Making the Most Use of God’s Help Opportunities

This is mainly in terms of getting, drawing or receiving crucial help from those we look up to or work with; it might be visits from John or others who come to input into our lives or the work we are doing. I have attempted to put down what I am realizing has potential to give us more benefit. The lesson became clearer to me after the last visit to us by John and Dawn.

Building TogetherI have learnt that when God sends you someone who is further in the road you are walking, a resourceful person, or someone with a specific thing God wants you to get. No doubt, some people possess a light from which we can light ours in many aspects. We need to make the most of such divine provisions. Though there might be a lot of things I would want to talk about when I meet them, I now choose to be deliberate about not taking up the whole time talking without positioning and quieting my spirit to focus on drawing help. The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment. Sharing has to be an opening of life, including the successes, challenges and desires in order to get real help that can unlock our ability to move forward where we feel limited or hindered.

Where we already know there will be opportunities to draw from those leading us or those we work with, it is important to write down those things we feel stuck on or confused about in the very moments they trouble us because we might not recall them to proper depth later when we need to explore them with others. Again, we can think well in advance of those things that normally challenge us and leave us with the feeling of badly missing satisfactory or the right kind of help; some of these maybe things that recurrently occur.

The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment

So, when opportunities to be with those that disciple us come, sometimes the temptation to only show the positive side of things is strong, but realising that it limits defining help coming our way, will help us open up on areas we actually feel really challenged. I have realized that most progress has come with fresh challenges and setbacks, thus some challenges come because we have progressed into new territory or a different but further part of the journey. There is need to put away any thoughts that say our struggles mean we are failing. Although not all problems come because of growth or progress, no matter what is the source of our challenges, they still need to be shared earnestly to access the input needed in order to overcome them. This I am seeing that understanding this has a lot to do with our personal growth, which in turn improves the quality of the team God builds around us.

Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly. God has ways of helping our personal development through the troublesome issues as we also get empowered to resolve them effectively.

Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly.

I just kept on having an urge to share this for some time now. So, in case someone finds this helpful in their own journey, I have decided to share it. Just remember, the big choice we have to make is how we interpret God’s provision, is it a chance to show ourselves and exhibit all our strengths, or a time to put our ear to Him on what He is intending with each provision? Actually, the purpose can be different with each encounter, but there will always be drawing of strength and revelation from God.

Thank you,

Lawrence

5 comments for “Making the Most Use of God’s Help Opportunities

  1. Christian Diaba
    September 17, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Thank you very much, Lawrence. I know you sent this in August, but I am just reading it and you have no idea how much it speaks to me specifically.
    I realised that in my own life, there was the tendency to talk more in instances when all I needed to do is LISTEN. I am practicing listening-and with an open heart rather than listening for the next cue to state my next line in the conversation.
    My biggest take away from this piece is to note those things/questions that I would love to draw more on when I speak to John, Albert or any of the leaders that I would come into contact with, so I don’t forget when I finally get to sit with or speak with them.

    • Lawrence
      October 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Hi Christian, thank you for sharing similar thoughts on this. There is rich value in practicing listening; it’s not at all easy especially when you feel not fully understood, nonetheless there is serious value in it. I also picked that when you listen more and tend to make use of input, those who contribute to you will be encouraged to speak more into your life beyond areas of your inquiry.

  2. September 2, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Strongly agree

  3. Keith
    August 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Lawrence, I appreciated your post very much. It was a good reminder to keep an honest, humble and open heart all the time. You never know how the Lord might speak to you. In our world axe heads float, 5 loaves and 2 fish can feed 5,000 and God uses others to help us and to reveal parts of His plan to us. Often I struggle with relying on what I have experienced; what I know and can miss what He wants to do in the moment. There are many times God uses Cherry to speak to me and, at first, it’s a struggle. But then I start hearing God in the midst of her words and I think I could have missed it if I had maintained a hard heart. I often think of that verse in Hebrews, “Today, if you hear My voice, do not harden your heart.” It seems to me that heart hardening when you hear His voice is the first step away from faith and towards unbelief.

    I also encourage myself with the promise that for those who hear His word, and maintain a good and honest heart, they will bring forth a multiplied harvest with perseverance – even 100-fold!

    Thank you my brother!

    • Lawrence
      October 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

      You are very right Keith. It is important to keep an honest, humble and open heart all the time. But hey, at times, an honest, humble and open heart can be so costly such that the temptation to do otherwise in the name of wisdom can be really strong. But again as you say, God uses others to help us and to reveal parts of His plan to us. I can say all that I am and all that I know, God gave me through others. So, I will soldier on opening to God’s channels to me. Thank you

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