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Opening a Shut Door





Over the course of the past few weeks, I have been corresponding with one of my great friends via email about prayer. Late last week in one of the emails, I felt compelled to recommend the movie, Facing the Giants. Although a favorite of mine since my husband and I first popped it into the DVD player several years ago, I hadn’t thought much about it or even watched it recently. Its a powerful, engaging movie that has many lessons to learn from. While I recommended it to my friend because of the lesson of the power of prayer, the idea that stuck with me after I watched it again Saturday evening was the idea of open and shut doors.

There is a gripping scene partway through the film where Mr. Bridges, a man who has been coming in and praying for each student as he passes their locker for several years bursts into Coach Taylor’s office. Taylor is surprised by him and Mr. Bridges goes on to say the following:

Revelation Chapter 3 says: We serve a God that opens doors that no one can shut, and he shuts doors that no one can open. He says: Behold, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and not denied my name.

Coach Taylor, the Lord is not through with you yet. You still have an open door here, and until the Lord moves you, you’re to bloom right where you’re planted…

Coach Taylor catches up to Mr. Bridges and admits he is struggling. By this point in the movie we learn that Grant Taylor is knee-deep in problems – his team is struggling, his job is at risk, his car is on its last legs, and he and his wife are having fertility issues. Life is tough for this man.

We all know the saying, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." There are many variations of this familiar phrase. A simple search of the internet will boggle the mind on the number of ways this phrase is manipulated. For example, when the going gets tough…the tough get duct tape, or the tough go shopping. Perhaps when the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. Despite these amazing examples, I’ve come to wonder if those of us familiar with God closing and opening doors don’t need another slogan. Perhaps this one:When the going gets rough, people take that as a sign that the door is closed.

I believe God does close and open doors. We see God do it in scripture. But I wonder if we take this "God closed the door" route too quickly. I wonder if we’ve become so influenced by our cultures need for comfort and security that we’ve taken this idea of God closing a door and we use it as an excuse to get out of situations that are hard. I can think of many times in my past where I or my family was faced with challenges and difficulties. Each time we had to wonder, "is God closing this door?" I’ll be honest that there have been times that I believe we have given up on things that God probably would have wanted us to pursue.

If the door is open, why do so many of us fail to go through it? A chapter in Hans Sach’s book, Masks of Love and Life is intriguingly entitled "Locked in a Room With Open Doors." In the chapter, Sachs describes a family with two brothers. The younger brother had a dread of open doors. The older brother became impatient, as older brothers will be, and, wanting to break him of this habit, he threatened: ‘One day I will lock you up in a room with all the doors open.’" So many of us are like that. We are afraid of the unknown, the difficult, or the impossible. We like to be safe and comfortable.

Many of us are pretty much like Bilbo Baggins at the beginning of the Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo was rather contented in his home with his little rituals of breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and the evening by the fire. He was quite happy until someone came to visit him and appeal to him for his help. Aid in this case would require a rather long journey. At one point, Bilbo thinks to himself that it would have been better had he not opened the door to this stranger. If he didn’t know, then he wouldn’t have to act, and he could stay in his home in contentment. But he does know and he can’t stay. With a sigh, he shuts the door to his house, and starts off down a path that will lead him on a life changing adventure.

At first, Bilbo was afraid to step out into the unknown, through that open door because he knew that he would be changed forever if he did so. Fear of the unknown of course is not the stuff of fiction. We, by our very nature as humans are fearful of what lies beyond the threshold of the open door. Look at medieval maps of the world never yet explored, and you will see images of frightful dragons. It was only when explorers finally pressed out beyond the known boundaries, that they discovered there were no dragons. They discovered something else instead: exotic new lands. Their whole world was changed. You cannot sail the high seas if you are unwilling to leave the safety of the shore. Does "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for" come to mind? You cannot have the fruit of God in your life unless you get out on a limb where the fruit is. You cannot discover new lands unless you risk the dragons and venture out into that fearful unknown. "He is not worthy of the honeycomb," said Shakespeare, "who shuns the hive because the bees have stings." Fear of the unknown can lock us into a room of open doors.

