrote about stewardship.
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:29.270
  • Stewardship is to protect and expand the resources of another.
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:37.170
  • Notice He wanted His resources expanded.
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:42.010
  • He said you could have at least put it in the bank,
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:43.260
  • because it would have been protected and expanded.
  • 00:21:43.290 --> 00:21:46.170
  • Protected and expanded, that's what He wanted,
  • 00:21:46.200 --> 00:21:49.080
  • and the guy didn't even put it in the bank.
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:51.130
  • God is expecting you to protect it and expand it.
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:55.190
  • He's expecting that.
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:58.000
  • Let me say something else.
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:21:59.130
  • Maybe you've never, ever thought about this.
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:01.160
  • I hope you never forget this statement right here.
  • 00:22:01.190 --> 00:22:05.080
  • You are God's bank.
  • 00:22:05.110 --> 00:22:11.190
  • God has deposited His -- it says "his lord's money."
  • 00:22:11.220 --> 00:22:16.030
  • He has deposited His money in you,
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:19.230
  • and He is expecting you to protect it and expand it.
  • 00:22:19.260 --> 00:22:25.000
  • So, which brings me to my third point, am I a good steward?
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:31.050
  • I mean, I am a steward.
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:32.140
  • By the way, you're a steward, 'cause you don't own anything.
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:35.110
  • You don't own anything.
  • 00:22:35.140 --> 00:22:36.130
  • God owns it all, so you are a steward.
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:38.230
  • So the question is, are you a good steward?
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:41.090
  • Luke 12:16, "Jesus spoke a parable to them, saying,
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:46.150
  • "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
  • 00:22:46.180 --> 00:22:50.080
  • And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do,
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:52.260
  • since I have no room to store..." --
  • 00:22:52.290 --> 00:22:55.160
  • watch very carefully 'cause it's very important,
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:22:57.150
  • "my crops."
  • 00:22:57.180 --> 00:23:00.040
  • Notice he thought everything was his.
  • 00:23:00.070 --> 00:23:03.010
  • "So he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:07.190
  • and build greater, and there I will store all my crops
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:11.140
  • and my goods."
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:12.240
  • See, he was thinking like an owner and not a steward.
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:15.070
  • "And I will say to my soul, "Soul,
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:16.270
  • you have many goods laid up for many years.
  • 00:23:17.000 --> 00:23:18.270
  • Take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry."
  • 00:23:19.000 --> 00:23:20.170
  • But God said to him, "You're a fool!
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:23.270
  • This night your soul will be required of you;
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  • then whose will those things be which you have provided?
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  • So is he who lays up treasure for himself,
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  • and is not rich toward God."
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  • Okay, he did not get reprimanded for making a lot of money.
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  • That wasn't the problem.
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  • He didn't get reprimanded for building bigger barns.
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  • He didn't get reprimanded for storing it, even.
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  • He got reprimanded for living for himself
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  • and not for the kingdom, and not for others.
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  • That's what he got reprimanded for.
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  • You need to know that being a good steward is
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  • that I'm a steward of everything God's given me,
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  • to be able to be a blessing when God wants me
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  • to be a blessing to someone.
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  • I'm stewarding it because I am the steward, I'm not the owner.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: You know the thing I love about tithing,
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  • and the thing I love that God put it at %10 --
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  • The word tithe in the Hebrew means a tenth.
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  • Here's what I love about it, it's the same for everyone.
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  • It's a penny on every dime; it's a dime on every dollar.
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  • So no matter how much you make, if you make a lot
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  • or if you make a little it's the same.
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  • But think about this widow that I talked about.
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  • Here's a widow who was tithing,
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  • but she didn't understand biblical stewardship,
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  • and when she began to put it in practice in her life -
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  • the principles in the Bible, the principles that I talk about
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  • in "Beyond Blessed," God supernaturally blessed her.
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  • That's what I want you to hear.
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  • God will supernaturally bless you when you put
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  • your finances in order, in the same way He blesses us
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  • when we're generous.
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • I'm going to continue this series next time.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Pastor Robert teaches us that
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  • moving from selfishness to generosity
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  • is the key to living a blessed life.
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  • It not only transforms our finances,
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  • it affects every area of our lives,
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  • but before we can be generous, we have to, first,
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  • learn how to be faithful stewards
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  • in managing everything God entrusts to us.
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  • In the, "Beyond Blessed" series,
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  • Pastor Robert shows us what the Bible says
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  • about the importance of wise stewardship,
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  • and how it's God's perfect plan for us to overcome
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  • all financial stress.
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  • God will bless us in supernatural ways
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  • when we steward the finances He gives us,
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  • and when we are generous, and bless others.
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  • Living "Beyond Blessed" isn't about
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  • what we're able to receive.
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  • It's about what we're able to give.
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  • It's then, that we can truly live "Beyond Blessed".
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  • For your gift of any amount, we'll send you
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  • this teaching series on CD, and for your gift of $55 or more,
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  • Pastor Robert's new book, "Beyond Blessed".
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  • This book explains how to be a good steward,
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  • and that when you properly manage your finances,
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  • blessings will pour into every area of your life.
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  • Additionally, for your gift of $85 or more,
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  • Don't wait another day to start reaching
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  • your financial goals, and reducing the stress
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  • in your life.
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  • Call or visit us online, today at PastorRobert.com
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  • As always, thank you for your generous support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You're the firstborn of God
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  • and you have the right of the double portion.
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  • And it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
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  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
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  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive.
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  • We're gonna change the world, because we will do nothing less
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ than thrive.
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