Fling Wide the Doors of Opportunity in February- A Word by Candice Smithyman
Last October God spoke to me that in the month of February He was going to
swing wide the doors of opportunity. He specifically wanted His people to
pass through January and the process of consecration and purification. I
have been anticipating what is going to happen. I am already hearing
reports that indeed doors are flinging wide everywhere! People are saying
God is moving so much and so many amazing things are happeneing.
We know from Joshua 3:5 that Joshua told the people, “Consecrate
yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (NIV)
Many have been faithful and God is going to do amazing things. However, I
do believe there is something to consider as we embark on the opportunities
He is bringing in February. And that is that we should be aware to put Him
God does not want us to worship the idols of advancement, or financial
increase, or amazing opportunities that are coming as a result of Him
choosing to open the doors of heaven and pour out a blessing upon us.
One of the ways we can curtail our flesh in the midst of God’s many
blessings is not to forget Him in the area of giving ourselves over to Him.
So many times, God will bless us but then we will make idols out of the
blessing and forget all about Him. We must stay in a place of repentance
and purity of heart. We must not become workaholics trying to steward all
He has given us or ruminate so much on the blessing that we fail to take
time to spend with Him. One of the ways we can prevent this is to do as
Deuteronomy 8:16-20 (NIV) reads:
He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had
never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well
with you. You may say to yourself, ‘My power
and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he
who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant,
which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and
bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be
destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be
destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.”
The word remember in this passage is the Hebrew word zakar, it
means to mark, remember or be recognized as in male.
If we want to keep our flesh in control during a blessing we must learn to zakar the Lord or mark by bringing Him a first fruit offering.
This principle is often missed by people but not by those who have tasted
success and seen how it messes with the focus of the mind. It is easy to
get caught up in the doing of life, work, family, and ministry and all the
fast-paced excitement of being used by God to expand the kingdom of God but
underneath every minister’s heart, and we are all ministers of the gospel,
as we are called ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20), there
should be a desire to run away with the King and not be bothered, but just
to sit in His presence and soak in His beauty. If this is not the true
desire of our hearts, something maybe wrong. I speak from my own
chastisements from the Lord when things begin to move rapidly for me, I
must bring myself as an offering and my finances, to keep my own heart in
check. This is why the first of the year is so important is that it reveals
where we get off track and we begin to serve what He has given us, instead
of bringing Him the offering He really wants and that is our hearts.
This was the lesson He was teaching the Israelites in the desert. It was as
though He said (and I paraphrase), “I can give you everything, but I want
you to want Me first, and I know the heart of man is deceitful and
prideful, and if it is not trained to be aware of its pitfalls, it will
walk away from what is best, which is Me, God, to go after all the other
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One of the ways I personally keep my heart straight is to remember I cannot
operate in the ministry without doing it in the overflow. I need to be so
connected to Him that who He is overflows into my entire soul. That is only
accomplished through first honoring Him with my substance.
What is substance? In the Hebrew it means wealth, but it is a word that
means all of you, as in enough. It comes from a root word which means
ability, power, wealth, force, goods, might, and strength.
Proverbs 3:8-9 (KJV) tells us,
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine
increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall
burst out with new wine.”
We as His people are called to Honor Him. This word honor comes
from the Hebrew to glorify or make weighty. Why does He ask this? So that
we will put Him first from the totality of our being, as in all of our
time, talent, treasure and testimony. In doing this we will mark Him first
in our actions. He then asks us to even bless Him with the first fruits of
all the increase He brings us, just so we won’t get focused on it. If we do
this, He says we will operate in fullness in our spirit, soul and body, and
we will break forth in new wine or new opportunities.
He is training us for reigning with Him and it is not about looking to the
outward but the inward first to give us all we need as we rest in Him and
who He is. This will keep any person in a state of humility when you
realize you must rely on God for everything and even when you fall into the
riches of heaven. We will always need to be focused on Him and even more so
in our successes or victories.
He has developed the system so the more He blesses us the more we find we
need Him and if we choose to connect ourselves to the blessing more, He
will discipline us and bring us back to what is important, which is Him and
Yes, the doors of opportunity are swinging wide open in February but take
heed as this only means God is calling you to more of Him and even less of
the opportunity He is blessing you with. Learn to steward the blessing well
and remember Him with a first fruit of yourself and all He has given you.
This is surely the true way to bring Him honor and thanksgiving, and also
to remain humble in this season of blessing.
Dr. Candice Smithyman
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