Jul. 11, 2018

The Doors

What is a door? It is an entryway. It is a point of access. It is an acceptable way to enter or exit. In the natural, many doors are not open to us. For instance the door of a stranger's home is not generally open to the public. The doors of a bank, business or school are not accessible outside of normal operating hours. Those are natural doors. 

There is also the door of one's heart that may be open or closed. The door of a person's mind might also be inclined to accept an idea (representing an open door). Or the door of someone's mind may be closed (representing opposition to a particular idea).

The Lord has doors that He has made available to His people. He wants us to access what He has prepared for us. But we must locate the door. There is an element of seeking on our part. Then having the courage and trust in the Lord to go through it. Some people want the Lord to either push or pull them through the entry way. If that was His plan, no door would be necessary. A door represents a boundary. As children we were told not to go out the door without permission. The door was a guard. A door may also be an indication of something new and different on the other side: like a new home or a new place of employment. A door can also represent finality. A closed door can mean the end.

Here are six doors mentioned in scripture. Often people approach doors but due to fear, they don't exercise courage and rely on trust to access what is on the other side.

Open Door

Revelation 3:8
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

According to His excellent grace, the Lord of glory set before His people an open door that no man could shut. The door of opportunity, advantage and favor that the Lord sets open for those who live for Him, is not subject to the will or whim of men. This Philadelphia church had a little strength or a little grace but through that little were blessed to keep the Lord’s Word and not deny His name.
If all you have is a little strength, even that little will work for you if you work it. However, don’t rest in that small measure but seek to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)

God's open door is a blessing for you. Walk through it with the realization that all His plans for you are amazingly good.

Doors of Heaven
Psalms 78:23 - 24
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

We often consider the doors of heaven in a spiritual context. But these verses remind us that the Israelites were physically and naturally blessed by the outpouring of the heavenly bounty. The Lord caused natural food, that nourished and sustained their bodies, to appear on the ground as dew every morning for a period of time. We can take comfort in knowing that God can bless us and sustain us in any manner He chooses. His resources are unending. Don't only expect or look for the ordinary. Our God is extraordinary and He can resolve any issue in so many outstanding ways.

Door of Faith
Acts 14:3
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 14:22
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:27
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

Acts 14 chronicles the latter part of Paul’s first missionary journey. Their ministry success exceeded their expectations. The Lord used them mightily to preach the Word with boldness and to work wonders among the people. Acts 13:44 states that their first message and ministry in Antioch was so powerful that nearly the entire city came to hear them the next week. As they trusted and obeyed the Lord, he worked through them and the Gentiles received faith to believe.

The Lord wants to use you so He can open the door of faith to people who don't know Him. Be prepared. Yield yourself to all of His ways. He can do marvelously with yielded, obedient people.

Great Door
1 Corinthians 16:9
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Sometimes we have been led to believe that if we are truly operating in the will of God, that everything will flow smoothly without any bumps in the road. The Bible does not teach this. Scripture indicates just the opposite. In this instance Paul is writing to the believers in Corinth while he is located at Ephesus. He has a desire to visit the Corinthians but recognizes that a great ministry opportunity is open for him in Ephesus and has determined that he needs to remain there and continue the work of the ministry. The greater and more effective the ministry, the more opposition there will be. The Ephesians had long been captive by demonic and mythological influences. The devil is not happy when people become aware of his deception and turn from his lies to God’s truth. So the enemy stirs up trouble against God’s people in an effort to stop the work of God.

God's door may lead you toward a path that conflicts with your plans and/or desires. Trust Him. He is always right.

Door of Utterance
Colossians 4:3
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Colossians 4:4
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

These verses show us that ministers (servants) need prayer. It is easy to be overcome by fear and/or discouragement. Paul encourages those at the church of Colosse to maintain a sincere and appreciative prayer life. He also requests prayer that he and those laboring in the gospel with him, be unctioned and inspired to speak effectively, boldly and with clarity. At this time, Paul is writing to them from his imprisonment in Rome.

Pray that the Word of God will be widely published. The enemy knows the power of God's Word and he wants to stop it from going forth. It is vital that prayer is made according to Paul's request.

Jesus Is the Door
John Chapter 10
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:7
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:8
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The sheep represent the people of God and the only way to the Father is through His Son, Jesus.
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the door, He is the entrance or the way to eternal life with the Father. Jesus is the only way to get to the Father. Jesus identifies those who attempt to get the same results by different means as thieves and robbers. Initially, it may appear that Jesus is describing the same group in two different ways. But He is actually exposing them by their methods. In the late 1960’s there was a TV action series called “It Takes A Thief”. I believe the main character, the “Thief” symbolizes one of the distinctions Jesus is making. The thief in the TV series appeared to be a sophisticated gentleman with class and style. In actuality he was a pickpocket and a cat burglar. As a burglar he wore all black clothing as he stealthily made his way into peoples’ homes to steal their valuables. The distinction Jesus makes is that a thief sneaks around quietly while people sleep. That sleep may be natural or spiritual. But a robber is purposely visible, is brash and brazen. A robber is one who bursts into a bank, jumps up on the teller ledge with an automatic weapon and fires of a few rounds to get people’s attention. A thief tries not to be seen while the robber wants to be seen. The thief uses deception and darkness while the robber uses fear and intimidation.
Jesus says more than once that neither of these tactics will be successful. He is the only way to the Father.

As people of God we must know the difference between what God is doing and what the devil is doing. Don’t be deceived. The Lord has set before us great doors of opportunity, favor, advantage, faith and ability. No person can shut the door that God has set open before us. Stay focused on what God has called you to do. One of the enemy’s most used tools is distraction. He will stir up a small fire in an attempt to divert our attention from the work of the ministry. Be strong, be focused. The Door of God is open for you!