Shut the Door as you go Through

The Holy Spirit has still kept me on the theme of an Open Door that has been set before each of us.  This was the topic of my first post and I still hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me that we have to find our own open door marked with our name. Hence the second posting stressed to need to seek, knock and ask to find the pathway to our door.

All week as I have been enquiring of the Lord as to the next message I have heard the Holy Spirit say to me, ‘Shut the door.’  ‘Shut and bolt the gate.’  ‘Close the door as you walk through.’  I believe there is sound biblical wisdom in this word.  This is a good word from the Holy Spirit.

There is a warning here for the body of Christ that we need to take heed; that we do not go through our door of transition and leave the portal wide open.  We have to remember that we are leaving what we know and are comfortable with and stepping into the unknown.  This is a time of insecurity and vulnerability that we can be tempted to turn back with longing at what we were comfortable with.  The roar of the lion can be so overwhelming that we feel like grasshoppers in an alien place, that we will have thoughts of returning back through the open door.

‘Close the door,’ the Lord says.  Do not be like the Israelites whom I took out of captivity and led through the Red Sea and closed the door behind them.  But they did not close the door in their minds for they continually hankered for the ‘flesh pots’ of captivity.  Do not be like Lots wife who looked back.

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:62

As we enlarge our tent and stretch our boarders we are open to the marauding raiders from the dark places to catch us without our full armour on.  Repositioning, re aligning and being reassigned does not give t us the right to bring with us our tools from the past.  God is doing a ‘new thing’ and this spiritual promotion requires fresh vision, different tools, gifts and weapons.

Therefore close the door on the past assignments, do not look back, and do not be tempted to go back.  Hence we must close and bolt the door; this is a choice we need to make as we step into the new revelation. 

If we do not close and lock the door of transition called Holy Grace, we will not be fully used in our promotional assignment.  May we run the race looking ahead to Jesus and the prize that awaits us.  Because the Children of Israel could not and did not close the door they were of no use to God to take new territory, new assignments and promotions.  May we not be stiff necked.

Remember to close and lock the door as you pass through.  This is a good word full of wisdom and undersrtanding.

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Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@bethy)

excellent words of wisdom. Having a foot in the past and a foot in the present/future has never done us any good whatsoever.

K Reynolds (@kreynolds)

It is a good word, indeed! May we shut the doors that need to be shut. While we learn from the past, we must not dwell there. We must embrace the new thing God is doing.