Monday, January 21, 2008

seize 'em :: Monday E-Devotion

"Most of us want opportunities gift wrapped.  We want our lions stuffed or caged or cooked medium well and served on a silver platter.  But opportunities typically present themselves at the most inopportune times and in the most inopportune places.  Opportunities often come disguised as big, hairy audacious problems, but lion-chaser don't see problems.  They see 500-pound opportunities !"  (Mark Batterson, Chase the Lion page 31)
Yep, problems or opportunities.  It depends how you look at them.  Are they in the way or the way to go?  Are they wrecking your life or enhancing your life?  Make the call.  But it is time to seize 'em.
Matthew 19:26 (nlt) --- Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
Ephesians 5:16 (nlt) --- Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Romans 8:31 (nlt) --- ... If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Got the point?  I should hope so.  Taking Risks and Seizing Opportunities has everything to do with faith, with pressing on to do what God has called us to do.
One of the points of being able to seize 'em is seeing them, the opportunities.  We have to be in tune with God and then believe what god says (see above).  It is all about God.  Life.  Breathing.  Living every day.  We have to trust God and live in a way that will let us take hold of the big stuff, the God-sized stuff that is planned for us.
Colossians 4:5 (nlt) --- Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.

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