"The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom, Let Us Attend!"
Growing up in the Russian Orthodox Church, I heard this declaration every Sunday, around midway, through the Divine Liturgy. The only thing it meant to me during my childhood and teen years was that the nearly two-hour long service was halfway over.
However, this familiar refrain resounded in my mind and heart when the Holy Spirit recently called me into God's presence to receive a word, and I heard it clearly:
"The Doors! The Doors! In wisdom, let us attend!"
Before I share what the Lord started speaking to me through those memorable words, there are two quick things to share first to provide context and increased understanding; one is about the doors, and the other is about wisdom.
When I googled, "What does the opening of the doors in the Orthodox Divine Liturgy mean?" I found this entry:
"When the gates (doors) are opened, it represents moments when God is especially present to His people..."
The entry goes on to say that when the doors are closed, it is "a reminder that sin separates the individual from God."
Years ago, I asked the Holy Spirit to clarify the difference between wisdom and knowledge. He very simply said, "Knowledge is knowing what to do. Wisdom is doing it."
In the liturgical phrasing about the doors, the deacon in the Orthodox Church declares, "In wisdom, let us attend." I can now see that it means let's pay attention and do what we have been shown to do.
Pay Attention â€“ Doors Are Opening!
With that context in mind, here is what I heard the Lord saying:
"Doors are opening! Pay attention to the doors opening! Whosoever has been asking, seeking, knocking â€“ step through the doors opening in front of you! The doors are opening for you to step through. When you step across any of these thresholds, you step from the 'Outer Spaces' to the 'Inner Spaces,' and you find Me there."
Outer Spaces, Empty Places
The whole world has now been launched deeper into what I saw as an "outer darkness." It is the darkness outside of the doors that open into to the light of His presence. It is the Darkness of the Outer Spaces. (Photo via Pixabay)
I saw that there is no gravity there, there is no oxygen there, there is no fixed center of light for the world to rotate around. The whole earth is wobbling into the outer darkness, moving further and further away from the gravity of the truth, away from the oxygen-rich air of life and freedom, and away from the light that illuminates and reveals reality.
Inner Spaces, Secret Places
The Lord said, "When you step through the open doors that I have set before you, you step into the 'inner spaces.' These are the secret places, the spaces where I am within you, where there is light and glory, where there is freedom, and where you can fly above and beyond the emptiness and waste of the outer spaces.
"It is where you will find My Kingdom. Haven't you heard that the Kingdom of God is already within you, in (and within) your midst? It is there because I am there. Stop looking and searching and seeking and running around in the outer spaces, looking for signs about what I'm doing or what I'm thinking or what I'm saying.
"Stand still! Seek My Kingdom inwardly, where you will find Me. Your inner space is My inner space. It is where the sights and sounds of Heaven are. You enter in to absorb them; you go out to display them.
Sights and Sounds of Heaven
"You ask, 'What does Heaven look like?' Do you want to know what Heaven sounds like? It looks like you walking with Me in these secret places, in these inner spaces â€“ in the place I have already prepared for you. It sounds like your voice talking with Me, and My voice speaking with you as we walk and reason together.
"Come and tell Me your secret hopes and dreams and prayers. Come let Me whisper My secrets, dreams and hopes for you. Come away with Me to the hidden places where darkness cannot come, where sorrow, fear and rejection cannot find you. Step through the open doors. Be renewed! Be refreshed! Be re-energized! And be made ready to return to the outer spaces through the open doors.
Doors Will Remain Open
"The open doors will remain open. They will not be shut as long as you keep sin out. They'll remain open for you to enter into My Kingdom, and they will remain open for you to go back out to the outer darkness. You enter in to receive, you go out to proclaim. You enter in to be filled, you go out to be poured. You enter in to be made holy, you go out to make others whole.
"I want you to occupy the inner spaces with Me and receive what I have to give to you in the secret places â€“ then take it back with you through the open doors into the outer spaces to declare My Kingdom.
"Don't ask to remain in the secret places and inner spaces day and night. I need sons and daughters who are willing to return to the darkness with My glory, with My Word, with My presence. Men and women, and even youth who enter in and go out, will enter in and go out as co-creators with Me, to restore the gravity of truth, to renew the light of reality, and to exhale the breath of freedom into the earth. (Photo via Snappy Goat)
The Door of Reclamation
"All of these doors are opening to you, and many more:
â€¢ The Door of Hope: vision, goodness, godly expectations for the future
â€¢ The Door of Opportunity: promotion and prosperity for mind, body and soul
â€¢ The Door of Understanding: justice, mercy and grace
â€¢ The Door of Life: health, wealth, and wisdom
"They all lead to My Kingdom within you. But the first door that you must not fail to find and pass through is the Door of Reclamation. This is the entrance to Heaven's 'Lost & Found.' It is where you reclaim your usefulness, your vision, your possessions that were wrongly taken from you. It is where you can lay claim to every possession that is rightfully yours!
The Door of Transformation
"Once your inheritance has been reclaimed and restored to your soul, and you have returned (declared) it to its rightful place in your natural life in the kingdoms of this world, the second door you must pass through is the Door of Transformation.
"Transformation is like water to an ice cube. Water is the original form and serves certain purposes, but when it is transformed to ice, it takes on a new form and can serve additional purposes that water in its original form could not.
"Step across the threshold of the Door of Transformation and have your mind made new in My presence so that I can make your purposes new with transformation. You will still be you, but you will not remain in your original state.
Come and Go!
"Now all the doors to My Kingdom within you are open to you! Occupy all the spaces within and without. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Heaven. Be transformed for new purposes. Birth new light, life, and liberty in the nations and restore the rotation of the earth around My will and purposes. Illuminate the outer darkness with My presence.
"Now is the time to come and go, come and go, come and go!"
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Linda Freeman is a former network television news writer, producer, and on-air talent. She has more than 20 years' experience writing for national/international broadcast news outlets (CBN/The 700 Club in Virginia Beach; NBC/MSNBC in New York City), followed by a second career in corporate communications with IBM. Linda specializes in writing screenplays based on or inspired by true stories, and is working on several TV series pilots. Two of her projects have been optioned by a Hollywood producer. Called to scribe, God has developed Linda's giftings to express themselves in exhortations, words of knowledge and wisdom, visions, and in all kinds of storytelling. Linda now lives just outside of Austin, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. She has been happily married for 30 years, and has raised four children.
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