Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Richard observed that in that nation he visited, strong systems were put in place to hinder the advancement of the gospel of Christ. He also observed that many Christians around the world were not really interested in preaching the gospel to the people of that region because the church had systematically developed negative emotions towards them. This was a major reason the gospel hadn’t penetrated that region and the gates of hell seemed ever stronger.
After visiting that nation and interacting with the people there, the Lord poured great love and compassion in his heart for them. As a typical Christian who had developed a closed heart towards those ‘children of the bondwoman’, the Lord had to open his heart towards them so that he could effectively bring salvation to them.
‘How would I preach the gospel in this place where it is a crime to preach?’ He kept asking the Lord. But each time he asked, he received peace in heart and assurance of the Lord’s presence with him. This was enough for him. He knew he was going to face persecution if he was going to fulfill the call of God upon his life, but he knew that as long as the Lord was with Him, he was fine. He was willing to give his life to save those people.
The gates of hell in certain territories today seem stronger by the day. But it is because the church has not opened her heart to the people in those territories.
Prayer: Pray for God’s apostles in the most difficult parts of the world for the gospel. Ask the Lord to confirm His word through them with signs and wonders (Heb 2:4).
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