Year of the Open Door

“It’s the year of the open door!” That is what the Christian prophets are saying about 2014 (Hebrew year 5774). How they know this, I do not know suffice to say there is something about the way the Hebrew acharacters are written that supposedly reveals this.

Prophets have been around since God first introduced himself to mankind. Some say Adam was the first, while others say Abel or Enoch were the first. Nevertheless, the role of the prophet has always been a significant one. They are the people who have direct lines of communication with God, and the boldness to proclaim His words to mankind. I don’t need to explain the power this position gives to a man (or woman). Prophets, if valued as such, are to be taken seriously. When a word is spoken “over” your life, you do what you are told in order to reap the blessing.

Naturally, because man is imperfect, many prophets have said things that led others into some pretty tumultuous times. I believe this is a large reason why the gift of prophecy is no longer propagated from the pulpit. This is also why John from the Bible instructs us to “test” the spirit that is speaking to us prophetically (1 John 4:1-2).

I’ll admit that in my personal life, there have been very few words that I consider  relevant – meaning they spoke to a specific situation I was going through (“Word of Knowledge”), or informed me of a situation I was about to go through (Prophetic). Because of the low accuracy ratio, I’ve grown weary when someone begins to prophesy. Don’t get me wrong, I have the privilege of being good friends with several people who hear from God very clearly. They almost always deliver what I could say are accurate and Godly insights into my life. I am deeply grateful for those people, because most all accurate prophetic words spoken to me have come from these few dear friends. Ironically, none of them have “big names” or “prophetic ministries”. They haven’t written any books and do not hold pulpit positions in the church. More ironic is the ability for the big name ministers to seemingly “miss” God’s voice when they try to articulate His will for my life. This is why I am such a proponent for reading your Bible if you want to know Gods will for your life. No “big name” will ever articulate God’s will more clearly than God’s word as you read it for yourself (I recommend starting with Colossians, and inserting your name into as many verses as you can).

“The year of the open door.” Why does this seem like the new catch phrase of the Charismatic / Pentecostal movement? Could there really be something to it? Or is this just another way for big ministries to increase offerings and ministry event attendance? Unfortunately,  past experiences cause me to lean toward the latter. But, Lord knows my family could use a open door season at this time. I want to believe this year is a turning point. Last year was hell on earth for us (Read my wife’s story about our desert journey here). I look back over the last year and shake my head, what was God thinking! I am still a little hurt at all that happened, but each day continues to bring more healing. It is also getting easier to be genuinely thankful for God’s daily interactions with my family.

I am smiling as I sit in bed typing in our new apartment (We finally moved out of my in law’s basement!) and reflecting on the dreams Mel and I have begun sharing with each another. Dreams to play music again (and make $ ); dreams to begin a worship ministry; and dreams to see the boys make new friends and get involved with activities outside of school and church. At the same time, I am acutely aware of those close to us who are hurting as they enter their deserts. I find myself asking God, “Where is the open door for them?” As grateful and humbled as I am at how quickly seasons seem to be changing for my family, my prayers go out for those who are hurting and needing to encounter God in their desert.

Is this really the year of the Open Door?

I want to hear your thoughts – are you seeing evidence in your life that doors are opening for you to enter into better circumstances and blessing?

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3 thoughts on “Year of the Open Door

  1. Hmmmmm, let me take a crack at this.. with my opinion anyway.

    (Preface with: It is super hard anytime in life, to see clearly out of an area that we have been wounded it.. The prophetic, for many people happens to be one of those areas…Which is saddening. But its very important that we try our best to see with Gods eyes to discern what is truly going on, and what He is really saying, regardless of the past wrongness of words being spoken..)
    So, to deal with the topic then:
    First, I do think there is some validity in the “open door” message, I would say that in addition to the testing being on the word itself, it would also have to be on character of the person delivering it, are they delivering it because they genuinely feel that it is a word, verses the word on the street. (but note, that Gods spirit reveals the same thing to many to confirm His word, so it should not only be one person prophesying this either)…
    Even more so than that, I think, that there is a large mistake to be made, when hearing a word from God. (Any word from God that is) That is discerning who exactly the word is for. This “open door” word. Is it for the church as a whole, worldwide, is it for the American Church, is it for your own local church, or is it for you personally? All things that need to be prayed into and discerned.— Especially before you begin to spread the word like wildfire— unless you really feel it is God to do so. I have a hard time believing that every person, everywhere, is going through the same exact season, so for those that are prophesying it over every human, that concerns me. Not that Gods will isn’t to open doors, it is, but as we all know, there are many seasons that come, and some, happen to seem dryer– and more closed than others. But hang in there, because eventually your open door year will come!!
    Personally, however, this does seem to be coming true in my own life. Things are opening, ideas are being birthed, and after a few years of pain, and well just general hardship in many areas, it feels like a breath of fresh air.. So I say bring it on. :)

    well.. there you go.. you asked :)

  2. Hmmmmm, let me take a crack at this.. with my opinion anyway.

    (Preface with: It is super hard anytime in life, to see clearly out of an area that we have been wounded it.. The prophetic, for many people happens to be one of those areas…Which is saddening. But its very important that we try our best to see with Gods eyes to discern what is truly going on, and what He is really saying, regardless of the past wrongness of words being spoken..)
    So, to deal with the topic then:
    First, I do think there is some validity in the “open door” message, I would say that in addition to the testing being on the word itself, it would also have to be on character of the person delivering it, are they delivering it because they genuinely feel that it is a word, verses the word on the street. (but note, that Gods spirit reveals the same thing to many to confirm His word, so it should not only be one person prophesying this either)…
    Even more so than that, I think, that there is a large mistake to be made, when hearing a word from God. (Any word from God that is) That is discerning who exactly the word is for. This “open door” word. Is it for the church as a whole, worldwide, is it for the American Church, is it for your own local church, or is it for you personally? All things that need to be prayed into and discerned.— Especially before you begin to spread the word like wildfire— unless you really feel it is God to do so. I have a hard time believing that every person, everywhere, is going through the same exact season, so for those that are prophesying it over every human, that concerns me. Not that Gods will isn’t to open doors, it is, but as we all know, there are many seasons that come, and some, happen to seem dryer– and more closed than others. But hang in there, because eventually your open door year will come!!
    Personally, however, this does seem to be coming true in my own life. Things are opening, ideas are being birthed, and after a few years of pain, and well just general hardship in many areas, it feels like a breath of fresh air.. So I say bring it on. :)

    well.. there you go.. you asked :)

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