I like the idea that when God closes a door, He opens a window. Sometimes doors do close, but who closed them? Was it God? Or was it a person… is the devil trying to close it? I better know the difference or I may stay away from some doors that I’m supposed to go through. Paul noted once that he was trying to go to Thessalonica, but the devil stopped him twice. That wily devil may be a door-closer too. That, of course, didn’t stop Paul, and it shouldn’t stop us. Jesus said in Matthew 16:19, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” When Jesus gives you keys to the house, He’s given you the authority to come on in. Go ahead and open the doors that get shut in your face—you have the keys. The Word of God, the Holy Spirit, promises, an inheritance, authority… Jesus says, “Hey. Here are the keys to my Daddy’s house. It’s your house too since you are a joint heir to all I have earned.” Did a door close? Well, give your keys a try.
Have you ever felt like you did the right thing and things got worse? Have you ever obeyed God, stood in faith, spoke to the mountain, and still felt like you were losing? It’s like Daniel, thrown into the lions’ den for praying. Or there’s Joseph, who ran when his boss’s wife hit on him and then ended up in jail. But you know what? Glory isn’t Daniel avoiding the lions’ den, but that he lived through it—the Lord shut the mouths of those lions. Glory isn’t that Joseph didn’t go to prison, but instead that he was raised up later to be the ruler of the land. Glory isn’t that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t get thrown into the fiery furnace, but that they survived the fire as a testimony to all the people. In fact, it was in the fire that they were visited by the Lord. So, yeah, sometimes we do the right thing and get what looks like the wrong result. But stand strong when you get low because God is about to raise you up. When those lions approach, stand firm and watch the salvation of your God. God has promised us that we would go from glory to glory. Don’t be discouraged when you are still standing but haven’t seen the glory yet. It’s coming.
Did you know the same anointing oil used to anoint someone as a priest was also used to anoint someone as a king? Christians sometimes think of the anointing as something only used for ministry. “Oh, that preacher is anointed,” we say. And you’re right. But a king didn’t do priest stuff; he worked outside of the temple, in the world, and used his anointing for, well, non-churchy stuff. 1 John 2:20 says, “But you have an anointing.” That’s right. You have an anointing, and that anointing can be drawn on for victory. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to…,” and then he listed off what he was about to do. So, what are you about to do? Whatever you are doing, you are anointed. Today, as you go to school, or to work, or are married, or single, or whatever you are up to, you are anointed. God wants you to walk in that power and success in every area, not just in the church, but right in your world. Take the miraculous into your day—turn what could have been mundane into glory. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
In Mark 6 Jesus sends His disciples to Bethsaida in a boat while He goes up the mountain to pray. It should have been a short trip, but 12 hours later they are still rowing. The Bible says they were straining at the oars because the wind was against them… they were going nowhere. Have you ever been doing what Jesus told you to do, but nothing’s working—it’s like the wind is against you, and you’re straining? The story continues and Jesus comes walking by on the water. In Mark 6:51 He climbs into the boat with them, and the wind dies down. It says, “They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves.” The problem was that they didn’t “understand about the loaves.” Jesus had just fed the 5,000 with loaves and fish. The loaves represent God’s Word. When you are doing what God has told you to do, but you are still straining, it might be that you didn’t remember the loaves, the Bible. The Word of God can give you the strength you need today; you are the righteousness of God, and no weapon formed against you will prosper, so take some of that with you on your boat today.