Preaching God’s Word is a priceless privilege. Also, it is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. Spiritual battle, mental strain, emotional stress, and physical neglect create a devastating recipe for bad health.
1 Samuel 4:15–18 “Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?
And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.”
Many preachers struggle with their physical health.
There are two stereotypical extremes of preachers. The first is the “plastic preacher.” He looks like a Ken doll with every hair in place, six-pack abs, and way too much emphasis on his appearance.
The second is the “plump preacher.” He is overweight, unfit, and gives way too little thought to his appearance.
How would you define success? It is vital that you adopt the Biblical definition. Without it, you are wide open to Satanic attack. If you can’t define true success, you can’t achieve it!
Joshua 1:8“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Everyone wants to be successful. No one is born desiring to be a failure. When asked what they want to be when they grow up, children don’t say, “I want to be unsuccessful!” They usually dream of meaningful careers like a fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer, businessman, superhero, etc.
Thoughts of success usually include money, influence, fame, or transformation.
What do you imagine when you think of success? An executive in an expensive suit working in corporate America? A large ministry with a national platform? Someone who owns their own business making tons of money? A large, expensive home? A few high-end cars sitting in the driveway? Large numbers of people who adore you?
These are the typical images of success. These earthly ideas of success are imprinted on us from birth.
They are NOT Biblical success. We must reject these carnal ideas of success and search the answer in God’s Word. Why?
Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
It is my prayer that you have decided that you want to live a life of Biblical Stewardship. If that’s you – Congratulations! You are on your way to a blessed life and eternal rewards.
The desire to be a good steward is only the beginning. Now you must activate stewardship principles in your life. Life is endlessly complex, and everyone’s circumstances are different. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. Perhaps you try to be a good steward, but struggle to follow through. With God’s help, you can do it.
This article will simplify your approach to stewardship by categorizing your life into 5 general areas. You can stay on track and continue pleasing the Lord if you keep these areas in focus.
Time is life. Literally. Time is more than numbers on a clock. Time is the measurement of life. It is an accounting of your time on earth.
Although our souls are eternal, God made earthly life with an expiration date. We have a beginning and an end here on Earth. Time is not your enemy any more than the speedometer in your car is your enemy. They both function as a measuring device.
Time must be stewarded, or it will be wasted. How many days have we “wasted time?” How often do you get distracted only to find that you “wasted too much time” on a task or event?
The Bible Doctrine of stewardship is an important concept for each Christian to learn. It is a completely different mindset than how the world-system operates. Are you a good steward? Find out in this article.
The world operates by the philosophy of ownership. “It’s mine so I’ll do what I want” is the prevailing attitude. Stewardship is the opposite. The philosophy of stewardship says, “I’ve been entrusted with what belongs to someone else and I must give an account of how I handle it.”
You like the idea of stewardship even if you aren’t aware of it. For example, If you let someone borrow your car, do you want them to drive it like they stole it (ownership)? Or would you rather them drive it like your grandma? (stewardship)
The word “steward” is an old word and the concept has been around since the Garden of Eden.
Almost every family I know has a vehicle. Next time you need to buy one make sure you are getting the best price. Here is a method that has saved me thousands of dollars.
A vehicle is one of the largest purchases your family will make. Ensure that you are a good steward by getting a good deal.
You may not need this information today, but I pray it will give you some things to think about. File it away or bookmark it for the future.
Buying a vehicle is challenging. What make and model do I get? How much can I afford? How do I get a good deal?
Often the joy of buying a new vehicle is shadowed by the experience of working with dealerships. Every aspect of a car dealership is carefully crafted to get you in the door and make them money. They have many tricks to get you to pay as much as you can and more than you were planning. Don’t be a victim.
Don’t get me wrong. There are honest salesmen and (more…)