Difficult times, trying times and challenging situations all represent “OPEN DOORS” which are opportunities which the Lord gives to individuals and His people at different times in history, and are part of His eternal purpose. Navigating through these situations require faith and obedience on our part as “Without Him we can’t, but without us He won’t!” There are many doors mentioned in Scripture which we can all access. DOORS are something we must go through.
(1a) A DOOR must be:
- Unlocked (Sometimes a KEY is required as well)
- Gone through.
(1b) DOOR of Salvation
God opens the DOOR OF Salvation to individuals (John 10:9; Matt 25:10; Luke 13:25)
Both the ark and the tabernacle had DOORS through which people had to go before they could experience the benefits, blessings and revelation of what was the other side.
(2) DOOR of Service
He opens or shuts the DOOR of service to His people. He alone knows where each of them should be and what they should be doing. He knows their conditions, talents and capabilities. We only have to have a little strength where there is confession of Christ and obedience to His WORD and He will open doors of ministry. Neither the gates of hell nor the Roman Empire could hinder the early Church. A Church or individual may be small or weak, poor or despised, but only let them be TRULY READY and doors will mysteriously be opened that neither the power of satan nor the malice of man can shut.
PRAYER opens doors. The KEYS are, faith, obedience and the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
(3) DOOR of Opportunity
He opens and shuts doors of opportunity to people and nations (Acts 17:26-27; 14:27; 16: 6-10)
“Come over into Macedonia and help us “. God directed Paul and his companions to Galatia and Phrygia, but not to Bithynia and Asia. He brought them to Troas and opened a DOOR to the whole of Europe. He who once having forbidden them to preach in Asia, LATER IN HIS PERFECT TIME, led them to Ephesus, the Chief city of Asia. An OPEN DOOR requires (1) OPPORTUNITY and (2) RESPONSIBILITY. For a Church or individual, opportunities to believe unto salvation, to glorify God, to serve Christ, to do exploits in His Name, to win crowns, to lay up in Heaven ETERNAL RICHES. Responsibility to be faithful and diligent in service.
(4) DOOR of revelation
He opens DOORS for revelation and deeper communion in the Holy Spirit. (Rev 4:11; Proverbs 25:6-7)
(5) DOORS into new blessings
Places of TROUBLE and DIFFICULTY can be DOORS into new blessings (Hosea 2:15; Josh 7:26; Isa 65:10)
The valley of ACHOR (Trouble) for a DOOR of hope. 1Corinthians 16:8-9 reveal a mighty door which opened. “A great and effectual (Gk- energes-energetic) DOOR IS opened unto me and there are many adversaries.” Biblical doors will often attract opposition, which shows the opportunities are genuine. This door opened up the model Church which was birthed at Ephesus. See also again the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3 vs 7-13). This Church represents prophetically, the last days TRUE Church, the MISSIONARY CHURCH, as opposed to Laodicea, The PEOPLE’S CHURCH, which had shut the door to the Lord Jesus, the HEAD of the Church. See Revelation 3:20. God shuts doors but also opens them. May we all be open to the DOORS which the Lord is opening to us at this time. Amen.
Pastor John Angliss