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Giving of time- Ephesians 4:15-16

Stewardship of Time   •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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People are stewards of a deposit of time given by God, and will be held responsible for the way in which they use it.

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I Time is governed by God

Psalm 31:15 KJV 1900
My times are in thy hand: Deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

a) God determines every lifespan

Job 14:5 KJV 1900
Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months are with thee, Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
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b) God will demand an account of how time has been spent

Ecclesiastes 3:17 KJV 1900
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
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II Time may be squandered

a) In ungodly living

1 Peter 4:3 KJV 1900
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
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b) By neglecting God-given opportunities

Jeremiah 8:20 KJV 1900
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
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II Time may be saved

a) By understanding its brevity

Psalm 90:12 KJV 1900
So teach us to number our days, That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
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b) By remembering its uncertainty

John 9:4 KJV 1900
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
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c) By making the most of present opportunities

Ephesians 5:16 KJV 1900
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
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d) By allocating it wisely

1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV 1900
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
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III Time is to be spent wisely

a) In worship and meditation

Psalm 119:164 KJV 1900
Seven times a day do I praise thee Because of thy righteous judgments.
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b) In work

Psalm 104:23 KJV 1900
Man goeth forth unto his work And to his labour until the evening.
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c) In rest

Exodus 20:8–10 KJV 1900
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
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d) With one’s family

Deuteronomy 24:5 KJV 1900
When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.
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1 Corinthians 16:7 KJV 1900
For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
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IV Time is to be allocated according to priorities

Luke 10:41–42 KJV 1900
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
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