Because an opportunity presents itself, and it appears attractive, does not automatically mean it is from God. And just because an open door looks a bit unclear, does not mean you shouldn’t pass through it.
The key is knowing how to distinguish if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don’t want to miss those open doors because I was scared to walk through them. But I also don’t want to take every opportunity that comes along, supposing it is from God’s hand and has his blessings attached.
In a recent chat with a friend, we spoke about the faith and courage to walk through a door that God is holding open for us, even if we’re not exactly sure of what’s on the other side. A question was asked: How can you identify if God is truly the one opening the door? The Bible gave us certain principles to assist us distinguish if an opportunity or “open door” is from God:
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- The Door That God Opens Will Certainly Not Oppose His Word
Most Christians see chances 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, God’s Word tells us not to abandon meeting together for worship (Hebrews 10:25). Some women have told me that they trust God opened a door to a courting relationship for them, even though it meant being in a condition where they were “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever, which the Scripture also warns against (2 Corinthians 6:14). God will not lead you to an opportunity that opposes what he obviously declares in his Word, nor will he open a door that would require personal cooperation or disobedience to enable you enter. As individuals disposed to iniquity, we have outstanding conducts of rotating a clear command of God’s absolutely around and justifying it by our situations, but that is not how God works. If there is cooperation in any way, or we have to twist the Scripture to defend our “open door” then it is probably not a door that God is opening for us. I will call whatever that opposes his Word a trial, instead of an open door from God. And God’s Word unmistakably said that God does not test us (James 1:13-14). When tempted, no one should say, “God is testing me.” For God cannot be tried by neither evil, nor does he try anyone; but each one is tried when they are dragged away by their own evil want and lured.
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The Door That God Opens Will Be Go Along With A Validation
In Matthew 18:15-16, Jesus set out commands for challenging sin among believers saying “But if they refuse to hearken, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be proven by the testament of two or three witnesses’.”
I trust the same is applicable when it comes to God validating something in his Word. He will often approve or establish a matter by “two or three witnesses” whether they be verses from the Word of God, counsel from a pastor or well-respected person who is grounded in Scripture, or a non-compromising situation that continues to present itself. Through supplication, discernment and looking for godly counsel, you should be able to tell if that “open door” and its validations are actually coming from God.
- The Door that God Opens Will Want You To Stick To Him
God is not going to give us something that will distance us from him or make us believe we no longer want him. He is a God of association, and a God who maintains upon being first in our lives (Matthew 6:33). So, when you discover yourself saying “I can’t do this except God goes before me,” or “I can do this, but only with God’s assistance and leading” I would say, in my own encounter, it’s probably something God is calling you to do. Then without faith, it is impossible to appease God, for he who approaches God must believe that he is a rewarder of those who seek for him. (Hebrews 11:6:)” Many times an “open door” from God is one that lets our faith to be stretched and strengthened. That, after all, is God’s aim for us: to mature in faith and Christ-likeness.
Grab your chance or “open door” to God and ask for his validation – through his Word and holy guidance from others – and his peace in the choice, and you can have the guarantee that you aren’t just selecting a door at random, but you’re carefully walking through the ones he wants you to go into.
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