“’And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.’ So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not one vessel more.’ And the oil stopped. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.’”
2 Kings 4:4-7 NASB

In this story of Elisha and the widow in 2 Kings 4, the widow’s husband had died and the creditors were coming to take her two sons to be slaves. Here Elisha is instructing her to borrow many vessels, then to go into her house, and shut the door behind her. In fact, he tells her to shut the door behind her two different times. Perhaps there are doors in your past that need to be shut such as the doors of negative and critical thinking. Do you find yourself pointing the finger and grumbling about others? Or, there is the door of fear of failure: every time you have come close to success, it has been ripped away from you. And there is the door of unforgiveness. It has been said that bitterness and unforgiveness can split up many marriages and can hack the heart out of many a divorcee. The widow had to shut the door first, then came the miracle. When you shut the door on the negativity of your past, you open the door to your miracle and success.

I declare that I will no longer give permission for the negativity of my past to dictate my present and future. “I am a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)