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Praising God for Closed Doors…

There was a time I felt that closed doors left me accursed.

I must be doing something wrong. Nothing is going right for me. These were the words that poured out of my heart almost daily. Weeks passed, then months, then years, still nothing. Being obedient and doing what was right had also not brought me the outcome I expected. I sought Godly counsel, pleaded the blood of Jesus, fasted and prayed, verbally denounced generational curses, and did all I could do and still nothing. I experienced hardship after hardship and felt the pains of injustice. However, my complaints seem to drift further apart and eventually they nearly completed faded. Sure, I would have moments of tears or express disappointment, but something inside of me had transformed. I had developed a trust that changed me.

As I moved up and down the hallway filled with closed doors, there was always ONE door that remained. You guessed it, my sweet and faithful Jesus! However, I didn’t want Jesus you see? I wanted answers. Answers I felt were through all those closed doors. My thought to myself was, I have Jesus?! so he can’t possibly be what I need, I want more. Yet God could see what my heart could not. Without words he knew, “my daughter does not believe that Jesus is enough for her” and so he had to show me. SHUT THOSE DOORS he commanded. And no matter how much help I sought nor who tried to help me, those doors were not going to open, not until I knew that Jesus is ENOUGH! Revelations 3:7 “What he opens noone  can shut, and what he shuts noonecan open.”

Now I look back and understand all those years of closed doors. Behind all those “no’s” or “not yet” had been a strategic plan of our Father to transform me. I can honestly say my heart is now joyful inside. My mourning has reconstructed into songs of praise unto the Lord. The best part of this new experience is that my joy does not depend on my ever changing circumstances. Think about it, if just one of those doors had come open at the wrong time, I would have placed my trust in the answer behind that door. If just one had opened up to me prematurely, sure I might have thanked the Lord for it, but I would have never truly understood that Jesus is EVERYTHING. That’s God’s perfect Order. John 20:26 “… Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

My faith walk with God had to get to a place where my heart knows that Jesus is ALL I need, PERIOD. If you find yourself in a hallway of closed doors, REJOICE! JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED. Jeremiah 31:13 “…I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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John 14:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus, the Way to the Father
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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1 John 2:15-17, Do not love the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. What do you struggle with?

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Getting Entangled in the World – It’s not what you think!

entangled heartAs Christians, we have no choice but to get entangled into the systems of our world. Of course we can TRY to go “rogue” and live off on our own but we will inevitably find ourselves still answering to those governments of authority, the politics of our workplace, and the means by which we travel, buy and sell through the systems in which we live. It’s a novel idea to think that one will be left unscathed. Jesus (guiltless), was also entangled in the world, one filled with the corruption of religion and politics. Ultimately he would lay down his life as he had willingly become entangled by its rules and consequences.

So what do you think was the point by going about saving the world this way? While innocent, Jesus allowed himself to be caught in the system but why did he choose to submit to the process? Why didn’t he just crack the sky open and make an announcement “obey me I am God”? Here’s a thought, it’s because this is where his children live, die and love! This is where we are, he came to walk with us and save us. He wanted to stand face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart to prove his love for us. Philippians 2:5-8 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

So the next time that self-important thought comes to mind that you are better than the entangled system you find yourself in (and maybe you really are, Jesus was) instead of picking up attitude and haughty eyes…humble yourself, take a deep breath and ask Jesus what he wants from you during the process. God is less focused on your occupation as he weights your heart’s disposition. He is less impressed by your accomplishments and is much more concerned with your relationships. And just maybe where you are caught is more about who you are caught with. Trust Him. Submit to the Process!