Updated: Jan 20
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. ~ Deuteronomy 29:29
Imagine that you are a child and your parents give you a very special toy. You carry it everywhere and it is the most precious thing to you! One day, you accidentally lose it! In your little, tiny mind the world is over and you can't stop thinking about it and looking for it. Oh wait, you find it and you are so excited! God desires that we have the same passion for the treasures He gives to us! That's the passion the people had in the parables of the lost coin and the lost sheep! It wasn't just a little thing, it was the loss of a lifetime, and when it was found there was great rejoicing! God has given us everything we have. None of it is ours, including our bodies. He calls us to steward the things He gives us and multiply them for His glory!
We can't move into what God has if we don't steward what God has given us. We must step into a new place of stewardship!
God is calling us to become a repository:
Receptacle or place where things are deposited, stored, or offered for sale:a repository for discarded clothing. An abundant source or supply; storehouse:a repository of information.
A burial place; sepulcherm a person to whom something is entrusted or confided.
CAN YOU HANDLE THE BLESSING??
Colossians 2 states that all riches are in Him. When you go after something and try to learn about it on your own, it's only knowledge and worldly wisdom. God resists the proud and knowledge puffs up. True wisdom and revelation come when God unveils Himself, revealing what is hidden in Christ. When God gives you heavenly revelation, it causes you to prosper.
What is the key that we need to grab hold of???
Access to revelation and inheritance comes through relationship! In Bible times, when the father was ready to release blessings and inheritance to the son, he would put his hands on the son and speak a blessing over him. The family inheritance wasn't given to strangers. The intimate relationship between the son and the father gave the son access to the family riches, blessings, and inheritance.
God wants us to have the power to change and be blessed so we can be a witness. In Acts 1, Jesus told His disciples to go and wait until they receive power and are empowered to become a witness. We can't be a witness if we haven't seen anything. To be a witness, we have to have something revealed to us and experience it, see it, and taste it! He has given us the power to be a witness, which is the same power to become a son of God! Wait for the power to come! That power is about to make us rich with the blessing.
When we have a poverty mindset, we won't go for the blessing, reach for it, or prepare for it. A poverty mindset is a 3-strand cord: religion, fear, and poverty. It will wrap around you and hold you back! This mindset is a tactic of the enemy to cause us not to be good financial stewards and, therefore, we cannot be good stewards of spiritual things. If you can't handle money, you won't be able to handle glory! If you can't handle natural things, why would God trust you with spiritual riches since they mirror one another?
We are breaking out of that this year! We must so that we can march forward in 2020 with our eyes wide open! We will taste of the powers of the age to come because the three strand cord will be pulled off. We are commissioned to take what Jesus died on the cross for and possess it!
There is corporate mantle and inheritance that is being released to the Body of Christ in the earth. There are blessings we aren't able to walk in because we have not been knitted together in love. We must also be knitted to Christ Himself because He is the repository and the storehouse. All of the riches are in Him. The glory that is being released is so thick and so heavy it must be laid upon a group of people together. We can't handle the blessing individually, we must be knitted together in love and carry it corporately. It'll take love to get there!
God, we thank you for all of the treasures You have given us and will give us. Help us to be the most excellent stewards of Your treasures and the things that are important to You! I ask that You would break the 3 strand cord of the poverty spirit off our lives so we can flourish, be blessed, steward, and multiply! Amen.
Below and attached to this email is the handout for the sermon. It explains the meaning of the Hebrew word for treasure: otsar, and lists parables about treasure in the Kingdom, what God sees as precious and valuable things God has given you!!
I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you… being knitted together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, WHICH IS IN CHRIST, in WHOM are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (I am the door - John 10:9 / I saw a door open – Rev. 4:1)
The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure (otsar), the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand, and thou shalt lend unto many nations and thou shalt not borrow (1 Chron. 29:8, Nehemiah 10:38).
Psalm 83:4 His saints as treasured ones
Proverbs 8:21 loving wisdom… fill their treasures
Jeremiah 51:6 wind from treasuries
Parables of the Kingdom
Lost coin (Luke 15:8-10)
Talents (Mt. 25:14-30) (Luke 19:12-27)
Talent = gift or skill
1 gram of gold = $38
Talent = 33kg = 1,400,116.57
1 ounce of sliver = $15 ($0.50/gram)
Talent (silver) 33kg = 16,500
All talents and spiritual gifts come from God:
Power over silver and gold (Daniel 11:33)
Mammon (Matthew 6:24)
Fear of the Lord – Treasure (Isaiah 33:6)
Power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)
“But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm (establish) His covenant which He swore to your fathers.”
Job 28:10 His eyes see precious
Luke 7:2 Slave… highly regarded
Luke 12:24 How much more you are valuable
1 Peter 2:2-6 Precious cornerstone
2 Peter 1:4 Precious promises
Psalm 116:15 Precious… dying saints
Psalm 72:14 Their blood will be precious
Psalm 139:17 God’s thoughts
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Warring Dove trips to Mozambique, Africa
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Opportunity To Sow:
As a young girl, I remember asking my mother, "How far away is this place?" I was watching the bodies of young soldiers being shipped home from the "conflict." Now God has opened the door for us to go into that same place behind the scenes to bring restoration and hope. While I cannot share more details at this time, I am asking you to pray and keep us covered. Please ask the Lord if He would have you sow into this amazing opportunity! ~ Apostle Lisa McFarland
Imagine being a part of building and painting projects in Africa, and changing the lives of children by telling them about Jesus! Join us in praying for healing and telling the lost about the life-changing love of Jesus. Help us train people in trades such as sewing, crocheting, and knitting so they can support themselves and their families. This trip is an adventure of a lifetime and it will change your life and the lives of those who are touched by the love of Christ in you.
If you are interested please contact us!
Tami Hernandez: email@example.com
Please start looking now for your plane ticket and gathering around $420 for your room and board. You will also need a visa for Mozambique. We have an application for you to fill out and more information. Please let us know if you feel led to go!
I am preparing to leave for Africa for almost three months! I leave June 7th to Ethiopia with my family and will be there for about 5 weeks. Then, from there, I will go to Mozambique to meet the teams from Warring Dove.
My time in Ethiopia will be a very special time of bonding, as our family of nine all go together for the first time in 22 years. We will get to see our grandparents and other family members, and go to the villages where we came from and see our family roots! It’s a great opportunity to learn things about our ancestors and family tree that we haven’t discovered yet. We will also be visiting some churches and orphanages there, along with getting plugged in with different ministries I have been waiting to meet and work with in my homeland.
After Ethiopia, some of my family will stay and the rest will return to the states. As for me, I will then head to Mozambique. At that point, I will help prepare for their annual Pastors' Conference. We are bringing medications, mosquito nets, toiletries, toys, and other supplies for the orphanage and Africa on Fire Ministries. We will also be holding outdoor crusades, visiting the villages, and going to a couple of cities in the northern part of Mozambique to hold conferences and healing services. We will return to the states around August 17th.
There is a lot happening and preparation is just a small portion of that. I could really use your prayers at this time. Since I will be gone for so long and I’m gathering supplies to bring for the orphanage, there are many financial needs. At the moment we are looking at $3,500 for this trip. Please pray for us and consider supporting this work financially so we can accomplish all that God has for us for our assignment.
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