Open Doors from Quarantine (2) ( by Fenny West)

Open Doors from Quarantine (2) Paul Acts 16

 

 

The Philippian Jailer Saved

25   But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

26   Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27   And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

28   But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

29   Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.

30   And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31   So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

32   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

33   And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

34      Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

Paul knew his purpose and embraced it. He was committed to preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles at all cost, willing to spend and be spent for it. And he constantly sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit (as we should all do) and had tremendous success.
However in his attempts to go to Phrygia, to preach the Gospel, the Holy Spirit said, “No!” Acts16:8
He then tried going to Bithynia but the Holy Spirit again refused. Now, while he was at Traos, he had a vision in which he saw someone saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us. V9
This gave him the confidence that he had heard from God and he proceeded there to the major city, Philippi with Silas.

The Macedonian Call

6      Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

7      After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

8      So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.

9      And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

10   Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

There he preached the Gospel and Lydia and her household believed and were baptised. V14-15
This was the first open door.

14   Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.

15   And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

Later they saw a woman possessed with the spirit of divination being used to make money for masters.
She said many good things about Paul and Silas but with the wrong spirit. Paul discerned and  confronted her and cast the devil out of her. V17-18
This rattled the cages of her handlers and they were enraged and falsely accused Paul and Silas, bringing them before magistrates.
They were condemned and brutalised, badly beaten, broken and bleeding and then thrown into a dungeon of a prison with their  feet in strait jackets.v17-24

However at midnight, Paul encouraged Silas for Church Service in jail. They prayed and sang loud such that the other prisoners heard them.
God enjoyed the aroma of their praise so much that He tapped His feet in heaven. This resulted in an earthquake which rocked the foundation of the prison, so much that all the doors and windows were flung open. And their chains fell off.v25-26

The prison warden heard the tumult, commotion and cacophony and leapt out of his bed hurriedly and came out with a lantern. As he saw the doors opened, his heart sank, thinking all the prisoners had escaped. He wanted to kill himself. But Paul and Silas quickly stopped him, saying, “Don’t do yourself any harm. We are all here.”
The warden was flabbergasted, wowed and so overwhelmed with awe that he said, “What must I do to be saved?”
Paul told him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household shall be saved.”
He led him and his household to salvation and there was a great joy and feasting to the glory of God.
God led him, allowed what he suffered but rewarded him with a great open door for the salvation the prison warden of household.
Open door came from quarantine and there was a great addition to the Kingdom of God.
Paul and Silas did not complain or moan for their quarantine but prayed and praised  God and God gave them a great exploit and made their joy full. They could not have asked for more. God exceeded their expectations.
Therefore, in your quarantine arising from COVID19, it may look like a midnight hour. Do not complain but find a song of praise in the night. God gives songs in the night. Sing, dance, praise and pray a prayer of worship, adoration and thanksgiving to God. And God will give you  unprecedented breakthroughs. He will cause others around you to marvel and be convicted to surrender to Him and you will be an instrument of reconciliation. Seize the moment when it comes. Be ambitious. Go for broke. Maximise the moment.
Your open doors could be great innovative ideas for business, teaching online, setting up a charity that will help others or reaching out to people in unique ways or writing best-seller or acquiring new skills that make you head-hunted. Go for it. Make all things, including this quarantine work for you. Because you love God and you are the called according to purpose.
Determine that at the end of the lock down, you will come out better than you went in. Make up your mind that weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph. Praise God who enables His children who go through the valley of Baca (the valley of weeping) and make it a place of spring, going from strength to strength and from glory to glory. They may be hard pressed but they are never crushed; perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but assured that they are not abandoned. They are trees of righteousness, His treasured possession and destined to be forests. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bring forth fruit not only in old age but in all seasons, locked down or unlocked down. They will not know when heat comes. When others are saying, “There is depression, hypertension, post-lock down depressive, traumatic syndrome.”, you will be saying, “There is refreshments, revelation, harvest, lifting up, elevation, promotion, innovation and creativity.” Glory to God!
Open doors from Quarantine is mine! in Jesus’ Name.
Open doors from Quarantine is yours! ,in Jesus’ Name.

Take it by faith and run with it and it shall be yours.

All things Work together ( by Fenny West)

All Things Work Together for Good 

All things work together for good
To those who love the Great I Am. 
Giants will be no factor; they’ll be food, 
Goliath will bite the dust, come to harm. 

        

Opposition becomes an  opportunity, 
For the Redeemed to rise, Soar higher. 
Contention becomes a trigger for victory. 
Forging intimacy, making them stronger.


Persecution opens doors for propagation
As disciples went everywhere, dispersed. 
Their opposition brought great promotion
They became bolder, stronger, energized. 

They became fiery like Daniel and friends. 
The furnace and flames freed them, 
As the lions saw Daniel as their friend. 
Trials lifted, promoted, increased them. 

 

I say All things work together for good, 
Because He is at the helm of your affairs 
And even though all things are not good. 
He can turn them for good for heirs. 

