1 Corinthians 16:8-9 ESV
8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Today, I want to encourage you with the words of the Apostle Paul! Here Paul is saying that he has a wonderful opportunity opened up to him to minister the Gospel in Ephesus. It is the opportunity to do a great work for Christ that is laid in front of him that will affect many peoples’ lives! This is possibly what Paul [and the believers at Ephesus] had been praying for, and now this opportunity is right here in front of them. But . . . there are many adversaries, opponents, and enemies.
Paul noted that there are many adversaries, both spiritual and natural, that oppose him and this great work. This is not a statement of fear, but a statement of fact.
Adversaries are a reality in this world! Some people may be tempted to draw back from the door of opportunity in front of them because of the adversaries they must face. But we must realize that it is possible to step into the opportunities in front of us, no matter what kind of adversity we may face along the way!
The truth is, whether you step through the door of opportunity in front of you, or stay where you are, you still have to face many adversaries! It is better to face the adversaries when you are in the will of God than if you are not in His will.
If you are in the will of God, He is able to protect you and keep you safe while you pursue the great opportunities He has for you! Everyone is faced with making a decision to enter into the door of opportunity that opens up for them so that the will of God can be accomplished.
Today, we can make a choice . . . to enter into the opportunity that God has opened to us, or to step back from it and say what we have is good enough! I want to encourage you to make this a memorable day because you have made a decision to step through the door of opportunity in front of you!
About Marvin Yoder:
Pastor Marvin Yoder’s practical and often humorous illustrations and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as he minister the Word encourages people, and helps them to grow up into their God-given destiny. He has authored several books and study guides, including “Movin’ On Up” and “The Traveling Minister’s Handbook.” Marvin and his wife Leah have three children, Christina Anne, Nichole Joy, and Audrey Danielle. Currently they pastor LifePointe Church in Mattoon, IL.
For more information on Marvin Yoder visit LifePointe Church’s website: http://www.lifepointeforyou.org
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