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Kingdom Stewardship

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March 15, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • of all of creation.
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  • So if God owns everything,you and I own nothing.
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  • There are no other owners.
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  • God is giving you the freedomto mess up what he created.
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  • In fact, he's given you and meso much freedom,
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  • we can hand it overto the devil if we want.
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  • If you grab that,that you own nothing,
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  • including your own life,'cause it can be taken,
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  • you have now set yourselfon a journey
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  • of understanding life.
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  • It's yours to manage,not yours to own.
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  • So in the words of football,how bad do you want it?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: Today I want to talkto you about the motivation,
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  • what should be the motivationfor kingdom stewardship.
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  • God is the King.
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  • He oversees the kingdom.
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  • We are the managers of thatwhich he already owns,
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  • time, talents, and treasures.
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  • Well, in the middle of thismajor stewardship passage,
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  • he gives us the greatest versein all of the Bible
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  • on the motivationfor the stewardship,
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  • the managerial responsibilitieswe have,
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  • and that motivation is summed upin one word in verse 8.
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  • It is the word grace.
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  • Verse 8 says, "And God is ableto make all grace abound to you,
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  • so that always havingall sufficiency in everything,
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  • you may have an abundancefor every good deed."
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  • God does not want you to bemanipulated in the stewardship.
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  • He wants you to respondto his grace.
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  • So let's define grace again.
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  • Grace is definedin the Bible
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  • as God's inexhaustible supplyof goodness
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  • that he does for us whatwe cannot do for ourselves.
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  • Grace is unmerited favorwhere God does for us
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  • what we do not deserve,could never earn,
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  • and would never be ableto repay.
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  • All of life is the resultof the grace of God.
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  • You wouldn't even be here if itweren't for God's favor
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  • that has been dispensed to youin a multiplicity of forms.
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  • Let's break down gracea little further.
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  • Grace is always free.
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  • You cannot earn grace.
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  • The Bible saysin Romans 11:6,
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  • grace cannot be earned.
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  • It is always apart from work.
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  • So you can't go and earn grace.
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  • It's always free.
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  • Romans 8:32 says that Godgives us all things freely
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • Now, while gracecannot be earned,
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  • it can be accessed, okay?
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  • Get that.
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  • You can't earn it,but you can access it.
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  • We're told in Romans chapter 5,verses 1 and 2,
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  • that by faithwe access this grace.
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  • So you access grace.
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  • You don't earn it,you don't buy it,
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  • you don't try to manipulate Godto give it to you.
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  • You don't get dupedor tricked into it.
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  • It is accessing somethingGod has already provided
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  • because grace is comprehensive,
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  • but that means you must havea grace mind-set,
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  • a grace orientation,and the Bible says grace
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  • is not merely a theologyor a doctrine, it's a person.
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  • Saint John chapter 1,verses 16 and 17,
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  • says that with Jesus Christcame grace and truth,
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  • and he says and graceon top of grace.
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  • The picture is a waterflowing in on a shore,
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  • one wave just comingafter another wave,
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  • grace on top of grace
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  • on top of graceon top of grace.
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  • Titus 2:11 says, "For the graceof God hath appeared--"
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  • and then he goesinto talking
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  • about the presenceof Jesus Christ.
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  • So Jesus Christ isthe dispenser of the grace
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  • that he has provided,
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  • and grace is the goodness of Godthat he is free to dispense
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  • to his peoplethrough his people.
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  • He says if you really wannaunderstand how grace operates,
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  • you must think agriculturally.
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  • You must think like a farmer.
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  • He comes in verse 6,and he says,
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  • "He who sows sparinglyshall reap sparingly.
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  • He who sows bountifullyshall reap bountifully."
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  • He comes in verse 10.
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  • He says, "Now he who suppliesseed to the sower
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  • and bread for food will supplyand multiply your seed."
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  • So here it is.
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  • You gotta hold onto yourseat belt for this one,
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  • because it is the quintessentialunderstanding
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  • of how to access grace.
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  • First of all, let megive you the principle.
