Knock And The Door Shall Be Opened
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7,8
While out walking and praying I asked the Lord for a word and as I approached my home He spoke the word Philadelphia and so when I got back to my Bible I read from Revelation 3:7,8 in which Jesus said, "I have set before you an open door." Earlier in the week God had been speaking to me about open doors so this was a confirmation that what I was hearing was indeed from Him.
The word of God speaks of many doors that ultimately lead to many things for man to enter. A door or gate speaks of an entrance into something that we cannot see and we have to enter by faith. In the above referenced scripture in Matthew 7 the Word does not speak of a door per say, it only says to knock and "it" will be opened, and "it" covers a lot of ground!
The most important door in the Bible is Jesus, the door of the sheep and unless one enters through Him no other door will open! When one is born again his spiritual eyes are opened to the mysteries of the kingdom of God and when one enters through the veil of separation by the washing of the blood of Jesus he becomes a new man with spiritual eyes to see into those things that even angels could not see. God wants us to see into His heavenly realm and to repent (to change ones mind) of our old fleshly ways of looking to man for spiritual answers to heavenly questions.
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." John 10:9
THE DOOR OF HEAVEN
Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth and its top reached to Heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12
When we think of open doors we often imagine them to be doors of opportunity or wealth or some other form of prosperity for us to enter or we tend to think it is an open door to ministry or maybe a new job, and in many cases this is so. We also miss God many times because we have a tendency to view these doors with a carnal or worldly mind and proceed to break them down when in actuality God is trying to move us further into the spiritual realm of His kingdom.
Isaac had blessed his son Jacob and charged him to take a wife from his own people and then sent him away into his destiny and Jacob was given a dream in which God proceeded to give him revelation about his future and then he awoke realizing that he had been in the presence of the Most High. In the dream God spoke to Jacob and confirmed his destiny and opened the door to Heaven giving him spiritual eyes to see the purposes of God for his life.
When God speaks to us about doors we need to begin to pray and seek His face in regards to what He is trying to say to us in the Spirit before we go off half-cocked and begin to break down every door that we encounter believing we are being led by God. I have broken down many doors in my lifetime that should have remained locked and the outcome in some cases was devastating to me as I learned the hard way to wait on the Lord and seek His guidance. That's why He says, "Knock and it shall be opened!"
And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate (door) of Heaven!" Genesis 28:17
MAKING THE TRANSITION
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed (transferred) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13
Making it through a transitional door involves a step of faith to enter a new place of destiny and purpose and sometimes there are many adversaries as Paul spoke of and many hindrances to our new destination. Leaving our comfort zone is sometimes our greatest trial and change is hard for many, especially for me because I hate changes and surprises.
Sometimes we are required to shut the door on the present in order to open the door to the future. Leaving financial security, friends, family or even a church home makes the transition even harder for one to forgo, but if the Spirit is leading, the grace to enter will be sufficient. Throughout the Bible men were led from one location to another, often times making unbearable decisions in order to be in the perfect will of God, knowing that what was ahead was far better in the long run.
Even Jesus had to make many hard decisions, not only for Himself but for us whom He made the final choice to obey God, fulfill His destiny and die on the cross. If He had wavered and given in to the temptation to quit and give up, we would have been lost forever! Are you facing a new door of transition, if so, do this: pray and seek the leading of the Holy Spirit to give you the assurance to enter the perfect will of God that ultimately will give you the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding and will guard your heart!
"Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35,36