“What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” (Revelation 3:7-8)
To kick off July Pastor Josh did a short series called “Doors”. How often do we feel like past (or present) mistakes that we have made might have ruined opportunities we could have had? This series discussed the fact that if God opened a door for us, no one (not even ourselves) can close it. Sometimes we may get very off course and we need to surround ourselves with people who will help guide us back. I couldn’t help but compare this to driving in a car. If I’m riding with someone and they start to cross that center line or don’t see the car ahead stopping, I hit my imaginary brakes on the passenger side and tell em to pay attention!!! ( insert apology to my husband here for 18 years of backseat driving….. sorry honey!) The same applies in our lives. If we surround ourselves with people who love and care for us they will hit those “imaginary brakes” if we start to swerve.
The second week spoke about following the prompting of the Holy Spirit (even when we don’t know the outcome.) As human beings we typically like to know exactly how every step will go and the end result before we even begin a journey………unfortunately that doesn’t require much faith. We looked to Paul in the book of Acts and his willingness to go where the Spirit lead him. He knew he had to spread God’s word to people everywhere so regardless of what opposition he might run into, he just let the Spirit lead the way.
Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves:
Where is God stirring me?
Where do I need to take a step of faith?
Where is the enemy attacking me?
(he’s pretty sneaky, you may not even realize where he places doubts or obstacles in your life)
Where should my focus be?
When vision increases, options decrease, making it easier to walk thru the right door.
1 Corinthians 16:5-9
2 Corinthians 5:7
1 Thessalonians 2:18