Summary: A sermon that highlights four things that can make you experience open doors.
Text: Revelation 3:7
Everyday we walk through different doors. Just today alone, you may have walked through about five or six different doors. When you woke up, you walked through your bedroom door. You probably passed through another door when you went to the bathroom to have your bath. You walked through another door when you left your house for the office. On getting to your office, you may have walked through the reception door, probably passed another two doors before you got to your seat. In fact, if you try counting the number of doors a person walks through in one’s lifetime, it maybe about a 1000 doors if not more.
Importance of Doors
You need a door to get into a place and come out of a place. Doors help us to get in and out of a room, car, bus, train, or airplane. This means that where there is no door, a person could be confined or locked up in a particular place. Being confined or tied down to a particular place speaks of stagnation.
We all desire growth and progress in every area of our lives. Without open doors, a person can be confined to a particular level or spot. Open doors enhance movement. We need open doors to move from one place to another, from one level to another. Open doors give us access to some blessings, places, people and opportunities.
Revelation 3:7 describes Jesus as the One that opens a door which no one can shut and the One that shuts a door which no one can open. For the Bible to describe Jesus in this way, it means in this life, everyone needs Christ to open certain doors and to close certain doors. Through this message, the Lord shall close every door in your life that needs to be closed and He shall open all doors you need to progress and be fulfilled in life.
Keys To Open Doors
Most doors have a key you use to open it and lock it. So also in the spiritual realm, there are keys that are used to open certain doors. In Matthew 16:19, God says that He has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Note that he didn’t say key (singular) but keys (plural), meaning that more than one key is needed to experience open doors. One key may open one door say the door of promotion, but that key may not be able to open the door of healing for you. You may need to use another key. But all the keys you need have been given to you.
What are the keys we need to open doors of favour, victory, deliverance, breakthrough, success, promotion, increase, good health and peace?
Praise opened the prison doors for Paul and Silas in Acts 16:22-27. Paul and Silas found themselves in prison. They found themselves in a place they needed to get out of. They needed an open door to get out of the prison. What did they do? They started praising God. What happened? The prison doors opened. These men were lost in praise to God. They were not distracted by the things and people around them. All their attention was focused on God. Their praise may not have come from the best of voices, but it was genuine and it was very powerful.
As you praise God with everything in you, open doors shall be your portion. Every spiritual, financial, career, and marital prison door will open before you as you give God sincere and quality praise.
You have this powerful key in your hand, use it everyday, use it very well. God delights in the praises of His people. Delight Him with your praise and He will arise to open doors for you.
In Acts 12:1-7, we have an account of another instance where prison doors were opened. Peter found himself in a place he didn’t want to be. He found himself in prison. He needed an open door to get out of the prison. Peter received this open door because people were praying earnestly for him.
In Luke 11:5-10, the door was locked and a friend needed something. He didn’t go back home because he saw the door of his friend’s house shut. He kept knocking, he kept asking. Finally, the friend got up, opened the door, and gave him what he wanted.
Matthew 7:7 says, “ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you”. When we come across closed doors, we are to KNOCK! We are to knock with our prayers and the door will be opened for us. Don’t give up because you are faced with a closed door. Don’t allow closed doors frighten you. Those seemingly closed doors can be opened as you knock with persistent prayers. This is why you must be a person of prayer. The Lord will give you grace to be prayerful. As you pray, all the doors that have been closed before you will be opened in Jesus name, amen.