Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Seven Letters, Part 6: An Open Door

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie   behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you form the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'" Revelation 3:7-13


The spearhead to his back was a bit disconcerting. Or maybe it was the fact that Pharaoh had summoned them by force. In the middle of the night. Actually, it was all disconcerting.

Moses had no doubt that the Lord's words had been performed.

What he doubted was Pharaoh's word. The cruel man had been playing games with them. Moses would warn him about the coming plague, then Pharaoh would insult him, and send him and Aaron packing. When the plague came, Pharaoh would summon Moses and Aaron, begging them to pray to their God, and deliver them from the plague. Always with the promise that afterwards, he would let the Israelites go.

The Lord had told him that this time, Pharaoh would let them go.

The guard pushed them into the throne room. However, Pharaoh was not sitting on his mighty throne. The man was crumpled in a heap in the middle of the room. Sobbing.

Pharaoh's first born son had died in the tenth plague, the death of the firstborns.

Moses and Aaron stood there. It felt like the entire night passed by around them, and that the dawn was about to break forth with the first beams of gold, but Moses knew it was really only twenty or so minutes.


Moses looked at Aaron, his eyes were wide. He had heard the same thing.

Pharaoh looked up at them, his eyes swollen and bloodshot. "Go. Get out from among my people." He stood up with the fury that accompanies blinding grief. He shook his fist at them, but did not come any closer. "Get out from among my people! Both you and all the people of Israel! Go serve your God, as you have been asking." Pharaoh turned from them, and then whirled around again. "Bless me also."

Soon, they were leaving the palace. Moses and Aaron ran towards the Israelite town, eager to deliver the good news. Moses wanted to sing, jump, dance, or just do something! The Lord God had delivered them out of Egypt! He said he would, and he did! He had opened the doors. Moses couldn't keep the joy and praise from his heart or his lips   not that he wanted to stop!

So together they ran as fast as their old bones would carry them. Singing praises all the way.

Based on Exodus 12:29-32

You're trying not to snort. He's right   you do have very little power. The messenger is talking about open doors, and all you see are doors that have been locked shut. What exactly can you do?

Look at Gideon, the widow with her single mite, the boy with the bread and fish, Joshua as he led the Israelites around Jericho, the prostitute with her alabaster jar, Moses and his stutter, Esther, Peter, David, and so many more. These people had nothing. They were no one special when God called them. However, when they faithfully served God, doors that had been sealed shut were suddenly opened for them. They became kings and queens, leaders of armies, prophets, apostles, leaders of faith. They had to hold tightly onto God, and God took care of the enemies, the situations, and even the money.

"In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6

You need to know, that as long as you are in God's will for you, then He will open the doors for you. Through these letters, He has opened a door for us today, right now. If you will choose to go through the door, away from guilt, shame, under-serving, and any other junk that has previously held you back, then you will move into a deeper relationship with Him.

Doors will open not only in your life, but in the Heavens, in the physical, in ministry.

Look at Moses. In his mind, he was the last person for the job. He was a murderer, an ex-Egyptian prince turned shepherd, he wasn't an eloquent speaker, and everyone, Egyptian or Israelite, probably hated him. He wasn't rich anymore. He was not the right man for the task.

But God told him to go, and when Moses finally stopped arguing and did what God wanted, doors were opened until finally, the Israelites were walking out of Egypt.

God will give you those open doors if you hold fast to your faith, so that you do not loose your crown.

Will you go through the open door? He's swung it wide open. He's waiting for you to come through. His voice says your name, and with it, a question. What will you do?

V.Joy Palmer

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