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  • Grace--watch this--is built into the seed.
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  • Grace is in the seed.
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  • He says, "Think farming now."
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  • All that God wants to dowith the seed is in the seed.
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  • You plant a seed of corn.
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  • Up comes a stockwith a bunch of ears.
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  • All that from that seed?
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  • How I get all this and allthat from that one seed?
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  • Because what the seedwas intended to do
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  • was already in the seed.
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  • It just was not fully expressed,okay?
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  • And not only that, when you getthe stock and the corn,
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  • it comes with new seeds.
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  • It comes with your abilityto get more seeds
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  • to plant more corn,
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  • to get more stalksto get more ears
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  • so you can now planteven more corn.
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  • In other words,God has not only built
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  • the provision for that seed,
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  • he's built in that seedthe provision
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  • for many other seed stalks
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  • and ears that can covera whole farmer's field,
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  • and all that in that one seed'cause he put grace in the seed.
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  • He put provision in the seed.
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  • It's already built in.
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  • How can a little acorn producea 35-foot oak tree
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  • that lasts for decadesand decades and decades?
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  • You mean in that acornis a big, ole tree?
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  • Yeah, 'cause grace isbuilt into the seed,
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  • and if you don'tunderstand that,
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  • you'll go looking for somethingthe seed already possesses.
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  • Grace is in the seed.
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  • So, since grace is builtinto the seed,
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  • he says in order to accessthe grace--
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  • watch this--
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  • you must be willingto plant the seed.
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  • Sowing is planting a seed.
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  • When you sow,the farmer tills the soil,
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  • and he drops the seedin the ground.
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • When he drops the seedin the ground,
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  • he has now becometotally dependent on God.
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  • Why?
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  • 'Cause the soil came from God.
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  • It's gotta be soil good enoughfor the seed to take life in it.
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  • Rain comes from God'cause it needs water,
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  • and sunshine comes from God'cause it needs sunshine.
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  • So anything that'sgonna be responsible
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  • for this little seed to becomeall it was created to be
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  • is sourced in God.
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  • That's why he says in verse 10,"Now he who supplies the seed,"
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  • because God supplies the seed.
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  • But he says the processof accessing
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  • is an agricultural process.
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  • Grace is alreadybuilt into it,
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  • but it requires sowingand reaping.
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  • You will never find a farmerseeking to reap
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  • what he did not sow.
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  • You will never find him saying,"Well, I didn't sow nothing,
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  • but I'm just waitingfor something to come up."
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  • No, because he's not positionedthe seed to give it
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  • what is alreadybuilt in to give.
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  • It's already built into give it,
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  • but he can't get itwithout it being accessed
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  • by putting it in the placethat it belongs.
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  • God has an invaluable principle,and that is sowing produces
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  • reaping that produces benefit,and God supplies the seed.
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  • So let's start with that.
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  • God supplies the seed.
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  • If there is no God,there is no seed.
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  • I hope you understand that.
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  • No God, no seed.
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  • Tony: That's why it saysin 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
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  • that the Macedonian Christiansfirst gave themselves
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  • to the Lord, okay?
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  • Kingdom stewardship startswith your spiritual commitment,
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  • not with the stuff you useor the stuff you want.
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  • You start by offering yourselfto the Lord,
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  • because God doesn't want stufffrom you when he can't have you.
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  • He wants you first,because God supplies the seed.
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  • To put it another way,God is the source.
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  • Everything else is the resource.
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  • The seed is the resource,he who supplies the seed.
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  • So you got allthese people going,
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  • looking for a blessing,who don't care
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  • that they're in touchwith the blesser.
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  • So, no, that's backwards,and that's manipulation.
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  • That's a false theologythat wants to get
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  • all the goodies from Godwithout the God who gives them.
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  • But he does say that sowingsets in motion the reaping.
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  • Here it is: God respondsto the seed,
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  • not just the need.
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  • We come to Godwith our need,
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  • and God says,"Where's the seed?"
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  • Okay, now stay with me here.
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  • We start with the need.
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  • God starts with the seedbefore he addresses the need.
