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Opening & Shutting Doors

Written by Carol O.

A statement I heard had me searching the Bible for verses about doors. Leviticus 147:15 spoke of the Israelites taking their sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle. I Kings 6:30 tells of doors made from olive trees. 2 Kings 9:3, Job 41:14, Zechariah 11:1, Luke 13:25, Acts 16:27, Colossians 4:3 and Revelation 3:8 all speak of doors. Revelation 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in and sup with him, and he with me.”

We have lots of doors in our lives. Chapters of our lives close and a new door opens so we can go forward. We often tell our children, “Close the door.” We say, “When one door closes, another opens.” I believe God closes some doors to protect us. We try to close the door to the world so sin doesn’t creep into our lives. If we allow the world in, it affects our relationship with God, our families, and anyone we come in contact with.

Listening to BOTT radio one morning the guest speaker was a man who had been to a Men’s Conference. The one point he took away from the conference was a statement of prayer.

God, help me NOT to be the DOOR that sin

enters in to my family.

This thought has stayed with me for weeks. I question myself each day, asking if I had said or done anything that would turn my family towards sin, instead of away from it. Each day I now pray, God, help me to sway people to You, not away from You. God, help me NOT to be the DOOR that sin enters in to my family.

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