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Changing Lives Ministry
Daily Devotional
"grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity."
2 Peter 3:18

Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/18/2015, by John Kincaid


Lesson 516: Who Opened the Door?

Demons are watching you. They observe what causes your head to turn, and make a note of it.

They customize a plan for you as an individual: tailor-made temptations. They notice where you are weak and vulnerable, where you have stumbled in the past.

They discover what you want. Then they offer it to you. Proverbs 7 describes a foolish boy who “found” everything he desired. He didn’t realize that he was gradually being seduced with subtle nudges into the trap.
 
Believers often make decisions based on open or closed doors. We see where God is working, and assume He is leading us there.

It's good to observe circumstances surrounding us. But an open door is not always a signal from God to step in.

When we see all the pieces falling together perfectly, it could be like a mouse smelling the cheese he always desired as he enters the trap.
 
We must train our hearts to pray for wisdom before each choice, and test it against Scripture.

Before you take a step, always seek to answer this question: Who opened the door? God always wants us to do His will, and enables us to do it. He gives us enough light in the Bible to see the next step.
 
Psa.119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
 
James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting
 
James 4:2b You do not have, because you do not ask.

 
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21

- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work
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Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

ministrychanginglives@gmail.com

Phone: (828) 318-9825

For Further Reading

These authors and books were
helpful in preparing this series:

Bryan Chapell:
   "Holiness by Grace"
Kris Lundgaard:
   "The Enemy Within"
Jerry Bridges:
   "The Pursuit of Holiness",
   "The Practice of Godliness",
   "Respectable Sins",
   "Trusting God",
   "The Discipline of Grace",
   "Transforming Grace"
Warren Wiersbe:
   "Bible Exposition Commentary"
A.W. Tozer:
   "The Pursuit of God", 
   "The Knowledge of the Holy"
J.I. Packer:
   "Rediscovering Holiness"
Russell D. Moore:
   "Tempted and Tried"
Paul Tripp: "Instruments
   in the Redeemer's Hands"
Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp:
   "How People Change"

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Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from: The Holy Bible: English
Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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