Another lock on that door is the fear of the impossible. It’s an interesting word, impossible; one that we brandish a bit too hastily and revere a bit too quickly. After all, what was impossible a hundred years ago, or even ten years ago, is no longer impossible today. In fact, as one person put it, we live in a day when those who are saying "it can’t be done," are often interrupted by those who are doing it. "I have learned," said scientist Wernher von Braun, "to use the word impossible with the greatest caution." If there’s any agency in the world that should use caution with that word, it is the household of God, for as the angel said to Mary, "Nothing is impossible with God." Yet how often we who worship this God of the impossible, live as if it were only our own limited capabilities we trusted? How often we who serve this God of the impossible respond to challenges and opportunities as if our own resources were all we had to work with?

Here, for instance, are the children of Israel camping at an Oasis called Kadesh just south of the land that God has promised to give them. Twelve scouts, one from each 3 of the tribes, are sent ahead to scope it out and report back. After forty days, the twelve return with a unanimously glowing report about what they’ve seen. "Truly it is a land flowing with milk and honey." All twelve scouts agree on that. But from here their consensus disintegrates! Two of the scouts, Joshua and Caleb, are full of confidence that because it is God calling, God will give them the land. The other ten offer a quite different perspective: "Sure it’s the land of dreams," they say, "but the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified up to heaven; and on top of that, we saw there are giants in the land. We are like grasshoppers in comparison!"

Twelve people all see the same landscape but draw utterly different conclusions about what they see. Do you see the crucial difference? Ten measure the challenge in the light of their own grasshopper self image and say, "We can’t because the challenges are bigger are to great." Two measure the challenge in the light of God’s limitless power and say, "We can because God is with us."

I truly believe that Gov. Palin has spent her life measuring challenges in the light of God’s limitless power instead of her own self image. She mentions in her book, America By Heart that listening to anyone other than God actually limits our abilities to make a difference and change the world in which we live. Gov. Palin discusses that Dr. Charles Stanley taught her an important truth, ‘If something is presented to you as "you must decide right now or the opportunity ends,’ take that as a sign that your answer should be no. An opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad ultimatum is rarely from God."

Governor Palin has definitely walked through some open doors in her life and career. With God’s good guidance she was able to run for office. She had the opportunity to serve our nation as a mayor, a commissioner, a governor, and a vice presidential candidate. For the past few years, a lot of us had thought God had an open door for her to run for President of the United States. In fact, three years ago this month, Governor Palin said that if there was an open door to run for President she would. 

 "If there is an open door in [20]12 or four years later, and if it’s something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, then I’ll plough through that door," she told Fox News on Monday night. "Show me where the open door is. Even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plough right on through that and maybe prematurely plough through it, but don’t let me miss an open door."

It seems, however, God has closed that door. None of us wanted to see that door shut. Should we just assume that the door to the White House for Gov. Palinis truly closed? At what point to do we conclude that we should walk away from the closed door?

One point is indisputable. Scripture abounds with examples of those who found open doors at points when many would have concluded they were bolted shut. As we read through the Bible, we find numerous instances where individuals reached important horizons late in life, or after repeated tries, or in spite of extreme obstacles. Joseph realizes his dream of leadership after years of servitude and imprisonment. Moses becomes a champion of his people forty years after his first passionate attempt utterly fails. David becomes king of Israel in spite of severe ridicule from his brothers, apathy from his father, and numerous battles with Saul’s forces. Hannah gives birth to many children long after her husband has accepted her barrenness and encouraged her to do the same. Zechariah and Elizabeth are blessed with a child in their old age, and the angel declares that this gift is in response to their longstanding prayer.

