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God's Effectual Door
5/25/2015

Daily Devotions:by Christina Farris

1 Corinthians 16:6-14 KJV
(6) And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
(7) For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
(8) But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
(9) For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
(10) Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
(11) Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
(12) As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
(13) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
(14) Let all your things be done with charity.

What is an effectual door but an open door to minister. A door that when open can only be shut by the hand of God. Doors are only open if Jesus welcome. Jesus stands at the heart door and knocks and anyone that hears and opens the door He comes in to dine. Paul in ministry writes the church of Corinthian of the open door in Ephesus. In the early church there was great persecution. In the early church the fight to spread the Gospel was great. Not all listen but the doors that opened, God opened the ears to hear and receive the Gospel message. Though the message was not always welcome, once that door open only person that could open and shut that door was Jesus.

Memorial just another day to some and to others it is a day of remembering fallen heroes. Our country did not become great by a shut door to freedom, but because of the open door to all that desired freedom. Our nations doors of opportunity to serve in the military has been an open door of adventure, money, heroism, and death to many brave men and women who thought that door was one worth opening to serve in our nationís military. A military that fought for freedom and the rights of others. A military that march through with a course of action to protect people maybe not always deserving of the freedom, but needless to say called to live a life of freedom. Soldiers giving up their own freedom to do as they please to fight and to serve our country.

Today is also Missing Childrenís Day. A day to remember those lost and exploit do to someone taking a child right away from him or her, sometimes from act of violence, from parent or love one, to a total stranger passing by. No one wants to think of the doors of hunting for a child to be shut or closed. Yet many cases have doors that have no ending until a body is found either alive or dead. The open door for Jesus is open door for missing children. A open door until oneís death or oneís refusal to receive the word of God. An open door that Jesus keeps open for all those children tired of the abuse of the world. An open door to freedom from a life of sin. Sin causing abuse to oneís soul and even at times body. Sin has robbed God of his children. Satan as deceived many by saying you wonít get hurt, or God did not mean it like that.

Memorial Day and Missing children all have something in common. It is a day to remember those lost by heinous act of violence. There not must difference in sending babies off to war or losing children to a sexual or kidnapping crime. Both are violent and both are devastating to the love oneís left behind. The doors of their life cut short by the enemy. One would like to think the doors God shuts is not due to God allowing the enemy to steal and destroy. Yet is just that, from the beginning. God allowed open door of the opportunity to sin. A test to see if man would disobey. A test failed but not unforgivable once the price for sin was paid.

God had opened a door for Paul in Ephesus to spread the Gospel, yet men and women would die to keep that door open. Paul always seemed to escape, though persecuted. Paul had been a man that destroyed Christians under the name Saul, only to be convert and become a soldier of the cross. A soldier that fought in battle of faith, and freedom by knocking on doors. His mission was to rescue the hurt and dying kids of God first and those that were perishing because of sin by telling them about Jesus.

The effectual door and open opportunity to rescue the children that rightfully belongs to God and take them from the clutches of Satan. Our soldiers of war fight to take people out of the abuse and poverty of the land they live in. Even soldiers in enemy territory giving up their weapons to our nation because they know that freedom does not mean the giving up of their faith, but the giving up of their weapons. When you join the army of God you trade the weapons of the devil for the weapons of God.

Today our nation remembers our fallen heroes, and our men and women who fought for lives of others. Let us not forget those open doors of freedom that is given to those that they have bravely fought for. Let us not forget how God is able to use their battle to remind us of His love for us to set us free from bondage of sin, by teaching us what freedom is all about. Let us remember Jesus hold the key to shut the door to evil once and for all and that day is coming soon. How soon only our Heavenly Father knows the hour.

Dear Heavenly Father may your grace and truth reign in the hearts of man as you open the door of freedom through Christ Jesus and shut the door through death to those that do not believe and reject your word. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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