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Jesus’ work is twofold in nature: He opens and shuts doors. He said about Himself, “I am He that openeth and no man shutteth. I am He that shutteth and no man openeth.” Opening and shutting doors is symbolic of Jesus' authority. The symbol of the key is a picture of His authority.

Therefore, one aspect of Jesus’ work is to open and shut doors. Actually, in the Gospels, Jesus called Himself the Door. He said, “I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).

Jesus is not shutting His doors of blessings on His people! His doors of blessings are open to all, praise God. All may enter in through those open doors.

Jesus is also the closer of doors. There are some doors that will eventually close if people refuse to accept Jesus and His open doors of blessing.

Can You Shut Doors Jesus Opens for You?

It is important to know that when Jesus opens a door for you, no man can shut it. Your momma can’t shut it; your daddy can’t shut it; your pastor can’t shut a door that Jesus opens for you.

Actually, you are the only one who can in effect shut the doors of God’s blessing on your life. How? By a lack of understanding or by disobedience. You see, there is a God-ward side and a man-ward side to everything we receive from God.

Many times folks want to leave it all up to God. They say, “Whatever I need, I know the Lord will send it. If I need healing, He will send that. Whatever it is, God will just send it.”

That sounds good, and that sounds religious. But, really, putting it in the context of what Jesus said, it isn’t true. Why? Because when it comes to the provisions of God, Jesus has already set before us an open door.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES in Christ.
(Eph. 1:3)
In other words, the open door of God’s blessings is already there for us to enter into because God provided us with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. What are some of Jesus’ open doors to God’s blessings?

Well, there is the open door of salvation, the door of service and opportunity, the door of divine healing, the door of utterance, and the door of financial blessing. Then Jesus also opens for us the door of Heaven.

Since Jesus has opened wide His doors of blessing for us, then the responsibility is ours whether or not we ever enter through those open doors.

Throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament right on through to the last page of the New Testament, you will find again and again where the Word of God puts the responsibility for receiving the blessings of God upon each individual person.

For example, God said, “. . . CHOOSE YOU this day whom ye will serve . . .” (Joshua 24:15). He leaves the choice up to us. He didn’t say, “I am going to choose for you whom you must serve.” No, He said you choose whom you will serve.

Then in the Book of Revelation the Word of God said, “. . . the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come . . . WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).

Notice that it says “whosoever.” That means each individual person must make the choice for himself to enter through God’s doors of blessings!

The blessings of God and everything else God wants you to have are not going to automatically fall on you like ripe cherries off a tree.

No, there are some things you will have to do to receive God’s blessings and provisions. You have a part to play in receiving from God.

Jesus has done His part because He’s already opened those doors of blessing. And since Jesus has set before you open doors that no man can shut, it’s up to you to walk through them!

I don’t know about you, but I like that word “open.” Not closed - not shut - but open. Thank God for the doors of blessing and provision that Jesus has already opened and set before us!

Wouldn’t it be a pity to come to the end of life’s journey never having enjoyed God’s promises or provisions - even though they were already prepared for us? Therefore, we need to see what the Bible says about each door so we can know if we are walking through the doors that Jesus has so freely opened for us.

Source: Jesus the Open Door by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Hagin
Web site: RHEMA
Rev. Hagin served in Christian ministry for nearly 70 years and was known as the "father of the modern faith movement." His teachings and books are filled with vivid stories that show God's power and truth working in his life and the lives of others.

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