It’s examples like these that led author Garry Friesen to claim that the Bible doesn’t recognize the concept of permanently closed doors. In his Decision Making and the Will of God, Friesen notes, "Interestingly, though Christians today speak of doors that are "closed," Scripture does not. The need for open doors certainly implies the existence of some that are closed. But that doesn’t seem to be the mentality of Paul. If he were sovereignly prevented from pursuing a plan, and yet the plan itself was sound, he simply waited and tried again later. He did not view a blocked endeavor as a "closed door" sign from God that his plan was faulty."

Paul and Silas had already experienced some open doors. There had been open doors on the first missionary journey as church after church was planted. There had been open doors on this second missionary journey. It was open when Paul and Silas receive the support of their home church(Acts 15:40), when they were able to strengthen churches already established(15:41), and when they recruited Timothy(16:1-3). But now there is a closed door. The closed door is the door to Asia. Paul and Silas had been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. It’s hard to read this passage and not conclude that some doors were firmly shut against Paul They made two valiant attempts to enter regions for ministry that didn’t open to them. And they accepted without question that these doors were closed (Acts 16:8).They had plans to start churches in this area, but the Holy Spirit said, "Not now."

The point is that today’s closed door might be open tomorrow. God sometimes closes a door only temporarily. The lesson to be learned is that specific opportunities may close to us, and the time may come when we must accept that such doors are unquestionably shut. But we should also realize that the door is not permanently shut against our broader, long-term aspirations that are based on our God-given gifts. There eventually was an open door in this area. Indeed, there would be seven open doors in this area. How do I know that? Because the book of Revelation is addressed to seven churches that were eventually planted in this area.

I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. (Revelation 3:8)

While Paul was waiting for the door to open, he wasn’t just sitting on his hands waiting for God to show him what to do. He had a plan of action. Paul was action oriented but sensitive to and obedient to the leading of the Spirit. We all need to do that when presented with a shut door. We need to be working and making plans ever sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and willing to submit to the leading when and if the door opens.

This brings me back to the dialog between Coach Taylor and Mr. Bridges in Facing the Giants. After Coach Taylor admits he is having a tough go of it, Mr. Bridges shares the story of two farmers. He says, "I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his field to receive it. "

And I feel that is exactly what Governor Palin is doing. She is preparing the fields. While the door to the White House appears to be shut at this specific time, she is busy doing what she feels God is calling her to do. She isn’t content to just sit by in Wasilla and watch the world pass by. She is speaking out against every force that wants to keep America from returning to her roots. She is not sitting on the sidelines as some venture to say.

We know that the door isn’t shut because she fears to walk  through it. In fact, Gov. Palin has walked through doors others would never venture through. She walked through the door of resigning the governorship of Alaksa because she felt it was what she was being called to do. She saw that door as an opportunity to "fight for Alaska, and America, more effectively in a different venue-then my state would have suffered from the obstruction and paralysis of my office by the politically motivated attacks." She walked through a door a majority of Americans who find they are expecting a child with Down Syndrome never do. She stepped over that threshold into being Trig’s mother and what she considers "the most positive and life-changing thing ever to happen for us." Gov. Palin also knows that nothing is impossible with God. Like we all do, I suspect Gov. Palin is watching to see if that door stays shut or if it just might swing wide open.

Note: All quotes from Gov. Palin come from "America By Heart" unless otherwise noted.

 

 



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  • SensibleShoes

    Wonderful article!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O2JZVOLZP3CZ3PZXJECJ2EETBA Mountain

      Truly it is a superb article, well-written, thorough, and very moving!  Thank you!

      Timing and context are so very crucial in life. 
      I pray that God said, "NOT YET" to Gov. Palin, instead of "Never!"

      And I pray that very soon God will prompt the Palin family with, "NOW!  GO for it!"
      And when that happens, we will all be so TOTALLY THRILLED!  Imagine the JOY we’ll feel!

