Continuing from Part 1 let’s look at the fifth jigsaw piece that fell into my hand:
SEIZING GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES
Settling down for an afternoon tea during that Sunday’s live streaming from Church of His Presence in Alabama, we heard pastor John Kilpatrick read the parable of the talents and the fearful servant and teach on Seizing God-given Opportunities (at 1 hour 18 minutes of video link below).
He encouraged everyone to open up their spirits when listening and said Holy Spirit had told him a few days ago,
“Start telling your audiences that whenever a word is given to them, especially a word from the Lord – not a sermon but a word from the Lord – tell them to let the Holy Spirit dilate their spirit so it opens up so it can receive and be imprinted, embedded in their spirit-man.” [At 1:19:00 on this Church of His Presence video]
John called attention to the fact that “Opportunities are birthed in God’s mind!” and went on to consider how we react to them and that, in moving towards God-given opportunities, we usually encounter strong opposition that’s often unforeseen and inexplicable.
He confessed that preachers encourage their flock in moving forward in their discipleship, but inadequately warn about the adversity that arises along their journey. In other words, we are inviting warfare! – not only of a spiritual nature but also of every kind of non-spiritual adverse event! Also, we can be very dilatory ruminating over opportunities and acting upon them
So if you are severely struggling, especially from satanic strategies on your journey this exciting one hour message will strengthen and encourage you. He stresses it’s not about waiting on the Lord, which is very different, but watching for and acting upon what He’s presenting us with.
On researching this material John was surprised at a definition he found, and which has a direct bearing upon my subject; ‘violent’ persons taking the Kingdom. (Note: you may want to read previous Part’s updated comment thread on Matt 11:12.)
John found ‘seize’ means ‘to take possession of suddenly and by force’, and ‘an attack, a strike’. So this is how we need to handle and deal with God-given opportunities and break through all opposition (from 1:28:00 on video). John concludes therefore, that Holy Spirit is saying
“When I present you with an opportunity, strike it! When I present you with an opportunity seize it! Lay hold of it! Grab it! If you have to do it violently – grab it!. Why? Because opportunity will fade away like a watercolour.”
The Lord is saying,
“I’m presenting you with opportunities all the time but you are taking too much time!”
So seize that opportunity suddenly – and forcefully if necessary!
The latter part of the message covered working through the adversity that’s always a sure sign of a God-given opportunity, because its purpose is to thwart the Lord’s purpose in our lives and our furthering His Kingdom. It was also confirmation of my having stood against repeated strong criticism of this blog – and encourages my continuing a specific course of counter-action that started in addressing a controversial topic.
That is, having quickly and strongly reacted against detrimental comments I’m seeing and now seizing the God-given opportunity hidden behind that opposition.
It was one reason why I republished the core of and revisited my testimony. Those who read its new covering page on this blog’s menu may have been surprised at the opening paragraph. (It was inserted last, after having written the rest.)
Having published “Am Free!” True Story I was humbled to get an inkling of the Lord’s purpose behind that opportunity: to alert me to the fruition of an awesome vision I was blessed with in early 1992 – “All Hail The Lamb!