Is There Ever A Time Christ Forbids Us To Preach His Gospel?

Yes and no, as we see here in the story of The Apostle Paul, God closed the door for a temporary season on one place he wanted to enter.

Acts 16:6-10 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The truth be told, God always loves it when His people are eager to share the Goodnews of Jesus Christ. Yet have you ever come across someone or some group of people who you have tried and kept trying and the door seems shut? Well the good news is God has a plan and in those moments we can either get discouraged or listen closely to the guidance of the Spirit of Christ, he may want us to try to “throw our nets on the other side” as he told Peter when him and his fishing companions had fished all night and caught nothing.

God may be refirecting us when this happens not because the people you love and shared with wont get saved but rather God may indeed be working in their hearts to prepare them to be ready to receive the good news, yet pressuring these people will not help the process, infact as we all have been guilty of as passionate as we are, we can be guilty of unintentionally making people feel pressured.

We must remember a few things, it is God who draws people and we are just the mesengers.

(John 6:65) He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.”

And how does God do this? By His Spirit, and the prayers of His people. God I am convinced is moved by the prayers of his people for those who do not yet know Him.

Look no further then Psalm 106:30-31, (A man named Phinehas intercedes for the Israelites in the time of Moses) Matthew 5:44, (Jesus taught us to pray for those who persecute us) Genesis 18:30-32 (Abraham interceding for Sodom)

God sometimes in my knowlege of the word does not always allow us to see the results of our longings right away because frankly I think he wants to develop a life of dependence on Him through prayer. So turn your longings to see your loved ones come to know Christ into prayer closets and go faithfully share the word in the meantime with those who are open to hearing the Message! Paul obeyed Christ and several people came to know Christ in Macedonia!

In Acts 16:11-34 following not only does a woman named Lydia come to know Christ but the jailor who guards them after some trouble makers stirred up problems that landed them in a prison. Paul and Silas end up in a dungeon yet through their deciding to praise God instead of complain in there, they leave such an inpression on the jailor he and his household believe in faith! God made many cups of lemonade here out of a sour lemon of a situation!



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