Weekly Uplift - Developing Capacity For Your Opportunity 2
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Developing Capacity For Your Opportunity

 

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By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London 

 

 

 

Foundation Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:18, Acts 14:8-11

Sunday 17th July 2016

 

 

Today, let’s examine the third message ‘Developing Capacity for Your Opportunity’ from this series, ‘From Glory To Glory’. 

 

Here are two passages of scriptures that form the foundation scriptures for this message: 1 Corinthians 3:18, reads thus: ‘So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (NLT). 

 

Acts 14 unfolds a story from Paul’s missionary journeys. Here is verse 8-11. ‘While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!”

 

Heaven has no shortage of supplies that we can receive from, on earth. Hence as God’s children, our responsibility must include presenting God with the commensurate capacity for what He wants to release on earth. On taking a closer look at this story in Acts 14, we can deduce that this man had a need for which Heaven had the solution. Even though the ailment predated this man, yet he did not give up hope. He had a disadvantage, looking at him as an onlooker, but deep within him laid a dream. He heard Paul preaching, possibly about the grace that is available to all men, and the power of Christ to heal those afflicted by infirmities. St. Paul presented an opportunity and this man had the capacity to believe and receive a breakthrough from God.

 

In the same way, opportunities from God will be presented to us as the ministers deliver various messages at Maximise Life 2016. Regardless of what we may be experiencing, there are answers that God will release through His servants to the questions on our hearts. God’s word, His opportunity needs to meet the faith, the capacity in our hearts. Once this occurs, the manifestation of our breakthrough is inevitable. 

 

From Genesis 18: 1-14, we read the story of Abraham who was visited by three men, a theophanic manifestation of God. Here is the full story as from the New Living Translation: ‘The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day.  He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.” So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.  “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked. “She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied. Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”  Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

 

My prayer for you during this season is that the Lord will visit you during the course of Maximise Life 2016. The unmerited favour of God appeared to Abraham, and he seized that opportunity and moment unashamedly.  God promised him a son, and he had the capacity to believe and receive what Heaven had prepared for him. Between each moment of promise and fulfilment, there must be capacity to receive the promise. Between our opportunity and the manifestation of our desires, we must present to God the corresponding capacity. For the great things that God wants to do in our lives during Maximise Life, let’s present Him with the right capacity.

 

Here is another story from 2 Kings 4:1-7, to further buttress this point. ‘One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbours. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing’ (NLT).

 

Just like God did in this narration, He is ready to release the blessings and breakthrough that we believe Him for, as long as we have the capacity expected of us. The capacity presented to God will determine what we receive from Heaven. God is not short of supply, Heaven’s bounties are inexhaustible, but faith is required to access it. The Maximise Life Convention, all throughout this week is about presenting the capacity for the opportunity from Heaven. 

 

Here are five things to do to present the adequate capacity for your opportunity:

 

(a) Be expectant: It is vital that we approach God with expectation. Philippians 1:20 reads: ‘For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past’. Approach this week with expectation. Expectation is the breeding ground for the miraculous. Expect a touch from God, a change in your life, a fulfilment of His word in your life. Regardless of what you may be experiencing, God’s best is still available for you. 

 

(b) Your situation is not hopeless before God: God is a restorer and a repairer. Abraham was 99 years old, when the Lord appeared to him in Genesis 17. It doesn’t matter how far gone the situation has been, there is still hope in God. If Jesus could raise Lazarus up from the grave after 4 days, there is hope for you.

 

(c) Let go of past disappointments, draw strength from past victories: We’ve not been called to hold on to past failures and disappointments. This was what St. Paul had in mind when he wrote in Philippians 3:12-13; ‘I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead’ (NLT). 

 

(d) Recognise that God is Almighty: We must recognise that God is the all sufficient one. The God who appeared to Abraham and proved Himself faithful, despite the passage of time, the One who reversed natural events and brought a dead man to life in John 11 can still do the miraculous in our day. 

 

(e) God’s word will never fail: Isaiah 55: 10-11 puts this statement so aptly. ‘The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth they cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it' (NLT).

 

So as we receive God’s servants during Maximise Life 2016, enlarge your capacity for the opportunities that God is bringing your way as His word is being released. Heaven is ready, so I encourage to prepare for all that God wants to do. 

           

 

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As we continue the on-going series ‘Experiencing the Power of Multiplication’ today, here is a brief summary of the message: ‘Empowering the Next Generation’ from a fortnight ago. We agreed that God is generational in His thinking and deals with us from that standpoint. All God gives to us is meant to be passed on to upcoming generation. Our lives are a channel, a means by which God reaches out to our young ones.

God’s word, the bible is full of accounts of people who lived, thinking of the young and the unborn. Abraham in Genesis 17 aptly fits this description, with God reminding him of this truth. Bearing this in mind, Abraham was able to prepare adequately for Isaac’s future as we discovered from these seven points, namely: (1) He dedication Isaac to God, by circumcision (2) He celebrated Isaac (3) The bond woman and her child were sent away (4) He taught Isaac to obey God (5) He set the stage for Isaac’s future (6) He empowered Isaac (7) He sent away the children of His concubines.

Today as we examine this message, titled ‘Make Your Life Count for a Divine Purpose’, it is the crux of this series. Let me start by reminding us that it is vital that life flows from us to the next generation, and I intend to encourage us in this message to embrace a purpose beyond our personal life’s goals and aspirations. Within the timeframe that we have been given by God, it is important that we use it wisely and intentionally, serving His purpose on earth.

I have often wondered if coming to church, and engaging in the various forms of spiritual exercises – giving, praying, studying the scriptures and so forth, and having our needs met are an end in themselves? All these are good but they are simply a means to an end – and not an end in themselves. We’ve been created for a purpose bigger than the meeting of our needs. We experience healing, empowerment, and blessings for a purpose beyond us. Hence, life ought not to end with us. Ephesians 1:1 reads, ‘This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus’. Being chosen is not an end, but the choices made after the calling of God is more important. Unfortunately, the present day church has made the means, an end and disregarded the real end. Our personal victories, blessings and successes are meant to encourage us towards that end.

The essence of our faith is wrapped up in the first statement made by God to mankind in Genesis, and the last words of Jesus to his disciples before His ascension. Here they are, Genesis 1:28 reads thus: Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  Matthew 28:18-19 reads: ‘And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. Here is the reason why God has created us to live on earth; to make disciples of all nations. Our desires for comfort and pleasures are delightful, but they must not impede us from fulfilling God’s mandate for our lives.