I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic Simple Tips for a Prosperous 2015!!! but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Casting Crown
Song Title: Courageous
Scripture: Isaiah 40:31
Over the last two episodes of Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy or BotROCK for short, I have been sharing simple tips you can practice that will guarantee you a much more profitable and productive 2015. I believe that God will bring multiple opportunities for breakthroughs to His people this year, that will give them astronomical growth this 2015. In order words as you practice, not just hear but practice these principles I am sharing in this series with discipline, your life will be like a dream to you by December 2015. If you missed out on the last 2 editions, you can visit our website or our Facebook page to download and listen to them.
So far I have shared 4 tips in the previous episodes; today I will be sharing two other tips. Remember it is when you practice these tips consistently that you will see the results.
MOVE: Take Advantage of Opportunities!
The first tip today is take advantage of opportunities that are presented to you by taking steps. This simply means that you can’t move ahead in life and with God if you don’t do anything.
Isaiah 40 says that they that wait on the Lord Fly, Run and Walk. They never sit at point for too long waiting for things to come to them. They see opportunities that may even be seemingly too big for them and they have the courage by the strength that God provides to take steps to take advantage of the opportunity.
I believe that God will be presenting several opportunities to you this 2015, i.e. if you are someone that is dedicated to pleasing God and doing what is acceptable to Him always. Through these opportunities, God will bring you to a place of honor far beyond your expectation. But your responsibility is to identify and use what you have presently, no matter how inadequate it seems, to go for that opportunity.
Discount your Fears & Weakness by Acting on God’s Word!
Every person that made a mark in faith in Hebrews 11 did something. They obeyed & pursued the opportunities God brought to them. Abraham had to leave the land of his father to a place he was not familiar with. Noah had to build an ark for a flood when it had never rained on the earth, Moses parents had to put Him in a basket in order to rescue him, an act that secured the salvation of the Jews, the list can go on and on. You can’t sit in fear and do nothing and expect God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life. When God shows you an opportunity, He expects you to pursue it, even if it seems too big for you. Because He does not expect you to use your own ability to achieve the result, He expects you to be strong in the Lord and go for it.
[quote]You can’t sit in fear and do nothing and expect God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life[/quote]
Whenever you pursue something based on God’s instructions despite your weaknesses, you are activating God’s ability inside you. God told Apostle Paul that His strength is made perfect in weakness. So your weakness should not limit you from pursuing the opportunities that God will bring your way this 2015, neither should the fear of failure keep you from doing anything.
Now I am taking for granted that you have been praying the prayers in Ephesians 1:17-19 and Colossians 1:9-13 regularly as I shared in Tip 1, because if you are not actively praying that God should open your eyes and ears, you may not be able to identify the opportunities that God is bringing you way. Opportunities from God are hidden from the untrained eyes. Remember, there are ways that seem right to men but the end is destruction. So before you move, clarify the opportunity is from God, then discount all the obstacles and go for it.
How to Identify God-given Opportunities
Identifying God’s opportunities is not difficult.
Here is a simple formula that will help you. Faith +Love + God Ability = God’s Opportunity the opposite of this is Fear + Selfishness + My Ability= Wrong Opportunity.
In simple terms if the opportunity requires you use faith and God’s ability and Love is your motive then the opportunity is most likely from God. Once you have a sincere heart to please God, it won’t be difficult to know and discern the things of God.
Finally don’t disqualify yourself from the great thing God wants to bring into your life because of fear or inadequacies. Trust God to always help you and take steps no matter how small, and you will see how God will amplify the simple actions you take to produce massive advancements in your life.
Remember: Whatever is worth doing is worth doing Well
This leads me to the second tip I want to share today. Be diligent to do whatever your hands find to do with all your heart. To be diligent simply means to do your best in anything you are doing with the aim of getting the best results. Proverbs 22:29 says that a man that is diligent in his work no matter what the work is will stand before Kings. In order Words, if you are diligent in the things your hands finds to do, even if you feel it is mundane and a waste of your time, you will be eventually promoted to a place of authority.
Laziness which is the opposite of diligence actually rubs you from the blessings God wants to bring into your life. It keeps you from doing the simple things that will attract good things into your life. From today make up your mind to be diligent in whatever you are doing currently, because it is from what you have in your hand that God promotes you. Never despise the thing that you are doing today, rather give yourself totally to it and do it with joy. It does not matter if your friends and classmates seem to be doing things that are better than what you are doing. If you hold what you are doing in high esteem you are positioning yourself for promotion from God.
I believe that God is ready and willing to give people multiple promotions. If you devote yourself to pleasing God and practicing the 6 simple tips I have shared in this series consistently diligently, your experience in December 2015 will feel like God promoting you from Primary 1 to Primary 5. It will indeed be like a dream. So make it a decision today to walk closely with God in total obedience to Him at times and God will make your life a public spectacle this year 2015.
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