The Amazing Door Opener
He opens doors, and no one can shut them (Revelation 3:7, NLT).
The amazing doors that God opens never cease to amaze me.
With all his advanced educational degrees, giant organizations, and computers, man could never plan, manipulate or orchestrate in a million years what God can do in only an instant. The creation of the universe is the ultimate example. He could have spoken the entire universe into existence in a microsecond, but He chose to take six days, obviously for a specific purpose.
His miracle-working power is also constantly at work in the earth helping His people fulfill the Great Commission. An example is what happened to us in the former Soviet Union.
Miracles of miracles, on Easter day 1990, I stood in the Palace of Congress inside the Kremlin walls and presented the message love and forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ to a crowd of about 6,000 Russian people. And the authorities assured me that a potential audience of 250 million viewers were watching on television and at least 100 million were listening by radio!
This great nation, which had denied Jesus Christ and even the existence of God for over 70 years, was now hearing about Him.
All of this was at the invitation of the government, which actually paid for the television time! And here I was, proclaiming to them that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." They received the message of life, not the message of death they had heard for so many decades.
These people had been denied biblical truths, and even Bibles, for generations. They were hungry for God. In our various outreaches in Russia, surveys have shown that as many as 80 to 95 percent of the people attending various evangelistic efforts respond to that promise by inviting Jesus Christ into their lives.
There has been a mighty sweep of the Holy Spirit throughout the former Soviet Union since its dissolution. Of course, as in the rest of the world, there is still much evil there. But the Word has been planted there, and millions have said "yes" to Jesus Christ. If the door to the outside ever again closes, God has His people there to carry on.
"He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them" (Revelation 3:7, NLT).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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