The Open And Closed Doors
May 12, 2019
Phil spoke from Revelation 3 and 4 about how essential it is for the church not to close the door to God.
• God has been speaking right from the beginning of the year are we cold or Hot ?
• Through Joshua we can see a devoted passionate people taking hold of the promises God gave years previously to Abraham.
• Today I want to remind us of the prophetic as well as challenge us including myself of how we are responding.
Revelation 3 verse 7 & 8
““Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open: “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.”
Revelation 3:7-8 NLT
• There is a door that has been opened that no man can shut only God
• That door has been opened by Jesus
• The work of the cross was to open a door for us to enter into his salvation it was a door that leads us from our darkness into his glorious light
• It is a door that gives us access to all his goodness
• It is a doorway that allows us to taste the riches of his grace on earth
• It is a doorway that leads to righteousness and holiness
• It is a doorway that leads us into the spiritual realm where we can experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
We will see this as we come to the third few verses of scripture.
I spoke from Revelation 3 14 - 22 at the beginning of the year on lukewarmness not realizing what God was upto.
““Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.””
Revelation 3:14-22 NLT
• Those I love I correct and discipline
• In his love he keeps coming to us
• Wanting to change us into his image and to experience all that he has stored up for us
• My experience is that this verse has always been preached as a Gospel message and I can see why
• The context is tho this is an established church that sees itself as successful in a successful city
• The church needed a reality check, that has been deceived by the things of he world and themselves
• Their door had been closed to God, getting on with church life, doing lots of good things, were a wealthy church financially speaking
They were a improvised church though
• So God was standing at their closed door and knocking wanting to come in wanting his church back
• Not as a homeless vagrant but as master of the house. Expecting his people to respond immediately and welcome him in.
• Over the weeks even since Christmas we have has a number of encouragements about what God wants and will do with us as a church
• Last week a visitor called Tim Banfield spoke about how God would use this church in the peaks, Helens dream, Mark Amos Pam's son prophesied about our influence to the poor and needy but also to the business world.
At some point in our history as a church I think we settled for less power and presence of God for good works instead of nurturing both.
• This year I think God wants his church back, the contrast between the Philadelphia church and the laodicean church was humility.
• They knew they had little power but had been faithful in keeping Gods word and did not deny his name. They were a persecuted church. They were situated near a vineyards but I think this church knew how to taste the wine of heaven.
• However the laodicean church knew the wealth of the city but had lost the taste of heaven.
Prophecy from Lesley Watmore
• God is knocking afresh on our door, we do lots of good things both in the eyes of the world and in our own eyes
• But are we seeing clearly
The picture is a white light house in the dark surrounded by thick fog.
No-one can see the light as fog stops it. Once the fog clears the white light house can be seen and stands out and the light can be seen for a massive distance.
Church is the lighthouse.
The Fog is apathy, indifference, passivity and leaves people not knowing what to do so do nothing instead. You Don't know where you are or where you are facing/standing in fog. Can also feel on your own as can't see what is right next to you.
The answer I think is found in the next passage
Revelation 4 v 1
“Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it.”
Revelation 4:1-2 NLT
• This is and must be Gods church's
• God wants us to be a church on fire
• Our Mission to bring change and influence every part of society across the Peak District must come from a place of encounter not in a substitute for it
• There is a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirt to come and it won't be a repeat of what God has done previously.
• Have we an open door for God in our own lives?
• Have you set limits on what you will allow God to do in you and through you?
• Have we set limits on God in this church?
• What's our response going to be?
I know because of Jesus we have an open heaven it's not God or heaven that gets closed
1. What can we learn from these two church in Revelation 3
2. How does it apply to us as a church? Are there any area you think might be closed to God?
3. How does it apply to you personally?
4. Are there an areas of your life where the door is closed to God?