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Open Doors…

09.24.17 | by Ray Jones

    Open Doors…

    In WWII a euphemistic expression said, “loose lips, sink ships”. It was publicized and popularized in America as a way to protect American wartime intelligence. But did you also know that “Open doors sink ships?” You see not every open door is from God and not every open door leads to good.

    Consider the following story relayed by Ted DeHass… “On April 2, 2001, the worst fishing accident in America in 50 years took place on the Bering Sea. The Arctic Rose, a 92-foot commercial fishing trawler, went down in the frigid water 205-miles northwest of St. Paul Island. All 15 crewmen went down with the ship. No radio call for help was sent. The Coast Guard began an investigation that lasted for three years. The Arctic Rose was discovered beneath 428 feet of icy water, but only one body, that of Captain David Rundall, was found.

    The inquiry drew conclusions based upon underwater video of the wreck. Although the exact cause is not known, a possible reason for the disaster did surface. The underwater cameras showed that several of the ship’s doors and hatches were left open. Since not all the members of the crew were experienced seamen, the theory was that these novices did not understand the importance of keeping a ship’s watertight doors closed. Investigators said, “The ill-trained, inexperienced crew frequently tied the door open to let some fresh air into the boat's fish-processing area.” Waves from a rough sea would have swept into the trawler through that open door into other open doors and hatches. As a result, the Arctic Rose would have capsized in less than 2 minutes.”

    The fact is, some open doors lead to devastation and are merely the result of negligence. That’s why we must guard our hearts and minds against deceptive ideas and vain philosophies that masquerade as “open doors” but in reality, cause us to wander from the truth of God. Our world is full of doors that open to the wrong things and only through the scrutiny of the Spirit of God and scripture can we discern which doors are of God and which are opened by the enemy of our soul for our ruin.   

    It’s the reason Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:20-21 and said, “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith...” That’s good counsel for us all!

    Vermont… As you know, one of our mission partners is Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, VT. We have a team already there and I’ll be leaving this afternoon headed to meet them for the next couple of days. Your prayers are vital to this work and to our team as we serve and travel. I’ll be back for Wednesday Bible Study and hope to see you here.

    Worship with Joy… that’s what we are here to do, so let your voices echo praise to God for His goodness, grace, and salvation. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray