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Pastoral Perspective - Open Doors

06/12/2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10   Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Where is the Lord calling you?
What have you found that you can do?
God has something specific for you to do so He is definitely calling you somewhere.
It may not be for the rest of your life–it might be for just a short season, but He is opening doors today!
Doors with higher technology than those that only open when you get close to them.
Doors like Moses encountered after his best efforts resulted in him fleeing for his life.
Doors like the one Gideon encountered in his hiding place after he went on a rampage for righteousness and turned everyone against him.

How many stories in the Bible and in life begin with somebody wanting to something great for God, and then have their zeal, passion, and efforts seemingly backfire on them?

Peter was preaching the Gospel in Acts 12, but that didn’t keep Herod from locking him up. God knew he was there – and sent an angel to wake him up. There were locked doors that prevented him from walking out, but as he began to walk towards them they all opened.

In Acts 16 - Paul, Silas, and Luke launched their second missionary journey with the noble intention of evangelizing Asia Minor. With this in mind, they headed for the regions of Phrygia and Galatia, only to be forbidden to speak the word “by the Holy Spirit”. Their response was to set their sights on Bithynia, but Luke notes that “the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them” to evangelize there either. They then did what all of us would have done. They kept looking for a place to evangelize, so they set out for Troas. When they got there, Paul indicated that he was uneasy about that locale as well.

The doors kept slamming shut on the best of their intentions.
It seemed that they were repeatedly being shut down.
You can relate!
You have had a desire to do something for the Kingdom of God!
You have made plans and went to work – only to have doors slammed in your face!
You have wondered if you ought to accept what seems to be the obvious: you have missed God’s will and need to retreat.

Closed doors do not always mean that you have missed God’s will!
Shut doors certainly do not mean that God is through with you!
If they did, Paul and company would have never completed their journey, nor would they have seen God’s miraculous hand of provision and anointing upon their lives and ministry!

So what doorknobs are you turning today?