Green Valley Sermons

Lord, Open A Door!  

Sunday, April 22, 2018        

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Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)

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Lord, increase our influence for You in this world!  Help us to see the opportunities You present to us each day to share with others Your glory, Your Love, Your grace and mercy.


I see prayer as a recognition that God hears all my thoughts.  He does not just hear the thoughts or words I direct to Him.  Whether I like it or not God knows what I think.  As I think about Paul’s admonition to devote ourselves to prayer, I believe he is not just calling us to a few minutes each day in our prayer closets.  


It is good to have a time of prayer, when we share with God our thoughts and desires for ourselves and others.  It is good to devote special times when we praise God and worship Him as the great and awesome being that He is.  It is good to spend time specifically thanking Him for all the ways He cares for us and for His answers to our prayers.


Those special times of prayer are important and precious to those of us who are faithful to have them.


At the same time, let us not forget, let us promote within ourselves, the truth that God is always present with us and is walking with us through each moment of each day.  He is constantly there to remind us that He loves us, that He is caring for us at all times.  He is always with us and we need to remind ourselves that He is listening and will not stop because we are important to Him.

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Lord, help us to be devoted to prayer, in our quiet times, and in our coming and going.


We sin when we forget who God is and when our flesh tells us He is not there, or that He does not care.  Jesus came to purchase for us the gift of God’s Presence for us.  We are forgiven so that we can live in constant communion with Him, so that we can truly be devoted to prayer.


Be devoted to prayer, being ever watchful and thankful.  God with us is more than empty words.  God with us is grace and mercy and forgiveness.  Watch what God is doing around you and in you and be thankful.  Gratitude is one of the evidences that we truly believe God is for us and not against us.  Be devoted to prayer, acknowledge His presence always and look for opportunities to share Him with those He brings across your path.

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Be devoted to prayer.

  

Pray for us, too!  Us, your fellow servants in the household of God. Pray for yourselves and for us that God would open a door.


Pray for me, that God would open those doors for me to share His love.  I think God would have us all to pray for and to look for the open doors that He sets before us.  Open doors that would allow us to share the mystery of Christ.  


God is not willing that any would perish, but that all would come to a saving knowledge of Him.  There are people that only I can reach.  There are others that only you can help to understand the good news. God wants to use each of us to be ready to share His love to a world who is without hope.


People are living in sin because they do not believe they are loved by God.  Our old nature tends to lean away from God.  We must put off the old nature and lean in toward Our loving heavenly Father.


As we pray, pray that we may be able to clearly express our faith.  Pray that our message to the world would be heard and believed.  People need to know God.  They need to believe that He cares about them.  They need to believe that He cares so much that He died for them, for every person in the world, but especially for them.


We move away from sin when we believe in the love of God.  We are sanctified as we realize that God wants to use us to win the world for Christ.  He has a purpose for us, we are not just called to sit down and wait to go to heaven.


The world needs to know and we have the message they need to hear.  Lord, open a door that we may invite others into the household of faith.

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Paul said, 5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (NIV)


Wisdom is not just about the words we speak, but also about how we act toward others.  Honesty and integrity in our dealings is as important as the words we speak.  

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Lord, open a door for us to share Your love with others as we walk through this world.  Help us to treat others with honor and respect.  Help us to be quick to practice forgiveness, and mercy in all our relationships.


When I first read this passage and came to the phrase “seasoned with salt”, it made no sense to me.  So I dug a little deeper.  The sources I looked at all pointed me back to the idea of wisdom or prudence.  


Merriam-Webster definition of prudence for kids:

1 : the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason

2 : skill and good judgment in the management of affairs


The context seems to verify such an interpretation.  Wisdom will help us to know how to answer everyone.  God’s wisdom will lead us to love God and love people.  When we live with wisdom and grace we demonstrate to others the relationship that God wants to have with us.


Paul is emphasizing the need to be wise or prudent in our dealing with those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  He would have our speech and our actions to be such that others are drawn to Christ.  


Grace and wisdom should be primary characteristics of our relationships with all people, especially those who do not share our faith in God.  Conversation carries the idea of more than our words, but of all our interactions with others.  Grace and wisdom do not just affect our speech, but our actions as well.


Christ’s desire is that we draw people to Him.  When grace and wisdom are the characteristics we are known for, people will be drawn to us. They will give us an open door to share with them how God has saved us and how He would save them as well.

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Lord, open a door!  Help us not to miss those open doors that You give us.  Help us to have the courage to share the truth that You love us and it is a good thing to follow You as Lord of our lives.  Lord, open a door for Your message!


When others see the way you speak and act, will they see grace and wisdom?  Will they be drawn to you?  Will you be ready to share with them the good news of the gospel with them?  Are you ready to walk through the open doors Our Father sets before you?

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Lord, Open a Door!


Be devoted to prayer.  God is with us.  He will lead us to be light and salt that others may know Him as well.  Are we ready?  Are we listening?  


Father, help us to trust you to love us and to lead us today.  We have many loved ones around us who need you.  Use us to draw them to You, the source of our salvation.