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Occupy Till I Come

"Jerry retired Trucker- Author- Ph.D. in Philosophy/ Life Coach from Kingdom Ambassadors Global Univ. & Currently MHC Life University"

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Opening Summary

LUKE 19:11-26

11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and

because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, "Occupy till I come."
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these
servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man
had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou
authority over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest
that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant.
Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own
with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he
hath shall be taken away from him.

Are You holding your Position

Beloved, I believe this to be a right now message to the body of Christ because it warns us of the dangers of complacency as it gives us as good Stewards of what God has trusted us with to utilize the gifts and talents in our arsenal because there is a devil bent on our destruction causing as much trouble as possible to get us to take our eyes off the vision but saints, there is a hurting world out there that needs what we have and that is the greatest news on earth that "God Loves Sinners."

Beloved, let us now look at the action word "Occupy" and glean from its true meaning that we may be responsible Stewards of what he has entrusted to us. Church, notice how the Lord was not throughout this parable giving us a suggestion, but a direct command to occupy until he comes. Beloved, the Lord would not ask us to do something that we are incapable of doing therefore we need to do a study on this parable and learn to do what it says to do that we may be fruitful in our walk with God.

Church, it would take me twenty pages just to write notes on this sermon however I will try and give what God gives to me that we all can learn to apply the wisdom gained from studying this message.

Saints, we can not do what we think we can't until we do what we can, therefore beloved, God is giving us revelation in this parable to become an example of what he can do through those that make themselves available to him. (IS THIS YOU)

First beloved, let me say that God did not put us on this planet to fill up space, but he put us here to be a light, a beacon of hope, showing forth his love while sharing the good news that "JESUS SAVES" to a hurting world that is looking for answers and a reason to live.

(Matthew 5:14-16) 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

Church, the Lord is not coming back after buildings but after a bride that hath made herself ready therefore beloved, we the church, the body of Christ, need to occupy our position and become an influence to the world around us showing forth a powerful influence that will bring change to future generations.

Saints, we all have our place in the body of Christ and it will take our working together in harmony throughout every part of our society to bring about the type of change that is able to transform our nation therefore just like the sign in a motel that is flashing "No Vacancy" which is a message informing other people that all the rooms in this business are occupied, therefore church, may we have the same "No Vacancy" sign flashing in our heart warning the devil that when he comes by looking for a way to get in and distract us from our assignment, let him see the autographed blood of Jesus on our heart declaring that this tenure is occupied.

Gleaning from the Message

Church, in this parable we find that the Lord gave the ten servants a pound a piece which equaled to about twenty to thirty usd in our money which would have amounted to about three months of wages for them in that day.

Beloved, the pound distributed to these servants represents the equal opportunity of receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ and notice that the servants that received one pound each were instructed by the nobleman to occupy till he returns, which means that they were to take the pound and trade or barter to multiply what they had received.

Saints, this parable speaks of the nobleman taking a far journey to receive for himself a kingdom and returning to rule over his people and did you know that if you do a study on this that in the days of Jesus, there was a ruler that actually did this and his name was Archelaus a direct descendant of Herod the great.

Beloved saints, this gives us a glimpse of the plan of God to redeem mankind through the cross of Jesus Christ back into fellowship with him.

Saints, in God's plan for the redemption of man, his greatest creation, the lord is to be betrayed and face the agonizing death on the cross to make a place for his disciples to come to God bridging the gap we lost through Adam's fall in the garden. He would present his blood as an atoning sacrifice to his father in heaven to pay the sin debt for all mankind.

Church, this parable is letting us see the plan of God kept secret in the Godhead from the foundation of the world concerning how God was going to rescue as many as possible from Satan’s rebellion and make a way for man to once again be restored into fellowship with a Holy God who hates sin.

Beloved, the nobleman in this parable represents Christ going to his Father to obtain his kingdom then return back to Earth to receive his people which will be accomplished in the second coming.

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Saints, we find our Lord In (John 14:1-3) stating "that he was going to prepare a place and coming again to receive his disciples that where he is there they may be also."

Beloved church, did you not know that he fulfilled this scripture after his resurrection, yes beloved, he went to the cross to prepare his disciples a place which was a way for fallen man to get back into fellowship with God and after offering his sacrifice in Heaven, returned to live with them for forty days even being seen of up to five hundred eyewitnesses at one time.

Saints, we discover in this parable that the Lord is trying to reveal to his disciples that his Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom that would be in them which would replace the selfish nature of man as the Holy Spirit sets the risen Christ up as Lord of lords and King. of Kings in our heart.

Beloved, we discover in this parable that each of these servants received the same amount of money. and all but one got an increase on what was trusted to them however we discover that one was lazy and hid his in a napkin.

Church, the truth revealed here and the bottom line to this message is that we all have one life to live here on Earth and each of us have the same opportunity to receive or reject the gospel message.

