Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Closing and opening doors…
When God says NO does he really mean NO?
There’s no doubt in my mind that when God says NO he means it. However, there are times I believe when God’s NO isn’t the same as my NO. I believe there are times when God’s NO simply means NO to my way because he has a much better way. A good example of what I mean is found in chapter 16 of Acts. “Paul and his friends went through Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Spirit would not let them preach in Asia. After they arrived in Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not let them. So they went on through Mysia until they came to Troas.” (Acts 16:6-8 CEV)
In response to Paul and his friends desire to give ministry they were told NO. They were told NO God then, “During the night, Paul had a vision of someone from Macedonia who was standing there and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us!’ After Paul had seen the vision, we began looking for a way to go to Macedonia. We were sure that God had called us to preach the good news there.” (Acts 16:9-10 CEV)
God closed one door yet as it closed another door opened. But then that’s what God does. He methodically goes with us and a head of us closing and opening doors. Sometimes when he says NO and a door slams shut we begin to second guess his motives which have a tendency for us to think about ourselves rather then God. And when we think about ourselves we close our eyes to God saying yes and opening another door.
There are times when God says NO so he can say YES! Are you facing a closed door? Has God said NO to you? If he has don’t close your eyes instead look and wait for another door to open. Believe that it WILL!
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”