You’ll rejoice always if this is understood 
You’ll sing in the rain as Robin if you know
You’ll always see the trees from the wood 
And you’ll be still as you triumph and glow. 

Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Come O North Wind; Come, O South Wind. (by C.H. Spurgeon)

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Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south

“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.” Song of Solomon 4:16

Anything is better than the dead calm of indifference. Our souls may wisely desire the north wind of trouble if that alone can be sanctified to the drawing forth of the perfume of our graces. So long as it cannot be said, “The Lord was not in the wind,” we will not shrink from the most wintry blast that ever blew upon plants of grace. Did not the spouse in this verse humbly submit herself to the reproofs of her Beloved; only entreating him to send forth his grace in some form, and making no stipulation as to the peculiar manner in which it should come? Did she not, like ourselves, become so utterly weary of deadness and unholy calm that she sighed for any visitation which would brace her to action? Yet she desires the warm south wind of comfort, too, the smiles of divine love, the joy of the Redeemer’s presence; these are often mightily effectual to arouse our sluggish life. She desires either one or the other, or both; so that she may but be able to delight her Beloved with the spices of her garden. She cannot endure to be unprofitable, nor can we. How cheering a thought that Jesus can find comfort in our poor feeble graces. Can it be? It seems far too good to be true. Well may we court trial or even death itself if we shall thereby be aided to make glad Immanuel’s heart. O that our heart were crushed to atoms if only by such bruising our sweet Lord Jesus could be glorified. Graces unexercised are as sweet perfumes slumbering in the cups of the flowers: the wisdom of the great Husbandman overrules diverse and opposite causes to produce the one desired result, and makes both affliction and consolation draw forth the grateful odours of faith, love, patience, hope, resignation, joy, and the other fair flowers of the garden. May we know by sweet experience, what this means.

Difficult Roads Can be Deceptive ( by Fenny West)

difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations

Very Trying times often lad to great promotion

So my friend in your rough times do not give up

Rest assured that God’s compassion has not dried up.

 

So keep focused, pressing on the road to heaven

God will take you to the other side- the milky haven

Use your difficulties serve glorious opportunities

To catapult you to you to a land of many victories

 

The difficult terrain is building up your muscles

The pot holes, hazards – rain and shine will not muzzle

God will make a way where there seems to be no way

Keep going, keep pushing, trusting that Jesus will make a way.

 

28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Ro8:28

1    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

7    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed —2Cor4:7-9

1     Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Ro5:1-5

God Will Deliver You Ere Long ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

God Will Deliver You Ere Long

“He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?” Judges 15:18

Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! but when the thirst was upon him, Samson felt that little present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which he had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God’s people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to find a little trouble too much for them. Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a little water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes “halting on his thigh!” Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when he said, “I have slain a thousand men.” His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and he betook himself to prayer. God has many ways of humbling his people. Dear child of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual one. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, he said, “I am this day weak, though anointed king.” You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson’s thirst, and the Lord will not let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to triumph over you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried brother, cheer your heart with Samson’s words, and rest assured that God will deliver you ere long.

 

Triumphs are Hidden in the Womb of Trials ( by Fenny West)

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Triumph are hidden in the womb of trials

and trials give birth to triumphs.

If you want great triumphs

you must be ready for great trials.

To expect a great triumph without a great trial

is the beginning of insanity.

Diamond is carbon under tons of pressure.

 

.33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John16:33

 

 

“… it takes putting carbon under pressure … its carbon, under tons of heat and pressure … Because extreme pressure, carbon converts in to diamond”

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Triumphing in Trying Times (by Fenny West)

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Triumphing in Trying Times

Is possible for us all

If we will commit to pray

And put our faith in the Lord.

 

Learn to say what God has said

And not what the world has said

Learn to say what the word says

Not what the enemy says.

 

When men are cast down

Then thou shalt say,

‘There is lifting up.’

This is the way to triumph:

 

Maintaining your integrity

Maintaining your positivity

Refusing to worry or hurry

Praying the word

Seeking God’s face

Praying and fasting

Hearing from Him

Exercising your faith

Standing your ground

Putting on the whole armour of God

Fight the good fight of faith

Counting it all joy

Knowing who you are and

Whom you serve

Obeying what God has said

Sowing good seeds

in good grounds

watering the seeds

and waiting for God’s time.

 

 

 

 

26  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt19:26

6     Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7     and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Phil4:6-7

16   Rejoice always,

17   pray without ceasing,

18   in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thess5:17

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1John4:4

4     For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.

1John5:4

57   But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58        Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.1Cor15:57-58

14        Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.2Cor2:14

 Rom8:28, 37-39, Jn16:33, 1Jn4:4, 1Jn5:4, Jam1:2,12, Eph6:10-18, Matt6:25-32, Mark11:22-23, Rom1:17, 1Pet1:7, Ro12:2, Prov23:7, Eph4:23, 1Sam17, 1Sam30, Acts16:23-32, Acts11:23-33, Acts16:23-32

Triumphing in Trying Times

 

Trying times will come to you and I. They often come unannounced. But the way you respond to a storm in your life will determine the outcome. Triumphing in trying times implies battles, fighting, difficulties, trials or even tribulations. You cannot triumph if there are no obstacles or opposition. It is therefore important to come approach this message with that mind-set.  Yes, there are difficulties but through our God we shall do valiantly. Greater is He in us than he that is in the world. Jesus told His disciples clearly in John16:33 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

Here is a recipe for triumphing in Trying Times.