Dearly beloved, we have two different types of people illustrated here in this message and really in the everyday life we are blessed to live on this planet.

1. We have the real Christians that love and follow him making him Lord and Savior.
2. We have the religious crowd that would plot his death and hate the truth that he preached.
3. We have so called Christians today hating other races, the very thing that God hates with a passion.
4. We have so called Christians today that if they had their way, would put others in hell.
5. We have church leaders today that have the character of the elder brother portrayed in the Prodigal son.

Have you buried your Gift

Church, saints and fellow peers, may we now glean in our study observing the stewardship of the servants listed in the gospel of Luke chapter nineteen and learn what did with what the nobleman had given them.

Beloved, in this parable, the nobleman had received his kingdom and returned to see what the ten servants had done with his money.

Saints, we find that one servant had taken his pound and gained ten pounds by trading or barter.

Beloved, we find in (Isaiah 40:31) that the word of God states “But they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength” which in the Hebrew means exchange our strength for his.

Dear saints, God gives power to those that wait and hope in him which allows them to exchange their strength for his and this is what we as faithful servants of our Lord are to do with what the King hath given us for we are to convince people that they need to exchange what they have for the peace that we have in Christ.

Beloved, notice how this faithful servant gained ten more pounds than he started with, and beloved, may we take a few minutes and think about what one word can do to someone needing hope, dearly beloved, what can one gospel tract possibly do to speak to a broken heart?

Saints, this faithful servant that gained ten pounds, was blessed to hear the words well done for being faithful in the little he received, and notice beloved, the nobleman did not say that he had been successful in his stewardship, however beloved, because of his faithfulness to multiply what he had been given, he was placed over ten cities.

Beloved, the second servant exchanged his pound and gained five more than he had started with causing the nobleman to bless him to be over five cities, however, he did not hear the words well done.

Church, we now look at the slothful servant who hid his gift in a napkin, making a statement to the nobleman that he hid his gift because he knew that the nobleman was a hard man to deal with caused the nobleman to address this servant as a wicked servant stating that he should have put his money in the bank that it might have drawn interest and earned a gain on his investment.

Beloved, we have people today that make all kinds of excuses for not accepting God’s free gift of salvation while others are ashamed to admit that they are a Christian even others stating that they do not attend church because of the hypocrites that are there not realizing that addressing others as hypocrites or pretenders, is declaring to the holiness of God that they have kept their life right before God and are spiritual enough to judge and label another person making themselves guilty before the throne of the judge of the universe.

My Conclusion

Dear saints, it is no secret that we are growing up in a world that operates by standards and the definition of a standard could be described as the values including the principals that we place upon a certain thing and in this setting we can say a way of life.

Beloved, we seem to have standards in all parts of our lives except our spiritual walk with God, and sadly beloved, we seem to lack in this area, especially in the fear that we may offend someone.

Church, we need to view the truth of God’s word asking him to reveal his life and character to us and when we do, we will find him teaching in (Matthew 5:5) or maybe in (Psalms 37:11) that the meek will inherit the Earth for the meek beloved, are those who have their spirit under the control of his Spirit.

Beloved, did you not know that our awesome God has a standard for our acceptable behavior and his word says in (Hebrews 12:2) that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, also stating in (Philippians 1:16) that he that begun a good work in us will finish that work, that we may be presented blameless on that day.

Saints and fellow peers, did you know that the spiritual gifts that have been given to us must be cultivated and developed, therefore, we must never take what God has entrusted unto us for granted.

Church, we must keep ourselves pure and undefiled before a Holy God that he may have a clean vessel to work through as we redeem the time occupying the position we have been placed blooming where we have been planted.

Saints of God, I have learned from my mistakes and will never take the blessings of God for granted again especially in the messed up world today as I am coming into his fulfillment in my life and ministry.

Beloved, God’s will today is for men and women in leadership to instruct others with a sense of Holy reverence toward God and their fellow men, therefore in closing saints, let me say that Impurity in leadership will erode character and tend to help destroy marriages, relationships, lives and ministries beyond repair.

Church, did you know that not living a Holy life before a confused world will cause our testimony to be of no effect therefore saints, sometimes beloved, we just need to swallow our pride and walk away from godless people who tend to find fault with everyone and every thing they meet.

Beloved saints, we need to train ourselves to be Godly, keeping ourselves pure before a Holy God who is perfect in all his ways, remembering that God is the deliverer for is able to deliver us out of all our trials and temptations.

Beloved saints, the bottom line in this conclusion can be summed us in this sentence, Life may present us with uncertainties including many hardships, but our God is and always will be faithful to those who are faithful putting their confidence and complete trust in him for when all things in which men glory pass away, God's word and his love will still stand. A-Men

International Evangelist
Dr. Jerry W. Hulse Ph.D.
Miracle Life Church International

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Jerry W Hulse

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