IF YOU ARE UNFAITHFUL WITH MONEY, FORGET IT! GOD CAN NOT GIVE YOU WEALTH – Pastor David Ibiyeomie

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WHEN WE HOLD OUR GLORY REIGN, THE ENTIRE CITY OF PORT HARCOURT IS EMPTY. YOU CAN DRIVE FROM ONE END TO ANOTHER WITHOUT HOLD-UP ANYWHERE.

IF YOU ARE A MINISTER GOING THROUGH FINANCIAL CHALLENGES, I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOUR PROBLEM IS FINANCIAL UNFAITHFULNESS

GOD IS NOT WICKED WHO CALLED YOU TO MAKE YOU SUFFER, CHECK YOUR FAITHFULNESS IN FINANCES WITH GOD.

IF YOU ARE UNFAITHFUL WITH MONEY, FORGET IT! GOD CAN NOT GIVE YOU WEALTH.

GOD DOES NOT IGNORE FAITHFULNESS, GOD REWARDS FAITHFULNESS

-Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Morning Session, Day Three
Church Growth Conference, 2022

The theme is Built to Last and the Subtopic I will be sharing on is Faithfulness in Pastoral Ministry. Many times we wait for impartation but I notice one thing from 2 Kings Elisha when the mantle fell, used the mantle once but the Spirit was for life. Don’t be interested in the mantle, be interested in the spirit. Be more interested in connectivity than carrying the mantle. What I am going to teach here is what I have learnt from our father and have seen work in my life, it is not theory, it is what I have handled.

Faithfulness means firm and unwavering devotion to somebody or something, no matter the circumstance. Faithfulness is not doing something right, but doing something right over and over. If you do something right only once, that is not faithfulness.

In the act of faithfulness, you handle any assignment committed to you without honesty and diligence. If you leave an assignment the way you met it, it is an indication that you are not faithful. For lasting impact in ministry, faithfulness is indispensable not just the anointing, insights and gift of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2.
Where you will be tomorrow is a function of your faithfulness today. Unfaithfulness can be very devastating, God is looking for faithful stewards. Ministry without faithfulness will end in futility. Faithfulness adds colour to our calling and duty to our assignment. Luke 16:10-11. You maximize the little that is available to you until it becomes much. Ordinary faithfulness will lead to a huge impact in ministry.

God will not entrust anything to you until He trusts you. When God sees your faithfulness, He approves you to take charge of His resources. If you are unfaithful with money, forget it!

God can not give you wealth. God does not judge you according to size, He sees you according to your faithfulness. Faithfulness in ministry is not optional if you must succeed. It is required. One of the requirements for you to be lifted is faithfulness. Nothing can be more noble than faithfulness.

If you look at Jesus and Moses, two of them had a testimony in Hebrews 3:1-2,5. To be faithful in ministry is to be fruitful in ministry. God will not entrust you with greatness without your faithfulness in view.

Areas of Faithfulness
1. Faithfulness towards God
2. Faithfulness towards assignment.

Most protégés don’t even go to work where no one supervises them. Most ministers don’t take time to prepare messages. Many don’t invest in spiritual material, they think knowledge is expensive. If you think knowledge is expensive, try ignorance. What ignorance will cost you is more than cancer because with knowledge cancer won’t come. Knowledge is not a gift, there is a gift of word of knowledge, there is no gift of knowledge. You don’t know it, you don’t know it. Even if our Father lays hands on you, knowledge cannot be transferred. You must know it. He came and said, “I will never be poor”.

I will never forget, I just came to Winners Chapel newly in Iyana Ipaja, and he said I have never knocked on any man’s door to ask for a dime. He said nothing in this world can make me poor. How can somebody say something like that, I knew there was something this man knew that I needed to know. I was preaching tithing and prosperity and I was poor. That you preach it does not mean you know it.

In 1997, I locked myself for seven days with his book ‘Breaking Financial Hardship fasting not to break poverty but for light to come. Take me to Haiti, I will be rich. Many of you saw it, I didn’t see it. After his name, someone’s name was there and I was the third richest pastor. There is no way a lion will give birth to a goat.

when they told me, I laughed and I said the key is in his hand in his generation and in my hand in my generation. Don’t just use another man’s headlamp to drive your car. I can’t prosper with his own revelation, I have to know what he knew.