      But we will also need to be completely prepared for an unprecedented level of EVIL to be thrown at them.
      How do we prepare our hearts for that level of evil?
      - Grow closer to God:  ASK God to guide you, and promise to serve God and others.
      - Pray without ceasing.
      - Live morally and courageously.
      - And be of good cheer:  God has ALREADY overcome the evil of this earth!

      Especially remember to pray at Noon MT on Thanksgiving Day, to thank God for Gov. Palin, and to ask God to move her to reconsider running for the presidency!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, sister Mountain!!!

  • Kjanlady

    Well said…….I pray that God will guide Sarah towards his will.

  • Guest

    "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened".  Matthew 7:7-8

  • risendreams

    Wow!  This is a really well written piece.  Inspiring, informative, and both challenging and encouraging.  I personally needed this article today.  I love how you wove so many stories and relevant analogies all throughout your piece.  And as one who is praying that the door will open for Sarah even this time around your perspective and view is very refreshing and one that makes great sense, 
    God is in control of the doors!  And that is a truth we can bank on.
    Thank you Moira!

  • Nichama

    Please watch this video sermon which is from a biblical church in Chino Hills, Ca.  God has truly placed in my heart a passion to open up the eyes of some of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and hopefully some churches to the importance of our involvement in our government(politics).  Politics has become a taboo word in many churches and has stopped today’s Christ followers from speaking His truth in public policy.  No wonder our country is in such a mess. 
     
    Please take the time to watch this very truthful sermon and listen to the essential message that we as His children need to put into action.  Hopefully you would see it fit to share it with others.  Our country is in need of a true revival to turn back to the one who made this country great hundreds of years ago with His divine providence.  There are so many lies that we have come to believe like (separation of church and state).  The devil is the author of all lies.
     
    Blessings,
    Johnette
     
     
    http://www.calvarycch.org/ccch/media_center.php?video=1&p=JHX&s=288

    IMO it’s really wonderful and quite edifying.

    • MoiraCrooks

      Johnette, this is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it.I passed it along to my husband and he passed it along to our pastor.

      • Nichama

        Moira, it seemed to be hugely important NEWS to me.

        However, I was reticent to put it so strongly because I thought I SHOULD have known it but alas, I didn’t.

        Your reply made me very happy. 

        I so admire your essays and if YOU thought the video was ‘wonderful’…….well then…..

        By the way, I’m not Johnette.  The originator of the email is Johnette.
        I’m just ‘sharing it with others’.

        I left Johnette’s name on it because I didn’t want it to seem as though I was taking credit for someone else’s work.

        Thank you again for your beautiful, uplifting writing.

  • John_Frank

    Excellent article Moira. Thank you!

  • NoMoreMeh

    Moira, an engaging and wise post!  Thank you.

  • Guest

    If we are to really face the fact that Governor Palin will never step into the breech of running for President, then we must find the individual who can?  But as many will argue on this website and elsewhere, that there is no one else like her.  It’s a fact, as sad as that may sound.  What we are witnessing right now with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich or whomever else it may be, only proves that politics is smarmy and despicable.  But in 2008, it was a rare moment that we found a person who broke the mold, and a woman who defied all the odds.  Who has reached far beyond what was ‘expected’ of her.  And most importantly on her own and by her own rules.  We are shaped by those who defy the odds.  And of those individuals we must seek it in ourselves to live by those same standards and principles.  That is why we feel devestated by the Governor’s decision not to run.  I will also admit that I pray constantly to GOD to either; give her and her family strength in case she were to change her mind, but to also ask for forgiveness, because we failed to really see what was before us and did not stand in the breech to keep it from happening.  I also pray that someone will come along that has the Governor’s grit and determination to stand in the middle of the circle-fire when the politicians and media start firing the ‘bullets’ of contempt at you. 

