1 Corinthians 9:1-2 (NET)
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord.
Richard was sure of the assignment and the place, but he didn’t know that there were so many gates set by darkness to hinder the invasions of the gospel in that land. The first time he went to that country after his youth service, he went for a medical conference. His things were thoroughly searched at the airport and they were asking all sorts of questions.
Naturally, he traveled with a Bible in his bag, but when he got to his hotel room and settled in, he noticed that his Bible was missing from his things. It became clear to him that the people at the airport were the ones who seized his Bible. They didn’t want any Bibles in their country and didn’t want the gospel. This only confirmed what the Lord had told Richard concerning his assignment.
Jesus says ’ I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (see Matt 16:18). One major function of gates is to prevent entry. Gates of hell are systems placed by darkness to hinder the advancement of the gospel in territories. Nations that oppose the preaching of the gospel have aligned with the gates of hell. But the good news for every Apostolic Christian is that the gates of hell would not be able to prevail against you as long as you are ready to go and be a witness for the Lord.
Go into today remembering those who brought the gospel to your nation in spite of the gates of hell that sought to hinder them. Ask the Lord to provide an open door for His apostles in nations where the gates of hell have much sway.
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