An Open Door.

Serving God, and I mean really serving God with your entire heart, your entire soul, your entire life, requires quite a few things. It requires sacrifice. It requires love. It requires faith. It requires a humble attitude. It requires a Biblical foundation. It requires a personal relationship with Jesus. A personal interaction with Him that begins on the day that you were saved and continues on into eternity. There is an open door in front of you. First, you must be saved. This is the first open door that we must go through in order to serve Him, but our life, our journey with God, does not end at salvation. That door closes after we go through with a blessed finality; God has saved us, and we can not escape His hand. We may backslide, but God has us tightly wrapped in His arms and we are safe, we are saved for life, for eternity. Many people have been saved and they have made a comfortable spot there, never taking another step forward, never going through another door even though God is begging us to go through. But Christians, there is another door. There is an effectual door open to us, and God wants us to go through it. This requires that sacrifice, that love, that faith. When we step through that door, vowing to God that we are going to serve Him selflessly, to love Him as He loved us, to be the witness He wants you to be, to be the servant that He wants you to be…we are walking boldly into this world with God and His army by our side to battle for His worthy cause, to fight for His Gospel, and this..this means that there are many adversaries waiting for us. Waiting to fight back with everything they’ve got in them.

(Verse 9.)

A great door, a great effectual door, is opened. It is sitting in front of us, wide open, God beside it. He is ready to make that journey with us…but I ask, are we willing? I think of the disciples who were willing to go through this door. Pastor Sexton mentioned Paul during this sermon titled “The Effectual Door.” Paul went through many of these doors. In Acts, we read of his journey in Ephesus. He tore down the temple of Diana, a goddess that the people were worshiping, in order to guide the people to the one true God, to share the Gospel with them, and this created a riot that lasted for hours. The people screamed, “Great is the goddess Diana! Great is the goddess Diana!” The Bible says that they were full of wrath..and what did Paul do? He stayed. Paul went through that effectual door and as scripture promises, there were many adversaries. Scripture says in this life we will have troubles, but take heart, God has overcome the world. It is time that Christians stand up and go through this effectual door, because we are holding ourselves back in so many ways. We are far too comfortable in this world, with being like this world, with fitting into this world, and we refuse to go through this door because it may make us seem peculiar, but doesn’t the Bible also say that we are to be a peculiar people? To be a set-apart remnant? How will we make a difference if we are sitting comfortably in a room between the door of salvation and this effectual door? Doesn’t God urge us to move forward in our Christian walk?

The Christian life is the unending pursuit of Jesus Christ. – Clarence Sexton.

It is our duty as Christians to be pursuing Jesus Christ more and more every day, not pursuing this world, or pursuing other Christians, or whoever we seem to place on a pedestal in our hearts and minds, it is to pursue Christ and the things of Christ. It is to pursue godliness, righteousness, and so on. We shy away from this door because we fear conflict, and tribulation, and persecution. But God’s Gospel is never without conflict. God’s word will never be delivered to this world without people coming from every corner of the earth to oppose it, to fight against Him. It is time that we stand up like Paul and refuse to waver. It is time that we move forward for Christ, especially in the time that we are in. Where is our desire for a personal interaction with God? How close can we truly be with God if we refuse to walk with Him? He desires far more for us than just salvation! Of course, that is the best gift He has given us, but He wants to see us take a step of faith and go through this effectual door because there is something incredible behind it. A life with Jesus. A mission from God. A life planned by God. You can not truly work with and for God without taking this step.

We may look at this world and think it is too far gone, but that is simply us pulling our hand back from the handle of this door, making excuses on why we can’t go through it. As Pastor Sexton said, “When we think it can’t be done, that could be the moment that God wants it done.” We need to quit relying on ourselves and start realizing that, yes, this door is scary, it is terrifying, it is full of adversaries…but God is with us. God is fighting with us. He is by our side. These adversaries are there so we learn that nothing we do can save this world, nothing we do can save a soul..but God can. And He wants it done now. Are we willing to be a part of His army? Are we willing to help? Do we even want to?

Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

God wants to bless this world. He wants to save the people in it, every person that He can. Do you think that the Lord does not want a revival? Do you think that after Jesus died for us, He is simply done with this world now? He wants others to be saved. He wants revival…and He needs His disciples in this modern world to desire those things, too. Are we willing? Find your effectual door; your door isn’t the same as mine. It could lead you into a church that needs a remnant to rise up so there is revival there. It could lead you into the mission field in another country. It could lead you right into your own home so you can share the Gospel with your family. Where is your effectual door taking you? There will be adversaries, there always are, but where the adversaries are, so is God.

