Acts 16:6-7 Strait and Narrow

Acts 16:6-7 (KJV)
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

That they were forbidden to go to Asia and Bithynia does not mean that God had no interest in those nations. We must not forget that Paul was not the only Apostle. Tradition places other Apostles in Babylon, India, and even China. God not only has a commission for us but a location for us. Far too often Christians assume they can be anywhere so long as they do what they are supposed to. If God has indeed fitted us for a church, then finding that church and fitting there ought to be a priority. 

The Holy Ghost did reveal Apostle Paul’s next duty station. But it wasn’t an easy one. We must never assume that the will of God is the easiest path. The strait[1] and narrow road is often uphill and rocky. Narrow tells me that there are few options on this path.

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[1] I did check again to make sure I am correct. Matthew 7:14, it is the strait gate, not the straight gate. It is not the shortest distance between two points, but a passage that is often difficult and dangerous.

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Acts 16:6-7 Strait and Narrow

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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