I’ve heard it time and time again. I even used to believe it.
“You’ll know it’s God’s will if the door opens for you.” And… “If the Lord wanted you to do that it would be easier.”
Have you ever heard anything like that before? Have you believed it?
As Christians, we are on a journey. What we believed ten years ago may not be what we believe today. Not because our belief system has been diminished but because we are constantly growing.
The Word of God is our faith filter. What we believe has to biblically based, in context and rightly divided. God’s truth does not change but our understanding of it is ever evolving. Our discernment of the Word should be deeper with each passing year.
So, the question is not, what have we heard about walking in God’s will, but what does God’s Word say about it.
Today, we are going to examine open doors and easy access as an indication that we are walking in the will of God.
Is that really true? Is that what the Word of God really says?
It may be controversial, but today, we’re going to challenge the long-held belief that…
- If a door doesn’t open then it must not be God’s will.
- If a door opens then it must be yours to walk through.
- If it’s difficult then it must not be God’s will.
BELIEF: Open doors means it’s God’s will.
- “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9
- “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord” 2 Corinthians 2:12
- “meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” Colossians 4:3
- “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18
- “This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.” Romans 10:22
- “Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.” Romans 1:13
- “ For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Romans 12:4-5
- “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
- “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
- “Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering.” 1 Samuel 13:8-9
- “But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” Exodus 4:13
- “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Aaron could have mistaken his invitation by God to become a voice for Moses as an invitation by God to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. But he understood the open door he was to walk through was not the same open door God was calling Moses to walk through. He was to assist the one who was called to deliver, not take over his job.
We’ve all stood at the cross roads of a decision we had to make and faced two or more doors we could walk through. The question is often not whether we should walk through the door, but rather, which one is ours to walk through.
- “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
- “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my owncountrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.” 2 Corinthians 11:24-30
- “that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.” 1 Thessalonians 3:3
- “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:15-16
- “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:9-10
But as God grows us up, He doesn’t always speak to us the same way. Following His lead isn’t always as simple as it once was. He stretches us. He tests our faith and He tests our character.