LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ECCL 9:11b
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
Identifying divine opportunities , when you see them . 10 keys
1.God's house of worship ( Church) - Is a place of divine opportunity . Why? Is His house . Anything can happen . miracles can take place , healings , word of knowledge and prophecies can come when you lest expect it .The key is we go to church because we always believe that God will come visiting "me" today in church. My day of remembrance. Mal 3:16 "Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name."
2.Serving a punishment in church for wrong doing - Is a divine opportunity for God to bless you . but many children of God , don't see it that way . many have left the church , they where asked to serve punishment, out of pride . But see the secret key in this thing . Is not the punishment that is the opportunity , but the obedience .Key - Isaiah 1:19" If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:"and Eph 6:1(NIV)" Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."
3.Evangelism - Is another opportunity , but many of us don't take advantage of it . Evangelism , preaching Jesus is an opportunity for us to be blessed. This one I can confidently say , after you have gone out to preach Jesus , hmm, when you come back to make your request to Him....whoosh !! you will sense His pleasure in your prayers . Ask me ??? John 15:7 (NLT)"But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!"
4.Offering and Tithes - Is an opportunity for God to turn our finances around , but many children of God are not generous in their giving ,but wait to get the big one first before they give . but that is not faith . it is giving by faith the little first . When we give generously in our time of need , is what moves God more , knowing what we have left with us and tithing is an opportunity for us to secure our finances from the hand of the enemy . Mal 3:11; Mark 11:44(ESV)"For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
5.Church Project - Is an opportunity if you are seeking a break through in your finances . Take care of God's house and He will take care of your finances . When Jesus was told that the centurion's had built a church for them ..He got up and followed them to see to the request of the centurion. Luke 7:5,6a(Amp)" For he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense].6 And Jesus went with them."
6.Taking care of the poor - Is another big opportunity many believers overlook . You don't wait for the big one to come first before you bless the poor , bless them with the one you have now and their prayers will long after you is the key. 2 Cor 9:14(NIV)"And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you."
7. Sanitation - Taking care of God's house . Is an opportunity . This is how I see it ..we all have many enemies that want us dead for many reasons known to them alone ."lol" . Now when you make yourself useful in God's house , how can God let them take your life . Who would come to His house to clean it when you are not there . He keeps them that are useful in His house , is a key .Hear what God said in the book of Haggai 1:4 (NIV)""Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?" Do His own and He will take care of you !
8.Prayer - Is a big opportunity for God to do the absolute impossible in our lives , if only we can pray and not relent . God I tell you can do anything , if you would just be persistent aenough . James 5:16b(Amp)"The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]."
9. Fasting - lol ..ok o, I know we all have a challenge with this one , but the key is, it helps to discipline your flesh and put your emotions under divine control . Paul said in 1 Cor 9:27(Amp)" But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]."
10.Giving - Is another opportunity . you can give your time , money , a word of encouragement , a smile . something that will be a blessing to someone . Many people all over the world are committing suicide today , not because they don't have money , but because they felt alone . nobody encouraging anybody . What you give it is written shall return back to you the same way. When you see an opportunity to smile at someone do it . It brings healing . Luke 6:38 (Amp)"For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you."
Prayer : Father open my eyes to see my divine opportunities in Jesus name , Amen.
you will testify in Jesus name , Amen.