January 30, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Cor. 16:9)
Opposition comes with every opportunity to preach the gospel. That opposition may appear to come from human sources, but ultimately all opposition to the gospel has a spiritual element. We live amid a clash of kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world.
“Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15). Can you hear the strains of Handel’s Messiah echoing gloriously forth from the words of Revelation 11:15? Yes! All the struggles of this age will have passed, and we shall enjoy the kingdom rule of Jesus.
Until then, an effectual door is open to preach the gospel, and yes, there are many adversaries. This should not stop us. Behind all those that oppose the going forth of the gospel is a spirit that has already been defeated. Hoping to convince men and women to turn away from God, the devil and his cohorts are still fighting over their souls, but the Holy Spirit is still wooing untold hearts. It is our call to work with Him to gather those souls into the Lord’s fold.
To do that we must go and begin to build relationships, waiting upon God for the right words—words of life that will penetrate the hearts of the weary waiting for a message of hope. Sometimes we will need to be bold. Sometimes we will need to be soft and gentle. Always we must allow the Lord to show us what to do and how to do it. He is the One who draws, and we gather. Allowing a chance to receive the gospel, we must seek to create a little safety bubble around those we are seeking to draw in so that anything which is adversarial is neutralized coming to God. Nothing can stop a soul, who is truly seeking, from coming to God, but much can war against it. So we, too, must war for souls with our kindliness, our care, our shepherd’s heart, and our willingness to run interference against anything that would hinder someone from freely choosing God.
God will open many “effective doors” in this hour. Let’s look for them and go through them to locate those who need to hear the glorious message we hold in our hearts and in our hands. Let no adversary stop us.