Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 2, 2011

Closed Doors For Better Opportunities

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

                                                  Acts 16:6,7

Couple of weeks back, while praying for a specific matter in our lives, God showed me this scripture which not only gave us a direction in our prayer, but also added a new revelation. To understand the thought much better, I would request you to read Acts 16. In the previous chapters of the Acts of Apostles, we see the continuing ministries of the disciples especially Paul. And we understand that they have been greatly used in different areas, among Jews and Gentiles, and many were added to the church. Gospel or the good news about the savior Jesus Christ was not so available like our present days. Since it was just the beginning of the church, there were many places and people without the knowledge of the savior. So you can imagine the responsibility of the disciples in carrying out the vision God has given them. Just any place was a great opportunity for them to preach the Gospel.

But if you carefully read the above key verse, you will understand that the Holy Spirit forbid them to preach the word at Asia at that particular time. The next verse says that they tried going to Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. Is that possible? Will Holy Spirit ever try to hinder anybody from preaching the Word, especially when those places do not know about Jesus Christ? Why a closed door when you just feel that it is the right path? If you read the following verses, you will understand the reason why Holy Spirit prevented them to go to those places at that particular time. God had purposed a great opportunity behind those closed doors.

Paul received a vision to go to Macedonia and on his way there, he stayed in a city called Philippi. On a Sabbath day, they went out to the city, by a river side, where prayer was customarily made. They sat down and spoke to few women who gathered there and God opened the heart of one particular women named Lydia. She and her household believed in Jesus and were baptized. No more outdoor meetings by the river side…she opened her house for Paul and all others in Christ to gather and worship HIM. Another great opportunity that God had planned for them was in the prison. When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, God intervened and that miracle opened the eyes of another person, the jailer. He and his household were saved too. Now you might have understood why the Holy Spirit prevented them to go to Asia and Bithynia, even though those places needed Jesus.

Are there any closed doors in our lives? When we really want to have opportunities and possibilities, all we see is oppositions and hindrances. If God himself has closed certain doors for you, remember, there is great opportunity waiting for you in another  direction. You might be facing a closed door in your ministry, education, job, family life or any other personal requests in life. Are you wondering why in the world am I here when I know for sure that those next steps are meant for me? That closed door of yours is for someone else to be inside the open doors of God’s Kingdom. God has closed that door of your ministry so that through you, some one else will open their doors for Gospel. Holy Spirit just redirected you to another path…a path that you have never been before…just to save few household through you. If you take the courage to believe that…then God is going to show you the reason behind those closed doors…a chance for better opportunity..but only if you are willing to take the new direction of the Holy Spirit.

God Bless,

Rani John




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