July 24 An Open Door

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1–9

Key verse: Revelation 3:8

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.

Here are some requirements of faith:

Listening to God. Whenever you face change or need to make a crucial decision, take time to pray, and if possible, be still before God. You may miss God’s instructive voice because you have filled your life with noise and activity. Study His Word, and He will speak to you through the Scriptures.

Obeying God. It must have been difficult for Abraham to leave his home and loved ones in order to do what God wanted him to do. However, there was no other way. God instructed Abraham to leave Ur and travel to a place that God would reveal. Obedience is a direct doorway to blessings. It is something God takes very seriously and something He rewards generously.

Depending on God. God always is near. No matter what you face, He watches to see if you seek Him or chase after the affections of others. Allow Him to be your first choice in every situation, and He will bring blessings and hope to your life.

Waiting on God. God does not always answer your prayers immediately. He may make you wait. This testing is for a purpose: Will you cling to Him in faith or crumble in fear? Always hang on to your faith.

You never know when your Deliverer may open a door of immense hope.

Lord, I choose to listen to You, obey You, depend on You, and wait on You. I want to cling in faith rather than crumble in fear.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 215). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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