Dear Brother and Sister in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Revelation 3:8, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
My Dear Brother And Sister, from the above context we come to learn that God has kept an open door before you. And no one can shut it. Philadelphia is the second church that Jesus does not rebuke in any way. For He says, “ I know your works.”Yes Jesus knew that The members of Philadelphia church were honest and contributed their best for the service of God. Nothing escapes the notice of the Lord Jesus. Nothing that takes place in any churches, have ever passed His attention. Jesus knows. There is nothing that He does not know. Jesus knows their “works.” He knows how they produce good works. So Jesus tells them “ See, I have set before you an open door” which indicates that God provides favourable conditions for serving him. In the face of adversaries, He gives opportunities to serve Him. The words “have set” literally meangive. Open doors are something that Jesus gives out of His grace. We do not earn or deserve the right to serve Him. Our opportunities for service are unadulterated gifts of grace from the Lord Jesus.
The word “open” means a door that Jesus opened in the past with the result that the door still stands open . God opens doors of positive volition as He did for Nineveh, where an entire city came to God through Jonah. He also keeps these doors open. and no one can shut it. No force, whether man or Satan, can shut a door that Jesus opens. The Bible says, The gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s church. No one can witness except God, who opens the door. Jesus knew that the people of Philadelphia church had very little strength. Even though their strength is not proportionate to the wide door, Jesus gave them, yet they were true to His name. The church at Philadelphia did not depend on human ingenuity or human power. The church at Philadelphia stayed faithful to Christ in the face of opposition. They never denied the name of Christ. They were true to the truth, by being faithful to the Word of God. The word “kept” means guard. They stood on guard for the Word of God. They were true to Scripture. And they have not denied His name. This church witnessed in the face of opposition. They maintained the integrity of what they believed, although they faced great pressure to compromise. We must realize that every open door of service is a gift from God.
The open doors that God has kept for you cannot be shut by anyone. It may be the door to a job. God is sealing that door which has been opened for you. So no evil has power over it and no sorcerer has power to open it. That job is meant for you and it cannot be plucked from you. The Lord knows all your problems. He knows that you have very little strength but He remembers your labour for God. Halleluiah! There is nothing hidden from His sight. He formed you. Your walls are ever before Him. So you need not worry. God will take care of you. God knows that those of you who are reading this message have very little strength. Very little money, very little oil in the jar. But He could use you for a great purpose. God called Gideon who had very little strength but asked him to go with that little strength, to perform a great task. God asked him to bring back the Israelites who were enslaved by the Medianites. And in obedience to God and as a leader of the Israelites, he won a decisive victory over a Midianites army despite a vast numerical disadvantage, leading a troop of 300 “valiant” men. God wants you to do a great ministry for Him with the little strength you have. He is going to entrust you with great position, a big business, a great project. Receive His command, and see how best you can perform. Don’t miss the opportunity. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord help us seize the opportunities you give us, to win others to Christ? We have very little strength but give us the grace to do our best. Thank You Lord for the open doors of opportunities. May we open our hearts to the opportunities given to us by God graciously. When God opens these doors, let no opposition stop our pursuit. . Although we do not have much strength yet we believe that God will use us. Help us to work for the truth in the face of opposition?