4 Ways To Discern If An Open Door Is From God

Have you ever been stuck in a position that required you to make a decision. Perhaps you had two job offers and couldn’t decide which one to take. Maybe one you’ve been waiting for, for months (maybe even years)… while the other one  kind of just fell in your lap so to speak. Which one do you take?

Is it an open door from God or are you trying to kick the door open?

Here are 4 Ways To Discern If An Open Door Is From God:

The Open Door Points to God’s Glory

No door that God opens will contradict Scripture. If an opportunity arises that requires for you to go against God’s word, it’s not from God. If it requires for you to compromise your beliefs and morals, it’s not from God. If it makes you feel more guilty than good, it’s not from God. If it doesn’t feel right, more than likely it’s not.

Loving God means obeying His commandments (2 John 1:6). If someone says they know Him but doesn’t keep His commandments, he is not of God (1 John 2:3) and God calls him or her a liar (1 John 2:4). Obedience to God glorifies Him.

You Won’t Have to Force it

Jesus is the one who opens doors.

‘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).

If the door simply won’t open for you to do something, then that door is not supposed to be opened. Even jimmying the lock or trying to break the door down won’t work. Pray for God to reveal to you which door you are to walk through and make it obvious to you by opening a door that you can’t.

The Door Makes You Utterly Dependent on Him

If you can manage to go through a door and not need God’s help for anything, then you might be walking through a door in your own flesh, depending on the strength of your own arm, which isn’t a good indication of God opening a door for you. God wants us to be totally dependent upon Him because any work we do is for Him anyway. Jesus said we can’t do anything without Him (John 15:5), and we won’t be able to produce any fruit of God at all without Him (John 15:4).

The Door Opens by Itself

I touched on this briefly in the second paragraph, but this is a bit different. You know the automatic doors you find at the stores? These doors open because they have an electronic eye and they can sense when someone’s about to walk into the store. In the same way, we might have to simply try to go through a door that’s shut at the moment to see if God wants us to walk through it. There may be no reason for God to open a door until He sees you are going to walk through it. He may be waiting for you to “go” before you can “enter” and watching for you to take that first step of faith.


I am not saying that you must have all of these indications because God will make it clear to you in time but until then, pray to God, seek His will, counsel with others, petition their prayers for God’s will for your life, and trust Him. Start taking steps to go through a door that might seem closed for now. Perhaps God is waiting to see if you’ll trust Him to take the first step.



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    June 9, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I love this one (Y)

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    June 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thandi Lebogang Twala….
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    June 1, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Sure if it’s meant to be it will be

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:58 am


  5. Jaleesa Spencer

    June 1, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I needed this! I have an opportunity to have a face to face on Friday with an individual I’ve not spoken to in about a month and I’m split on if it’s God will or just my flesh. My heart is curios and hopeful but my hurt feelings say to stay home… God I trust you and I need your direction, discernment, and sound judgement.

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:53 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:49 am

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  8. Elly Grace B. Paran

    June 1, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I love the ways You encourage me God..thank you..

  9. Thembi NA Sontyali

    May 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Wow yes ,Amen …

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    May 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

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    May 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Nice one

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    May 31, 2017 at 9:10 pm

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    May 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Aiks Camagong ganda mem

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    May 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    HalleluJah! Amen!!

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    May 31, 2017 at 3:08 pm


  17. Evan Nelo

    May 31, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    That’s true

  18. Terry Daley

    May 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

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    May 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm

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    April 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

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    April 8, 2017 at 11:28 am


  25. Alisa Johnson

    April 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Wait on the Lord!

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    April 8, 2017 at 5:42 am

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    April 8, 2017 at 5:07 am

  28. Rose Sibeko

    April 8, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Amen,the steps of a righteous man are directed by the Lord. No man can shut the open door.thank you

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    April 8, 2017 at 2:40 am


  30. Sherri Walker

    April 8, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Needed to remember this. God is good

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    April 8, 2017 at 1:34 am

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    April 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

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    April 8, 2017 at 12:53 am

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  34. Alison Dellenbaugh

    April 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen an open door, I’m not sure I would recognize one. I might think it was a mirage.

    • Cathy Weaver

      April 8, 2017 at 12:09 am

      My beloved Alison just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there 🙄often before we go through any doors preparation must have been made, for example even the automatic door at the grocery store or airport demands we first step on the spot to be granted access to enter in😇 I believe you will absolutely recognize your open doors when they are presented to you😇🎁God bless you and be not weary in your waiting season ✅ everything must change 🌈

  35. Gaebolae Boikanyo

    April 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Amen to that…beautiful messages of hope…God is love!

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    April 7, 2017 at 6:35 pm


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    April 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm


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    April 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    If truly it meant to be it shall surely come to pass

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    April 7, 2017 at 6:07 pm


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    April 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Glory to God in the highest!

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    April 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm


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    April 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm

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  43. Mary Demmer

    April 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Amen !

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    April 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

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  49. Helen Adair

    April 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Great advice, and great analogy about the automatic doors.

  50. Frances Jones

    April 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Amen .

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    April 7, 2017 at 11:58 am


  52. Christine Donadio Connors

    April 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This is wonderful advice. Go in peace

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    April 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

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    April 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Amen the blessing of the Lord make rich and add No sorrow to it

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    April 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

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  59. Frances Frans

    April 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Confirmation thank you

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    April 7, 2017 at 9:12 am


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    April 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

    If God permit,he would allow everything to came into your life…!

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    April 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

    That’s right

  68. Terry Daley

    April 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thank you Jesus Amen

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    April 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Tanx din po sa uulitin po gud luck..god bless us all..

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    August 18, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Amazing! Just what I’m going through right now!

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