Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 12:25-14:20 / Acts 16:1-15 / Psalm 78:1-8
We often associate opportunities in life, as “open doors” while rejections and denials are known as “closed doors”. Jesus instructed the disciples to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. The early church began to preach the gospel in Jerusalem and expanded their outreach to Judea, Samaria and beyond. The disciples went wherever they had invitations, opportunities and “open doors”.
Peter was the first to take the gospel to the gentiles and many believed on Christ. Paul followed and took several missionary journeys to gentile nations and cities. They did not have the advantage of technology and modern communication. Their dependence was upon the direction of the Holy Spirit and the doors of opportunity He opened for them.
In Acts 16, Paul and his companions experienced tremendous response wherever they went because the Holy Spirit clearly directed them. The Holy Spirit led them through the regions of Phrygia and Galatia but restricted their travel to Asia. He also would not allow them to enter Bithynia so they traveled to Troas. During the night, Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia, begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (Acts 16:9)
We should not consider it unusual when God gives us direction through Spirit empowered dreams or visions. The Spirit still speaks today in supernatural ways so we can walk in supernatural power in order to see supernatural wonders. Our dependence is not found in our ingenuity, wisdom or technological advancements, but upon His divine plan and favor.
When Paul went through the “open door” to Macedonia, God used them mightily to touch lives and cities with the gospel. Many were converted and discipled. Why? Because Paul had a vision, the Holy Spirit opened a door, and the fields of Macedonia were ripe unto harvest. What open doors does God have for us? May our hearts be quiet before Him, He will give us direction. After all, it is His work and He is the one who opens doors…even prison doors! We will read about that tomorrow…
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!