Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
How to know the doors that God opens up in your life.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
October 27, 2010
Point 8. How to know the doors that God opens up in your life.
You can know the viewpoint, operational, and geographical will of God for your life only by having maximum doctrine in your soul and then having the faith to go through the doors that God opens for you.
a. There are doors that God opens directly which are the desires of God for your life – these are very obvious to the believer.
Here is the second most important category of doors for you to go through, the first being JOH 10:9, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved,”
DEU 30:16, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God [category one virtue love toward God], to walk in His ways [for the Church-age believer the PPOG resulting in the fulfillment of his very own personal sense of destiny]
and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments [His doctrines for the dispensation],
that you may live [the abundant life] and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it [blessing in the promise land, your place of rest and fulfilling your spiritual niche in this life].
DEU 30:17, “But if your heart turns away [rejection of the open doors of God’s directive will for your life] and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them,”
This refers to spiritual idolatry which is inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to someone or some other thing in life.
It could be a marriage, a relationship, the family, money, success, friendship, a house, a church, and in some cases, even a church building, believe it or not.
These “directive open doors” from God can be discovered by means of passages like
ROM 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
EPH 4:23-24, Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created by means of [+R, divine righteousness] and devotion to the truth [Bible doctrine].
The word spirit is the noun pneuma which means a breath or to breathe
and it means the
breathing of your mind.
The mind is used rather than the soul because the heart is a part of the soul and it would be a violation of man’s free will and the regulations prescribed in the angelic conflict to command the believer to metabolize what they hear.
b. The permissive open doors, which are those doors that God permits you to go through, but it is not God’s desire.
God allowed Joseph’s brothers to betray him, and to deceive their father, so that He might bring the Israelites to Egypt, where God would spare them, and they would greatly multiply, GEN 50:20.
c. The open doors that you’re forced to go through because of the overruling will of God which is that Jesus Christ controls history.
1. They are directive; God has a plan for your life and opens the doors if you desire to fulfill that plan.
2. The open doors are absolutely final and conclusive concerning the fact that God has permitted non-meritorious volition to bring us to the place of blessing or discipline.
God provides the open doors.
God gives us the power and ability to choose.
God promises blessings to those who obey.
God vows to discipline those who do not.
JOH 3:16, “For God so loved the world [impersonal unconditional love], that He gave His only begotten Son [justice demanded payment for sin and +R], that whoever believes in Him [unlimited atonement] should not perish, but have eternal life.”
3. They are permissive doors which are open because negative volition to Bible doctrine is permitted, but divine justice provides discipline.
4. They are also preventative, providing doctrine, establishment laws, and discipline to keep human volition in the will of God.
Point 9. The Academic Concepts Behind the Open Doors of God.
Knowing what doors God has opened for you depend on the perception of doctrine and then its application.
PSA 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
The pure thoughts of doctrine, not the deceptive thoughts of man, are the basis for understanding what doors God is opening in your life.
Spiritual growth causes you to know more of the open doors of God:
2PE 3:18, Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Point 10, The Mechanics of the Open Doors.
God will open doors through prayer,
LUK 11:9, “knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
COL 4:3, praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery doctrine of Christ.
b. God will open doors through objective thinking of Bible doctrine.
The difference between these two forms of thinking is the difference between fact [objectivity] and opinion [subjectivity].
Objectivity means to be uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices, to be open-minded and not self-centered.
Subjectivity means to proceed from or taking place in a person’s mind rather than the external world: Existing only in the mind; imaginary or unreal, especially because of hypersensitivity and insecurity.
c. God will open up doors through providential circumstances,
the people we meet.
d. God will open up doors through the filling of the Holy Spirit and humility.
e. God will open doors up through fellowship and comparison of spiritual data with other believers.
f. God will even open up doors through disaster.
In ACT 11:1, Peter received the news of the Gentile Pentecost or the fact that God was now accepting all races and nationalities including the Gentiles, everyone who is not of the Jewish race.
Whenever God opens up a door it is a door based upon grace and therefore in verse, these doors will always be accompanied or followed by the inevitable opposition from legalism.
GAL 4:29, But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
In verse 3, there is criticism of Peter so Peter begins to relate various factors in the open doors God provided for him as he came into contact with the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius.
The orderly sequence is a manifestation of the divine order of things concerning the open doors from God,
Deo 32:4, “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.”
In verse 5, we have God opening up certain doors in our life by means of directing us through prayer.
Guidance through prayer is authentic only when a believer is confronted with a situation that is not specified by some direct command in scripture.
2CO 6:14 commands no marriage is to be contracted between a believer and an unbeliever.
We also have divine guidance concerning the doctrine of the open door through observation, concentration and objective thinking in the mind — verse 6.
Then there are the open doors that God sets before you through direct guidance through the Word of God, verses 7-10.
Peter was guided through divine revelation, which today is the Word of God and only the Word of God.
Then there are the open doors that God sets before you through what is known as providential circumstances, verse 11.
There are the open doors that God sets before you through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, verse 12.
A unique open door that God sets before you which is the door of divine guidance through comparison of scripture, verses 13-15.
The similar phenomenon of Pentecost in Jerusalem confirmed the fact that Gentile believers were just as much “Church” (body of Christ) as Jewish believers.
EPH 2:14, For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall
There are also the open doors that God sets before you through remembering the doctrines you have been taught, ACT 11:16.
ACT 1:5, for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
The memory of scripture contributed considerably to his ability of going through the open doors that God sets before him.