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  • So if you want Godto meet a need,
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  • answer the question,"Where's the seed?"
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  • Because you don't get a harvestif you've not put anything
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  • in the ground for the harvestto come out of.
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  • God provides the seeds,and if you miss that,
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  • that he is the owner,he is the source,
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  • he is the provider,all you're doing is accessing
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  • something that he has given,time, talents, and treasures,
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  • and it's all a flow and to bemotivated out of grace,
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  • and you knowhow grace works.
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  • It's a beautiful thing.
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  • That's why he saysnot under compulsion.
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  • You see that?
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  • And God loves a cheerful giver.
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  • If you understand grace,nobody has to force you.
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  • The seed has to be sownfor a harvest
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  • to show you more to come.
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  • So a lot of us arewaiting on God
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  • when God is actuallywaiting on us.
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  • He's waiting.
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  • He wants to seesomething planted,
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  • not just something requested,okay?
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  • So he gives this principleof the operation and motivation
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  • of kingdom stewardsand how they operate.
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  • Now, let me show youhow this works.
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  • Luke 6:38 says this.
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  • Says "Give, and it will begiven to you.
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  • They will pour into your lap,good measure, pressed down,
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  • shaken together,and running over.
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  • For by your standard of measure
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  • it will be measured to youin return," okay?
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  • Now watch this: Now, God hasasked us to give three things:
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  • time, talents, and treasures.
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  • All of those are stewardshipresponsibilities, okay?
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  • The most important word inthis verse is the word it.
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  • Say it, okay?
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  • Give and it--
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  • translation, the thing you give.
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  • The it is the thing you give.
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  • What is the thing you get?
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  • The thing you need.
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  • In Genesis chapter 1,verses 11 and 12,
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  • the Bible says Godcreated all its vegetation
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  • and all these animals,and it says,
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  • "And they reproducedafter their own kind."
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  • The seed is dedicated to itself.
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  • It doesn't give you somethingother than what's built
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  • into the seed to give you.
  • 00:14:01.591 --> 00:14:03.860
  • What he says is the thing youneed is the thing you plant,
  • 00:14:03.894 --> 00:14:08.798
  • and when you plantthe thing you need,
  • 00:14:08.832 --> 00:14:11.434
  • it grows into something bigger.
  • 00:14:11.468 --> 00:14:15.739
  • Watch this: When the widowobserved that was hungry
  • 00:14:15.772 --> 00:14:19.976
  • and running out of food, Godtold her to give food to Elijah,
  • 00:14:20.010 --> 00:14:25.582
  • and when she gave foodto Elijah, the Bible says,
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  • "And she did not run outof food for many days."
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  • She gave what she needed,
  • 00:14:34.424 --> 00:14:36.493
  • and when she gavewhat she needed,
  • 00:14:36.526 --> 00:14:38.495
  • God gave her back what she lost.
  • 00:14:38.528 --> 00:14:43.266
  • When Ruth needed a relationship,she gave a relationship
  • 00:14:43.300 --> 00:14:48.705
  • to Naomi, and thenBoaz comes along.
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  • The relationship she neededand got was a result
  • 00:14:53.109 --> 00:14:56.513
  • of the relationship she gavebecause that was her need.
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  • Hannah couldn't get pregnant.
  • 00:15:00.583 --> 00:15:03.286
  • She was barren.
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  • She went before the Lord--and this is very interesting.
  • 00:15:05.021 --> 00:15:07.757
  • She says, "Lord, I'm gonna giveto you the son I don't have.
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  • I'mma give you the sonI can't get pregnant.
  • 00:15:11.962 --> 00:15:14.664
  • I'mma give back to youwhat I don't even have
  • 00:15:14.698 --> 00:15:16.933
  • the capacity to containin my womb."
  • 00:15:16.967 --> 00:15:20.637
  • And the Bible says,"And when she gave a son
  • 00:15:20.670 --> 00:15:24.641
  • she couldn't have to God,
  • 00:15:24.674 --> 00:15:26.776
  • God opened up her wombso she could have a baby."
