Revelation 3:7-8 (NIV) 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.
Finding the Right Door
- God’s moral will
- God’s sovereign will
- God’s individual will
1 Chronicles 12:32 (New Life) There were 200 captains of the sons of Issachar. They understood the times and had much understanding of what Israel should do.
What God is Doing in the Earth Today
19th Century—Holiness Movement (People got serious about God.)
20th Century—Pentecostal Movement (Gifts of the Spirit revived.)
Romans 8:19 (Freedom Dynamics) The universe is eagerly awaiting the time when in the fullest sense we will be displayed as God’s own kind.
21st Century—Body Ministry Movement (Ministries in Christ’s Body–the people not the Pastors–get released.)
You have a place in God’s great plan. But God’s individual will for your life is a four step process; which happens with everyone. Many Christians get stuck in one of these stages, and so their Christian life becomes stagnant.
Four Stages of God’s Individual Will
Step 1: The prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 20:22 (NIV) And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem . . . .
What am I compelled (or stirred up) about?
Job 32:18-19 (NIV) For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
The two reasons you would not feel compelled:
- You’re not connected to God’s Spirit.
- You need stirred up again through prayer and fasting.
Step 2: Certain uncertainty.
Acts 20:22 (NIV) . . . I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
God never gives us all the information. We have to take a step of faith. Some of you are stirred, but you haven’t taken a step. You’ve felt uncomfortable, because you’re unsure of what will happen next.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) We live by faith, not by sight.
Where do I need to take a step of faith?
1 Corinthians 16:5-9 (NIV) After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you . . . I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
Step 3: Predictable resistance. You have an enemy that wants to stop you. Don’t take his detour, leap over his wall! Resistance doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong.
1 Thessalonians 2:18 (ISV) We wanted to come to you. Certainly I, Paul, wanted to come time and again, but Satan blocked our way.
Where is the enemy attacking me?
Step 4: Focused determination. Stay focused on what God has given you to do.
Acts 20:24 (NIV) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus Christ has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Where should my focus be?
When vision increases, options decrease, making it easier to walk through the right door.