Tag: open doors
Scripture reading for September 12th: Colossians 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should.”
Paul was in chains for preaching the Gospel but was not hindered from encouraging the Church! He knew that prayer was a key factor in evangelism and that missionaries and apostles especially needed prayer. He did not want to be left out as the church in Colossae prayed. He told them to devote themselves to prayer and to be watchful in the Spirit over themselves and those laboring for the Gospel. He did not ask prayer to be released from his chains, but rather for clarity and boldness in preaching the message and an open door to share Christ. He asked that he might have appropriate responses to each person that would salt them with the knowledge or hunger for Christ Jesus!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers must be devoted to prayer for open doors each day among those the Lord puts in their path. Prayer for boldness and clarity is appropriate and commanded! “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)
Scripture reading for June 16th: Acts 10:24-48
Peter got out of his comfort zone, and went with the men to the house of Cornelius. He found a large crowd of people awaiting his arrival and explained to them how God had helped him overcome his religious fear of becoming unclean in the house of a Gentile. (Acts 10:27-28)
Peter asked Cornelius why he had sent for him. Cornelius told Peter and the crowd about the vision he had and instructions to send for Peter. “Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.” (Acts 10:33b) This invitation opened the door wide for Peter to preach the full Gospel message!
After telling the people that God accepts people of all nations who fear God, Peter preached Jesus Christ. “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what happened through out Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached–how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” (Acts 10:34-38) He then told them about the crucifixion and resurrection on the third day and Jesus’ command for the disciples to preach that Jesus is the judge of the living and dead. Peter told about forgiveness of sins for all who would believe in Jesus’ name.
As Peter was preaching, the Holy Spirit came on all who were listening. Peter and his Jewish Christian companions who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost now heard these Gentiles also speaking in other tongues and praising God! God was no respecter of persons or nationalities! Peter ordered them baptized in water and stayed to instruct them.
Have you experienced Pentecost? Don’t just read about it and think it was nice for them! It is for today! “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off– all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)