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A Closed Door?

January 13, 2017
By Pastor Allen

Dear Church Family,

I have heard people say that they prayed about a certain dilemma or opportunity and then pronounced "The door was closed."  Meaning that it's the end of the matter.  Why do we assume that if we pray about something that it will be crystal clear when we receive an answer?  Why do we expect God's answers to come without trouble or complication?  Have we forgotten that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle?  Don't we remember that when we pray we set ourselves in opposition to Satan and his dark forces?

Ronnie Nuckols and Donald Marsden left for Niger, Africa on Wednesday.  Their day began with a delay in Richmond which caused them to miss their connection in Paris, so they flew to London and stayed overnight.  Then they got on plane to Niger which had to turn around because of mechanical problems, so they ended up flying to Casablanca.  Their next plane had some kind of difficulty so that they eventually arrived today.  And several of us even prayed for them at the airport before they left!

What's going on?  Can we assume that the door to Niger is closed because it seems "obvious" that God doesn't want them there.  Or can we assume that Satan doesn't want them there and God is allowing their faith to be tested and wants to see if they will persevere despite the trouble?

I look forward to hearing how Ronnie and Donald evaluate all this.  Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world." 

God Bless,

Allen