GET TOGETHER- LET GOD OPEN THE DOORS
2Co 2:12 ¶ Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord
Day before yesterday I was sending back a Cpap machine to a company that had replaced my old one on a recall. I put it in the box that the company had sent me to send it back in and I went to a receptacle in our town that I thought that I was supposed to place it in for pick up. When I attempted to place the box in there it was to large to go in there. So, I attempted to turn the box another way and it still would not go in there. When I looked again at the label on the box that I was returning I noticed that I was trying to place it in the receptacle of a different company than what I was supposed to be sending it back by. I thank the Lord that He takes care of me in situations like that.
It was then that I felt like the Holy Spirit was reminding me to not try to force open a door that He has closed. I have had a few times in my life when the Lord has closed some doors that I almost walked through. Sometimes when He closes those doors for us it may be painful in some ways at first. But when we go through the doors that He opens it will be beneficial for us and most importantly for the Kingdom as a whole.
So my next step was to go to the place that I was to go to send the box back. At first the attendant thought that my box might be to big to be left there for pickup. But when she scanned the label it showed to her that I was in the right place and that the box could be picked up there. Sometimes when the Lord opens a door for us, we also need to walk through it with the assurance that He has opened that door. Jesus said in Mt 7:7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” In taking the box to the right place I still had to knock for that door to be opened.
The Apostle Paul only ministered where God opened the doors. As Christians we are all called to minister. I believe that if we live a surrendered life bathed in prayer God will open doors for us to minister. Some are called to preach, and the Lord will open those doors. Some are called to various means of service in the local church and God will open those doors. Some are called to go to other nations and God will open those doors.
One thing that we don’t want to do is try as I was with my package to try to force the door open. Can you imagine what would have happened? I would either have destroyed, or damaged the box that I was sending it in, or I would have damaged the pickup box that I was trying to get it into. When we try to force a door open in ministry we quiet possibly could bring harm to ourselves, and or the area that we attempt to serve in.
So as followers of Jesus Christ we know that we all have a part to play. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in Eph 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” If we seek Him He will open the doors for us to walk through. When we seek Him He will keep us from attempting to force doors open that He has closed for us.
One thing that just came to me was that if I had read the directions better I would not have gone to the wrong place and tried to open the closed door in the first place. Be sure and read the directions and He will keep us from trying to force open the wrong doors. And better than that He will open the right doors for us.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that you close the doors that we are not to walk through. Help us by the Holy Spirit to not attempt to force them open. Lead us to and lead us through those doors that You are opening in order that we may serve you in a way that brings glory to your Name.
In Jesus Name
Your Friend /Kinfolk
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Please pray for the Lord to reach the lost through these broadcasts, and to encourage the faithful
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