  • 00:15:26.810 --> 00:15:29.713
  • So she gave away the very thingshe was asking for.
  • 00:15:29.746 --> 00:15:33.049
  • Job chapter 42, his whole lifehas collapsed.
  • 00:15:33.083 --> 00:15:36.720
  • His circumstances have fallenapart, and the Bible says,
  • 00:15:36.753 --> 00:15:40.323
  • "But when Job prayed for hisfriends who were going
  • 00:15:40.357 --> 00:15:44.828
  • through trauma themselves,after he prayed for his friends,
  • 00:15:44.861 --> 00:15:49.299
  • God then turned aroundand delivered Job.
  • 00:15:49.332 --> 00:15:52.369
  • See, he planted the seedbased on his own need,
  • 00:15:52.402 --> 00:15:56.039
  • and when he planted the seedbased on his own need,
  • 00:15:56.072 --> 00:15:59.209
  • God reversed the seedto meet his need.
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  • You don't earn grace.
  • 00:16:02.979 --> 00:16:04.681
  • But how will it be given to you?
  • 00:16:04.714 --> 00:16:06.282
  • He tells you.
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  • He says in verse 8,"They will pour into your lap."
  • 00:16:07.817 --> 00:16:12.655
  • Mm, okay, I gave,I planted,
  • 00:16:12.689 --> 00:16:16.092
  • but there's this other groupout here called they.
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  • Who are the they?
  • 00:16:18.795 --> 00:16:22.198
  • Okay, here's the deal isyou won't find out
  • 00:16:22.232 --> 00:16:25.101
  • until after you've planted.
  • 00:16:25.135 --> 00:16:28.304
  • See, we wanna know,"How you gonna do this?"
  • 00:16:28.338 --> 00:16:31.474
  • God says, "We'll discuss thatwhen I see something
  • 00:16:31.508 --> 00:16:33.376
  • in the dirt."
  • 00:16:33.410 --> 00:16:35.311
  • God has a they,whoever they are,
  • 00:16:35.345 --> 00:16:38.348
  • 'cause he has a millionoptions out there.
  • 00:16:38.381 --> 00:16:40.550
  • He says they willloop back around,
  • 00:16:40.583 --> 00:16:43.319
  • and when they loop back around,they will pour into your lap.
  • 00:16:43.353 --> 00:16:50.093
  • So while you're doingsomething over here,
  • 00:16:50.126 --> 00:16:52.062
  • God is doingsomething over there,
  • 00:16:52.095 --> 00:16:53.830
  • but he doesn't connect the twountil the time is right.
  • 00:16:53.863 --> 00:16:58.601
  • Now, poured good measureand all that.
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  • This is a picture.
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  • This is when a--
  • 00:17:02.372 --> 00:17:04.007
  • usually a housewifewould go to the market,
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:06.242
  • and she would buy grain.
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  • She'd hold out her apronfor the grain to be poured
  • 00:17:08.545 --> 00:17:10.914
  • into her apron.
  • 00:17:10.947 --> 00:17:12.615
  • When they poured the graininto her apron,
  • 00:17:12.649 --> 00:17:14.918
  • she'd shake the apron,good measure,
  • 00:17:14.951 --> 00:17:16.686
  • shaken together,pressed down.
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  • She would shake it so that shewould fill in all the spaces
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  • so there would beno empty spaces.
  • 00:17:22.959 --> 00:17:25.195
  • Then she'd press down so shecould pack more in there, okay?
  • 00:17:25.228 --> 00:17:28.164
  • In other words,she would position it
  • 00:17:28.198 --> 00:17:30.567
  • so that what camewould be a lot more
  • 00:17:30.600 --> 00:17:34.504
  • than what was given up.
  • 00:17:34.537 --> 00:17:36.406
  • What came would be pressed down.
