Open Doors! 5
“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22
The fourth key to open doors of greatness that we shall examine today is “Courage.” Courage: To walk through open doors takes courage. Without courage, you might be scared of walking into an open door, thinking of what could be behind the door, or even afraid of the outcome if you seize such an opportunity. According to Psalms 24:7-8, there were ancient gates that could be likened to doors. The Psalmist summoned the courage, and he had to boldly confront these gates to open for the King of Glory.
You need the courage to confront all doors standing before you that need to be opened, and even when God has opened the door, you must be strong in faith to walk through, and all will be well as you walk through that door. I have been blessed with many opportunities to learn from my mistakes and failures. I see courage as a key to achieving something that is not easy for others; they are willing to take risks, even though they may not seem right. When you are courageous, you can go against all odds and make a difference in a world that doesn’t always see you as someone who has the potential to succeed.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Many people have experienced failure, closed doors, rejection, and disappointment at the edge of breakthrough opportunities because of a lack of courage. But if you can find the courage to pursue your dreams, there will always be an opportunity to succeed. Even in the face of adversity, we must continue to push through our fears, insecurity and keep moving forward. We all need the courage to pray, worship, and follow God’s lead.
Brethren, you need the courage to enter that new door of greatness, to walk boldly into it (Hebrews 4:16). You need courage like Moses to face your past of insecurity, fears that have been holding you back from living your true God’s potential (Exodus 3:11-12). Like David, you need the courage to stand up for your beliefs and face the impossible situation before your enemies (1 Samuel 17:32-33). Likewise, you need courage like Esther to take the risk and end the projection of the enemy (Esther 4:16). Like Daniel, you need courage not to give in to what others believe in but rather take the risk and follow through with what God has called you to do (Dan 6:10). Finally, you need courage like Jesus Christ to walk boldly into the world and lead people out of their darkness. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
1. Dear Lord, I pray that you grant me the strength to overcome my fear and help me see the light of truth.
2. 2 Timothy 1:7; I command every spirit of fear, worthlessness, weakness, doubt, and lack of self-control to go and let me be filled with love and mercy in Jesus’ name. Amen.