3. Faithfulness towards handling God’s resources.
Luke 16:10-12, Nehemiah 13:13
The problem with most ministers is not the devil but financial hardship caused by their unfaithfulness in their dealing with God. Proverbs 13:15 (NKJV). If you are a minister going through financial challenges, I can tell you that your problem is financial unfaithfulness. It is not where you are, you have not been faithful in dealing with God. We were in Bible School and we were taught tithing that we have corporate tithing and individual tithing and from April 1997 we have never stopped to pay our tithe. Our first tithe was #700. How many pastors are faithful in their tithing? Any minister going through financial stress, I can tell you that you are not faithful in your financial dealing. God is not wicked who called you to make you suffer, check your faithfulness in finances with God.

In the first nine years of ministry, I heard his testimony. Everything I do I follow him. Copying is scriptural. The Bible said, “Be ye imitators…”. If the person is succeeding, copy him. Don’t copy a failure, copy a success. First nine years of ministry, I did not travel out of Nigeria, not even to Benin Republic. He came to class one day and said “you will never be great moving from Shomolu to Bariga, if you want to be a great pastor sit down with your assignment”.

I knew he was talking to me because I liked to travel around. So for nine good years, I didn’t travel. With all humility before God when we hold our Global Reign, the entire city of Port Harcourt is empty. You can drive from one end to another end without a hold-up. Sit down at your assignment otherwise, the world will never look for you. I used that time to build myself.

When we were in Bible School, he told us to go for evangelism. So they gave us money, I was a group head to lead the groups for evangelism. They said we should use the money to eat. Many of my mates will buy food they have never bought, they said it is Winners Chapel money, Winners Chapel has money.

Food was #100 then, some of them bought #500 food. I asked myself if I will eat #500 if it is my money. I was not eating afternoon food with my personal money, so I came back and returned the entire money to the Church. I was the only one who returned that money in the whole team. I heard his testimony and the man said for the work of the Lord, he said I am not the work of the Lord. That is why you must listen to testimonies and draw inspiration. Somebody gave us big money when we have no dime in our hands and said it is for the work of the ministry, I told my wife this money is not for us.

It is for the Church. That is because I heard his one testimony. When you see a man at the top as the wealthiest pastor, don’t get excited, find out what he has been doing to become the wealthiest pastor. He has been faithful, he said he has never mixed living faith money with his money. Those are the things you shall also learn. It’s not just to copy notes, one is to copy notes, another is to practice it. Take note of what you have taken in your notes.

Rewards of Faithfulness

God does not ignore faithful stewards, He rewards faithful stewards. If you are faithful, it will show. Poverty does not hide and wealth does not hide. When you are wealthy your skin will show it. When a poor man is laughing and a rich man is laughing, they are not the same.

1. It guarantees supernatural promotion.
Nehemiah 7:2
That was his only qualification for His promotion.
Luke 12:42
If you want to be promoted, remain faithful. It may be tough at the beginning but remain faithful. Some of us are used to using Church money, now when you stop it is going to be tough. You may not have things to eat, endure it after a while. One thing with crooked people is that they may look as if they are faster than you but if you are faithful when you overtake them it is jet with bicycle. They might buy cars before you, but be faithful. Many people had cars before me, I have given 54 cars in 2 months as gifts. The cars came in such a way that I had nowhere to park them but there was a time, I had no car because I couldn’t afford one. So don’t bother about other people, when your promotion comes it will show.

2. You are entrusted with more responsibility and empowered with more grace.

Matthew 25:20-21

God can now entrust you with more because of what you have done.

3. Faithfulness enriches you with diverse blessings.
Proverbs 28:20

4. It guarantees transgenerational blessings
Proverbs 20:7
If you truly belong to this family, one of the qualities of this family is faithfulness. If you are a son of Bishop Oyedepo, you have to be faithful. There should be a reflection of the environment in your life. It’s not the notes you copy that change you, it’s the decisions and actions that change a man. Most of us are copying notes to go and preach not to change.

Until your faithfulness is proved, your reward will not be established. You have to be faithful to God and to your assignment without anybody supervising me. If they supervise you then you are a slave, faithful people don’t wait to be supervised.

Lord, I receive grace to remain faithful.

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