  • 00:17:36.439 --> 00:17:38.842
  • In other words,God would do exceedingly
  • 00:17:38.875 --> 00:17:41.644
  • abundantly abovewhat the original amount was
  • 00:17:41.678 --> 00:17:45.348
  • because all the spaceswill be filled in,
  • 00:17:45.381 --> 00:17:48.351
  • and if you've never seenGod fill in some spaces,
  • 00:17:48.384 --> 00:17:52.422
  • if you've never seen God fill inand press things down
  • 00:17:52.455 --> 00:17:55.825
  • when it looked like itwasn't going to work,
  • 00:17:55.859 --> 00:17:58.161
  • then you've not seenall that grace can do.
  • 00:17:58.194 --> 00:18:02.932
  • So the point is simple: God ingrace wants to show you
  • 00:18:04.434 --> 00:18:09.506
  • what he wantsto freely give you.
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  • You can't earn it.
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  • You shouldn't bemanipulated into it.
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  • You shouldn't be forced.
  • 00:18:15.278 --> 00:18:17.080
  • You shouldn't beliving on guilt.
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  • Oh, but when you understandwhat's in the seed,
  • 00:18:20.450 --> 00:18:23.486
  • when you understand, oh,that seed has got so much more,
  • 00:18:23.520 --> 00:18:26.356
  • and you're grateful for allthat God has already done,
  • 00:18:26.389 --> 00:18:29.325
  • then giving him time and talentsand treasures becomes a joy,
  • 00:18:29.359 --> 00:18:32.428
  • not a job.
  • 00:18:32.462 --> 00:18:34.330
  • Proverbs 11,verses 24 and 25 says,
  • 00:18:34.364 --> 00:18:36.799
  • "The generous man shall prosper,but the stingy man shall not."
  • 00:18:36.833 --> 00:18:41.271
  • Putting in everyday language,"What goes around comes around."
  • 00:18:41.304 --> 00:18:45.775
  • He says in Isaiah 48,verses 17 and 18,
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  • that one of the thingsGod will give you
  • 00:18:49.412 --> 00:18:51.848
  • is he will guide youwith new ideas.
  • 00:18:51.881 --> 00:18:55.185
  • He will show you waysto do things
  • 00:18:55.218 --> 00:18:57.787
  • that will bring solutionsto your life
  • 00:18:57.820 --> 00:18:59.822
  • that you didn't think of.
  • 00:18:59.856 --> 00:19:01.658
  • The Holy Spirit will jumpin your mind
  • 00:19:01.691 --> 00:19:03.793
  • to give you conceptsand ideas to work with,
  • 00:19:03.826 --> 00:19:07.230
  • and God will show younew ways.
  • 00:19:07.263 --> 00:19:09.165
  • He says to profit,Ecclesiastes 11:1-4,
  • 00:19:09.199 --> 00:19:13.603
  • "Cast your breadupon the waters,
  • 00:19:13.636 --> 00:19:15.471
  • and you'll see it come backafter many days."
  • 00:19:15.505 --> 00:19:20.777
  • He says if you're goingto understand
  • 00:19:20.810 --> 00:19:22.512
  • and see grace at work,you gotta get agricultural,
  • 00:19:22.545 --> 00:19:25.715
  • and you gotta see reapingis a result of sowing,
  • 00:19:25.748 --> 00:19:28.351
  • but sowing is a result of grace,and grace is a result of God
  • 00:19:28.384 --> 00:19:32.956
  • and appreciatingwhat God has done.
  • 00:19:32.989 --> 00:19:34.924
  • Psalm 126, verse 5 and 6 says,"You may start sowing in tears,
  • 00:19:34.958 --> 00:19:38.928
  • but if you hang in there,you'll reap in joy."
  • 00:19:38.962 --> 00:19:42.065
  • Now watch this:
  • 00:19:42.098 --> 00:19:44.033
  • There's always a gap of timebetween sowing and reaping.
  • 00:19:44.067 --> 00:19:49.138
  • There's always a gap of time.
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  • You don't sow one dayand reap the next day.
  • 00:19:50.840 --> 00:19:53.176
  • There's a gap, gap of time.
