When it is your chance, will you take it?


All of a sudden you are having conversations for weeks learning about something. In the back of your mind you wonder and think about it but because of the last little while and things seemingly settling in you aren’t pursuing it. You figured the math added up and you aren’t supposed to be considering it. And then the knock on the door happens, the chance is coming to you to see if you will take it. You think it might be for someone else but it is clear it is for you. You thought you would think about people who could be a good fit and are faced with the comment of looking in the mirror. So you make time to discuss it further to learn more about it. It sounds interesting and seems to align with where you should be going as well as what you should be doing and so you decide to seek wisdom from other leaders. Before meeting with them you turn to God asking for His wisdom in every conversation and to make the decision crystal clear, door wide open or door sealed shut. Each leader comes back with you should take it. And by that time the following week you haven’t only taken it, you are living it! And now you are experience the power and the promise of obedience to God’s prompting! You are living a new day, a new world, a new experience for the glory of God! How about you? When it is your change, will you take it?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 17th


Come Next Spring


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Acts 26:28

‘Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Almost?
    • not quite; very nearly.
  • What comes to mind when you hear the word almost? Is it sadness? Is it tragedy? Is it loss?
  • Do you look at what could of, should of, would of been? The potential, the desire, and the possibilities?
  • Do you look for the obstacles? the devastation? the hesitation?
  • What are the barriers? What are the blockers? What are the challenges? What is holding back?
  • Is it analysis paralysis? Going over and over all the what ifs? Going over and over all the what abouts?
  • Almost – like a flower bud in the spring that never blossoms?
  • Is the question of why as unknown as to why the flower bud never turned into a flow?
  • We will all be given a choice at a point in our lives and it is up to us to decide if we will take it when that chance comes.
  • King Agrippa decided not to.
  • Andrew, Peter, James, and John decided to take it.
    • ‘And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.’
      Matthew 4:18-22
    • ‘And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.’
      Mark 1:16-20
  • Will you take it and get to experience everything God has for you?
  • Will you accept it and get to walk it out with God by your side?
  • Will you receive it and get to build it with God’s purpose and plan?
  • Have you heard God’s message of love, of hope, of forgiveness, of eternity?
  • Have you accepted it without hesitation?
  • Have you hesitated and missed out on the adventure?
  • Did you drop the past in order to pursue the future?
  • It’s not too late…

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Why do you think some listen and respond but others listen and hesitate?
  • It’s a matter of the heart. It is kind of like their heart is soil and the message is a seed.
  • If the soil is ready then the seed goes in easily and the message is received.
  • If the soil is hard then the seed would just sit on top with no visible value and hence preventing the message being heard and hesitation in the response.
  • Sometimes it takes time to build the relationships and show God’s love and trust with others or using the soil idea, taking the time to till the soil and help it get prepared for the chance to receive the seed and respond.
  • How many promises got broken to harden that heart?
  • How much damage was done to harden that heart?
  • How many people gave up on them to harden that heart?
  • How many people hurt them to harden that heart?
  • With all the experiences of life, for survival reasons people may hesitate.
In what ways are you hesitating, and in what ways are you following Jesus with all your heart?
  • Each day there is a new opportunity and new challenge. We need God’s wisdom to know the right timing to step in and speak the truth in love. Be it hesitating asking a question out of fear of a no or rejection. Even if that might be what you need to hear right now in order to move on and find the right answer.
  • Each morning I take time with God through His Word, in prayer, and in praise so as to be filled up and ready to do what God calls of me today. It is important to be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and follow His lead without hesitation in order to get to live and experience the adventure of a life time!

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Benjamin Franklin

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Leviticus 1
    • Let’s give God our best! Let’s give Him an offering of praise!
  • Leviticus 2
    • Let’s be living sacrifices that are pleasing to God!

So when your chance comes will you be ready? When your chance comes will you take it? What if your time is right now?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


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