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Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

December 3, 2019 WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Many of us hear or see what advertisers call great opportunities. When something goes on sale that we really want, we have an opportunity to purchase it and get a bargain. However, there is usually a time limit on it and if miss that window of opportunity, we are left with nothing. God gives us opportunities every day to do His will, share His word, help someone, etc. Those opportunities are only for a moment and if we want to be good stewards for God, we need to act on them. If we don’t act on them, we miss that window of opportunity. Acting on opportunities to obey God will bring blessings to us and others.

SCRIPTURE:
Acts 3:12-13a “Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. ‘People of Israel,’ he said, ‘what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this.’” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write about a time you acted on an opportunity to help someone.
2. List the things you can do today to be more aware of opportunities to help.
3. When you help someone, give God the glory and share His word with them.
4. Know God wants you to act on opportunities so others can know how great He is.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know being a good steward means helping others and taking advantage of every opportunity to do good to them. Help us to see where both believers and unbelievers are in need so we can give to them and give You glory. We want to be more aware of what is going on around us and take action to help. Show us Your way, Lord, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We are to look for opportunities to do good to both believers and non-believers.

Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (NLT)

Colossians 4:5 “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” (NLT)

James 1:2 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (NLT)

Rather than getting pulled into this evil world, let’s make the most of every opportunity to do good and give glory to God.

FOCUS:
Ephesians 5:6 “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (NLT)
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