  • 00:19:53.209 --> 00:19:55.745
  • That's why Galatians 6,verses 6 to 10 says,
  • 00:19:55.778 --> 00:19:58.314
  • "In due season, you will reapif you faint not,"
  • 00:19:58.348 --> 00:20:01.517
  • 'cause reaping is seasonal.
  • 00:20:01.551 --> 00:20:03.786
  • Sowing and reaping is
  • 00:20:03.820 --> 00:20:05.288
  • you sow in this season,you reap in another season.
  • 00:20:05.321 --> 00:20:07.290
  • So there's a gap of time.
  • 00:20:07.323 --> 00:20:09.092
  • Now, let me tell you something:
  • 00:20:09.125 --> 00:20:11.628
  • A lot of us are taking more timethan the season calls for
  • 00:20:11.661 --> 00:20:16.833
  • because we are not doingwhat God has asked us to do.
  • 00:20:16.866 --> 00:20:19.769
  • He says it should producea fruit of righteousness.
  • 00:20:19.802 --> 00:20:22.205
  • So God expects,with your sowing your seed,
  • 00:20:22.238 --> 00:20:25.141
  • you're seeking to berighteous in your life.
  • 00:20:25.174 --> 00:20:27.644
  • You're seeking to please Godin your living.
  • 00:20:27.677 --> 00:20:30.213
  • You're seeking to be dedicatedto him in that process,
  • 00:20:30.246 --> 00:20:33.416
  • because part of the processinvolves, he says,
  • 00:20:33.449 --> 00:20:35.785
  • the righteousness.
  • 00:20:35.818 --> 00:20:37.120
  • And so if you're seekingto please God,
  • 00:20:37.153 --> 00:20:39.255
  • you're sowing the seedat the point of need,
  • 00:20:39.289 --> 00:20:41.658
  • then you can expectat the proper time, he says,
  • 00:20:41.691 --> 00:20:44.394
  • due season--that's the right time--
  • 00:20:44.427 --> 00:20:46.462
  • the harvest to come.
  • 00:20:46.496 --> 00:20:48.164
  • And yes, you may sow in tears
  • 00:20:48.197 --> 00:20:49.866
  • 'cause you're not usedto farming,
  • 00:20:49.899 --> 00:20:51.434
  • but he saysif you hang in there,
  • 00:20:51.467 --> 00:20:52.935
  • you will reap in joy.
  • 00:20:52.969 --> 00:20:56.239
  • So don't take my word for it.
  • 00:20:56.272 --> 00:20:59.809
  • Go plant a garden.
  • 00:20:59.842 --> 00:21:02.178
  • Don't take my word for it.
  • 00:21:02.211 --> 00:21:04.647
  • Take God's Word for it.
  • 00:21:04.681 --> 00:21:06.115
  • Try me, the Bible says,test me.
  • 00:21:06.149 --> 00:21:08.918
  • Grace is already there.
  • 00:21:08.951 --> 00:21:11.254
  • It's built into the seed.
  • 00:21:11.287 --> 00:21:13.756
  • A boy, one day, was askedby his mother ten things,
  • 00:21:13.790 --> 00:21:18.761
  • house things, to do:
  • 00:21:18.795 --> 00:21:20.396
  • Cut the lawn, clean your room,wash the dishes--
  • 00:21:20.430 --> 00:21:23.333
  • ten things.
  • 00:21:23.366 --> 00:21:25.134
  • She put the list onthe kitchen table.
  • 00:21:25.168 --> 00:21:28.104
  • She came in that evening,and he had written on the list,
  • 00:21:28.137 --> 00:21:33.009
  • "For mowing the lawn, $5.
  • 00:21:33.042 --> 00:21:37.213
  • For cleaning my room, $5.
  • 00:21:37.246 --> 00:21:40.650
  • For washing the dishes, $5."
  • 00:21:40.683 --> 00:21:43.219
  • So there was a $5 chargeon all ten things.
  • 00:21:43.252 --> 00:21:47.123
  • "Total, Mom, you owe me $50."
  • 00:21:47.156 --> 00:21:51.894
  • Next morning, Mama had a list:
  • 00:21:51.928 --> 00:21:56.666
  • "For carrying you nine monthsin my womb, no charge.
