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Sitting In The Hallway

Sitting in The Hallway
Learning to Walk in Faith

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Fear and worry is all too often a common theme in our prayer requests before God.  It is usually the fear of the unknown causing all the worry, stress and havoc within our lives.  Many times it can feel as though the walls are closing in as we come to the end of our resources to deal with a problem.  This is usually the catalyst to draw us to our knees in earnest, fervent prayer.  

I have found many times there is a process at work in the midst of our tough challenges.  For instance, when a door closes in our life we will usually find ourselves feeling as though we are sitting in a hallway on the outside of it, as if it were slammed in our face.  We tend to want what we cannot have and we will do amazing things to get the door back open so we can walk back through it.  We must understand there will be times when it is not God's will for this to happen.   

When a door shuts in our life we may find ourselves confused and not fully understanding why this is happening to us.  When this happens we must remember what we are told in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."   I love this verse because it tells us three very important things to give us peace.  

First, we must trust with ALL our heart.  This means there is no room for doubt or worry because we know our Lord is on the throne and is in control.  With His spoken word all provision will be given.  

Second, It means we must not rely on our own reasoning.  This simply means we should not try to make sense on how it is going to work out.  We need to remember all suffering through the difficult times are used to direct our Christian walk and to shape the character of our soul.  We must remember God has a plan and will use these times for preparing us for the future (Rom. 8:28; James. 1:2-4).  

Third, it means we must look to God's Word to guide us - especially during the difficult times.  He has promised to guide us and to lead His children on the proper path.  I have found when one door closes (even though I may try to do everything I can to keep it open), God will usually open another door.  Had He not shut the one, I would have never walked through the other.  

I believe this is where many of us are at right now - one door has closed and we have found ourselves in the hallway linking us to the next door God wants to open.  The enemy wants to tempt us to sit there and to cry in our misery as if we were a victim - worrying and fearing our future.  God desires for us to get up and to walk in faith.  Only then can He open the other door.  

Hey maybe you can relate to this message today because the door of employment has slammed shut in your life.  If this is so then I would like to encourage you to trust God to open up a door of provision.  Or perhaps you have suffered the loss of a home or even a relationship.  Draw near to God today and seek His will - trust Him and begin to walk in faith, and in newness of life.  God is going to open up a door for you soon.  

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen&But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:1, 6 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 11:1 and 6, what can we learn about faith?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to continue to walk in faith when a door has been shut in your life?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His guidance of your life today.  Trust in Him completely and watch how many doors of opportunity open.

Father, Thank You for all opportunity.  Help me to see my opportunities clearly today, especially the ones You have opened up for me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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