    I’m as aggravated as many of you are that the field of choice we have now does not put a fire in my belly.  It does not get me excited about making a commitment to restoration.  And it saddens me that we have gotten back to a field of candidates that can no longer speak on our behalf when a situation arises from their pasts.  They lack the will and concentration when their very own survival is in the ‘crosshairs’.  We no longer can talk about the real issues facing our country.  And by this failure, we lose the ‘control’ to drive the conversations sorely needed for discussion.  It sets us back even farther and unable to win back real leadership in DC.

    How do we move forward from here?  I don’t know?  So much time has been wasted in finding the candidate that truly represents the Tea Party and Conservatism as a whole.  We anticipated the announcement from the Governor.  And when her decision was made, we were shocked.  But we must get the party and our house in order and move on.  The more time that is wasted on these kinds of story lines is a slam dunk win for Obama and the destruction of this great country.  I hope and pray that we succeed.  May God be with us as we search high and low for the candidate who can fill the Governor’s high heels and have the principles of George Washington. 

    • jeffo1

      Fact is:  No one can fill her shoes…NOT even close….That’s why I remain in the re-consider camp.

      • virginiagentleman1

        100% agree Jeffo!

      • Guest

        I totally agree.  But she isn’t going to fill her ‘own’ shoes in this race.  We must find someone who can ‘stand’ in them and be able to save this country.  Look I want her to be in the race just as everyone else does.  But she isn’t.  And she has said that she isn’t.  But it is our duty to find someone to do the things I mentioned above.  That’s what I am saying.

        • http://teamsarah.ning.com/profile/HymanRoth Hyman Roth

          There is no one else.

          And please don’t you too start in with a story about your kids, or how your family has been here since the 17th century.  If Palin doesn’t run, forget everything.

          • Guest

            I don’t plan on telling you anything about my life Hyman.  I just made a statement that we have wasted time on all of these ridiculous stories of the candidates past history.  And that we have to find someone who can be like the Governor since she will not be running.  I realize that there is no one like her.  Since I clearly made the statement that she broke the mold.  Cripes.

    • mykep

      Ron Paul is such a person, I think you should investigate his background I believe you will find he is a man of honor & integrity who loves america.

  • BostonBruin

    Excellent!

    I thought it was signficant that Gov. Palin said in her recent speech in Orlando that a Republican will win the WH next year. IMO, she is saying no to a third-party or independent run.

    Sometimes the Lord closes one door, but opens another. This is why I’m not ruling out a second VP run. This could be another door to the Oval Office in 2016/2020.

    • patriot173

      BostonBruin: Thank you for "This is why I’m not ruling out a second VP run"….exactly what I’ve been thinking about Sarah’s respect for Newt and he for her….. Cain is slipping with 3-4 SH charges, romnerino is at a standstill…perrywinkles is in the boondocks….But Newt is rising and threatening to top Cain….Hope and praying that God has kept the VP door open for Sarah… the pressure on her family will not be as great….and it would be an exellent springboard to be POTUS.

    • pete4palin

      I thought about that too.  But Lisa Murkowski won a write-in being a Republican on an indepentent ticket. Sarah could win being a  Republican no matter what ticket it is.

  • http://twitter.com/bop8709 Stephanie

    This is beautiful. Thanks, Moira.

    Let’s keep on praying but we also need to make sure we’re out there preparing the fields for rain.

  • wodiej

    My goodness Moira, you write some fine, inspiring articles.  Thank you so much.  What an uplifting way to look at our lives especially regarding the decision Gov. Palin made to not run for President.  I found this in a book I read recently:

    "Please don’t try to walk through closed doors. You will hurt yourself unnecessarily. Even if you don’t know why a door is closed, at least respect the fact that it is. And don’t struggle with the doorknob. If the door was open, you would know it. Wanting it to be open does not make it open." Return to the Garden by Paul Ferrini

    I have been unemployed a long time and I bet I have had the door closed on me at least 200 times on jobs I’ve applied for.  But I just keep telling myself, guess that’s not the door God wants me to walk through. Even though I sometimes get very discouraged, I know that God wants me to have a job that I will be happy, fulfilled and prosperous at. And when the door is open, he’ll guide me to it.  I watch Joel Osteen alot-he’s pretty encouraging.

