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Seize the Moment!

 

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By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London 

 

 

 

Foundation Scripture: 1 Chronicles 12:32

Sunday 27th July 2014

 

 

As we prepare for ‘Maximise Life 2014 – Expand, Limits Gone’, starting in a couple of days, I want to share this message with you to challenge and motivate you to look forward to what God has purposed to do in your life in this season. When you seize the moment, inadvertently, you are maximizing your life. Every day, God brings moments our way, full of opportunities for us to seize and maximize them. Remember that life is cyclical, and moves in seasons. If you miss one opportunity, you may have to wait for another one. One of the hallmarks of great men and women is their ability to recognize their moments and seize it.


From our foundation scripture in 1 Chronicles 12:32, we read about the sons of Issachar who understood the times and season and were able to decide on what Israel ought to do. The poorest person is not, as we may assume, a person without money but a person that cannot comprehend or appreciate the value of time. This is how Jesus puts it in John 10:10 – ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly’. In other words, you were not created to be average in life or go through life purposelessly, but to live life to the full. So my question to you today is, ‘Why postpone till tomorrow, what you can accomplish today? The rest of today is not guaranteed us, talk less of tomorrow. The only guaranteed moment is now! So, seize the moment. The key to fulfilling the vision of ‘Enlargement’ is to recognize the power in seizing today.

 

A quote from John F. Kennedy states that ‘Things do not happen, things are made to happen’. In the middle of difficulties, lies opportunities, hence the reason why you can’t afford to wait till things are right. Out of your pain and challenging circumstances, come your opportunities. And as you seize those opportunities, they multiply.

 

As a church, we’ve been called to ‘Expand!’, to go beyond where we’ve been and to reach further. So as you proceed this year, make a decision to move ahead and jettison the status quo. Whenever, God sends his prophets to a people, He equips them for that assignment. When the angel met with Jacob as recorded in Genesis 32, we can conclude from that story that it was an encounter with destiny, as the angel had a solution to a problem that had troubled Jacob for years.

 

Jacob recognized that moment as one of significance, and he said to the angel of God…"I will not You go unless You bless me!" (V.26). As a result of his disposition, the angel blessed him as requested. This should be your attitude as we receive the ministry of God’s choice servants over the course of Maximise Life 2014. Job made a similar declaration, ‘…all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come’ (Job 14:14). God forbid that our change comes, and we do not recognize and seize the moment.

 

We also read about the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5. She had been suffering from this ailment for twelve years. She heard about Jesus, and this was all she needed. As unconducive as conditions were, she sought a solution by coming behind him in the crowd and touched the hem of his garment. She had a positive attitude despite her situation, and we all can learn from this. As a result of this, she received her healing. Again, how positioned are we to recognise our moment, when the opportunity comes?

 

So did Abraham when his opportunity came as highlighted in Genesis 18. The bible records that Abraham sat down, a reflection of his mind at that time, as he had lost all hopes and had resigned himself to his childless situation. As soon as these men approached him, he lifted up his eyes and looked at the three men standing before him. It is even possible that these men were right in front of him, before he lifted his eyes. As soon as he saw them, or better still, and discerned who they were, he swung into action. This was similar to what Elisha experienced when Elijah was being taken to Heaven in 2 King 2. Elisha discerned who Elijah was at that instant and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two (Verse 12). Conversely, we need to discern who God’s servants are and their roles in our lives. Even more, we need to recognise how inexhaustible God’s resources are. Abraham took advantage of this opportunity and served these men. Verse 10 records the result of this quick decision made by Abraham. “And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son”. These words came to pass as recorded in Genesis 21. We all need to prepare ourselves for what God wants to do in this season.

 

Here are five things you can do to prepare yourself effectively for your opportunities:

 

• Be prepared for your opportunities: The story of the virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 highlights the importance of being prepared at all times. The foolish virgins had not prepared adequately, by filling their lamps with oil for the arrival of the bridegroom and soon their lamps began to go out. Eventually they missed out on the wedding. Just like Esther prepared to meet King Ahasuerus in Esther 2:12-13, we must all complete our preparation in order to access the next level in life; whether it is the new position at work or your walk with God.

 

• Be available for your opportunities: When the three men visited Abraham, he was available and gave them his full attention. As Maximise Life approaches, make yourself available.

 

• Be positioned for your opportunities: Abraham demonstrated this, when he lifted his eyes above the pain he was going through. For 24 years, he had believed and waited for a child. To position yourself for your opportunities: 
(a) Have an expectation: Don’t go through life without an expectation, instead be deliberate about what you want God to do for you.
(b) Fill your heart with faith: Make time to prepare your heart for what God will do. Remember that when the word of God is released, it looks for a good ground to fall on, as recorded in the story of the parable of the sower in Mark 4. As you prepare, remove every doubt from your heart.

 

• Be sensitive to God for your hour of visitation: Just as Abraham discerned who his visitors were, we must be sensitive to know that point when God visits us.

 

• Be focused: Be focused on what God wants to do in your life, in our lives as a corporate entity and avoid distractions.

 

So make the most of this season, you don’t have to wait for another one. Prepare and get ready like Abraham, Jacob and the wise virgins did. I declare that the season will indeed be your time of favour, for your appointed time has come!

 

 

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