2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When God closes a door, He opens a window.
Most of us seek happiness today. We seek happiness wherever we are used to getting it. I don’t care if it is from the smallest thing, such as a good, long drag from a cigarette, to the largest thing, such as purchasing a brand new 10,000 square foot home. We seek our happiness in things. We have an inherent desire that makes us search out the "one thing" that will fill the need inside of us. It is as if we are taking a flashlight and shining it in every possible nook and cranny, crack and crevice we can find, searching for this happiness. Then again, when we don’t get what we think we need, we try and force happiness to come our way, only to end up finding out that what we thought would make us “happy,” was not what we needed at all. For example, I “just had to have a man” to fill that void. I was bound and determined to get married after my first divorce. Although God sent enough people to try to stop me from making this horrid mistake, I was hell-bent on going through with it. I discovered I had married Satan. This cured me of the “have to have a man” syndrome, for the most part.
As long as we are walking along on this earth, there is something inside of us that will never, ever be truly happy until it is filled with the “little light from above.” You can try to run from this feeling inside. You can try to fill the void with everything you can imagine, but until you fill the void with what was intended to be there in the first place, you will always have this “wanting” feeling.
It is as if we have been designed like a gas stove that God has sent down to earth. The pilot light has to be lit in order to cook good things and work right. If the light isn’t lit, it will only be so effective. It cannot operate properly and what’s inside remains cold and dark.
God tried to reach me in my younger days but I just pooh-poohed Him. After some years of despair and heartache, God tried to reach me again in another way. I listened for a while because I was in such distress. I was getting older and things were still unhappy in my heart. (How many of you know that you'll listen when you are in distress?) Time went on and I just kept trying to live my life and make it a happy one. You try to fill the void with something new-a new car, a new home, a new this, and a new that.
You get it only to find that you soon will be thinking of the next new thing, knowing deep down inside something isn’t really truly happy. If anyone were to sit you down and get you to pour out your heart to them in confidence, the truth would come out. You believe that life is this way for everyone, but I am here to tell you it isn’t.
Life does not have to be this way. The choice will ultimately be up to you. God will always try to send someone in your path to help you, but He will not force Himself upon you. There are times when God will shut a door because it needs to be shut. However, every time He shuts a door, He opens a window. But you have to let God be God and allow Him to shut the door. Spending time with the Lord day by day and trying to focus on what He wants for you will help you discern the Who, What, When, Where and How of this life.
IF any man is in Christ, he is a new creation…
Definition of create: Bring into existence; produce by what one does.
People can think they are saved. There are some who are saved but still have defeat in their lives. This life with Christ is a day-by-day effort to attain what God wants for you. He wants you to have true transformation in your life that is permanent. It is not God’s intention to give you everything you want, when you want it. He does not want you to have the attitude of “give me the prize” and then “see you later, God…much later!” He wants it to be transforming for you so you won’t go back to the same old mess and patterns you just came from. You actually have to be born-again. Being born-again helps you think a new way, live a new way, begin transformation.
I place a DOOR before you that represents the old you and your old ways and a WINDOW that represents the new you and your new ways.
Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, God has shut the door on your past. Now you have to realize that the door is shut. Let us take a look at this door. You have been use to going in and out of this same door your whole life. Even though you may have changed hairstyles, hair color and perhaps the cut at times, it is still basically the same you. You may have painted this door from time to time to make it look brand new, but it is still the same door. Again, it is the same old you...so to speak.
Now let's look at the Window. The Window represents the new way. Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, God shuts the door on your past and you have to realize that the door is in fact shut. Christ has promised that you could be a new creation. (If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away.) So it is out with the old and in with the new. The Window looks completely different. It opens up differently and you come in and out of it differently than the door. It takes more effort to go in and out of the Window but the old way is shut and you cannot go back through. Your flesh may fight against going through the Window but you have no choice. You may try to go pull on the doorknob of the door that is shut to go back through to your old ways but the way has been shut and God won't allow it. This is for your benefit. The Window is your only option.
