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Summary: At sunset it is better to say: I AM GLAD I DID... Then to say: I WISH I HAD...

OPPORTUNITIES

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOSE LIVE IN LIVING?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOSE WISDOM IN KNOWLEDGE?

SUCCESS IS NOT THE KEY TO HAPPINESS,

HAPPINESS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS.

I. AT SUNSET IT IS BETTER TO SAY: I AM GLAD I DID...

THAN TO SAY I WISH I HAD...

KJV

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who

are of the household of faith.

LIVING

Galatians 6:10 That's why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to

our Christian brothers.

MESSAGE

Galatians 6:10 Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting

with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

OPPORTUNITY:

Favorable chance or opening offered by circumstances, occasion, possibility

II. MOST OPPORTUNITIES COME BY WAY OF A PROBLEM, A TRIAL, OR A TEST!

A. WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM HERE... WE HAVE 5,000 HUNGRY PEOPLE...

Many teachers say the 5,000 are men, this does not count the women and children.

B. NOW THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM, OR IT IS A BIG OPPORTUNITY... ???

C. Test will always PROVE your FAITH...

John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

[5] When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence

shall we buy bread, that these may eat? [6] And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

[7] Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may

take a little. [8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,

[9] There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

[10] And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down,

in number about five thousand.

[11] And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples

to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

[12] When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

D. JESUS ALREADY KNEW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO...

E. CAN YOU REALIZE THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM? THE SCOPE OF THE OPPORTUNITY?

A BIG MAC, MEDIUM FRIES, MEDIUM DRINK IS $5.93...

5000

X5.93

---------

$29,650.00

F. ANDREW HAD THE ANSWER, THEN HIS HUMAN REASONING FOCUSED ON THE PROBLEM

NOT THE OPPORTUNITY...

G. JESUS TOOK THE LITTLE BOYS OFFERING AND SAID THANKS....

H. NOTHING WAS LOST, THEY TOOK UP THE LEFT OVERS...

III. OFTEN PEOPLE HAVE THE TENDANCY TO ALLOW THE PAST TO DICTATE THE FUTURE...

WHAT IS DENIED CAN NEVER BE HEALED..

NOT ALL OPPORTUNITIES ARE GOOD... IN THE PROCESS OF TIME...

CHOICES MATTER, BEHAVIOR MATTERS, HOW YOU TREAT OTHERS MATTER...

A. OFTEN TIMES ANGER, BITTERNESS, DRIVE OPPORTUNITIES...

IN THE PROCESS OF TIME...

Cain offers of the fruit...

Abel offers the firstling...

CAIN GETS ANGRY AT HIS BROTHER... WHY NOT AT HIMSELF?

B. SHOW ME WHAT TICKS YOU OFF AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT MAKES YOU TICK...

Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering

unto the Lord.

C. ONE EVENT CAN DRIVE ONE TO RIGHT OR TO WRONG...

IT MIIGHT COME DOWN TO ATTITUDE...

D. YOUR CHOICES AND ATTITUDES,

THE OPPORTUNITIES BEFORE YOU WILL SET IN CONCRETE WORD WORDS AND ACTIONS...

Genesis 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his

countenance fell.

E. CHECK IT OUT... SIN, COMMISSION OR OMISSION, SIN LIES BEHIND WARS AND STRIFE...

Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.

And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

F. THE NEW TESTAMENT RECORDS THE SAD HISTORY OF A MISSED OPPORTUNITY.

THERE IS NO RECORD OF CAIN REPENTING...

RATHER HE THROWS OUT THE EXCUSE: AM I MY BROTHERS KEEPER?

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained

witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

IV. PERHAPS WE NEED TO BURN THE BRIDGES BEHIND US...

THE BRIDGE COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN...

A. HOW MANY PEOPLE LOOK BACK...

B. WANT TO BE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A BAD EXAMPLE?

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

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