Filed in The Mission Field by on October 21, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2597

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Cor. 16:9

You prayed for God’s best and you asked for an open door, but you didn’t expect all of this opposition. Why are things so much harder now? Maybe you just forgot the end of the verse. “…and there are MANY adversaries.” Great blessings go hand in hand with great adversity. It is a fact and you must come to grips with it.


When the saints “assembled with one accord”, they were led to choose out Barnabas and Paul to go preach the glorious gospel of the grace of God unto the Gentiles. They were men who previously were noted to have “HAZARDED their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 15:25-26. To pray for an open door for the glory of God is to pray that you might hazard yourself for Christ. It is a prayer that you might be opened up to a myriad of obstacles.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9. So really, you see, when you prayed for an open door to minister for the Lord, you were praying to experience the sufferings of Christ. Did you forget the simple call of Christ in the gospels? “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23. This is the open door where the power of Jesus will be manifest in your life.

Chad S. Bernick
Bible Baptist Church
Wainwright, Alaska


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After serving for 6 years at the top of Alaska in Point Lay, the Bernick Family moved 90 miles further northeast to Wainwright. They are full-time working missionaries. Chad works as a pastor to the village through the Baptist church and responds with the local EMS/fire fighter crew. His wife, Sarah, daily home schools their six children and hosts a sewing class twice a week. They have been in arctic Alaska since 2008.

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