    • Nichama

      dear wodiej — have you thought about trying a window?

      • wodiej

        I have put it in God’s hands. 

        • Nichama

          Good choice.

    • MoiraCrooks

      wodiej, I firmly believe that God will show you which door to walk through in His time. Patience and peach are never very easy roads for us to travel, but I think God will exceed your expectations when the right job comes along.
       I am reminded of a story about perserverance and God’s timing for a man who finally passed the bar exam to become a lawyera few years ago. Of course, passing the bar doesn’t normally attract the attention of the national media. Yet this man’s case was unusual, for he had failed the test forty-seven previous times. Now, at age sixty, this tenacious soul had finally passed on his forty-eighth try. (He had also announced his intentions for the future: to embark on a twenty-year career as an attorney. As proof of his earnestness, he had purchased a briefcase!)
      We all run on different clocks. God has different timetables for each of us..God Bless you in all of your endeavors.

      • wodiej

        Given that you would condone such a hateful remark made to me, I don’t believe your counsel would be helpful to me.  Very disappointed and will not be reading any more of your articles.

        My comment about my situation indicates I have an understanding of my situation and I was not seeking your advice about it anyway  Only sharing my hope and faith. Everyone is not meant to walk through the same door.

        • MoiraCrooks

          Where did I condone a hateful remark? I was nottrying to offer advise just trying to offer you some encouragement. I am sorry if you feel offended. My article and my subsequent comments were not meant to do anything other than encourage.

    • PalinPrez

      Joel Osteen is a FALSE TEACHER.  I cannot picture true Palinistas listening to Osteen’s manure.  Repent and turn away from demonic false prophets NOW. He is not interested in truth. He is a grifter only after your hard earned money.

      Watch and learn!

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.crooks1 Tim Crooks

        Joel’s biggest problem is he is teaching the wrong gospel, the "prosperity gospel", not the gospel of Jesus Christ! He’s a false prophet, one that Jesus warned about.

        • wodiej

          Read my comment above.  Thank you for the judgmental and critical comment when I am already struggling.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/tim.crooks1 Tim Crooks

            Wodiej – my comments are not judgmental or critical, and they were not geared toward you. But, as a follower of Jesus I am obligated to tell the truth when pastors are not preaching the truth. What Joel preaches is not in the bible, he quotes things from the bible, but twists it. Jesus never promised prosperity, but He did promise persecution, trials and tribulations for all that follow Him. Being a Christian is not an easy life on earth, because the world hated Jesus first, it now hates His followers. There are many churches that have fallen away from the true gospel, but the true church is the body of believers in Jesus and His truth. Put your faith in Him, not a pastor or denomination or building. Best thing that you can do is study the bible, pray for God to open up His word for you, trust Him first.

            • wodiej

              thank you for your sermon on hellfire and brimstone. You called Osteen a false prophet -that is criticism and unwarranted.  God works through many different sources for our good.  Just because Joel Osteen doesn’t fit your criteria doesn’t mean his is wrong and yours is right.  He quotes from the Bible all the time and explains it so people can understand it better.  If you think God wants Christians to be persecuted their entire lives and not be prosperous then that is not the God I believe in.  I sure don’t need someone like you telling me what I need to do as a Christian.  Me and God have it all worked out.

      • wodiej

        Gee, how uplifting when I am already struggling.  thanks.  And the author of the article gave it a like. Articles like this are supposed to uplift people not judge them.  Your comment is why more people don’t attend church.  

        • PalinPrez

          TRUTH shall set you free, not the touchy feely manure Joel Osteen likes to promote.

          • wodiej

            when someone touches and blesses many lives with God’s word and people like you call that touchy feely manure, then you are not really a Christian.  You are a hypocrite.  God blesses us with many different people.  And just because Osteen does not fit your structured beliefs, does not mean he is demonic or a false prophet.

