I think we have all heard the saying that when God closes a door, He opens a window. It is usually spoken to encourage someone who has had something not work out in their life.
However we do not hear much about God opening doors.
Today I want to share a little about what I have learned about God opening doors. You see, although encouraging people is important, I think people need to understand how to tell if God is opening a door or not in the first place.
So let's take a look at the heart of God towards you, the way He opens doors, how He prepares you to enter into that door, and the confidence you can have about those open doors.
8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.
The first thing you have to realize and allow to minister to your heart is that God is all knowing and all powerful. That is called omniscient and omnipotent.
He knows everything you have done both the good and the bad.
Don't get concerned.
That means that He knows your strengths and weaknesses and can plan ahead so that you can walk into a new season in your life that you are uniquely prepared for.
So when God brings you an open door, one of the signs is that you recognize that what you have done in your path, your works, have prepared you for this new adventure that is being opened up for you.
God is also all powerful.
Notice that He says that no one can close the door He has opened. I have found this to be true.
When God opens a door, man may try to get in the way, or you may miss it the first time, but it will remain open until you walk through it.
Many people either do not see the open doors that God has provided for them or do not even believe that God will ever open a door for them.
This is causes by believing that God really does not have their best in mind. They believe that somehow following God through open doors will lead to disaster and calamity and that they will hate what the door brings.
This is far from the truth.
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
God is not against us, He is for us. He wants the best for us. He wants to give us a life that He knows will be fulfilling for us. There is no trickery or ulterior motives with God.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
So the reason of why God opens doors is simple.
He does it to give us good gifts.
He does it for our best in life.
He does it because He is a good father who wants only the best for His kids.
There are two things at work when God opens doors. There is the internal and then there is the external.
The internal is the things that God does to prepare you from the inside out. It would do no good for God to open a door that you were not ready to handle yet.
What good father would open a door to an infant to let them out into the world on their own?
He would first prepare them and let them grow.
God is always preparing us for the next door He is going to open until we reach our final destination in heaven.
If you are looking for God to open a door in your life, then I would suggest you look at the areas in your life that He is trying to work on. Whether it is people skills, money management, or a more intimate prayer life.
Get busy letting God prepare you for your next door.
The second thing at work when God is opening a door is the external. Those are the types of things like divine appointments where He brings people into your life that can open that next door for you.
They can be things like financial provision for the next stage you are to enter.
The old axiom holds true.
"Where God guides, He provides."
They can be things like pressing upon you the need for more education.
All of these things are ways that God works in the external world to open a door.
Now many times we get a glimpse of the door we will eventually walk through.
In my case it was pastoral ministry. However there were many doors that I had to walk through before getting there.
I remember feeling the need to surrender to the idea of going on the mission field.
A door never opened up that way but the surrender was part of the preparation for spending most of my life in ministry in places other people do not even know exist.
I have already covered two of the ways you determine if God is opening a door for you. They are preparedness and external provision.
However that sometimes is not enough to determine if a certain door is one that is being opened by Him.
If you look at how He has prepared you in the past and it fits, and you see that there are circumstances being arranged for you to be able to walk through that door, then I suggest one final step.
I call it the confirmation step. It comes in three parts. The confirmation in your spirit, the confirmation of your family, and the confirmation of wise counsel.
If you do not hear anything in your spirit about walking through this door. If it does not ring true or cause a spiritual excitement, then it probably is not God.
If your family does not see the fingerprints of Jesus in this door, if they do not see God moving, then it is probably not God and just the maneuvering of men.
Finally, if your closest and wisest Christian friends and leaders do not see it, then I would seriously take a step back and reevaluate what is going on.
God is not only big enough to speak to you, but He is also big enough to speak to those around you.
Many times people make the mistake of walking in fear when it comes to missing an open door from God. They feel if they do not act immediately, it will go away.
This is a lie.
Haste will cause you to make a mistake.
God is all powerful. No one can close a door He has opened, including you.
He loves you enough to walk you through the process.
Now the immediate opening you see may close, but the door will remain open, just opening to a different passage.
Our life is a journey. Do not get caught up worrying if you have somehow missed God and your life is ruined.
It is not.
If you know you missed a door, then take a moment to talk to your Father. Ask Him to help you walk through the next one. Trust that He has all things under control. You will see God opening doors for you.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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