The Bible issues a warning that, when applied to the metaphor of doors, actually admonishes us to beware of what seems “right” to us. In other words, an open door does not guarantee that the Lord has opened it Himself. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12 KJV.” What looks appealing to the eye, what appears to be an answer to prayer, what seems to be an open door, may instead be a road that leads to darkness, destruction, and even emotional, spiritual, or physical death.
So what do I do to ensure I walk through the correct doors? How do I discern which open doors are actually the doors through which the Lord desires me to walk through?
* I do my best to love and serve the Lord with all my heart
* I stay steadily in God’s Word, studying and learning to apply it to my life
* I remain accountable to the Holy Spirit and stay in touch with godly people to help me make sure I stay on track
* I pray
* I listen to the Lord
* I do my best to obey
* Most importantly, I stay in close fellowship with the Lord
* I do not assume that open doors are all opened by the Lord
* I watch out for deception from Satan by sticking close to the Lord
Increasingly, I believe I am learning to discern which doors are opened by the Lord and which doors are not. Though I do still sometimes walk through the wrong doors, I believe that this happens far less than in the past. I no longer make my decisions based on which doors are open and which are shut.
In fact, the Lord might be calling me to walk through doors that are shut. These doors may be shut because it is not yet time for me to walk through them, or they may be shut because something or someone is standing in the way. Perhaps the Lord wants me to pray for the obstacles and hurdles to be gone, and for these doors to open. Or, perhaps He wants me to wait for the right season – for the timing when in fact the doors will be open.
All of this requires staying close to the Lord, to His Word, and to using wisdom and discernment as I learn to follow Jesus.
Beware of open doors, with one exception. Jesus is a door that is open for all of us who choose to place our trust in Him. I have no warning about this door, but simply an invitation.
If you have never walked through the door of Jesus Christ, please feel free to give me a call at 843-338-2219 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to help you walk through this door.
Joh 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Joh 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Joh 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. “
Rev 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Proverbs 14:12 KJV.