SHUT THE DOOR BEHIND YOU
I wanted to share something that came over me while I was preaching, something that has never happened to me before. I was preaching in New York on Sunday evening March 27th 2022, the best way to describe the feeling that I felt was that I was completely overtaken by the presence of God.
I’m not sure what other ministers do before they preach the Word of God, but as for me, I try to spend as much time in prayer before I ever get behind the pulpit. I guess you can say I have a routine. I’d like to share my routine with everyone that reads this blog so that you can best understand or see that it was just a matter of time before something like this was inevitable.
First I try to arrive at the Church or venue at least a half hour before the service begins. I try my best to get away from any and all distractions so that I can just be alone with the Lord. Once I’m alone, while I’m in prayer I make it a point to thank Jesus for allowing me to be a vessel to speak to His children (that’s all people of all ages). Then I offer Him my sermon as a sacrifice of obedience, telling Jesus to do with it whatever He wishes and that if I am to speak nothing that I prepared that I am okay with that because I only want to share what He wants me to share. I continue to speak to Jesus saying that my only desire is that people would not be drawn to me or my voice that they hear, but that they would only be drawn to Him and only hear His voice speaking through me. I conclude my prayer and conversation with Jesus by saying have your way in and through me.
The messages that I always prepare are always about reaching the lost. I often refer to my sermons as reaching, not preaching, because we are Hitting The Pavement to Wrestling For Souls. Meeting people where they are that we might win them to Jesus. So I try to bring the scriptures in the Bible to life for all that are listening either in attendance or on social media.
I began my sermon by sharing a little of my testimony, opening up about the suicide attempts that gripped me because I believed that no one would understand the darkness that was all around me even when people thought I was okay. I made several references to the fact that miracles happen at the point when fear grips you. I talked about the widow that was going to bury her only son, referring to the book of Luke, verses 11-17. I was giving a little insight, my take that a collision was getting ready to take place as the crowd that was following this widow was sad, mourning the loss of her only son. At the exact same moment of this funeral procession leaving the city of Nain, a crowd was following Jesus into the same city. The difference was that they were leaving what I called a healing service where Jusus spoke healing into existence for a Centurion’s servant. And that servant was made completely whole without being touched. The crowd following Jesus was on an emotional high, completely opposite of the crowd following the coffin. The Bible says that when Jesus saw the widow he had compassion and told the mother of the boy, “Do not weep” and that’s when Jesus put his hand on the coffin and said “young man, I say to you arise” and Jesus presented the boy to his mother. A collision that would never be forgotten and a collision that would be heard about not only throughout the city of Nain but throughout the surrounding region.
At this time the Lord led me to speak about the Prophet Elisha and the Widow’s Oil from 2 Kings chapter 4 verses 1 through 7. But before I could get to verse 7 the Spirit of the Lord fell so hard on me that I could not speak any longer. Immediately the revelation of the vessels that were borrowed and filled with oil by another widow overtook me and I began to weep. I could not compose myself because I was having such a divine moment in the Lord. I couldn’t fully explain the revelation that Jesus brought to my attention but since that day, and it was only a few days ago. Jesus has fully downloaded into my Spirit the fullness of what He was showing me as I stood behind that pulpit and weeped.
What I will reveal to you in this blog, which is just the beginning, should help us all to understand that there were direct orders given to the Prophet Elisha that were relayed to the Widow without mistake. The Widow then followed those orders just as directed. The blessing that manifested to this Widow and her two sons was fulfilled behind closed doors. In verse 4 it says: “And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”. There are so many times that we know and believe that we heard or believe we heard something from the Lord, and when we test what we heard oftentimes we may have missed something. Small but powerful details, intimate moments that are only meant for those that the Lord is trying to do something for or through. The Lord was getting ready to do something so important, but the shutting of the door meant that it was only for her and her son’s eyes to see. Meaning that there are times that the Lord only wants to do something for you, for you and your children, for you and your spouse, but you may feel the need to tell everyone, or feel guilty about not sharing what the Lord wants to do with others. Look at verse 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
This was only a portion of the revelation that was revealed to me, but it was the starting point. I believe that as I begin posting these blogs, they are going to be a starting point to your greatest blessings and breakthroughs that Jesus has for you to receive. The greatest revelation that you’re about to receive from God will be revealed to you behind closed doors. Allow the Lord to do a great and mighty work in and through you.