The Open Door

The Open Door

As we begin another year, we will commit to – “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts; and be thankful.”

For some of us, 2016 was a very good year, for others it was a traumatic year, and for many it was a life changing year. Whatever your position in 2016 – wonderful, harrowing, or life altering – we are in a new year and a new season. Thank God for bringing us through the past year and bringing us into another year with new opportunities, challenges, and opened doors.

I’m reflecting on Revelations 3:8:

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (ESV)

2017 is another chance to go through the open door that God has placed for us, an opportunity to do the things we failed to do in 2016 due to fear, pride, insecurity, economic deficit, sickness, or death. Our God is a good God and a God of second, third, tenth, and twentieth chances. We must keep our eyes on the prize which is our calling in Christ Jesus. God wants each and every one of us to be successful in our calling/ministry.

I pray right now that God will bless all the works of your hands and give you success in all that you do.

As we venture into two thousand seventeen, we will put away stress, frustration, fear, anxiety, prejudice, selfishness, pride, arrogance, dishonesty, impatience, intolerance, quick temper, malice and wrath. In this New Year, we will walk in the fruit of the Spirit and cast away all that is contrary to the will of God.

  • We will let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
  • We will be thankful.
  • We will cast away anything that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.
  • We will walk through the open door.
  • We will keep our eyes on the prize.
  • We will be victorious!
  • We will be successful.
  • We will be prosperous (in mind, body, and spirit).

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3rd John 1:2 (KJV)

We will remember in 2017 that we are called in one body, Christ Jesus; and we are all part of that body if we call Jesus Lord and Savior

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”                                                                                  Colossians 3:15 (ESV)


Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. A beautiful message. 🙂

  2. Love the positive, upbeat tone of your message, Barbara. May you and your readers be blessed throughout 2017!

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