(S.O.A.P. – Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer)
SCRIPTURE – 1st Corinthians 16:9 – “for there is a wide open door for a great work here, and many people are responding. But there are many who oppose me.” (New Living Translation)
OBSERVATION – Ephesus was a place of great opportunity for the spread of the gospel at this time, and Paul remained there rather than traveling on. It is wonderful to have a door wide open before you, and a great move of the Spirit bringing people into God’s kingdom. Sometimes the dark kingdom responds with a fierce counter-attack, and this can temper our enthusiasm, but hopefully not deter us from reaping while the reaping is good.
APPLICATION / PRAYER – Father, please open a wide door before us for your great work. Give us a time of reaping and spiritual fruitfulness. Help us also to discern the works of the enemy and stand firm against his attacks. In Jesus’ name, Amen.