When Jesus Shuts the Door



“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

“Do you want to open a door I’ve shut?” the Lord asked me.

I had been thinking about doing something the Lord had already made clear He didn’t want me to do. But still, it was so tempting! So I stood before the door trying to figure it all out. That’s when the Lord reminded me. He had already shut the door.

Friend, when the Lord makes clear He has shut a door in our lives and we are tempted to open it, we need to walk away from the door and get on with the Lord’s will for our lives.

Staring at the door, knocking on the door, banging on the door, trying to kick the door down, screaming at the door to open, having a pity-party in front of the door, throwing a temper tantrum, grieving over the closed door and holding a funeral service at the closed door, trying to justify why we should get the door to open again, begging the door to open all by itself, praying for the Lord to open the door He blatantly wants shut, all of this is wrong.

When the Lord makes clear He wants a door to stay shut, just for now or permanently, we need to walk away from the door and get busy following Jesus – forward.

In the verses above, two separate times the Lord made clear the door was shut in two geographical regions to His followers who were going from place to place preaching. What did they do with the doors the Lord wanted shut? They moved on and continued the work of the Lord He set before them!

Are you standing at a door you know the Lord wants shut? Follow the Lord – forward! Yes!

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