Rev 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”
1 Cor 16:9 “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”
There is an abundant opportunity for usefulness. God opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. They now had an opportunity to express faith.
2 Cor 2:12 “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,”
What ‘doors’ have been opened for you? How did the Lord work out the details? Did you have to fight to go through those doors? How was the ‘other side’?
It’s good if you don’t understand Scripture to seek it out. Figure it out. Study to show yourself approved unto God. Don’t just memorize Scripture, seek understanding. Know it. Apply it.
The opportunity for great effectiveness is open. There’s a huge opportunity to do something. You have access to great things from God, but there are adversaries. There is an enemy that will obstruct us.
God has let you in, but there’s an opponent.
Isaiah 22:22 “The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.”
Rev 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”
Do you understand God’s power in your life? What does it mean ‘He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one opens’? How does this apply to your life?
The opportunity that you may not have expected to happen has been granted to you, but there is something in the way. Opportunity granted. Access allowed.
Paul chose to stay in Ephesus because there was an opportunity and Paul wanted to seize the moment before the door shut.
A stronghold is a spot in a wall or gate or a fortress that has fortification, guards, weaponry, a pot of oil over your head. It won’t be easy to break in because of the fortifications.
There is never access given without there being a stronghold. The enemy fortifies any access given to you. You must overcome in order to get in. The opening has an adversary to stir things up against you.
Understand that God’s authority is higher than any other opposition that is trying to stop you from what God has given you.
Abraham was given the land. Isaac, same, Jacob, not Esau, same promise was given. The Israelites were given access to the Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey. The only problem was the big, scary people there and freaked them out. Because the Israelites refused to fight, access was revoked. The occupiers needed to be driven out and God would be with them. Their doubt kept them from what God had for them.
In your life, what doors has God opened, but you had to fight to get through? What hindered you? How did you fight it? Did you eventually get through?
What do you do with the Adversary in front of your Door?
- Don’t Quit! Continue to Obey the Lord! This is proof that the enemies are nervous. This is proof that you are in the Lord’s will.
- Realize you are doing things right, not wrong. It’s not the absence of God you’re feeling, it’s the presence of the Adversary.
- Stay connected. Always understand that you need to be among God’s people to get comfort and strength. In times of distress, you need your brothers and sisters. Regard it as your duty to remain connected.
- Be encouraged. You must have mental toughness. This is putting on the mind of Christ and casting down imaginations and every high thing that will come against the will of God. It comes into your heart and comes out your mouth. The power of the enemy is in your mouth. Don’t speak the devil’s language of negativity and giving up. Instead, speak the heavenly language of victory and overcoming. Take dominion over your mind, heart, and mouth.
David encouraged himself. He looked to others to encourage him and they didn’t. So, David exercised mental toughness. He dealt with rejection from his father and brothers. He could’ve kicked those sheep, but he didn’t. Instead, he recognized that God thought him special and precious and chosen. David chose to worship in the face of rejection. As a teenage boy, he was anointed king. Yet, that was just the beginning. He still had many years of battle before he wore that promised crown. You can run over the devil. Cast down strongholds in your mind.
Knowing the reality of David’s experience, how does that change your perspective on seeing God’s promises come to pass in your life? How does this change your prayer life? Will you fight to go through those doors God has opened for you? What does choosing to encourage yourself look like?
You can walk in only one direction at a time. You can’t think or speak negatively and positively at the same time. One or the other will win out. Don’t speak negative. Choose God’s words for you.
Get excited about the opportunity on the other side of the door!
Fear and confusion and the adversary are in the way, but God wants you to move forward. Go through!
Helen Keller was famous for overcoming blindness and deafness. She said, ‘The marvelous riches of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy without the difficulties to overcome.’
Getting something for nothing loses its value. When you pay for something, you’re more likely to care for and appreciate it.
God knows your heart and how to get deep prayer out of you. He knows how to put you on your knees.
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
When God opens a door, no man can shut it, but when God shuts a door, no man can open it.
God has opened a door for you, what are you going to do? Will you fight for it? Or will you run away?
These doors are seasonal, timed, temporary.
YOU HAVE AN OPEN DOOR!
Realize it and recognize it. Keep going and get through that door! Fighting!
- Position yourself
- Fight the opposition
- Rejoice on the other side
What doors has God opened for you recently? What does the opposition look like? How have you prayed through and fought to go through? Have you taken the time to rejoice?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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