Your 5 Faith Opportunities

David CerulloBy David Cerullo9 Minutes

You’ve heard the names Wilbur and Orville Wright, I’m sure. Many years ago, people thought they were absolutely crazy…and who could blame them?

The two brothers from Ohio traveled all the way to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to test a contraption they believed could rise above the earth and actually fly.

On a cold, windy morning in December 1903, after three days of failure, the Wright’s aeroplane made it off the ground for 12 seconds—flying just 120 feet. They repeated their efforts throughout the day, finally hovering above the ground for 59 seconds and traveling 852 feet.

That doesn’t sound like much of an achievement, yet for the first time, man had defied the pull of gravity in a heavier-than-air craft. That small beginning transformed our world in ways no one could have imagined at the time.

The Wright brothers did something many people are afraid to do: They seized their opportunity. They didn’t shrink from fear; they didn’t complain about the challenges, and they didn’t stop when they faced an onslaught of problems. They grabbed their chance for success, and they refused to give up until they accomplished their goal.

I share that story with you because each day is a new opportunity for you to use your faith and do something extraordinary for Christ. Just like Wilbur and Orville, you can boldly seize each chance you get and believe God for guidance each step of the way.

In Isaiah 41:10, the Lord says not to be afraid. He “will strengthen you” (NKJV). That means you need not be fearful or worried when an opportunity presents itself…God is with you to accomplish what you cannot do on your own. God’s strength will be with you, will undergird you, and will infuse you with His power…right now…hallelujah!

And there’s something even better. The verse goes on to say that He will uphold you with His “righteous right hand.” In every opportunity, you can have the confidence that God is with you and that He is making your path sure through His own strength. Each moment is an opportunity for success because of the One who is on your side.

You may pause in this moment and think, Well, I don’t feel like I have opportunities to do anything great. I really don’t see how God is providing the strength to push me through to victory. I can understand what you may be feeling—sometimes you can get so down on yourself that you fail to recognize the chance for victory in your life. It’s easy to get discouraged by circumstances and overlook opportunities to use your faith. So let me give you five faith opportunities you have today that you may have not thought about before…

An Opportunity to Obey God
My friend, as you faithfully obey whatever God is calling you to do, you can trust Him to help and strengthen you. He is your loving Heavenly Father, and you are His child. Know that every act of obedience lessens the distance between you and the breakthrough you’re waiting for God to provide!

The Lord’s principle of seedtime and harvest is an eternal principle, and one you can confidently stand on. As you faithfully walk with Him, you can have great expectations for your future and the wonderful plans God has for you!

An Opportunity to Spread Kindness
Just as we must open our hands to the Lord, releasing our lives and possessions into His care, the Bible also repeatedly instructs us to open our hands to bless others. Instead of being miserly and trying to hang on to what we have, we’re told to be generous, especially to the poor:

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17 ESV).

If we attend to the needs of the poor, God says He will bless us in all our works and in everything we put our hands to do. God blesses us, so we can be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2). And the more we set our hearts to bless God’s Kingdom and people in need, the more He will bless us in return.

An Opportunity to Believe God’s Promises
If you don’t believe in God’s blessings, it’s unlikely you will receive His blessings. Why? Because faith is an indispensable key to activating and receiving the promises of God.

Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29 NKJV). What an incredible principle! If you believe God will prosper you, He will. But if you don’t believe He will prosper you, He won’t! You see, God will honor your faith.

An Opportunity to Quit Striving
Instead of working hard, you need to fill your heart with Christ, so He can live His life through you (Galatians 2:20). You don’t have to remain locked in the trap Paul describes in Romans 7—the drudgery of religious striving and self-effort … trying to live the Christian life apart from the supernatural enablement of God’s Spirit.

If this frustration has been your experience lately, I encourage you to STOP striving and allow the Lord to fill you with His Spirit. Put on the identity of Jesus and let His incredible love transform your life!

An Opportunity to Experience His Peace
Colossians 3:15 tells us that God’s peace should “rule in your hearts” (NKJV). This means you shouldn’t move forward on important decisions unless the Lord has first given you His peace.

However, anxious thoughts can destroy your peace and fill your mind with all sorts of scenarios about the future. When you pray for God’s plan to be fulfilled in your life, you need to silence the what ifs and refuse to become overwhelmed by the fears and distractions around you.

Peace will come when you say yes to God and sincerely seek His direction, even when it may not initially be what you want to hear. It will come when you meditate on God’s Word and trust Him with every detail of your life.

Don’t Wait … Make it Happen!
Your life in Christ is surrounded by opportunities—don’t let another moment go by before you seize them.

Every day is a chance for you to pursue the desires of God, obey His Word and claim the promises that He’s set forth in His Word. Today is your day of victory.

Be the warrior for Christ that God has called you to be. Use your faith to break the boundaries of your circumstances and receive what is rightfully yours—God’s amazing, covenant blessings!