We all have some regrets in our lives over events that happened and often wish we had the ability to move back the hands of time and make better choices. We are often overwhelmed by regrets that we fail to see the opportunities ahead of us. The good news is that God is always giving us new opportunities every day no matter what we have done. His steadfast love never ceases (towards us) and His mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:22).
Another thing that we must learn from God is that He specializes in turning around our regrets and mistakes for our good. He knows how to take the mess we create and turn it around to make us better and prevent others from making the same mistakes we made. There are several real-life stories and events that we can learn from, some of them in the Bible and many of them happen around us every day. We can learn from some of the stories that were documented in the Bible for us to learn from and avoid the mistakes Festus, Gehazi, and Judas Iscariot made.
How Are You Using Your Opportunities?
Felix was a Roman ruler, a man in authority at that time with executive powers and Paul was brought before him for judgement because of unfounded accusations of the Jews against Paul (Acts 24:24-25). Felix granted Paul audience so that he could hear about the accusations, but Paul seized that opportunity to tell Felix and his wife about Jesus and salvation. That was a good opportunity for Felix to receive the message of Jesus and His salvation and be saved with his family. But out of fear, Felix wasted that opportunity and asked Paul to leave.
Maybe you are in the same situation now that Felix found himself in. You have heard several messages about the goodness and the love of God and how He wants you to be saved, yet you keep running away and wasting divine opportunities to receive to receive Jesus in your life. Fear is from the devil, and because he does not want you to get saved, he keeps making you afraid. The devil cannot have this chance to be saved, but God has been gracious to give you these opportunities repeatedly. Please do not waste this opportunity to receive Him and know him more. A delay or procrastination may be too costly, accept Him now.
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Don’t Let Sin Ruin Your Opportunities
Gehazi was the servant of the great prophet Elisha (II Kings 5:20-27) and by all standards, he was in line to receive the anointing that was upon his master and to continue the great exploits that God was using him to do. However, his story did not have a good ending because he missed an awesome opportunity to become a great prophet in Israel. He wasted the opportunity he had because of greed and materialism. That is what happens when you don’t deal with your weaknesses and the carnal nature in us, it will rear its head unannounced at a very important moment of your life and it can destroy you completely.
This was the end of Gehazi. Nothing was said about him again because he became a leper with his entire household. What are the secret sins that you’re harboring in your life today? Will you be embarrassed if anybody knew about it? You must deal with it before it destroys your opportunities. There is power in the word of God to destroy any kind of addiction or sin that has remained rooted in your life.
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How Will You Use the New Opportunities You’re Getting?
We talk about Judas Iscariot all the time, he had a privileged opportunity in his life to serve Jesus and his disciples. But his love, greed and obsession for money made him squander that opportunity and he ended up destroying himself. But when you look closely at how we live today, many us are betraying Jesus every day. He is always giving us opportunities to talk to people about Him but we change topics and talk about other things.
He presents us with opportunities to be a blessing to others – the poor, sick, those in prison; but we often choose to use our resources for other things that may not be important to Jesus. When we waste these opportunities, he gives us, it makes Him feel betrayed. You must repent about the opportunities you have wasted and commit to utilizing very well the new ones He will give you.
Repentance is simple, you can say this prayer and mean it from your heart:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know You are the only way to God. So now I want to quit disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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