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Take a Chance

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The woman with the issue of blood was in her condition for twelve years.  According to law and according to man, she shouldn’t have been in the crowd to see Jesus, but she heard about the miracles he performed and she wanted a miracle.  Some of us have been in situations longer than twelve years and we’ve heard about Jesus, too. We hear about him at church, on television or reading the bible. But the difference between her and some Christians is she believed what she heard and acted upon it.

And it wasn’t easy. She pressed through the crowd, she pressed through sickness, she pressed through her feelings, she pressed through what people might say or think and she went after what she belonged to her – healing, wholeness, and peace (Mark 5:34).

She followed Jesus and she kept following him. There were many distractions, but she kept moving in his direction. She didn’t give up. She didn’t feel sorry for herself. She took action. She didn’t wait for him to touch her. She touched him.

Some of us are waiting for opportunities to fall into our laps, but you have to get up and go get it. You must pursue it and stop making excuses for why you will never have or never be.

You have a choice. Don’t choose to stay where you are. There is better for you. And don’t compare your life with others. We are all going through something, but know that if we’re going through something, that means we will also come out of something.

Move forward. Press toward what you are believing God for until what is intangible becomes tangible and what seems impossible becomes possible.

Some of us are still waiting for the right time. The moment you don’t feel like doing something is the best time to do it. If you wait for everything to be right before you do something, then you will never do anything.

Learn from the example of this woman. She took a risk. According to religious laws, she was unclean, which meant she would contaminate anyone she touched. When Jesus asked who touched him, she was ‘fearing and trembling’ (Mark 5:33) because she didn’t know what Jesus was going to say or what the crowd would do to her. She didn’t know how things were going to end, but she just took a chance and that day she became whole.

So, keep pushing and keep pressing. Don’t give up. And even if you’re afraid of what may or may not happen, take a chance anyway.

Give Me Another Chance

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You don’t miss your water till the well runs dry.

My grandmother used to say that all the time.  That was her way of telling me that I won’t really appreciate what I have until it’s gone or until I lose it.

Have you ever abused or misused something?  Have you ever lost anything and you wanted God to give you another chance?

Maybe you messed up a good friendship.  Or you cheated on a good man/woman.  Or you left a good job.  Or you squandered money.  Or you lost a business.  Because of your ways and your disobedience, you missed out on some great opportunities.

But the good news is that if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful, but if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance (Proverbs 28:13, TLB).

For weeks now, I’ve been asking God to trust me again in certain areas. 

But I’m not asking Him to give it to the person that I was when I lost what He gave me – selfish, unfaithful, immature and disobedient.  No.  I’m asking him to give it to the person who is filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom, understanding and knowledge – who will not do her own will, but the will of her Father.

How Much Time Do You Think You Have Left?

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As of today, I have lived  approximately 23,101,457 minutes, 385,024 hours, 527 months, 2,291 weeks, and 16,042 days, but when I began to evaluate how I manage my time, I realized that I really haven’t been living.

How much time do you think you have left?

The days of our lives are seventy years, and if by reason of strength, they are eighty years (Psalm 90:10, NKJV).

You have determined the length of my days, and my life is nothing compared to You. Even the longest life is only a breath (Psalm 39:5, VOICE).

We have been given 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86, 400 seconds in a day.

Take a moment and answer these questions:

How many hours do you sleep in a day?

How many hours do you work a day?

How many hours do you talk on the phone a day?

How many hours you do spend on social media a day?

How many hours do you watch television a day?

How many hours do you spend doing nothing (idle)?

Examine the last ten years of your life.  Maybe you could have had two college degrees by now.  Maybe you could have been a homeowner by now.  Maybe you could have written a book by now.  If you had put aside $100 every pay period for the last ten years (if you’re paid biweekly), you would have saved $26,000 by now.

You can’t get those years back.  They are gone, but can you see the value of time? Do you remember those times you were awaken out of your sleep?  You could have read, worked on something God told you to do or prayed, but instead you rolled over to go back to sleep.  Look at how much time you gave to people that you knew wasn’t even worth your time.  Look at how long you were angry with someone.  Think about all the times you said you were bored.

Have you ever noticed that the words we use to describe how we use our time are the same words we use to describe how we use money?  We talk about spending time, losing time, wasting time, etc.  Paul even tells us to buy back time.  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil  (Ephesians 5:16)When people invest their money, they invest in hopes of receiving a return or gaining a profit.  They also expect the return to be greater than the investment.  We are to invest our time for the Lord and invest in others the same way we invest our money.

I will never be able to stand before the Lord and tell Him that He never gave me time or a chance.  Time and chance happens to them ALL (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Didn’t God give Jezebel space to repent (Revelation 2:21)?  When Hezekiah was sick unto death, didn’t God send Isaiah to tell him what he should do.  Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live  (Isaiah 38:1).  The moment Hezekiah repented (Isaiah 38:2), God told Isaiah to tell him that He heard him, He saw his tears and He added 15 years to his life.  AND I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria and I will defend this city  (Isaiah 38: 6).  For some of us, the answer to our problem is just one word – repentance.  All it takes is turning from what we were doing to what God wants us to do.  Redeem the time.

Do not spend whatever time you have left on this earth angry, sad or feeling sorry for yourself.  Make the best use of your time. Making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil  (Ephesians 5:16, AMP).

For what is your life? It is even vapour that appear for a little time, and then vanish away  (James 4:14).

For all flesh is as grass…the grass withers  (1 Peter 1:24).

You don’t have as much time as you think you do.  I’m sure the five foolish virgins who spent their time sleeping rather than preparing for the bridegroom thought they had plenty of time until his arrival (Matthew 25:1-13).  Or what about the lord who put his servant in charge of everything (Luke 12:35-40)?  He gave him a job.  He gave him purpose.  To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven  (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  He gave him time and chance. He gave him something to do for HIS servants – not for himself – until he returned.

God doesn’t want us to stand idle in these last days (Matthew 20:6). Below are just a few things we ought to do until the return of Christ.

Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Ephesians 5:15).

Love one another, as I have loved you (John 15:12).

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit (John 15:16).

As believers, we have plenty of work to do.  The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few  (Matthew 9:37).  Not only has God given us work to do, but He has given us enough time to do it.  We don’t have time to waste.  Time is precious and fleeting.  I pray that we all become good stewards of the time God has given us.  May we use every moment and opportunity to do what we were placed on this earth to do – before it’s too late.

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is (Psalm 39:4, NLT).