May 23, 2020

OPEN DOOR - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As I waited upon the Lord, the blessed word that the Lord gave me to bless you today is from the book of Revelation 3:8 “See I have placed before you an  open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”’

From  the above context we learn that God had placed an open door for his Apostles and gave them  an  opportunity  and freedom of mind,  to preach the Gospel. God also opened the hearts of many to observe and receive and embrace the teachings of Christ. Initially the Apostles were weak they had little strength. But later they gained courage and fortitude of mind. Even Apostle Paul had some physical weakness; he also made it known to the Lord. But God said to him. “My Grace Is Sufficient for you.”So Paul never worried about his weakness.  For he knew that God, gives  strength  to  the  weary  and  increases  the power of the weak.  

Though they were weak, yet the ordinances and commands of Christ were put in practice. They were not only kept in their memory, but in the heart and life. They   were  preached, professed and defended, by the Apostles. They never denied the name of the Lord. Even Christ Himself confessed and owned His Father’s name. So also Paul after his conversion never denied the name of Christ. Therefore as per the above verse God knew that they had little strength, Yet they kept His word and never denied His name,   therefore   God glorified them before others.  

God acknowledges the good works of faith, love and patience, God knew that it was not only preaching and professing Christ, to others, but also their acts of charity to one another were done in perfection, and sincerity. Even though Paul knew that other Apostles lived very well at the expense of the new converts, since they brought their wealth and laid it at the feet of the Apostles. Paul too could have lived such a comfortable life but his conversion, effected by a miracle, did honour to his mission; which changed the  very heart of the most bitter enemy of the Christians. Paul says, “When I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, a door was opened to me by the Lord.” Paul considered this door as the most favourable door by which he could enter, and render himself to the cause of the gospel of Christ. And through this door he was accepted by the other Apostles who received him with open arms. Moreover his knowledge in Greek, Latin, Hebrews, and Aramaic  promoted him to extend his spiritual conquest into the province of Asia  and Greece. It looks that without him the gospel would not have been preached  so soon  all    over  the world. 

God says, “ I stand at the door and knock, If any one,  hears   My voice and opens the door I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.”  God is inviting you to open your heart and allow Him to enter inside of you. The moment He comes into your life  God will  open  the doors for you to move forward. Every door that had been shut  all these years will begin to open, towards  your prosperity.  He is a God who opens the door that no one can shut. He   will open the doors of your business centre, the doors of your work spot, the  doors of your education. The door to go abroad, the door  to  receive   your Visa.   The   door to obtain justice from the long  pending case. What other doors have been closed so long?  God says, “Make known your requests unto the Lord, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving.” Then the Lord will open the door for you. Are you willing to receive the Lord into your heart? Only  then you will be blessed. For the Bible says, “He who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.”Enter the Door and be blessed.  God bless you. 

Prayer. Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord, we thank You for Apostle Paul who set a good example of Christ. We thank You Lord  for   the door that  you have placed before us that we may enter in and have fellowship with You. Help us to utilize the door of opportunity   usefully,  and purposefully. Teach us to be like Paul,  not to worry over our weakness, but cast all our burden upon the Lord. May we inherit   the blessings  of  the  Lord as we enter the open door. 

 In Jesus name we pray,


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