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Making An Open Door (4 of 6)
Series: The Jesus Diaries
OPEN: There's a story about a guy who happened to be visiting a friend who took him to an old one-room church building in the backwoods of Arkansas. He didn't realize what kind of church it was until the minister started pulling rattlesnakes out of a burlap bag and passing them up one side of the aisle and down the other. The man had never seen anything like this before, AND he certainly wasn't interested in somebody handing him a snake!
Frantically, he began turning one way and then another, looking for a way out. But the only exit he could see was up past where the preacher was passing out the snakes.
Turning to the guy next to him he asked, "Where Is the back door? I've got to get out of here!" The man answered, "We ain't got one."
"Alright then," the visitor said. "Where would you like one?"
APPLY: That man was willing to open a whole NEW DOOR for that church.
In our text today, we find Jesus telling the church at Philadelphia - "I am willing to open a whole NEW DOOR for you!"
He tells them in Revelation 3:7-8 "These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."
I. Jesus has always desired to open doors for His people.
* In the book of John - Jesus declared: "I am the door: if any man enter in by me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9 Jesus is the Open Door. In other words, it is through Him that we have the offer of Salvation.
* In Revelation 3:20 Jesus addressed the church at Laodicea: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." By that He meant that ...
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