What DOOR Does God Want You To Go Through By Faith For the Sake of The Gospel?
By David J. Stewart | March 2014
Colossians 4:3, “Withal PRAYING also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.”
Our text verse teaches us to PRAY that God would OPEN UNTO US A DOOR OF UTTERANCE to preach the gospel. It is more than a coincidence that the Bible associates OPEN DOORS with PRAYER. I sincerely believe that one of the most frustrating, shocking and heart-breaking realities in eternity will be when God's children fully realize how many blessings, open doors and answers to prayer that THEY DIDN'T RECEIVE because they simply DIDN'T PRAY AS THEY OUGHT. Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Oh, how we fail in the area of labouring in fervent IMPORTUNATE PRAYER.
1st Corinthians 16:9, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” If you are a Christian believer and don't have a burning passion to reach lost sinners for Christ with the power of the gospel, then you need to get your heart right with God. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The Bible teaches that when the Lord Jesus Christ OPENS A DOOR... NO MAN CAN SHUT IT!!! 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.” It is very interesting that the Lord said he wouldn't allow any man to shut the door because the believers in the church of Philadelphia were barely hanging in there (weak) as a church, but they faithfully KEPT HIS WORD and WERE NOT ASHAMED OF HIS NAME. This reminds me of James 4:10 which says if we HUMBLE OURSELVES in the sight of the Lord, then He WILL LIFT US UP!!! God is not desperate to use arrogant, self-willed and disobedient believers to do His work. WHAT GOD WANTS MOST (a life-changing MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001). God wants YOU. He wants your love, worship and obedience!
The average believer is wasting their life, doing nothing to invest in eternity. God wants to OPEN DOORS and He will, but as we learn in Colossians 4:3, it only comes by PRAYER. Again, Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
Why We Should All Regularly Give To MISSIONARY WORK!
Every New Testament Church should support missionaries. Since churches are composed of individual born-again believers, then every individual Christian ought to support missionaries as well. We ought to have a GLOBAL, REGIONAL (Acts 13:4; 2nd Corinthians 8:5) and LOCAL vision. Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Matthew 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The Word of God ought to ignite a passion in every Christian believer to surrender ourselves to the Lord, and instill a passion for investing in missions work by giving. Acts 13:4, “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.” 2nd Corinthians 8:5, “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” When you pray for missionaries and give financially to support their work, that makes you a co-laborer together with them in the Lord. God will reward you as if you were on the mission field yourself. Mark 9:41, “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”
*Make sure that you only donate to genuine Christian missionaries who are obeying The Great Commission, like BIMI (Baptist International Missions, Inc) and not a scam fat-cat charity that pays it's executives 6-digit salaries!
We are not as generous as what we give; but rather, what we keep for ourselves! Think about that! When we give to God, we are really just letting go of what is already His. Oh, how we ought to give to God. May we graduate from spiritual preschool and start praying at length in IMPORTUNITY FOR OTHERS, and may we give sacrificially to the work of Christ, even selling our personal belongings to do so, supporting missionaries who are faithfully preaching the gospel.
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“Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological argument, but out of love.” —Roland Allen
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7 billion people,
2/3 have yet to hear!
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“If [God] has work for me to do, I cannot die.”
―Henry Martyn, Journal and Letters of Henry Martyn
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Matthew 6:19-21, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Repent And Believe To Be Saved
Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." —John 5:39
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