I read an article recently that discussed the color of your front door and what it says about you. Silly, yes, but doors do speak; they clearly communicate ‘in’ or ‘out’. Your entrance is permitted provided the door is open or unlocked, however, if the door is locked you’re out.
The Bible speaks of spiritual doors in several ways in order for our faith to grow. The first is protection. We find God shutting the door of the ark with Noah and his family safely inside and during Passover God foreshadows the blood of Jesus by telling Moses to instruct His people to apply blood to the doors and go inside. Disaster was approaching in both accounts. Closed doors can be God’s protection.
Maybe your situation requires you to pray that God will open doors. In Gen. 4:7 we find God instructing Cain with a warning:
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
That warning is true for us today. Satan is always crouched at our door, waiting for an opportunity to tempt us; the question is, will you open his counterfeit door? Jesus calls Himself The Door in John 10:7-10. Our Lord declared that if we would enter life through Him abundant, kingdom living would be ours, conversely, when you open the door to your enemy you’ll only find him stealing, killing, and destroying life.
It’s a no-brainer: choose the door of life.
Secret giving and private prayer are open doors to a believer (Matt. 6:1-6). Jesus, using word pictures again, tells us to be stealthy in generosity and enter into our War Room, close the door, and pray in secret. He promises to reward that kind of giving and prayer. I don’t know what the reward looks like but watch for it: it’s on the way. It may take some time, be patient, and as the parable teaches (Luke 11:5-13), because of your relentlessness, he will open the door and give you whatever you need.
Lastly, in Hosea 2:15 the Lord promises to make our valleys of Achor into doors of hope. Spiritual valleys are those low places in life when we’re experiencing trials, troubles (achor), and fears but it’s not a place to remain. We may have opened the wrong door and fallen into trouble but God reminds us that He will throw us lifeline and draw us back into kingdom life through the door of hope.
Jesus is knocking on your door today; will you open it and commune with Him?
“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me..” Revelation 3:19-20 ESV