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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 25, 2011 - Open and Closed Doors

By Ron Johnson

Throughout the years in many confirming ways, the Holy Spirit has used Revelation 3:7,8 to instruct, guide and encourage me.

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (NIV).

Notice, the Lord Jesus is saying to us, “I know your deeds.” He knows the good and bad that we do, as well as the work that we do for Him and for those around us. After all, to be in the service of our fellowman is to be in the service of God. While what we do may or may not be appreciated by others, God knows and takes note of our labor. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Second, we are told the Lord has placed before us an open door. This is a door of great opportunity. Because it is God who “opens [and] no one can shut,” we can rest secure in the knowledge that the Lord is walking on ahead of us and that He will prepare the way before us.

The fact we are told that no one can shut this open door lets us know there will be those who will try to do so. They will tell us our dreams and good intentions are hopeless wisps of smoke that will fade with time or will actively attempt to shut our door. However, we have the promise of God that no one will be able to shut the door of opportunity He has opened.

God alone is the One with the power to open and shut His sacred door. The plan and purpose of God will prevail. As we follow His leading He will bring us through to ultimate victory.

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.




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