God may choose to deliver you quickly from some things and not others. God has more for you than what you have ever known. He knows you are going to have to put forth the effort, so I present the choices as you read this.
A Door? A Window?
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
But here you are. You think basically the same old way. Yes, you have seen the hand of God move in your life, yet you may be asking why you have to go this new way. Your flesh doesn’t like it and does not want the transformation. This new way states, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). I can’t be a little child anymore! I am a grownup…at least I look like a grownup. Yes, I know I still am acting like a child, whining, griping, and complaining when I don’t get my way but don’t tell anyone. You mean going through this new way will help me come to terms with all of that? You mean it will actually help me grow up and become a new creation? This new way says to just believe and I will receive (Mark 11:24). I am supposed to believe in something I cannot see, touch, or feel? I dunno about that…my flesh hurts! Why can’t you just zap me and make it all better so I can get on with my life? God has more for you than just zapping you and making it all better. This is about transformation, remember? You have to understand we were born into a sin nature that has to be renewed or born-again. The renewal doesn’t take place on the outside. It is a process that may require you to, at times, “grin and bear it.” The ways He will bring new things to you may be in ways you have not known so it is important to stay "hooked up" to Heaven.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
So how do we get transformed in our minds so we can go the new way? It is a daily process of going before the Lord first thing. First things first with God. Repent (to change and go in another direction—from the door to the window, get it?) of any unconfessed sin in your life, pray to God (don’t worry about big words) and then be still to sit and listen. I hear people say all the time that they pray on their way to work. Well, I don’t know how you can pray to the God of Heaven (who can change everything in your life), watch other cars, pedestrian, etc., and be effective in your prayer life. Listening for God to speak to you is just as important as praying. Draw near to hear (Ecclesiastes 5:1).
Ask God to put people in your life to help disciple you in the ways of God. People fall away because they are not discipled. One of the saddest cases of anyone I ever saw was a man who was supposedly delivered and had such passion for God. He wanted to travel and tell the world about what Jesus had done for him but it didn’t last. He went back to his old ways of life and fell away; it was truly pitiful. Everyone has a different life and different things have to be renewed. It is not easy for many and we are not being told this. It is not about, “Let’s get happy in Jesus, praise God." It is a process for most of us (as I said earlier) and it is time someone stood up and said it. It was a job of the original Apostles to make certain that people knew the ways of the Lord. They went back to places over and over to check on the new converts. Things had to be taught, people needed to be corrected. It was a "walk through" experience. The letters in the New Testament were written to different churches to help guide them in the way they should go in this new lifestyle. The Window!
The Door will beckon you back whispering,"Come back! You don't need that Jesus stuff. Come on; It's only one more cigarette; come on; (waving its hand at you to come) just one more time of having sex with this person. Surely God won't care. After all, He made our bodies! (It doesn't matter if the bodies coming together weren't made to fit together) Come on; just one more drink, just one more snort, just one more bet...just one more...this will be the last time, I promise!" That is when you say," In the name of Jesus Christ, I take authority over my imagination. I cast down that thought in Jesus' name...away with you Satan!" Folks, if Jesus Christ had to stand on this earth and take authority over the devil, what makes you think you don't?
Do not be deceived. Whatever you put in this God thing is what you are going to get back out, mark my words. Your transformation, more than likely, will not come all at once. The choice is before you. Do you want the Door of the "same ole, same ole in your life or do you want God to close that door of your past and your defeats? Do you want to go through the Window of "all things become new"? It will be up to you. God will not make you do anything. Do not think for one moment that you can sprinkle Jesus on your life (like you sprinkle salt and pepper on your food) and think you will win in this life. The salt and pepper add flavor for a moment, but then the food is eaten and you expel it out as trash. God wants true transformation for you for this ONE life and for your life in eternity.
What will you choose, The Door of your Past or the Window of your Future?
What about the change, what about the difference...is there one in your life? Have old things become NEW?