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Open and Closed Doors


Wed 26-04-2017
topic: Faith & Will of God
type: Morning Devotional
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higherthan the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than yourthoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

The Bible has much to say about open doors but many times  even as Christians,we seem to face obstacles on our path and in our ministry. Blocked doors can be VERY frustrating. Yet God often uses closed doors to advance His cause.


The Bible reminds us that God closed the womb of a young Sarah so he could display His power to the elderly one. He shut the palace door on Moses the prince so he could open shackles through Moses the liberator. He took Daniel out of Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in Babylon.
And even Jesus knew the challenge of a blocked door. When he requested a path that by passed the cross, God said no. He said no to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane so He could say yes to us at the gates of heaven. 

It’s not that our plans are bad but that God’s plans are better.

The shortest distance between a closed and open door is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.May the times you spend on your needs, start opening doors for you.

Stay Blessed and have a wonderful weekend!

Bible reading. (KJV)

Isaiah 55


8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.




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