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By Pastor Nicholas Jesudasan
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A faithful person will have an abundance of blessings, but the one who hastens to gain riches will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 28:20, NET)
1. 2 types of blessings,
A. Common blessings: Rain, Sunlight etc. Common to both sinner and righteous
B. Unique blessings: Both spiritual and physical. These blessings are abundant. Only those who are faithful before God can receive this type of blessing.
How to be faithful before God so He can bless me abundantly? Let me explain to you in 6 points.
1. Be faithful to God and His word
A. To wait upon the Lord means to sustain my hope in God and His power when I am strong also, not only when I am weak. Friends who are with you only when it’s comfortable are not faithful friends.
B. Even we are unfaithful He is faithful, (2 Timothy 2:13)
i. Repent if you have ever been unfaithful
a. Thomas did not believe in the resurrection, (John 20:24-29)
b. Peter denied Jesus 3 times, (John 18:15-27)
ii. Be faithful to His word
a. Know it by your heart, and you will not sin, (Psalms 119:11)
b. He will bless if we abide in His word, (John 15:7)
c. You will have peace, (Psalms 119:165)
2. Be faithful to your Church family and the leadership
A. Your local church is your spiritual family
i. Woodpecker Christians. Going from one church to another
ii. Don’t switch the your local church over disputes with leadership, other members.
iii. God calls believers to be united, (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)
B. Be faithful to your spiritual/Pastoral leadership
i. Obey your spiritual/Pastoral leaders, (Hebrews 13:7)
ii. Don’t seek to judge your spiritual/Pastoral leaders, (1 Corinthians 4:1-21)
iii. Don’t seek to revenge your spiritual/Pastoral leaders, (1 Samuel 24:1-6)
iv. Never seek to harm your spiritual/Pastoral leaders, (Psalm 105:15)
v. Corporate with them as they labour build God’s Kingdom.
3. Be faithful with the way you handle your finances
A. Pay your tithes on time
i. A one tenth of your income belongs to God.
ii. It’s for the welfare of the church and God’s servant,
…Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple…
iii. When you ignore the one tenth you rob God, (Malachi 3:8)
iv. Tithing is the key to material blessings, (Malachi 3:10)
v. No where in the Bible we are encouraged to test God. This is the only verse that tells us to test God.
B. Give unto the Lord
i. This is apart from your tithes and offering
ii. God loves a cheerful giver, (2 Corinthians 9:7)
4. Be faithful to your nation
A. Submit to your government, (Romans 13:1-7)
B. It’s established by God’s will.
C. Therefore rebellion against government is rebellion against God
D. The government is God’s agent.
5. Be faithful to your marriage partner and family
A. Protect the unity of your marriage
i. Wives must submit to their husbands, (Ephesians 6:22)
ii. Husbands must love their wives, (Ephesians 6:25)
B. Avoid compromising situations. Follow these principals. (Taken from “7 Ways I Protect My Heart and Ministry From an Affair” by Ron Edmondson)
i. Never meet alone with a woman besides my wife (or mother).
ii. Try not to conduct very personal or intimate conversations with women.
iii. When talking to couples focus your visual connection mostly on the man and not his wife
iv. Try not to stare at women.
v. Spend lots of time with my wife.
vi. Try to always remember my boys.
vii. Love your church.
C. Children should be faithful to their parents and vice versa
i. Children must respect their parents
a. Than their friends
b. Then their fiancé or fiancée
c. Blessings are promised, (Ephesians 6:1-3)
ii. Parents must love their children
a. Discipline them in love not in anger
6. Employees must remain faithful to their employer and vice versa
A. Employees to the employer
a. Obey your employer in the Lord, (Ephesians 6:5)
b. Don’t pretend that you are busy, (Ephesians 6:6)
c. Work as you are working for God and you will be blessed, (Ephesians 6:8)
d. Do you take office stationary home? Use the stuff at your work place for your personal use?
B. Employer to the Employee
a. Do not threat the employees. Treat them in love.
b. God will judge you if you fail, (Colossians 3:25)
Let’s turn back to Proverbs 28:20. If we are faithful in all of these 6 areas God will be faithful to bless us abundantly.