May you discover God’s wonderful blessings in your life, John 10. 1-9 says: “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
In our lives, we have often spoken of God opening and/or closing a door. We’ve even shared how we attempted to push open a door or pull open a door that The lord had closed because we thought we wanted what was on the other side. As if we know better than The Lord what is best for us. Open or closed doors often challenge us to truly seek God will – not our will or desires. We tend to rationalize situations in our lives and often misunderstand what we feel or think we know an thus act on our own accord instead of seeking The Lord’s direction and guidance.
Take the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16. 22-24 – they are sitting in a prison in Philppi. Is their ministry over? No – God was opening a new area for them to share Christ - a previously unreached group of men in prison. We read that even the Philippian jailer and his household come to know Jesus as their Savior. From our perspective – a door was closed. From God’s perspective – He was opening a new door – a new opportunity to share the ‘Good News of Jesus The Christ’. The circumstances and events in life are almost irrelevant – No one can shut a door that The Lord opens [Revelation 3. 8]
BUT - how can we know that it was The Lord that closed or opened a door? Good question. When we substitute activity for a relationship with Jesus – we allow circumstances to disrupt the activity and it truly hinders our relationship with Jesus. HOWEVER – if Jesus is the door of your life – He can and will guide your ever step – every breath into experiences that He wants for you. Can you trust Him that much?
How much do you trust Jesus? Our everyday actions and beliefs reveal just where we stand with Him. Activities are fine, but our relationship with Jesus is so much more important. Jesus MUST be our # 1 importance in life. He desires to bless you and we need to be assured that through Christ – we have access to everything that is really important. Don’t tell what you want – seek what He has for you because He knows you and He knows what you need. Trust and obey Him. In Christ’s Love, Pastor Frank