Thursday, January 28, 2010

God's Opportunities

"Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied
on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has
escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a
huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you
relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes
of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show
Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in
his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not
seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers;
he died in the forty-first year of his reign".
2 Chronicles 16:7-9, 12-13

Have you been robbing God of the opportunity to be glorified in
your life? Much of the frustration we face in life is really our
denying God the opportunity to demonstrate Himself able to handle
the problems that are too great for us. When we place our
confidence in men and turn to others for help, instead of God, we
deny Him the opportunity to be glorified. Our problems are really
open invitations for God's participation in our lives. Everyday,
people suffer unnecessarily because they deny God the opportunity
to get involved in their lives and thereby be glorified.

King Asa made a similar mistake when he placed his confidence in
man, instead of God. God gave King Asa not only victory, but also
unusual peace, despite the fact he was surrounded by hostile
nations. The Bible records because King Asa became sick he and
once again placed his confidence and his life in the hands of men
instead of calling upon God for his healing. As a result, he not
only lost God's blessing over his life, but his life itself.

How often, do we decide to turn from God, who has already proven
Himself faithful, able and willing to see us through our struggles?
It was God who has kept us from being totally destroyed by our
enemies - seen and unseen. He has hid us and not allowed our
adversaries to know when we are weak, nor has he exposed our hidden

What is it in your life that God is waiting for you to turn over to
Him and give Him the opportunity to show Himself strong? Your
impossibilities are really God's opportunities. When you deprive
Him the opportunity to demonstrate His sovereignty you also deprive
Him of glory that is due Him. When you need help, don't look
around - but look up! David, facing a seemingly impossible
situation, asked himself a question and came to the right

David said, "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who
made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2,
. Remember, the
impossibility you are facing might actually be an opportunity for
God to show Himself strong!

Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.

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