Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Read: 2 Timothy 2:14-16
When Elijah was parted from and taken away from Elisha in 2 Kings 2:11-13, Elisha tore away his old garment. This connotes that for you to take on a new or higher assignment, it is important to change your clothes. If you are still putting on malice, lies, anger or any work of the flesh, your new assignment will not fit you. In addition to tearing his garment, Elisha took up the mantle that fell from his departed master. This means God gave him an opportunity and he grabbed it. God will give you at least one opportunity but it is up to you to seize it. Samson was one person who knew how to seize an opportunity. When he was taken bound to the Philistines in Judges 15:14-15, the Spirit of God came upon him and he saw the jaw bone of an ass, he grabbed it and used it. The ability to take every opportunity God gives to you is a determining factor in becoming what God wants you to become. The difference between the rich and the poor has to do with how they treated the opportunities that came their way. Someone defined the word “Poor” as Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly. Genuinely rich people are rich today because they did not let opportunities pass them by; while a lot of the poor are poor today because they kept procrastinating and hardly ever seized any opportunity God gave to them.
You can observe this trend also in the Christian faith. Show me a fast growing believer and I will show you a convert who did not allow opportunities for growth to pass by unutilized. Everyone that is born again has ample opportunities for growth. The issue is: what do you do with such opportunities? 2 Timothy 2:15 says you should study the scriptures as if you are about to sit for an examination. Bible study, faith clinic, revival services, Sunday services, workers retreats, ministers retreats, ministers conferences, monthly Holy Ghost services, Special Holy Ghost services, Conventions, Congresses, Bible College, School of Disciples, School of Missions, etc., are all avenues for growth. In addition, books authored by anointed men and women of God are available for study by the one who wants to be outstanding. Are you grabbing these opportunities? The more you grab them the more outstanding you become.
Opportunities grabbed and utilised add to the user but opportunities ignored diminish the one to which they were sent.
Bible in one year: Luke 7-9