"OPEN DOORS": What Next?

 

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BLESSING BASSEY [ZIONESS]

OPEN DOORS: WHAT NEXT?

An open door, in the English language simply means, to lead to opportunities. It is a phrase that is used by everyone especially if an exciting opportunity presented itself. But as Christian, believers, lovers of God, we must understand one thing. Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn’t necessarily mean it is from God and likewise uncertain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk through it.

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The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is an open door from God. I don’t want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don’t want to take every opportunity that comes along, assuming it is from God’s hands and has the blessings attached.

In a recent conversation with a friend, we talked about the faith and courage to walk through a door that God is holding an open door for us, even if we are not exactly sure of what’s on the other side. But then the question came up;

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HOW CAN YOU TELL IF GOD IS THE ONE OPENING THE DOOR?

     The bible gives us some principles to help us discern if an ‘open door’ or opportunity is really from God.

1. THE DOOR THAT GOD OPENS WILL NEVER CONTRADICT HIS WORD

Many Christians see opportunities to make more money as an open door from God, even though the opportunity means a job that will keep them from regular fellowship or service in their church. However, Gods word tells us not to neglect meeting together for worship.

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(Hebrew 10: 25) some women have told me that they believe God opened a door to a dating relationship for them, even though it means being in a situation where there were unequally yoked with unbelievers, which scripture also warns us against ( 2 Corinthians 6: 14) God will not lead you towards an opportunity that contradicts what he clearly says in his words, nor will he open a door that would require personal comprise or disobedience for you to enter as humans prime to sin, we have an excellent way of turning a clear mandate of God and justifying it by our circumstances, but that is not how God works. If there is a compromise in any way, or we have to bend scriptures to justify the “open door” then it is likely not a door that God is opening for us. I would call anything that contradicts his word a temptation, rather than an open door from God. Gods words clearly say that God doors tempt us. (James 1:13-14).

2. The doors that God open will be accompanied by confirmation (Mathew 18:15-16) Jesus laid out instructions for sin amongst believers saying ‘but if they would not listen, take one or two others so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. The same applies when it comes to God confirming something in His word.’ He will often confirm or establish a matter by two or three witnesses. Whether they are verses from the word of God; advice from a pastor or a well-respected person who is grounded in scripture or a non-compromising circumstance that continues to present itself. Through prayers, discernment and seeking Godly counsel, you should be able to tell if that ‘open door’ and its confirmation are truly coming from God.

3. THE DOOR GOD OPENS WILL REQUIRE YOUR DEPENDENCE ON HIM

God is not going to give us something that will alienate us away from Him or His Will or will even make us feel we no longer need Him. He is a God of relationship and a God who insist upon being first in our lives [Matthew 6;33] therefore if you find yourself saying ‘ I can't do this, but only with God’s help and leading’. I would say in my personal experience, it's likely something God is calling you to do.

(Hebrew 11:6) say and without faith to be stretched and strengthened. That, after all, is Gods objective for us to grow in faith.

Take your opportunity or “open door” to God and ask for his confirmation through his word and Godly counsel from others. There is peace in the decision and you have the assurance that you aren’t just choosing a door at random, but you are carefully walking through the ones He wants you to enter.

 

WRITTEN BY;

BLESSING BASSEY [ZIONESS]

FOR THE EDITORIAL TEAM

 

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