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Open and Closed Doors

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:9

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”

Reflection.

Let me start by posing this question, which I believe is important for the church and the entire body of Christ. I’ve heard many Christians only pray for “open doors.” If you’re a pastor or a counsellor and someone ask you to pray for him or her, and you begin by praying for closed doors. I’m sure that you may lose that member or client, and others may leave your ministry or counselling centre and never come back.

However, I made the decision to share my situation with a church sister because I thought she could help ease my burden and join me in prayer because I was under some pressure at the time in my life. I invite her to pray with me about the difficulty. When she said, “Let us pray now,” I was astounded. I anticipated that she would start by pleading with God to provide for me financially! She prayed, “Oh Lord, I thank you for Pastor Bob and what he is going through, I ask that you close every door that wasn’t meant to be opened in his life and open all doors that are shut now in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.” Hmmm! With just that one prayer, I discovered that not all the doors in my life should be opened; rather, the majority of them should be closed to make room for the doors that must be opened. This is how the topic for today came about. I started looking for a verse in the Bible that dealt with opening and closing doors, and I came across 1 Corinthians 6:9.

Paul makes it clear that one’s lifestyle reflects their relationship with Christ between this verse and verse 11. The gospel, on the other hand, extends forgiveness and salvation to anyone who is willing to approach God in faith. Paul also makes mention of sexual sins, which contemporary interpreters occasionally try to ignore.

Paul had the option of staying in Corinth and thought that a huge door had just been opened for him. He undoubtedly attempted to preach the gospel in other cities, but in vain. To spread the gospel in Corinth, he discovered a door that was open. The majority of the time, God may want us to stay in a certain location so that He can complete His plan for your life. In order to make the most of your opportunities and privileges, I urge you to always consider them open doors. You never know when another door will be left in your path.

Furthermore, despite your best efforts, you might not be getting what you want now or at all. Never give up on your dreams; instead, consider them God’s will for your life and a springboard to more open doors in the future.  When one door closes, another is opened, as the proverb says.

As a result, I beg you to constantly pray for both open and closed doors, giving you the chance to submit to God’s perfect will. You are essentially saying, “Oh Lord, let your will be done in my life,” in other words.

Prayer.

I give thanks to the Lord for all the doors you have opened for me. In the name of Jesus, Amen, I pray that whatever door wasn’t meant to be opened should be closed and that whatever door needs to be opened should do so right away, amen.

Please share…………

Bless you …………….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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