  • 00:21:56.699 --> 00:22:01.938
  • For caring for youwhen you were sick,
  • 00:22:01.971 --> 00:22:03.973
  • and staying up all night,no charge.
  • 00:22:04.006 --> 00:22:06.943
  • For working overtime to buyyou those tennis shoes
  • 00:22:06.976 --> 00:22:09.145
  • that you wanted so badly,no charge.
  • 00:22:09.178 --> 00:22:12.782
  • For breakfast, lunch, and dinnerwithout fail, no charge,"
  • 00:22:12.815 --> 00:22:18.121
  • signed, "Mother.
  • 00:22:18.154 --> 00:22:20.123
  • No charge, justbecause I love you."
  • 00:22:20.156 --> 00:22:23.793
  • When the boy read that note,he canceled the bill
  • 00:22:23.826 --> 00:22:26.429
  • he gave his mother,
  • 00:22:26.462 --> 00:22:28.698
  • because when he recognizedthe grace that had
  • 00:22:28.731 --> 00:22:30.867
  • already been dispensed,he understood it should be a joy
  • 00:22:30.900 --> 00:22:35.238
  • to do those ten thingsin appreciation for his mother.
  • 00:22:35.271 --> 00:22:39.976
  • In our case, "He who knewno sin became sin for us
  • 00:22:40.009 --> 00:22:43.946
  • that we might become therighteousness of God in him."
  • 00:22:43.980 --> 00:22:48.551
  • "For God so loved the world
  • 00:22:48.584 --> 00:22:50.453
  • that he gave his onlybegotten Son,
  • 00:22:50.486 --> 00:22:52.955
  • that whosoever simply believethin him should not perish,
  • 00:22:52.989 --> 00:22:56.359
  • but have eternal life,"
  • 00:22:56.392 --> 00:22:58.461
  • and "He was woundedfor your transgressions,
  • 00:22:58.494 --> 00:23:00.930
  • bruised for your iniquities.
  • 00:23:00.963 --> 00:23:03.032
  • The chastisement of his peacewas on his shoulders,
  • 00:23:03.065 --> 00:23:06.235
  • and by his stripes,you are healed."
  • 00:23:06.269 --> 00:23:08.671
  • And the more you fallin love with him,
  • 00:23:08.704 --> 00:23:11.007
  • the more you adore him,
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:13.042
  • the more you cherishall the grace provided by him,
  • 00:23:13.075 --> 00:23:16.712
  • then planting the seedto meet a need
  • 00:23:16.746 --> 00:23:19.615
  • should be no problem at all
  • 00:23:19.649 --> 00:23:21.684
  • because you knowhe's already done it,
  • 00:23:21.717 --> 00:23:24.420
  • he's promised to do it,and I'm trusting in between
  • 00:23:24.454 --> 00:23:27.790
  • because "Greater gracehas no man than this,
  • 00:23:27.824 --> 00:23:31.194
  • that he would lay downhis life for his friends."
  • 00:23:31.227 --> 00:23:35.031
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:23:35.064 --> 00:23:44.740
  • Tony: If you're gonna thinklike a great kingdom steward,
  • 00:23:44.774 --> 00:23:49.745
  • then, you and I,we must think agriculturally.
  • 00:23:49.779 --> 00:23:53.282
  • That's why the Bible talksabout sowing and reaping.
  • 00:23:53.316 --> 00:23:57.153
  • That's agriculture.
  • 00:23:57.186 --> 00:24:00.022
  • You only get backwhat you plant.
  • 00:24:00.056 --> 00:24:04.494
  • You don't plant orangesand get back apples.
  • 00:24:04.527 --> 00:24:08.064
  • You don't plant squashand get back, you know, okra.
  • 00:24:08.097 --> 00:24:12.869
  • You get back what you plant.
  • 00:24:12.902 --> 00:24:16.606
  • What God wants us to do isdecide what you want to get back
  • 00:24:16.639 --> 00:24:22.979
  • because that will determinewhat you invest.
