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Give God an opportunity to work on your behalf

The Lord said draw near to me I will draw near to you. The action of drawing near requires moving from the area where you are to another area where you are needed. When you do not draw near how will you see the opportunity before you or grab what God stretches out to you?

God never moves from His present position but you and every other person that has ever lived has moved from one point to the other. Our movement in most cases has been for and by self. We humans are restless beings and empty vessels; because of this we complete an exodus from one place to another looking for an infilling and rest for the soul. Rest cannot be found until one comes into an encounter with the One that gives rest to the soul, Jesus Christ, the full stop and terminus to all wandering.

Indeed it is written "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 KJV)

"Jesus is the only One who can save people. No one else in the world is able to save us.” (Acts 4:12 NCV)

God almighty the creator and maker of all things visible and invisible wants to work on your behalf. Won't you let Him? He is ready for action for your sake because of His love for you. What do you need to do to allow God the opportunity to work on your behalf?

1) SUBMIT:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 KJV) By submitting you give your self and your will to God to take charge. You are saying "Here I am; take me and let it be how and what You, Lord, think it is."

If you let God move you as you draw near to Him your story will change and the opportunity for God to work on your behalf will emerge.

Abraham gave God the opportunity to do a work in his life and the opportunity for God to work for him also. Right from the time he said to the Almighty God Sir here I am, God moved into action.

In Genesis chapter 20 when father Abraham was on his journey through Gerar, King Abimelech spotted Abraham’s wife Sarah and purposed to have her to himself. However, before the king could lay his hand to defile her, God appeared to him that night in a dream and made him release Sarah back to Abraham, with a trespass gift: "Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelech said, 'My land is before you; live wherever you like.'" (Genesis 20:14, 15 NIV)

God made Abram and Sarai his wife, who were nobodies, into Abraham, the father of many nations, and Sarah who became a vital person. God made something out of both of them which can be evidenced until this day.

2) RESPECT:
"Isn't it true that a son honors his father and a worker his master? So if I'm your Father, where's the honor? If I'm your Master, where's the respect?" God-of-the-Angel-Armies is calling you out onto the carpet: "You priests despise me! You say, 'Not so! How do we despise you?' "By your shoddy, sloppy, defiling worship. You ask, 'What do you mean, "defiling"? What's defiling about it?'” (Malachi 1:6 MSG)

"A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, wherein have we despised thy name?” (Malachi 1:6 KJV)

God is concerned about us respecting His Lordship. He is the master owner and the master builder of the universe and we must understand the fact that He deserves all the recognition and respect due unto Him. Amen.

How do you respect God? By doing what He says. Jesus said, "If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15 AMP) Another version says "If you love me, show it by doing what I've told you. (John 14:15 MSG) “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. (John 14:15 GNT)

Daniel gave God the opportunity to work on his behalf. "Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king's food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet.” (Daniel 1:8 MSG)

God delivered Daniel and his three fellow Hebrews from the furnace of fire when the following accusation was brought against them:

"There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." In response to these accusations, these men responded:

"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Furious at this response, King Nebuchadnezzar commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace." Astonished at what he saw next "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." "And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them." (Daniel 3:12, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 KJV)

This is what happens when you absolutely trust your life into God’s hand; you give Him the opportunity to prove His supremacy over any force and power that may rise up against your life.

Daniel respected God with passion to the point that at every occasion, secretly and openly, he stood for what he believed God for. Every time you respect God with passion, like Daniel you experience an upper hand of victory and God will make all things to work for your good.

Daniel was rescued from the lions' den. Because God was working on his behalf, the conspirators were thrown into that very same den of lions that was meant to bring an end to Daniel’s life and to his dreams. When anyone plots evil against you, the very same destruction comes back to them when you allow God the opportunity to take charge of your life.

Daniel had great respect for Jehovah God to the point that he was ready to die rather than to bow down to the idol image of the king. Daniel's actions and confidence in God gave God the opportunity to promote Daniel at His own appropriate time.

Joseph was another example of someone that gave up his life and will unto Jehovah God to take charge, and that gave God the opportunity to work on his behalf. The effect of surrendering his life for God to take charge of it opened the door of favor unto him. "And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.” (Genesis 39:3, 4 NKJV) He trusted God to the point that he purposed in his heart, refusing to sin against his master and God (Genesis 39:9) Although he was charged for an offense he didn’t commit, God rescued Joseph by giving him favor  even while he was jailed. "The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” (Genesis 39:23 NKJV)

God revealed deep and secret things to Joseph and used him as a problem solver serving individual leaders and nations. The result of his total trust in God was that he was promoted to one of the highest ranks in the province. "And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:41-44 NKJV)

Are you praying with the expectation to enter into favor, promotion, prosperity and reign at your respective place of calling and to be a positive spiritual influence to your generation? What you need is to take action and to move with determination to surrender your life unto the Almighty God through Jesus Christ, who is the only access key to reaching and seeing God and all that he has in store for you in His mind. Give God an opportunity to work a work on your behalf. God said to prophet Habakkuk, “Look among the nations and watch— Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.” (Habakkuk 1:5 NKJV) God will do something in your lifetime that will amaze you if you follow these two principles: submission and respect unto God.

Be blessed.

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