SATURDAY August 25, 2018
Open Door of Opportunity
But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
1 Corinthians 16:8-9
Paul drew near to the close of his first letter to the Corinthians, but he still desired to express further what was on his mind. He would continue to write a second letter to the Corinthians. In this next letter, he told them about the sufferings he endured in the ministry and, in everything he went through, how he received comfort from the Lord.
When Paul was on his way to Corinth to be with the believers, he changed his itinerary. The Corinthians came against Paul. They criticized him, believing he was not a man of his word. They could not rely on him. Yet in their thinking and motives, they were the ones full of carnality. They did not understand the reason or the truth about Paul’s journeys.
Paul had gone to Macedonia, which is today Greece, to visit the churches there ( 2 Corinthians 1:16-17).. He went to encourage the pastors and the people in the congregation. He also went to Ephesus, until the time of Pentecost. As Paul prayed, God was shutting and opening doors. He was in God’s perfect will. As Paul served God, he encountered adversaries. Many people came against him and the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Understand that when God begins to use your life, there will be enemies; not everyone will like you––people will get jealous of God’s anointing in your life. Do not waste your time with people who do not like you, no possible way. Just keep plowing forward, and keep your eyes on the Lord.
The Lord gives to us many opportunities to share the Gospel. How many opportunities has God given to you? The question is, will you be faithful to go through the door he has opened for you in the work of the ministry?
God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things that we can do ourselves. ~A.W. Tozer~
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