Opening the Door to the New Year!
Crossing the threshold into what God has in store.
Consider this past year,
Where have you been?
How was your journey?
Was it a season of OPEN DOORS or CLOSED DOORS?
Was it a season of slammed doors, or doors opened in invitation?
Look around you. Consider the doors you can see.
What kind of Door represents your last year?
What kind of Door represents the year ahead?
Consider the Door into the New Year:
Is the door squeaky?
Is it creaky?
Is it hard to open?
Is it locked and do you have the key?
Or maybe you need a new key?
Is it a new door?
Are there windows in the door or is it totally solid?
When you look inside, is there a room filled with light, warm and inviting, or do you
feel the space inside is dark and filled with unknown obstacles?
As you approach and cross the threshold and open the door to the New Year,
What do you need to leave behind?
What do you need to drop? Last week we talked about the fact that we cannot receive new gifts from God if our hands are full. CS Lewis says, “if our hands are full of too many packages, we cannot receive any new gifts.”
Are you carrying too many packages?
What packages do you need to drop?
Talk to God about this.
Allow God to show you what you need to put down, what you need to let go of in order to move through the new door.
Spend some time with God and ask God to show you what door you are in front of and how you need to walk into the New Year.
Take time to ask the questions “How do I need God to open doors for me in the New Year?”
And “What doors do I need God to close for me this next year? “ Pray and talk to God about this.
Take some time consider the doors. Those behind and those ahead.
You might choose to Draw or Journal about the door and be real with Jesus as you write/create. You might look through photos of doors to find a door that represents the door of the New Year to you. Print it out and carry it with you and allow Jesus to show you new things and open new doors.
And consider how you can open the door more to Jesus in the New Year!
Revelation 3:20The Message (MSG)
20-21 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
Revelation 3:20New International Version (NIV)
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
20 Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.