Thursday, June 19, 2008

Closed Doors

We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as
much as we do for open doors. The reason God closes doors
is because He has not prepared anything over there for us.

If he didn't close the wrong door we would never find our
way to the right door. Even when we don't realize it, God
directs our paths through the closing and opening of doors.
When one door closes, it forces us to change our course.
Another door closes; it forces us to change our course
yet again.

Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into
our blessing. But instead of praising God for the closed
door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because
we "judge by the appearances." And in our own arrogance,
or ignorance, we insist that we know what is right. We
have a very present help in the time of need who is always
standing guard.

Because He walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down
the road and HE sets up road blocks and detours accordingly.
But through our lack of wisdom we try to tear down the
roadblocks or push aside the detour signs. Then the minute
we get into trouble, we start crying "Lord how could this
happen to me?"

We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing.
Didn't He say that "No good thing will He withhold from
them that love Him?" If you get terminated from your job -
don't be down, instead thank God for the new opportunities
that will manifest themselves - it might be a better job, or
an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman
won't return your call - it might not be them, it might be
the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time a person had a bank he had been doing business
with for many years tell him "NO" for a $10,000 loan. The
Lord led him to call another bank. That bank approved a
$40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate than his own
bank had advertised.

I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to
me, just to open them in the most unexpected places. "The
steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights
in his way." (Psalms 37:23)
The Mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!
Thank God for open and closed doors.... Amen

Always Remember God gives you...

Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you???? look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression,
Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last.

Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.

Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
(Proverbs 16:3)

If you love God, share this and He will continue to open and close
doors for you.

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