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Praise God For the Closed Doors

We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we
do for open doors. The reason God closes doors is because He has not
prepared anything over there for us.

If he didn’t close the wrong door we would never find our way to the
right door. Even when we don’t realize it, God directs our paths
through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it
forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to
change our course yet again. Then finally, we find the open door and
walk right into our blessing. But instead of praising God for the
closed door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because we
“judge by the appearances.” In our own arrogance, or ignorance, we
insist that we know what is right.

We have a very present help in the time of need who is always standing
guard. God walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down the road and HE
sets up road blocks and detours accordingly. Through our lack of
wisdom we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour
signs. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying “Lord how
could this happen to me?”

We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing.
Didn’t He say that “No good thing will He withhold from them that love
Him?”

If you get terminated from your job – don’t be down, instead thank God
for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves – it might be
a better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman
won’t return your call – it might not be them, it might be the Lord
setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time a person had a bank he had been doing business with for many
years tell him “NO” for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call
another bank.

That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate
than his own bank had advertised.

I’m so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just
to open them in the most unexpected places.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in
his way. – Psalm 37:23

The Mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!

Always Remember God gives you…

Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong Enough
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last

Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.
Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
– Proverbs 16:3

The Right Choices

I must own my own fears before I can let them go. Courage follows
closely on their departing footsteps.

Many of the things that you fear in your life are fears of your
choosing. Fear is nothing more than the lack of understanding. We fear
those things we know nothing about, things we’ve never done before or
things we don’t understand. You fear them because you don’t have
enough information about these things. You assume that it must be this
or that and in the assumption and often quick judgment a mental block
or fear develops. Given enough of these and you stop growing, you
stop learning and worse, you fear life.

You may even assume that these fears are a permanent part of you, but
they are not.

Sure it takes some effort to learn about new things. Yet that choice
is available to you. Once you choose to begin and learn about
something new, a whole lot more will suddenly pop into view. This
understanding (or enlightenment) will change not only you and your
life but will give you a sense of freedom from your fears.

Yes, it takes time and commitment to overcome a fear. Once you do it,
though, you’ll feel like you can take on just about any fear,
challenge or any obstacle in your life and you’ll be right.

Think about who you really are, think about and envision what you
truly want to become and what God wants you to do with your life. Let
God’s vision for your life, become your vision for your life. By
following God’s vision of who you can be, you’ll learn to grow in God.
Before you know it, you’ll look back and be amazed at how much your
faith has grown. How much you’ve grown.

Life can be easy, haphazard and empty, or it can be focused, directed
and full. The choices you make will make you who you choose to be.