“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Every open door doesn’t mean that you should walk through it. Just like God opens doors for His children, so Satan will also provide open doors for the children of God. Many people have walked through open doors that they had no business walking through only to regret the moment they walked through that door many years later.
An open door means that there is an opportunity ahead. Every open door should bring caution to the believer because they need to be sure that the door was opened by God and not by their own means. Throughout the Scriptures, God opened doors for His people, and every door that was opened by God always provided an opportunity for the believer to bring more glory to God. In the Book of Revelation, several principles are taught about open doors.
First, open doors will bring adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” You will always find that Satan is never happy with any door the LORD has opened. He is going to provide adversaries to intimidate you into not going through that door. My friend, Satan’s intimidation is empty because he can do nothing to the believer without God’s permission.
Second, open doors don’t open without effort. Revelation 3:8 says, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door…” You will notice that after God mentions their works that He gave them an open door. Too many people want open doors without effort, but God only opens the doors to those who are serving Him. Moreover, God opens most doors for the believer when they are at the point of little to no strength. Just because God hasn’t opened a door doesn’t mean you should quit serving Him. You will always find that God opens the door for the believer when they have no ability to open it because He then receives the glory. When you feel like quitting, you must keep going until you see God open the door.
Third, doors opened by God always bring you closer to Him. The verse above says, “…if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” One way to determine whether the open door is of God is if that door brings you closer to the LORD. Just because an open door provides worldly or financial advancement doesn’t mean that God opened that door. You will always find that any door opened by God always brings you into a closer relationship with Him. The only reason you should go through open doors is so that you can get closer to God, and not because of how it benefits you.
Fourth, doors opened by God can only be shut by God. Verse 8 says, “…I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it…” The great thing about letting God open doors for you is that when He opens it, nobody can shut it but Him. If you want man to open the doors, you must understand that man can also close those doors.
Fifth, doors opened by God take faith to enter. If an open door doesn’t take faith to go through it, you can be assured that the door is not of God. God opens doors that will grow your faith and cause you to become a stronger believer.