October 7, 2018

God Opens Doors And God Shuts Doors!

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Passage: Revelation 3:7-13
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This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open. I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me (verses 7-8)

How Are We Going To Prepare?

Prayer and Fasting EVERY Wednesday in 2018-2019

John 10:7-9 Then Jesus said to them again, most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…

Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Revelation 1:18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

God’s Instruction: Persistent Prayer!

  • 27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book;
  • Alex Haley received a rejection letters for 4 years before any success;
  • Abraham Lincoln a captain and by the end of the war a private;
  • General Douglas MacArthur was rejected from West Point twice;
  • Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he succeeded;
  • Babe Ruth holds two records: home runs and strikeouts;
  • Scott Hamilton: National, World Champion and Olympic gold medal winner. During his skating career he fell down on the ice: 41,600 times and he got up 41,600 times.

God’s Promise: What God Starts God Finishes!

Isaiah 22:21-22 I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.  The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father's house

Before Us Is An Open Door And The Key Is PRAYER!

God’s Call To The Church: PRAY And FAST!

1 Corinthians 16:8-9 …For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

The Lord’s Promise To The Church

Revelation 3:9-10 Look, I will force those who belong to Satan's synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love. Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

The Lord’s Warning To The Church

Revelation 3:11 Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown

The Lord Will Be There For Us Not Only To Survive But Thrive!

Revelation 3:12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

Choose God; Not Man!

Revelation 3:13 Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

The Lord calls His people to faithfulness and patient endurance.

Remember that it is okay to let people struggle with Jesus.  We need to protect our time with God because we don’t want to know ABOUT God, we want to KNOW God!

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