Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of the Open Door; The importance of divine timing pertaining to the open doors from God.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NEH 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.

LUK 4:16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

Point 11. The Importance of Divine Timing Pertaining to the Open Doors from God.

The importance of divine timing for the Church Age believer concerning ADJUSTING TO and SYNCHRONIZING WITH the predesigned plan of God and your personal sense of destiny.

You recognize divine timing as it relates to the doctrine of decision making or volitional responsibility.

ECC 3:1-8 teaches that the timing of God & the open doors that God provides is found in the significant areas of our life as well as the "so-called" insignificant areas.

ECC 3:1, Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.

One of the great differences between success and failure is the importance placed on the divine timing concerning the little things.

"The way to get people to join your church is to give them a responsibility, use them for anything you can think of."

HEB 10:24-25, Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another but gather together

EPH 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

EPH 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

The difference between a mature believer and an immature believer is not their involvement in church assignments but really their attention toward the little things.

LUK 16:10 He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

There is a perfect time & there are open Doors that God provides for you under that Divine Timing where the so-called trivials are not trivial but they mean something.

The nonessentials seem to be essentials.

In the splitting of the atom a succession of explosions can be set off to cause the biggest explosion the world has ever known.

"The greatest purpose for one’s life is to spend it for something that will outlast it!"

MAT 6:19-20 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

I’d rather be concentrating on the things from God pertaining to the present rather than going back in time and dwell upon the past.

“We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today.”

1CO 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

ROM 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

If you are still talking about what you did or what happened yesterday, you apparently haven’t done much today.

Divine timing points to the open doors set before us to experience the principle of "picking up our cross daily."

In JOH 10:1, they do not enter by means of the door, a reference to the open door of the cross provided by TLJC but climb up some other way, which is why they are called thieves or robbers.

God sent forth His Son, in ROM 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

1TI 2:6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.

JOH 10:10 The thief [one thief as a part of time is your past] comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have {it} abundantly.

Your past is nothing more but a thief, robber or period of time designed to steal from you the abundant life that comes from the cross.

JOH 10:6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

One thief represents our past, while the other thief represents our future, both designed to rob us of our present of identification with our Lord upon the cross.

You can either live in the past, a time filled with guilt, regrets, and condemnation, on the one hand, or live in the future, a time of anticipation or expectation of fears, worries, and unsurety, on the other.

Pastor John Farley -
“There is time in a nutshell - past regrets, future fears - or the cross today (the ultimate present).”

Living for the present means going to and going through the open doors that lead to the cross today.

2TI 2:15 Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

1TI 5:17 Those pastor-teachers who have ruled well with the result that they keep ruling honorably, they must be considered worthy of double honor, most of all those who work hard to the point of exhaustion in the study of the word and the teaching of doctrine.

HEB 11:6c He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The image of Christ on the cross, and the two thieves named regret and fear, the things that rob us of contentment in living for today.

For although the past is forever gone away we know that HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

Before we are born again and saved, we need to be led to and through the open door of salvation, JOH 10:9.

After we are born again and saved, it is the open door to resurrection life in time.

When I am arrogant, the cross is the open door to humility.

PHI 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;

When I am selfish, the cross is the open door to putting others ahead of me.

When I am greedy, the cross is the open door to giving.

When I am crushed, the cross is the open door to the comfort and consolation of Christ.

When I am burdened, the cross is the open door to ease and rest.

When I am in bondage, the cross is the open door to freedom.

When I am weak, the cross is strong.

When it comes to picking up our cross, we usually think that the cross is the problem that needs to be resolved.

The cross is the ultimate solution.

LUK 9:23 And He was saying to them all, " If anyone wishes to come after Me [destiny], he must deny himself [problems], and take up his cross daily [solution!] and follow Me [resurrection life in time].

What takes more of the JOH 10:10 abundant life from us than guilt and condemnation from our past and fears about our future.

Speaking of our Lord and His work upon the cross, HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

JOH 10:9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved,

JOH 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have {it} abundantly.

JOH 10:9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Our past is dealt with by the cross and our justification.
Our future is dealt with by the cross giving us hope and glorification.
Our present is dealt with by grace and peace.

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