‘If you love Me, keep My commandments’ John 14:15 (NKJV)
We shall discuss four (4) lifestyles we need to imbibe as heirs of the Kingdom of The Most High God. They are devotion, prayer, obedience and stewardship.
- DEVOTION (QUIET TIME)
This is a period of meditation to God, communing with Him, receiving direction (s) for desired outcome and knowing more about God through reading the word of God and listening to the Holy Spirit. Real communication may occur in devotion, it depends in our openness to God.
Psalms 42: 1-2 encourages us to desire God, thus,
‘As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you O God’ (NKJV)
When we pray, we communicate to our heavenly father. A believer’s tool for conquest is prayer. No Christian can function without prayer, prayerlessness means straying away from God. Prayer is indeed the sincere desire and the need for the soul to be made known to God.
The four (4) main aspects of prayer are: adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication (ACTS).
When we adore God, we recognize who He is (holy, mighty and everlasting), what He has done and what He will do. This is seen in Psalms 104:1-2.
When we confess our sins, we acknowledge our shortcomings and look up to Him for cleansing and renewal in our spirit. This is seen in Nehemiah 9:1-3.
We should be thankful to the Lord because He is God and the creator of the world. Whatever is in the world is His and he gives us full access. Psalm 100 provides a clear picture of thanksgiving.
In addition, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says ‘in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’
Supplication is presenting our request to our Lord Most High because He alone can meet our needs.
John 14: 13-14 assures us that
‘And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it’
As children of the Most High, we are expected to completely have faith in God and obey His every command that is written in His word and what He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. When we obey the God’s command, we accept His Kingship and Lordship over us.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 says
‘Has the Lord as great, delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than Sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry …’
James 1:22 says
‘But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves’
Believers are stewards of God in all ramifications. This is because God owns everything in the heavens and the earth as mentioned in 1 Chronicles 29:14. As God’s children, we are managers or overseers of His possessions.
1 Peter 5:10 says thus
‘As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’
God has given us the earth (Exodus 19:5), land (Leviticus 25:23), all things (1 Chronicles 29:14), cattle and animals (Psalm 50:10), silver and gold (Haggai 2:8) and our soul (Ezekiel 18:4).
As good stewards, we must possess the following attributes:
- Faithfulness: we should discharge our responsibilities with all sense of diligence. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
- Accountability: we must give account of what God has bestowed unto us, if not, we would be held liable. Romans 14:12
- Self-sacrifice: we should not be gain-oriented in being stewards, God will surely reward the works of our hands. 2 Corinthians 8:5
- Wisdom: we should ask God for wisdom so as to apply it in executing our act of stewardship to ensure excellence. 1 Peter 4:10
God expects us to be faithful steward of time, possessions and talents. Never hold back your blessings when it comes to meeting the needs of fellow believers and towards missions.