Opportunity is defined as a favorable juncture of circumstances that bring advancement or progress. As a child of God, we have favor released on our circumstances without realizing it. Unexpectedly, amid our daily routine we receive a phone call, run into someone or are asked to do something unplanned. Our answer, our reaction to that happening, is what brings the manifestation of much more than we can see.
Sometimes it appears to be minimal, insignificant, of no importance or value; but with God’s favor, nothing is insignificant. At other times, it appears too big or totally impossible. Opportunities come suddenly so there is no time to hinder the outcome with our human thinking. We take a step of faith into what doesn’t have an immediate impact. When we are led by the Spirit of God, it almost always conflicts with what we see, hear or feel in the natural.
The Lord places someone in our path or something looking very ordinary to take us to the extraordinary. When opportunity knocks, let’s follow the leading of the Lord in answering it. God opens doors no one can close; He closes doors no one can open. We can trust Him and expect the unexpected, from glory to glory!
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Not looking at the things which are seen, but looking at the things which are not seen, doesn’t mean we ignore what we should handle. It’s being able to see a condition from an eternal perspective. The more our focus is on the things of God, the more our affliction appears small. As we look to God, we believe in His greatness and ability to help us through in all seasons.
What we focus on often becomes clearer than what surrounds it. When we go to a movie theater and sit too close to the screen, we do not see the entire picture correctly. We step back and then it becomes clearer. To keep our focus on the Lord, we sometimes need to step back to regain clear insight. As we walk by faith, our ability to focus on Christ, and our determination to keep that focus, increases.
Problems come to the surface, trying to make us focus our attention on the problems, instead of on the promises of God. As we magnify the Lord, all else is minimized. We keep our eyes on God, His person, His promises, His purposes, and His principles. We exalt the Lord. We magnify His holy name and all that is not of Him is brought low, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Fiery darts come from all directions, and sometimes with great speed, but they come to nothing when they meet our shields of faith. The Lord anoints our shields individually and then places ours next to others because we can do greater works in one accord. Our unity is powerful in Christ.
In the battlefield, the enemies shot arrows at the Roman soldiers and above them. Their shields were four feet by two feet. The front row would hold their shields side by side for protection then others would hold their shields over their heads above all, to form a roof of protection. We stand side by side through our prayers, in one accord, and by faith.
The Holy Spirit brings unity among members so the Body can move effectively to enforce the victory of Christ. Our shield of faith, individually and corporately, is positioned to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Faith without works is dead, but faith with works is alive, powerful and moves mountains. We are protected, provided for, positioned and powerful in Christ, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:16 “… above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
A husband or a wife comes home and, while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of not focusing on the present.
Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly.
What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment, from glory to glory.
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
When passing through valleys of weeping, we see our tears become a fountain of peace as the strength of the Spirit of God fills us in our times of sorrow. The valleys of despair are turned into hope as the living water of the Spirit of Christ washes over our fears, pains and dark hours. In the places where we have no strength, the Lord’s strength manifests in greater measure.
In the heat of our battles, we find the Lord’s strength to overcome. He leads us to look for His ways instead of ours. It’s when we wait upon the Lord that we mount up with wings like eagles. Blessings are poured out as we go from our strength to His strength, and then from His strength to more of His strength.
The adversary may try to weaken us, but He cannot weaken the Christ in us. The anointing of God cannot be diminished. On the contrary, the more afflictions and tribulations arise, the more the Anointed One releases His glory. When we pass through the valley of weeping, Jesus is there to comfort us and bless us abundantly. It’s when there is no way that God’s way is paved, from glory to glory!
Psalms 84:5-7 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage, as they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.”