Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide


May 9

"For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."   1 Corinthians 16:9


"Their 'mane' points give them away, if you will but exercise some sobriety."






The broader spectrum of what is called Christianity, teaches that adversity is a bad thing, but nowhere is that upheld in Scripture.  The metal of the greatest saints has always been proven, without fail, in the crucible of opposition.  Imprisoned by Rome for preaching, Paul requested prayer from those in Colossae: "... that GOD would open ... a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of CHRIST, for which I am also in bonds:"  The truest advance for the cause of CHRIST, must by design, be met by the very headwinds of Hell!  That is precisely why, when it comes to doors, JESUS claims that HE alone: "... openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;"  HE is not just the DOOR (cf. John 10:7), but the DOORMAN as well, to all who accompany HIM: "... I came to Troas to preach CHRIST'S gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the LORD,"  To find a hot doorknob in evangelism simply indicates you've found the flames of Hell you're looking for.  This should be perceived as a good thing to the servant of GOD who possesses the rivers of living water needful to charge in and see sinners rescued from the fire. 

"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if GOD peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;"  It is not an overstatement to suggest that we are our own worst enemies.  Much of the oft touted martyrdom for the faith, being spread about today, can be written off as self-inflicted stupidity.  Those who insist upon shut doors, seek doors of proposition, not opposition.  They may force them open; but doors of ease inevitably open up to the Prodigal's pen.  There, your adversary is the chastening hand of the LORD; and in that, of course, there is nothing to glory of! 

"But if thou shalt indeed obey HIS voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be ... an adversary unto thine adversaries."  The wise Prodigal repents, returning to the door of ill decision; thus aiming the cannon of HIS wrath back down range in the right direction.  Beware in your Christian life of those demonic door to door salesman in slick looking suits.  Their 'mane' points give them away, if you will but exercise some sobriety. 

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" 

For Love of Country
Motto of the State of Ohio (1959)
"With GOD All Things Are Possible"

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