If God be for us who can be against us?  In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Nay in all these things, we are more than conquerors. And we know that all things work together for good for those that love God and who are the called according to purpose.

 

Trials Will Show that Your Faith is Genuine (by Rick Warren)

 

 

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being   tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” (1 Peter 1:7a NLT)The Bible repeatedly says that God has promised to meet your needs: “And   my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in   Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).

But the Bible also tells us that with every promise there is a   condition. One of the conditions for this promise is that you have to trust   him. The more you trust God, the more God is able to meet needs in your life.

So, how can you learn to trust God more so he can meet all of your   needs? How can you learn to have greater faith?

You don’t get faith by sitting in a Bible study group or just talking   about it. Faith is like a muscle; it develops by being used. The more you use   your faith, the more it gets stretched. And the more it gets stretched, the   more God is able to bless your life.

We call the circumstances that God creates to stretch our faith   “trials”: “These trials will show that your faith is   genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold” (1   Peter 1:7a NLT).

There are four common trials that God uses to test our faith, and,   chances are, you’re in one of these tests right now. When you go through   them, you can know that it is an opportunity for you to develop your faith so   you can trust God more. I’ll talk about the first two today and the next two   tomorrow.

  1. The Pressure Test
    The pressure test asks the question, “How will you handle stress?”        Will you depend on yourself, or will you depend on God? Psalm 50:15        says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you        will honor me” (NIV). Do you turn to God when you’re in trouble        and not to other things?
  2. The People Test
    God often uses people in your life to test and stretch and develop your        faith. This test asks the question, “How will you handle        disappointment?” Life is often disappointing. Careers, marriages, and        even plans don’t turn out the way we planned them. But the most disappointing        thing in life is people. Why? We get disappointed by people because we        expect them to meet a need that only God himself can meet. This is a        test!

Your problem is not the people in your life. Your problem is your   response to the people in your life. People are not the problem, and they’re   not the answer to the problem, either. The answer is God. When you expect   other people to be your savior, you’re setting yourself up for   disappointment.

Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and   have made the Lord their hope and confidence” (NLT). What happens if you   trust in the Lord? Look at God’s promise in Isaiah 49:23: “Those who hope in   me will not be disappointed” (NIV).

Talk It Over

  • Which of these tests is        God using in your life right now to stretch your faith?
  • How will you choose to        respond to the stress and people in your life that are testing your        faith?

 

 

 

Zechariah 6:13

He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.

 

Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise. There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work. Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by Him to this end. Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashioneth our hearts aright. As in the building of Solomon’s temple, “there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house,” because all was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy-so is it with the temple which Jesus builds; the making ready is all done on earth. When we reach heaven, there will be no sanctifying us there, no squaring us with affliction, no planing us with suffering. No, we must be made meet here-all that Christ will do beforehand; and when He has done it, we shall be ferried by a loving hand across the stream of death, and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.
“Beneath His eye and care,

The edifice shall rise,

Majestic, strong, and fair,

And shine above the skies.

The Fires of Trials Set Free ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

The Fires of Trials Set Free

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“The trial of your faith.” 1 Peter 1:7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

 

When the Pressure is On (by Fenny West)

When Pressure Is On

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When pressure is on

The righteous go on

The redeemed go on

The blood-bought go on

The holy nation go on

The salt of the earth goes on

The city on a hill goes on

The sanctified go on

 

When pressure is on

The living stones go on

The masterpiece goes on

The hands and feet of God go on

The born again go on

Those born to reign go on

 

When pressure is on

The heirs of God go on

The joint-heirs with Christ go on

The royal priesthood go on

Priests and kings go on

The New Creation goes on

His treasured possession goes on.

 

When pressure is on

More than conquerors go on

Winners in Christ go on

The sons of God go on

The child of God goes on

Soldiers of the cross go on

The Bride of Christ goes on

 

When pressure is on

Apples of God’s eyes go on

God’s ambassadors go on

 

And this in relation to:

Relational pressures

Financial pressures

Marital pressures

Ministerial pressures

Purpose pressures

Educational pressures

Mental health pressures

Singleness pressures

Sibling pressures

Barrenness pressure

Biological clock pressure

 

 

When the pressure is on

God’s generals burn on

Shine on, go on

From glory to glory!

From faith to faith!

From strength to strength!

 

Cast Down but Unconquered

  1. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed —10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. Seeing the Invisible

16   Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2Cor4:7-10,16-18

Profiting from Trials

2    My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.James1:2