Revelation 3:7-8 – These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the keys of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. NOTE: “You have a little strength” is not a criticism. He’s complimenting them. God is saying you did all you can do, you gave, you forgave, you served, you pressed in, you were frustrated because of limited forward movement. The word translated word for word, “You never told me no.”
1 Corinthians 16:9 – For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. NOTE: Adversaries (Noun.. people), Not Adversity (circumstances). The fact of the matter is the resistance that stands before us as doors of assignment appear does not come from a THING, but from a PERSON.
2 Corinthians 10:4 – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. NOTE: Stronghold is enemy held territory guarded by heavy doors. Also note it’s not a Forturess, which is guarded. Once plundered, and the enemy retreats, the spoils become the property of the one that regained the territory. Finances, God’s favor and key, strategic relationships are behind doors of opportunity. The finances are for the assignment, but the SPOILS go to the one that retakes enemy territory.
Luke 16:10 – He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
Matthew 16: 13-23 – When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. (22) Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Malachi 3:10 – Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven (Open you up as a window) And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
For those that would like to look ahead (Sunday, May 29)
Ecclesiastes 3: 10-11, 14-15 – What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given assignments with which the sons of men are to be occupied with. He (God) has made everything beautiful in its proper season. He has also put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (14) I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which is has already been, and what is to be, has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.
Luke 19:13b – Occupy until I return. NKJV; Trade, conduct spiritual business, engage and take dominion over, conduct spiritual / financial transations. https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Luke%2019:13
Isaiah 46: 9-10 – For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.
1 Chronicles 12:32 – From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times (the seasons of God) and knew the best course (woudl anticipate the best course of action) for Israel to take.
From Last Week’s Teaching…
Luke 13: 24 – Strive (Work Hard, Agonize) to enter through the narrow door, for many I say to you, will seek to enter (the door) and will not be able.
With Every Earthly Plan there has to be Earthly Alignment and Proximity.
Matthew 25:1-10 – “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise (prepared), and five were foolish (unprepared). Those who were foolish (unprepared) took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish (unprepared) said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
The Opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the Lifetime of the Opportunity
Luke 3:21-22 – When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Luke 4:1-8 – Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for 40 days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’
2 Timothy 6-7 – Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.