Seize Every Opportunity In 2019 - Outline

Written by Harold Herring on .

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Question # 1, Does God know your situation?

Question # 2, Can God handle your situation?

Question #3, Does God have a plan for your life?

Question #4, Are you maximizing the opportunities God is sending your way?

President Abraham Lincoln once said:

“I’ll study and get ready and be prepared for my opportunity when it comes.”

Whitney Young, Jr., an amazing civil rights leader, once said:

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, said:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”   

Orison Marden, a doctor and author, said:

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.

Pastor Charles Swindoll said:

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” 

1 Corinthians 16:9 MSG

“A huge door of opportunity for good work has opened up here. (There is also mushrooming opposition).”

James 1:2 NLT

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

James 1:3-4 KJV

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

John D. Rockefeller, an industrialist and faithful Christian, once said:

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” 

25  Scriptural Keys To Opportunity

  1.  What is the real opportunity we should be seeking?

Galatians 6:10 KJV

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”

Galatians 6:7-10 AMPC

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers].”

2.       Who creates your opportunities?

Judges 14:4 KJV

“His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.”

3.       Where do the right opportunities come from?

Colossians 4:3 NCV

“Also pray for us that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message. Pray that we can preach the secret that God has made known about Christ.”

4.       Others may think it’s time for your opportunity, but does God agree?

1 Samuel 24:4 KJV

“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’ So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.”

5.       Be ready when God gives you the right opportunity….


Matthew 10:18 KJV

“You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.”


6.       To find the right opportunity you might have to endure hardship.

Mark 13:9 KJV


“When these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.”


7.       Opportunities can be for evil.

Matthew 26:16 KJV

“From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.”


8.       Opportunities can be for good or evil….they are what you make them.

Mark 14:1 KJV


“It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.”

Luke 20:20 KJV

“Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus.”


9.       Evil will seek opportunity against you.

James 1:13-15 NLT

“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”


10.     The opportunity for evil will come again.

Luke 4:13

“When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.”


11.     Don’t give others, the opportunity to speak evil of you.

1 Timothy 5:14 TNIV

“So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.”


12.     Even your enemies are amazed at how you’ve seized your opportunities.

Luke 23:8 TNIV

“Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle.”


13.     Keep looking for your opportunity.

Acts 3:12 KJV


“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?”


14.     Opportunity will come at just the right time.

Luke 21:13

“But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.”


15.     The right opportunity will come if you have faith.

Romans 1:10

“One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.”


16.     When the right opportunity comes, expect some opposition.


Corinthians 16:9 NCV

“…because a good opportunity for a great and growing work has been given to me now. And there are many people working against me.”


17.     When you are obedient God will open doors that others can’t.

Romans 1:10

“One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.”


18.     Make the most of every opportunity.

Ephesians 5:16

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”

Colossians 4:5

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.”

Colossians 4:5 MSG

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”


19.     When you do what’s right, the opportunity you’ve been seeking will come to you

Galatians 6:9 NLT


So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will

reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

20.     Remember, tough times offers an opportunity for personal growth.

James 1:2 AMPC

“[Faith and Endurance ] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”


21.     Sometimes there is a season and a reason for your time of preparation.

Acts 19:8 MSG

“Paul then went straight to the meeting place. He had the run of the place for three months, doing his best to make the things of the kingdom of God real and convincing to them. But then resistance began to form as some of them began spreading evil rumors through the congregation about the Christian way of life. So Paul left, taking the disciples with him, and set up shop in the school of Tyrannus, holding class there daily. He did this for two years, giving everyone in the province of Asia, Jews as well as Greeks, ample opportunity to hear the Message of the Master.”


22.     Use your opportunities to be a blessing to others (to fulfill the second greatest commandment).

Galatians 5:13

“My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.”


23.     Even when bad things happen, you get another opportunity


Genesis 39:20-21 NLT

 “So he [Potiphar] took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.”


24.     God will give you the right opportunity.

Corinthians 2:12 NCV

“When I came to Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord gave me a good opportunity there.”


25.     You’ve got to be looking for your opportunity

Acts 27:13 TNIV

“When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.”

Write this down. .

“God has given me an ability to perform at a level I never previously thought possible…with unique opportunities that I’ve yet to see.

Romans 12:6 TLB

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well….”


“God has given <<NAME>> the ability to do certain things well….”