OPENED AND CLOSED DOORS
We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we do for open doors. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us.
If he didn't close the wrong door we would never find our way to the right door. Even when we don't realize it, God directs our paths through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to change our course yet again. Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into our blessing.
But instead of praising God for the closed door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because we 'judge by appearances.'
And in our own arrogance, or ignorance, we insist that we know what is right.
We have a very present help in the time of need that is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of us, he can see trouble down the road and HE sets up road blocks and detours accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour signs.
Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying. 'Lord how could this happen to me?'
We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing. Didn't He say that 'No good thing will He withhold from them that love Him?'
If you get terminated from your job - don't be down, instead Thank God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves - it might be a better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman won't return your call - it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).
For example, a man had a bank he had been doing business with for many years tell him 'NO' for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call another bank. That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate than his own bank had advertised.
I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just to open them in the most unexpected places. 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.' (Psalms 37:23) The Mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!
Always Remember God gives you...
Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better Day than the last.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will Succeed. (Proverbs16:3)
If you love God share this and He will continue to open and closed doors for you.
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close.
May I add, you need to know which door God has opened and which one He is closing.
God led Elijah to the Juniper tree where he was fed by the raven, but later the manna stopped and the brook dried up. God opened and shut the door to take his prophet to a new experience and maturity.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan deceived Eve to enter a door he opened- that of knowledge of good and evil and hence disobedience to God. This led to the fall of man. Adam did not close the door but followed Eve through that door.
We also need to realise that the Kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent takes it by force. God can open a door for us and the enemy will come and deceive us saying 'had God really said?' Unless we realise that this is the enemy trying to steal what God has given we may back down and lose what God has given us. We need to grow in our intimacy with God and know his voice and satanic strategies and stop the enemy in his tracks.
Recently our church planted a new church. On the day of the grand opening, arrangements had been made for a concert in a hall prearranged a long time ago. There was no objection to the use of the hall but just a few hours to the concert the proprietors alerted the new pastor that they could not use the hall that evening because of ‘security reasons’.
We refused to take ‘no’ for an answer and because of intercession and faith God turned it around when the Senior Pastor intervened, refusing their objection. If we had resigned ourselves, the enemy would have closed the door that God had opened for us. That was why Jesus rebuked the disciples who woke him up because of the storm. He expected them to deal with it.
The conclusion of the matter is that we need to be sensitive in the spirit, prayerful, grow in our intimacy with God, to know which door God is opening and keep it open as long as He wants it open, refuse to enter the door Satan opens, contend against Satan and his cohorts when they try to close the door God has opened. and thank God for the doors He opens or shuts.