Here I was asking God why He hadn’t done certain things in my life.
God, don’t you care?
You said You would take care of me.
Then an opportunity that I missed years ago came around again.
And now I realize that God had answered my prayer years ago, but when the answer came, I didn’t recognize it because all I could see was fear and unbelief.
I’m not smart enough.
This is too good to be true.
I was like the church who was constantly praying for Peter to be released from prison, but when God released the answer – when the answer to their prayer knocked on the door, they didn’t open the door because they didn’t believe. Rhoda, a servant girl – a slave girl, recognized the answer. Not the church. And she just didn’t believe that it was Peter, but she knew his voice.
But thank God Peter knocked and knocked again until they opened the door.
And thank God that He caused the opportunity that I missed last time to knock again – until I opened the door.
For some of us, the answer has already been released and I pray that we all recognize it when it comes.
[Reference scripture: Acts 12:5-16]
The bible speaks of ten virgins who heard that the bridegroom was coming. Upon hearing this word, they took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
I don’t know long it was between the time they heard and the time of manifestation, but at midnight while they were sleeping, someone cried out, ‘The bridegroom is coming. Go out to meet him.’
A door had been opened for them, but they were only given a span of time. Five of them were prepared for his coming, but unfortunately five of them were not. The lamps of the foolish virgins had gone out and they had no more oil. And while they were looking for oil to buy, the bridegroom came and the door shut (Matthew 25:10).
If what God told you hasn’t manifested yet, it is not because He lied or has forgotten about you. Perhaps the reason why you haven’t gotten it is because you aren’t ready for it – yet.
Let’s say, for example, He promised you a promotion or a spouse or a home. God will always give you enough time to prepare for He has promised. Then one day, when you’re not expecting it, a door opens.
But you got angry at your manager and quit your job.
Or you got tired of being alone and went back to your ex.
Or you stopped looking at homes only after looking at three because it seemed like the process of buying a home was too difficult.
Then, the door shut and the time had passed.
No promotion, no spouse and no new home.
I’m not telling you that another opportunity won’t come. It will because God is ready to give it to you, but you must be ready for it.
When God told Noah that a flood was coming, Noah believed and prepared for the flood.
If you believe that God has already done or is going to do what He said, then prepare like you believe Him.
Don’t open the door.
For three days, I heard the same warning.
In John 10, Jesus talks about a door and He also mentions two people that will come.
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (vs 10).
When God shuts a door, he shuts it because what’s behind the door has the potential to destroy you, or even worse, kill you. It is the door that the enemy uses to steal from you. He steals your time with distractions, wrong relationships, or worry. He tries to steal your praise, your joy, your faith and even the word God gave you.
And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts (Mark 4:15).
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart (Matthew 13:19).
A door is a means of access. It opens and it closes. It allows you to walk into some things as well as walk out of some things. It takes you from one place to another.
I thought I understood what God was saying, but I really didn’t. I thought he was telling me that someone from my past was coming to my house and to not open the door. I thought he was talking about a physical door, but he was actually talking about a spiritual door.
If God shuts a door in your life, he is sparing you from what’s behind that door because it does not lead to abundant life.
Remember the last time you did something that God told you not to do. Your disobedience opened a door. For some of you, that door led to heartbreak, trouble, anger, financial loss, depression, suicidal thoughts and sickness. For others, it affected your marriages as well as your children.
But remember also how God forgave you. Remember how He brought you out of what you put yourself in. Remember how much He loves you and how He only wants what is best for you.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Become like the psalmist who would rather be a doorkeeper and guard the door of the house of God than to live in the tent of wickedness.
Please don’t open what God has shut.