Making the Most of Every Opportunity.
Daily Spirit & Word, 449: Making The Most of Every Opportunity.
And WHY? “Because the days are evil”.
Knowing & Understanding what the Lord’s will is.
Good morning my friends, I hope Tuesday finds you well. Last night’s prayer meeting was tremendous. We began as usual with catching up with one another, then prayer to open the meeting, then singing, sharing from God’s Word and listening to what the Lord was saying to us as a Church and as individuals. I had upon my heart Ephesians 5:15-16 and the Holy Spirit seemed to be saying, “Stop making the least of the opportunities I’m giving you”… WOWzer! I thought to myself and shared with everyone, “Are we making the ‘least of God’s opportunities?”
Here’s what He tells us in Ephesians 5:15-20.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are times when we make half-hearted-responses to the awesome opportunities the Lord sends our way. Reflecting upon that word ‘OPPORTUNITIES’ we could see there ARE some given to us every single day. As Christians we carry the light of Christ into a dark and, as verse 16 tells us, an evil world. We are to make the MOST of these opportunities for a reason, “Because the Days are EVIL”.
However, we’re also to be very careful HOW we live, not as unwise but as wise. It goes on to say that a wise man instead of a foolish man will understand what the Lord’s will is.
When the Lord is giving us an opportunity, we’ll get an impulse, a feeling, a deep knowing, that we must do something; that’s the Holy Spirit nudging you, prodding you and propelling you to act in any given situation. Knowing or listening to the Lord’s will is NOT easy. Women are much better at it than men, because we men tend to think and analyse things too much, where a woman will act more readily on her intuition. I don’t know what that is, we’re all different, but in my own expereince women seem to be the first to take up the torch when the Lord presents it. They carry the torch and then slowly the men get the picture, as if they are saying to themselves, “Ahhh Haaaa, the Lord wants us to do this” then they’ll get it and they’ll run with it.
I’ll give you an illustration: I was part of a team of people that would visit churches, fellowships and leadership meetings to enthuse them about a forthcoming Evangelistic Mission that was coming their way. In Kent I visited many, many churches and made presentations about how the Mission would go. I always gave a challenge and invitation; “Is God calling you to be a part of this mission? Will you join us?” The Mission was called; “The Walk of 1000 Men”… Do you know my friends, whenever I gave that invitation, it was always and I mean always; WOMEN who responded first and most enthusiastically. Even though it was a mission to reach out to men with the Gospel in our land, it was the women who could see that the LORD was indeed behind this initiative.
Intuition = Instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes). or “An deep impression and or conviction that something might be the case without an empirical evidence”.
Holy Spirit Intuition: Deep knowing, impression, instinct, conviction that the Lord wants us to do, say or be something. It’s that “Knowing what the Lord’s will is” … Yes we are NOT to be foolish, but Spiritually wise. To be like that we’ll need to practice certain things regularly; Prayer, Meditating upon God’s Word, Studying God’s Word, Meeting up with other believers regularly to seek the Lord… Our reading today instructs us HOW? to do it; Instead of living like people in the world, we’re to live differently, we’re not to get drunk on wine, but on the Holy Spirit; by singing, making music in our hearts; Hymns, Songs and Spiritual Singing. “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs”. As we’re with the Lord in the Spirit He’ll make His ways known to us. We’ll just KNOW… Last night as we sang and prayed and meditated upon God’s Word a woman in our meeting, Doreen said, “I didn’t come here to say this, but I believe this is what the LORD wants, He wants us to get youngsters involved in worship too”… We’ve been talking about that for a long time in our church, it was an opportunity the Lord has been giving us, but we’ve NOT made the MOST of that opportunity. Lord forgive us! Thank you Lord for opening up our understanding and letting us know afresh what your will is for us today.
We’re going to DO something about that deep impression and knowing that was shared last night, we’re going to make the MOST of God’s opportunity.
So I’m giving a challenge today, I know the women will be more than ready to listen and respond, but I want to REACH those men who think deeply first; here it is: “People of God, Men, Women and Youngsters, Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, are WE making the MOST of EVERY Opportunity the LORD is sending our way?” … I’m not talking about this attitude, “Oh I’ll give it a go” or “Well we’ll try and see if it will work” I’m asking and I believe the LORD is asking us today, are we READY, WILLING AND ZEALOUS to make the MOST of those God given opportunities today? We really need to be, because the days ARE evil.
Let us determine in our hearts that we will “Make the MOST of every opportunity the Lord is giving us today”.