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Sunday August 11th, 2019

"The Church of Open Doors" - The Seven Churches Series - Pt 6

Revelation 3:7-13

Pastor Rick Busse


Revelation 3:7-13


7 "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open. (NLT)


Isaiah 22:22; I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them. (NLT)


Jesus said... I have the keys to the kingdom, the doors of opportunity.


1 Corinthians 16:8-9 Paul is speaking;  8 In the meantime, I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost. 9 There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. (NLT)


Colossians 4:3; Don't forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I'm locked up in this jail. (The MSG)


Revelation 3:8; 8 "I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. (NLT)


What will help us walk through the door?


1. Little Strength


Revelation 3:8; You have little strength.  (NLT)


1 Corinthians 3:5-7; 5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God's servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It's not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What's important is that God makes the seed grow. (NLT)


You might have little power, but God has big power!


2. Obedience to God's Word


Revelation 3:8; You have little strength yet you obeyed my word. (NLT)


Psalm 119:105; Your word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path. (NKJV)


The word of God gives a different perspective.


Psalm 119:165... Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. (NLT)


Let the peace of God guide you.


3. Honour God's name


Revelation 3:8; You have little strength yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. (NLT)


Revelation 3:9; 9 ...those who belong to Satan's synagogue...liars who say they are Jews but are not (NLT).


When you make a stand for Jesus ... you will be met by satanic opposition.


Final encouragement...


Revelation 3:10-11; 10 "Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. (NLT)