The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“God Rewards a Good Steward”

Matthew 25:21

 

As good stewards, we are supposed to manage our time wisely.

 

Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

 

Redeem – to recover ownership of; to make up for; to set free

 

Steward – one who manages another’s property, finances or other affairs

 

We all are stewards. So, today I want to look at an area that God has entrusted us with. As good stewards, we must manage our time properly.

 

Thought to remember: Time waits on no one. So, you must take full advantage of the time that you are given each day, week, month and year.

 

We must manage our time wisely, and not be a waster of time. If not, time can easily get away from you.

 

Here are some key things about time management:

 

  1. It takes a level of discipline.
  2. It takes some scheduling.
  3. It takes valuing.
  4. It takes balance.

 

Life should consist of worship, work, rest and play in order for your life to be balanced. So, here are some areas that you should have time for weekly.

 

  1. Time for the Lord
    1. Time in God’s house
    2. Prayer
    3. His word
  2. Family time
  3. Work
    1. Job, business, etc.
  4. Sleep
    1. Your physical body needs sleep.
  5. Free time
    1. Time to relax and be refreshed through whatever you like doing (me time).
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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Power of Praise”

Psalms 34:1

 

David understood the power of praise. David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

My word to you today is to never allow the enemy to take your praise, because it is a powerful force in your life.

 

Praise – the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something; to exalt or magnify someone.

 

First of all, we must recognize that the Lord is worthy of all our praise. We must also continue to remember that it is a powerful force in our lives.

 

Psalms 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Israel represented the people of God.

 

So, if you are a child of God, then He inhabits your praise. He dwells in our praise, and we know that when he shows up the enemy is a defeated foe.

 

Jehoshaphat experienced this in the midst of his battle. II Chronicles 20:22 says, “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

 

My word to you today is to praise Him right in the midst of the battle, because the battle is not yours. It belongs to the Lord.

 

He will show up in the midst of your praise. The Power of Praise.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Love Test”

I Corinthians 13:4-8

 

The strength of who we are as believers or Christians is found in our love. In I Corinthians 13, He is letting us know that it is more important than anything else.

 

So, periodically we must continue to take the love test.

 

Verses 4 – 8

 

  1. Love suffereth long.

Long-suffering – to tolerate or endure evil or wrong doing without being filled with resentment

 

  1. Love is kind.

Kind – of a friendly generous nature; warmhearted

 

  1. Love envieth not.

Envy – a feeling of discontent an resentment aroused by contemplation of another’s desirable possessions or qualities with a strong desire to have them for oneself

 

  1. Love vaunteth not itself.

Vaunt – having extravagant self praise; to describe oneself in boastful terms

 

  1. Love is not puffed up.

Proud – arrogant; conceited; over confident; lifted up in pride

 

  1. Love does not behave unseemly

Unseemly – not in good taste or out of control

 

  1. Love seeketh not her own. It does not seek its own to the hurt of others, and is not selfish.

 

  1. Love is not easily provoked.

Provoke – to stir up

 

  1. Love thinketh no evil. It is not suspicious or always assuming wrong in others.

 

  1. Love rejoiceth not in inquity. It wishes no ill on others.

Iniquity – the wrong doing of others.

 

  1. Love rejoiceth in truth.

Truth – what is right or just

 

  1. Love beareth all things, believeth all things, heareth all things and endureth all things. It is very patient and tolerant with others.

 

The powerful ending to this truth is that love never faileth. In the end, true love will always prevail.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Good Success”

Joshua 1:8

 

Good success is linked to the God kind of success.

 

God has a plan for us to succeed in life. However, how often do we walk away from His way, to do it our way? This causes us to come up short of the good success that he has in store for us.

 

We must be willing to do it His way to obtain the God kind of success in life.

 

This is what He is making known to Joshua. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that though 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.”

 

I know that all of us want to experience success in life. We want to be successful in our careers, homes, finances, etc.

 

Success – the accomplishment of goals; to achieve great things

 

We should all desire this.

 

Success always comes with a series of tests. Whether you pass or fail those tests determines how successful you will be. Here are a few examples of tests that you may be faced with.

 

  1. The temptation test

You must resist the enticement to do something that is wrong or unwise. I have witnessed many people destroy or lose everything that they had, because they did not pass the temptation test.

 

  1. The diligence test

Diligence – having a steady, consistent or persistent effort. Being diligent means that you do not start and stop. You must be consistent. Being lazy and slothful does not lead to success.

 

  1. The “giving up” test

Give up – to cease to give effort; to quit. You will never succeed without giving the proper effort. There is a saying that, “Winners never quit.” Even when you feel like giving up, just make up in your mind that you are going to press through it.

 

Remember that you will face these tests on the road to success in life.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Trust in the Lord”

Psalm 40:4

 

Today is about helping you build your trust in the Lord, because it will cause you to reap great benefits.

 

What does it means to trust in Him?

 

Trust – to have a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; to have a confidence or belief in.

 

Why is this so important? Because, trust causes you to be at rest.

 

This rest will cause you to be at peace no matter what is going on in your life.

 

Psalms 37:3-7 speaks to the power of trust. When you are at rest, it will cause you to be able to patiently wait on God, because you are confident that He will come through for you.

 

Psalms 31:19 says, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men.”

 

God’s goodness is released in the lives of those who trust Him. The Lord is saying, “If I can get you to trust me, I can really bless your life.” Trust in the Lord.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Power of Sowing”

Genesis 26:12-14

 

Sowing is a powerful thing in the life of a believer.

 

When we talk about sowing, we are talking about the power of seed giving or seed planting.

 

In Genesis 26:12-14, Isaac’s life was blessed through sowing in the midst of a famine time. He received a hundred times more than what he sowed in the same year.

 

II Corinthians 9:6-10 gives a clear description on the power of sowing or seed giving. Verse 6 lets us know that sowing causes us to reap or to obtain a return.

 

It also lets us know that if we sow little or very seldom, we reap little or very seldom. However, if we sow plentifully or very often, we shall reap plentifully or very often.

 

Verse 7 lets us know that sowing is what you purpose in your heart to give. God requires 10%, which is our tithes.

 

Sowing is a free will offering, and God wants us to do it cheerfully.

 

Verse 8 lets us know that He will take care of all of your needs through His grace or favor.

 

Verses 9-10 let us know that sowing releases an increase in our lives. We receive an increase in our lives through the power of seed sowing.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Faith is the Source of Your Expectation”

Hebrews 11:1

 

Your faith is the key to your expectancy. Small faith; small expectancy. Great faith; great expectancy.

 

Faith is what builds expectancy in us. Faith is the source of our expectancy. In Matthew 9:18-22, the woman with the issue of blood had faith to be healed when she heard that Jesus was passing by. She said within herself, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment I shall be made whole.” After receiving her healing, Jesus said to her, “Thy faith has made thee whole.”

 

In Psalms 62:5 David said, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” When you find truth in God’s word that applies to a particular area of your life, release your faith for it, because the degree to which you can believe is the degree you can receive.

 

That is why the word of God says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

 

The more you hear the word of God, the greater your faith will be. The greater your faith is, the greater your expectancy will be.

 

Remember, faith is the source of your expectancy.

 

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