“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

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30 thoughts on “An Open Door.

  1. rachaellbeers July 30, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    We do hold ourselves back by not giving ourselves entirely to Him. I can hear your passion for sharing your Faith in this post! Awesome post!

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  2. Rachel Dahl - a la modest July 31, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Too often we try to stuff other things though that door, thinking we can go through it with all our possessions and old ways. I found that through my door leading up to a changed life through Christ, I had to give up almost everything, including what I thought was my identity. Christ breaks down barriers made by culture, and I am glad that He is distinct from many that we find important as humans.

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  3. brujsims July 31, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Call to Witness and commented:
    It is not enough to accept Christ and be done with it. The Lord has called us to do more than this. He wants nothing but the very best for us. In order to receive God’s best, we must be willing to take the plunge and take part in the great adventure that He has for each one of us.

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  4. kalinann August 1, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Yes! Amen! God wants us, and us alone. None of our baggage, none of our idols, just us, humble and ready to die to self and live in Him!

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  5. Jennifer August 1, 2016 / 3:58 am

    It does sometimes feel like we’re waiting for the world to end instead of making a difference despite all the darkness. I keep feeling like God is waiting for all who might be saved to be saved. He knows when there will be none left whose hearts have any desire for Him. He won’t let the world end until all those who will turn before the rapture, will turn. We have to be doing our part to be bringing that light and hope to people.

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    • kalinann August 1, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Yes! We have a very important job to do before He comes again, it is our job to be a part of a Godly remnant and do whatever we possibly can to bring others to Him. The world is getting dark, and it is getting late. It’s time for us to wake up and do something!

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    • kalinann August 1, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Amy! 🙂

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  6. mariewikle August 1, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    We can all be used by God if we are available. Much of the time we are wanting to do what we want to do and keep ourselves from doing HIS will.

    @spreadingJOY
    spreading-joy.org
    Marie

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    • kalinann August 2, 2016 / 2:50 am

      Yes! I’ve found myself doing my own will far too often, thinking that if I live well by normal Christian standards I’m okay..but in reality, God is calling me, is calling us ALL, to live by unique standards, to follow Him in unique ways, and to go through different doors to do HIS will.

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  7. Tiffani August 2, 2016 / 1:03 am

    Thank you so much for this. I have been dealing with a lot. The oppositions I have experienced is crazy. I have been praying and asking God for clarity and this was confirmation that I am experiencing such opposition because I and serving him.

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    • kalinann August 2, 2016 / 2:51 am

      Your comment blessed my heart so much! I’m so happy He used this post for you. Thank you for reading, Tiffani!

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  8. Maria @ Confessions First August 2, 2016 / 1:32 am

    A Pastor friend challenged me with stating how few of us as believers don’t tolerate suffering…. We’re unwilling to get our hands dirty and be in uncomfortable situations to love the lost… But without the suffering of bringing people to the cross we can’t experience the true joy of the Resurrection! I loved your thoughts on going through that open door and choosing to stay – being obedient, no matter what – until God produces the results. Thanks for sharing!

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    • kalinann August 2, 2016 / 2:51 am

      Amen! Love that point. Our joy comes through righteous suffering, and it is only there to make us stronger and have a deeper relationship with Him! Thank you for commenting!

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  9. Caroline August 2, 2016 / 1:38 am

    Whew those Charles Spurgeon quotes are so spot on. I love the passion behind all of this!

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    • kalinann August 2, 2016 / 2:52 am

      Thank you! His quotes are so great.

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  10. Laura Prater August 2, 2016 / 3:43 am

    What a great reminder of how passionate and full of HIM we should be. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Kristi August 2, 2016 / 4:02 am

    It is time to stand up courageously and share. We have to be the ones in our generation to do it. Every generation needs to see the glory of Christ!

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  12. tara8910 August 2, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I love your phrase, “Find your effectual door.” That is a great point! We can all make the most difference when we are being who God really called us to be.

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    • kalinann August 2, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment! Finding our door is one of the most important parts of our journey with Christ; figuring out where He wants us to be, what He wants us to do, and so on!

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  13. wifemummynurse August 2, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Yes, we are to seek after God daily. Our aim should be to bring glory to God.

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  14. Achama (AbiYah) August 3, 2016 / 10:31 am

    A very stirring post, I love your passion. I am reminded that God knows the work He has planned for us and our role is to listen, follow and obey. Blessings x

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