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Closed Doors Opened

Acts 15:36-18:28

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26

Many of us are in different spiritual prisons. Sometimes more than one at a time! However, that is where I pray this blog comes into play. When I write I usually write from or about a prison I’ve been in whether Fear, or Doubt, Uncertainty, Condemnation, Complacency, Confusion, you name it! And I pray that my prayers and “songs” shake the foundations of your prisons!

If we look at this scripture we find what happens when foundations are shaken; doors open and bonds are unfastened! That’s the power of the Word of God!

Earlier in Acts 16 we find Paul, Silas and Timothy facing closed door (verse 6: Asia) after closed door (verse 7: Bithynia). I can only imagine how frustrated they were at this. Here the Spirit of God has empowered them with boldness and a passion to spread the gospel but He keeps telling them, “not here”.

I’ve been in that hallway of locked doors with God before and it’s frustrating and discouraging as you knock on door after door and they simply remain closed to you. So you walk farther down the hall and knock on more doors and they stay closed causing more feelings of rejection and disappointment and doubt of your calling. But these doors are not a rejection of you nor are they a confirmation of your doubts; they’re arrows pointing you in the direction God wants you to go. They’re like those signs in the bank when a teller window is closed, “next teller please”.


Please infuse us with the patience of Your Spirit as we continue down our hall of closed doors in search of the door of opportunity that was made just for us. Heal our knuckles that have been bruised and bloodied from knocking. There are so many hurts that accompany closed doors; we give those hurts to You our great and mighty healer. Lord, we give You our prison-stays. And we will praise Your name in every circumstance that shakes us because we know that we have been given an unshakable kingdom (Hebrews 12:18-29) where Christ is our unbreakable foundation. We pray that we may be deeply rooted and grounded in Your love for us and that we may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be FILLED with ALL the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

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Are your shoes on?

“and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:13

This morning has already proven to be very interesting. Anna wanted to come out to the bus stop with Gabe and I but couldn’t seem to obey my “Then, you’d better get your shoes on”. Until finally it was too late and we had to leave her in the house. I had to shut the door on her desperate screams of “wait for me!”. It was terrible and I hated breaking her heart like that, but we barely made it out there in time the way it was. His driver does not wait for anyone.

Thirty seconds later when I walked back up our path I could see her little face pressed against the window of the door. As I got closer I could see the anguish on her tear-stained face. I opened the door back up to her standing there tears running down her face, one little pink polka dot shoe on her foot and the other dangling from her hand. She dropped it as I knelt down and wrapped her in my arms. She sobbed into my shoulder as I told her that I was sorry, but we couldn’t wait for her any longer because Gabe would have missed the bus.

It was when I came in and saw her shoes, one on and the other in her hand, that I realized what a powerful message this is to us all. The bus home is almost here and Daddy is telling us to get our shoes of the gospel of peace on. To be ready. But if we’re not obeying and are playing around instead, we’re going to get left behind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get caught with only one shoe on, the other in my hand and have the door shut in my face while I’m crying “wait for me!”… do you?

It might be a good time to pray and check with God if there’s anything He’s been telling you to do to get ready that you haven’t done yet.

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