This week I had the opportunity to attend a singles small group at Church of the Highlands. Pastor Joshua Canizaro shared some wise words about creating a new reality for our lives. So many times we may become so frustrated with our circumstances that we take it all out on God. Instead of blaming God or even quitting God, it helps to obtain HIS PERSPECTIVE. Josh explained, “Sometimes our greatest set-backs become our greatest gains.” As I reflected on his message from that evening, I was reminded of a verse and message I wrote during the summer of 2005. The theme to the following message is based on a promise I was taught in Sunday School in the 4th grade — “Every time a door is closed, another one is opened.” That thought parallels the attitude that we must take if we want to create a new reality in our lives. When we become disillusioned with our current place in life, it helps to know that God will guide us to our full potential for His best future for us. Check out the following words, and be encouraged that our Father guides us through the doors of promise. However, we must be obedient to follow Him without wavering. Preceding the archived mini message, I have included the steps that Joshua suggested in order to create a new reality. Don’t you want God’s best for your life?
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us–they help us learn and endure. And endurance develops strength and character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
We have all had moments where doors have been slammed shut in our face. I am in the door, frame, and hardware business so I know a lot about doors! A door can have the following items: three to four hinges to swing, a lockset, a deadbolt, a closer, weatherstripping, threshold, panic bar, pivots, silencers, …..and a number of other possible coordinates to complete the opening. I am not here to sell you doors and hardware, I am simply identifying that a door is more than just a piece of wood or metal. There are a lot of components involved with an opening. In life, there are many different types of doors! Some of the doors in our lives are secured specifically to keep us from danger. Some are secured temporarily, and some are secured permanently. We must respect the doors that are shut by the Savior, because a forced entry will only cause damage to ourselves and possibly others. As much as we want to see the other side, it is not always necessary to know what is on the other side of the door. However, when a door is locked………………….God is not going to leave you waiting too long. If you stare at the closed door, you are wasting your time. You need to keep moving through the corridors that are open, because you just never know what you might get. There are many doors, and you are not going to make a mistake if God has willed you to walk through a specific door! God’s timing is always perfect, and He never makes mistakes! He wants the best for you, and He will not trick you or tease you. He will restore what you lose and will surprise you with His magnificent abundance if you allow Him to guide you. Also, He will never leave us to walk through the corridors of life alone! Tricks and teasing belong to the Dark Prince of this world, and Satan’s intention is solely destruction and sorrow. Pray for Christ to lead you through the corridors of promise and remember that all choices have consequences. We need our Compass to stay on the right path.
According to Pastor Joshua we can respond to the following steps if we are interested in creating a new reality in our lives:
REVIEW our current place.
(Take an honest assessment of our lives..where are you?)
RENEW ourselves spiritually.
(We must be changed by His Power from the inside /out!)
REALIGN ourselves mentally.
(Ask for help when the Lord reveals deficiencies within us, and allow Him to transform you.)
REPOSITION ourselves physically.
(JUMP-It wouldn’t be considered faith without taking the leap!)
(Get right back up when you fall…..keep moving forward.)
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” (Robert Schuller)
PONDER THE DOORS AROUND YOU!
DON’T FORCE A DOOR TO OPEN THAT NEEDS TO REMAIN LOCKED!