  • blerch

    The way I see it, G-d has not shut the door on a run for President.  In fact, when I look at the current climate and lay of the land, the door has never been more wide open.  Not only is the door wide open, but it is figuratively screaming at her to run through it.

    • stillgoing

      blerch, I just love your comments, I look forward to reading them, just wanted to let you know that!

      • blerch

        That is very nice of you to say.  Thanks.

    • ProudAmerican247

      She is running….it’s just a matter of time for the announcing.

      After all, she did say ‘there’s plenty of time’ to get in.

      Only she knows when that time is.

  • http://praying4commonsense.blogspot.com nala3325

    Simply beautiful.

  • patriot173

    Wodiej: I will be remembering you in prayers for God-blessed position for you…..

    • wodiej

      thank you…much appreciated!

  • sparrow17

    Moira….I loved your article about opening shut doors. The Lord God promised Israel the land and told them to go conquer it.  The promised land became Israel because the door was not considered closed. They were men and women of faith who decided to fight their enemies allowing the door to open up for them.  The land was shut out to them as long as they did not fight the good fight of faith to conquer it.  They obyed God, fought, and inherited the land.  The Facing the Giants Movie is similar in context.  They overcame their fears, doubts, unbelief, and through prayer and faith went on to be champions.  The door wasn’t closed just closed to their own narrow minded thinking and acceptance of defeat.  When God shuts a door no man can open it.  When God opens a door no man can shut it.  The support of millions of people, Sarah’s own servants heart for the people, her message resognating across all political lines, and the state of the nation leads me to believe this battle of good and evil is causing stumblingblocks but not a solid closed door. We must go in the name of the Lord to fight and remove the stumblingblocks to open the way for Sarah.  It took the whole army of Israel to fight, it took the whole football team to fight, so if we join together and fight the good fight of faith with the Lord on our side who can stop us or who can be against us.  It is not God’s will for evil to prevail, if we His people humble ourselves, call on His name, repent, and ask Him for His righteousness to prevail in this land and upon His people…He will forgive us and heal our land.  I stand on His Word and believe the door is not closed..He is searching our hearts…waiting on us to look up unto the hills from whence cometh our help..our help cometh from the Lord.  He can annihilate every stumblingblock in this election…open the way for Sarah to enter and win…suddenly, and unconventionally.  The doors that are to stay closed is those that lead us away from the Lord, and His perfect will for our lives. The doors to stay open are those that effect the righteousness of God fulfilling His perfect work and perfect will.  

    • Nichama

      Thank you for your magnificent post.  You touched my soul by writing what I know is truth.

      2013 POTUS Sarah Heath Palin DEO VOLENTE, God Willing

  • travelingon

    Moira, I love the way you think. ^5

    edit: for typo

  • Reynolds88

    Thank you.  I have been seeing some shut doors recently in my career and life but the idea that things are temporary is a powerful one.  Reminds me of a woman who lost her husband to disease, then told me she sees life and things as temporary now.  Bad things may not last, good things are to enjoy (be grateful for) while they are here.  Sometimes (often) its the best way to see things.

  • HuntingMoose


    I have no doubt she will one day walk through that door

    but we want her to walk through that door now, and not wait until 2016 or later.

    we don’t want her to wait until after we have fallen of that cliff

    • AmazedOne1

      Should we be focusing on what God wants or on what "we" want? Or, how about praying that our desire and vision comes into line with His.

  • TheresaAK

    AWESOME …just AWESOME..thank you for another brilliant post…

  • NJMom4Palin

    Excellent, excellent article, Moira! What resonates with me most is, I quote,

    ‘If something is presented to you as “you must decide right now or the
    opportunity ends,’ take that as a sign that your answer should be no. An
    opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad ultimatum is rarely from God.”

    ..How truly I agree with this and how a lot can learn from this simple
    line. Thank you and continued prayers for Sarah and her family.

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