As I considered my options I couldn’t help feeling discouraged. It seemed like I would not
get the breakthrough I was looking for. Should I even keep trying to pursue this opportunity
I asked myself?
I have been seeking the Lord for the next steps in my career and I took the step and tried something
new but I was stopped dead in my tracks. Did I hear God wrong?
Was this the direction he wanted me to go in?
We all have doors the Lord wants us to go through but there are times when it seems like the door is
tightly shut. At times it feels like the doors the devil has closed can’t be opened again but the Lord helped me
to see the truth. The devil is not that powerful. He doesn’t have the power to close a door and keep it closed.
“And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write; These are the words
of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David,
Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open;
I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See!
I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut;”
“And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall
shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.”
From God’s word, it is clear that when God opens a door, the devil has no power to close it and when
a door is closed he has no power to open it. So just because the devil closes a door doesn’t mean
it will stay closed. That door will be opened. We must not let him deceive us into believing the door
can’t be opened. When I got this understanding I continued pressing forward. I did not give up.
I have faith God will breakthrough for me.
Before I go any further I want to add something,
The only time we should stop trying to go through a door is if God has said no but other than that,
we need to by faith keep going through the door. So what I am writing about are the doors the devil tries
to close. Those are the doors we need to bust open.
All doors the enemy has closed are meant to be gone through. It can be so discouraging when
things don’t seem to be working out but don’t stop praying and moving in faith.
The enemy is always trying to close doors that God wants us to go through. In the book of Ezra,
we read how the Israelites started rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. They were making progress but the
Samaritans opposed them. (Ezra 4:4) They didn’t want the Israelites to finish so they wrote and sent
a letter to the King of Persia who was the ruling power at that time. The letter was malicious and was
the enemy’s way of closing the door on the Israelites. The Samaritans got their wish because the
king commanded the building of the temple to be stopped immediately.
The door had been closed.
“Then the work on the house of God in Jerusalem stopped.”
But that was not the end of the story.
All the doors the enemy closes can be opened. He has no power to keep any door closed. Always remember
In the next chapter the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah prophesied to the Israelites. They encouraged the
people to start building again which they did. The Samaritans tried to stop them again this is what
“Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province [west of] the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your associates,
the Apharsachites who are [west of] the River, keep far away from there.
Leave the work on this house of God alone; let the governor and the elders of the Jews build this house
of God on its site.”
You can read all of the good things the king decreed but the point is this,
The enemy tried to close the door of opportunity on the Jews but he had no power to do anything.
The door God opened for His people would stay open no matter how hard the devil tried.
Don’t give up when the door seems to be closed on you. If God has not closed it then the
door is still open. The devil has no power to close and keep a door closed.
It is only God who has that power.
What to do when a door seems to be closed by the devil?
The bible is very clear on what we are to do when that happens.
“Keep asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find;
keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking
finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [the door] will be opened.”
Don’t give up on the things God has put on your heart. Keep asking, keep seeking and
Don’t be discouraged when things don’t work out. Keep looking to God. Keep praying to Him.
Things will work out for you. He will breakthrough for you!
Don’t let the devil deceive you in thinking the door can’t be opened. It’s not true.
Every door that he “closes” is not really closed!
Be encouraged today friends.