It has been 22 months since the Lord visited me with the strong message about "Delta" and "Doors." You may have noticed Paul Keith Davis' newsletter for August 2011 that was titled A Day of Open Doors. I find much encouragement through the revelations and writings of Paul Keith and I've noticed others have had "door" revelations in the past year. Still, my spirit has not been entirely at peace about this "door" message.
Passing through doors in the spiritual realm does not produce a change in circumstances without first producing a change within us. Doors representtransition. Transition is movement and movement often produces insecurity as we move from one balanced step to the next. In transition we often first pass through our expectations of what we think the change should look like. As the nature of change is to change us, the first thing often required is our expectation of what change should look like.
Let's go back about six weeks to the pivotal time of Rosh Hashanah. There was much spoken of and prophesied about this season: earthquakes, huge changes in church as we know it, etc...
Two Things to Understand
Some prophetic words have a Kingdom (spiritual) realization but their manifestation on this plane is delayed.
For example, I believe there has been a significant change in "how America does Church." That change presently is the Kingdom realm – the spiritual realm – and may not be visible and demonstrated until a cataclysmic event sets it off. The stage has been set, but to say the change has occurred would be like inviting thousands of people to a concert a week before the musicians arrive.
The other thing to understand is the limitations of our linear, Greek-style of thinking.
As American Christians we are hard-wired to believe that events occur in arational sequence. B follows A, four follows three, and any change in the Spirit is simply an extension of where we have already been. We seem to equate spiritual progress with job promotions. But to do this is prophesying from our tip-toes and can lead to dangerous speculation. Where we are presently is not someplace the Body has been before, nor it is a mere extension of where we were. The Lord's idea of progress is not the same as ours.
Open Doors Lead to New Rooms
Imagine a large, beautiful house. You have dwelt in this house for a long time. Your favorite room has become your "living" room. You know how the light enters the windows during certain times of the day and seasons of the year. You have a favorite chair or couch on which to rest and you've decorated the walls with symbols of desires, values and memories. We have a particular room like this. It contains our wood stove, a brick chimney and wood box, a handmade bookshelf with a few hundred books, one La-Z-Boy chair, a couch, and rocking chair. On the walls are a number of pelts – bobcat, wolf, coyote and badger – a buffalo skull, a European mount of a whitetail buck, an L. A. Huffman print of South Sunday Creek, a framed Ezra Riley book cover, two framed Wally Badgett cartoons, and chaps and spurs hanging in a corner.
It is a comfortable room and very Western. It reflects who "we" are, or more precisely, who I am. Imagine as you sit in your comfortable room that you suddenly notice a door you'd not seen before. Curiously, you rise from your comfort, crack the door open, and peer inside. The new room is dimly lit, so you enter to take a better look and the door closes behind you.
The door is stuck hard, but not locked. If you truly want to return to comfort it's possible, but an inner compass settles and centers you. You look about the new room. To your senses, there is not much here to like. The room seems very bare and the shades on the windows are drawn, making the room almost dark. But you do notice the floor is hardwood and the ceiling seems higher than normal.
The room and its atmosphere is very clean as if prepared beforehand, but you desire more air and light. You pull the curtains back and open a window. There is a view before you that you've not quite seen before. It's your yard, your place, but from a different angle. The light and fresh air brings a warmth to the room and you see that the floor is even more beautiful than you'd thought. It glistens in the sunlight.
What this room lacks is a personal touch. The foundation and atmosphere reflects His handiwork, but the walls are bare. You must personalize this room with your sanctified values, dreams, desires, and memories before it is fully yours to occupy. But there is no rush to do this.
And the room is strangely silent. If you put your ear to the wall you would faintly hear prophetic voices describing "new seasons" and "new doors" coming from the room you'd just left but the voices now seem dim and hollow. They don't speak to you now.
The room needs music. But not any music. Not yesterday's music. It needs a music from within that you've never heard. The new room calls for a new response. You sense you have arrived at a deeper level and somewhere here is a new sound of worship. Something more fulfilling, more piercing and authoritative, yet, softer and sweeter than any sound you've known. As the sound grows in you it seems tangible, like a cloud of energy hungering for release. It is so large and so enlarging that you wonder if you can birth it and still live.
You are impressed to sit, relax and wait. Busyness alone won't enhance this room, in fact, mere busyness would degrade its atmosphere. This is a room where patience is embraced and where patience embraces in return. Peace is here. Its presence is close. You sit in the new room not knowing what comes next and not caring. We are impressed to simply sit on the floor. Relax and wait. Busyness won't change this room.
We must sit, wait, and allow our eyes to become accustomed to new light. This is where we are in the present season of new, open doors.
John L. Moore
John L. Moore is a Montana rancher, novelist, and journalist with over 25 years of experience in prophetic ministry and pastoring home churches. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines and he was the initial winner of Christianity Today's Critics' Choice Award for his novel, The Breaking of Ezra Riley. John's wife Debra is a musician, worship leader massage therapist and Sozo counselor. The Moores have two children and five grandchildren.