  • 00:24:23.012 --> 00:24:26.883
  • Don't start with the investment.
  • 00:24:26.916 --> 00:24:28.818
  • Start with the harvest,
  • 00:24:28.851 --> 00:24:30.620
  • because now you knowwhat to sow.
  • 00:24:30.653 --> 00:24:33.089
  • Scripture is clearthat if you sow very little
  • 00:24:33.122 --> 00:24:38.461
  • but you expect bigthings from God
  • 00:24:38.494 --> 00:24:41.097
  • but God can't get muchof your time,
  • 00:24:41.130 --> 00:24:44.033
  • and he can't get muchof your talent,
  • 00:24:44.066 --> 00:24:45.868
  • he can't get muchof your resources,
  • 00:24:45.902 --> 00:24:47.537
  • oh, but you want a big blessing,you want a magnificent harvest--
  • 00:24:47.570 --> 00:24:52.542
  • doesn't work like that.
  • 00:24:52.575 --> 00:24:54.610
  • You know, you get backwhat you sow.
  • 00:24:54.644 --> 00:24:56.879
  • You get back basedon how much you sow.
  • 00:24:56.913 --> 00:25:00.683
  • You get back where you sow.
  • 00:25:00.716 --> 00:25:02.652
  • If you sow on bad ground,then it's not gonna work.
  • 00:25:02.685 --> 00:25:06.722
  • So you wanna invest inthat which is meaningful
  • 00:25:06.756 --> 00:25:10.760
  • and beneficial and helpfuland godly and productive.
  • 00:25:10.793 --> 00:25:15.865
  • You wanna look at the kindof soil you are sowing in,
  • 00:25:15.898 --> 00:25:20.570
  • and when you get thisagricultural mind-set,
  • 00:25:20.603 --> 00:25:23.773
  • the Bible even says,
  • 00:25:23.806 --> 00:25:25.408
  • "If you sow to the flesh, you'llreap from the flesh corruption."
  • 00:25:25.441 --> 00:25:29.078
  • And I think all of ushave done that in our lives
  • 00:25:29.111 --> 00:25:31.714
  • where we've sowedto that which satisfied us
  • 00:25:31.747 --> 00:25:34.984
  • but disappointed God, and gotsome bad consequences from it,
  • 00:25:35.017 --> 00:25:38.888
  • you know?
  • 00:25:38.921 --> 00:25:40.756
  • And so look at the consequenceyou wanna get back,
  • 00:25:40.790 --> 00:25:43.593
  • because that'll tell youwhether it's the thing
  • 00:25:43.626 --> 00:25:46.295
  • you ought to do with your life
  • 00:25:46.329 --> 00:25:49.098
  • and with what Godhas entrusted to you.
  • 00:25:49.131 --> 00:25:52.001
  • If you're gonna bea great kingdom steward,
  • 00:25:52.034 --> 00:25:54.670
  • go farming.
  • 00:25:54.704 --> 00:25:56.372
  • Go farming and look for whatyou want God to do.
  • 00:25:56.405 --> 00:26:00.943
  • God has a way, when you sowrighteously, generously,
  • 00:26:00.977 --> 00:26:06.282
  • and kindly with your time,talent, and treasures,
  • 00:26:06.315 --> 00:26:09.452
  • of giving you morethan you planted--
  • 00:26:09.485 --> 00:26:11.387
  • I mean, you can planta kernel of corn,
  • 00:26:11.420 --> 00:26:13.522
  • but you get a stalkof corn, right?
  • 00:26:13.556 --> 00:26:15.524
  • You get a little bit moreand sometimes a lot more
  • 00:26:15.558 --> 00:26:17.793
  • than what you started with.
  • 00:26:17.827 --> 00:26:19.762
  • Give it to God,plant it for his kingdom,
  • 00:26:19.795 --> 00:26:23.399
  • and let's see what kindof a return you get
  • 00:26:23.432 --> 00:26:26.702
  • on being a kingdom investor.
  • 00:26:26.736 --> 00:26:29.372
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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