Saturday, October 11, 2014

Missed Opportunities vs. Believing in God



Why the "parable of the flood" with the man waiting on the shore is not entirely accurate and why opportunities CAN NOT be missed.

Belief in God IS salvation.  There is none higher or greater.  

Myth:  God hides opportunities, and makes us guess where they are.

God doesn't play hide-and-go-seek-that-opportunity game with us and then says, "Why didn't you take that opportunity?  Sorry, I must have hidden it too well for you...And Oh, I am unable to make more opportunities for you..sorry!"  Do you know how I know this?  Because God himself, IS the opportunity.  If you found God, you found all the opportunity you will ever have and need for EVERY situation.  That also means that your wife is your opportunity, your friends are, your husband, your family is. Don't miss them by looking for that new raise.

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul..."  Jesus is saying, trust God, trust in Jesus.  Don't trust in opportunities more than the one who gives them.

We are not to live for this world, but for eternal life.  There is a belief, especially where I live in the United States, that we must live for the next opportunity, and if we don't do this or that, we could miss it.  Well, we are doing this so much that we do not love our neighbors because they might be in the way of our next big opportunity or big break!    We don't trust in God because we never know when we need to be ready for the next opportunity that God MIGHT be giving to us, afraid that we could miss out!   I'm going to break this right NOW!   This myth MUST be defeated because if we can miss opportunities as many present day Pastor's argue, that means the power of faith and belief in God alone is not justified as the highest form of help, an ever present help in time of need, as salvation and what actually pleases God.  Belief and faith in God is being replaced with opportune moments in time.  Yes faith without works is dead, but faith in what and faith in who without works is dead?    How did we get so far off the mark?   How did Jonah show his faith?   My point is this:  we do not trust in an opportunity, but we trust and make all our movements based on belief in God. I do believe that God knows how to bring us to our destination and God can not fail.  He does not need our human strength for ANYTHING.  What nerve we have as humans to change what Jesus said.  He said, "If you believe, all things are possible"   So whatever we do, whether we stay or whether we go, whether we eat or whether we drink.  If we do it unto God, there are no missed opportunities, only the belief that honors God, miracles will follow.  

Unmissable  

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill CAN NOT be hidden. Did Jesus ever say that "If you are at the right place at the right time, all things possible for you."  No, Jesus said, "You are the right opportunity at the right time" when he told us:  You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill CAN NOT BE HIDDEN.    What did Jesus say, "All things are possible for those who believe."  This suggests that we are not to be looking for the right opportunities at the right time to receive a big huge break, but we are to be looking for the Right God to believe in for all situations at all times because He is the one we seek, not a big break.   God is more interested in his children giving others a big break any way.  So picturing a man on a sea shore standing and saying, "I'm waiting on God" can be accurate, but what is not accurate is this, God saying at the end, "Hey, I sent you this and that and this..."  This might suggest that a person who "waits on the Lord" is foolish.   but that is not the way God created all things.   We don't have to worry about summer following spring do we??  I hope not!!    It is the same way with true believe and actions that follow.   As for the man who believes, the only thing God is going to say is, "I sent you my one and only Son, and that is all that matters."  Did you know that Jonah was like this man.  What did God do with him? And what is the sign that, as Jesus calls, an adulterous generation, was given?  The sign of Jonah.  This kind of sign is UNMISSABLE.   You can't miss God.  Like Jesus said,  When he comes EVERYONE will know.   No ones going to miss out on acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord.   The Bible says, Every knee will bow, and EVERY tongue will confess."    So, I am telling you, no one is missing out on ANY opportunities.  Those who tell you other wise are selling something.     You were waiting to be saved, but I would have stopped the seas from rising if you believed I could."


I wish I had time to tell the story of Lazarus.  Just know this.  Miss opportunities are in fact opportunities for God to show off! :)

Jesus says, Come to Me and I will give you rest or opportunities?  Be still and know that I am God
I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God knows the beginning from the end.
God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son

If God wanted us to take up something should not be the question, after all, it is God who pursued us.  It was God who first chose us.  It was God who predestined us.  Our job truly is the believe in Him, and guess what?  He will take us up!

Allow me to finish the story about the man and the flood.

The story goes, "When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?” God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat and a helicopter and you refused all of them. What else could I possibly do for you?”

My edited story goes,

"The man goes to heaven and he says "I believed  in your only son with all my heart." and God says "Well done my good and faithful servant.  Now stay here for a short while until I make all your enemies a foot stool under your feet" because  a time is coming when that man will come back and there will be no flood or wave that will be able to stop him or stand in his way for over trillions upon trillions of  years.  I think that we think way too narrow.  Think about it.  One day there will be no cars and no more need to hurry anywhere; there will be no more threats, only enjoyment of every moment of every day.  Therefore, set your hopes on heaven. Just as we open our eyes slowly in the bright side in order to adjust our eyes, so it is with this short life and its purpose to prepare us for eternity.   So fix your eyes on Jesus.  On God.   On things above and not below.



If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

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