Daily Word Archives



Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2012

 

11/1/2012

 

May I always give my best to serve

My Lord - His Word to heed

From His direction never swerve

In my talk or in my deed

 

No matter what the circumstance

Or problems along the way

His presence always my life enhance

His mercy new each day.

 

Thank you Lord for victory

That I might not yield to sin

Your Word is a light unto my path

And Your Spirit dwells within

 

A faithful steward let me be

May I hear the words "well done"

The day I reach my eternal home

And bow before God's Son.

 

11/2/2012

 

It is hard to find someone who doesn't like at least one type of music. As Christians we have seen the explosion of the music/praise aspect of our faith. We have almost every type of music with a Christian theme. There is of course some debate in regards to some styles that can get on our nerves. Some styles are just not what we like.

 

Many enjoy good lyrics, good rhythm and good melody that exalts and glorifies our Lord. In the midst of all that has been done to embellish Christian music and awe the audience with production, it is often the message of the song that stirs us on the inside.

 

Consider a song like: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

 

It is certainly not a "toe-tapper", but its power to reach the heart of man is incredible, It was written by Isaac Watts in 1707 in preparation for a communion service.

Charles Wesley (Brother of John Wesley) was born in 1707. He wrote such hymns as:

             Christ the Lord is risen today

            Hark the herald angels sing

            Jesus Lover of my soul

            Oh for a thousand tongues to sing

 

Charles Wesley re­port­ed­ly said he would give up all his other hymns to have writ­ten this one.

 

We thank God for what He has allowed us to experience and enjoy in music today. We see that it does not have to be complex or elaborate in order to shake us to the core and do its work within us. Thank you Lord for speaking to us in so many different ways.

 

11/3/2012

 

On this third day of the month, we note these verses from Proverbs 3:

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. ~ V:5-10

 

These have been called verses for every day regardless of the kind of day you are having. They are foundational verses for life. These are great verses to personalize and declare that this is the person I am and the way I act.

 

11/4/2012

 

Lord, as I go to church today

Help me to bless someone in some way

Perhaps in word, perhaps in deed

May I lift a burden, or meet a need

 

I may not be preaching or singing a special song

But I'm willing to serve and help others stand strong

Help me today so that others might see

Christ only, always, living in me.

 

Let others see Jesus in you!

 

11/5/2012

 

We encourage you to vote tomorrow. As Billy Graham's recent ad stated, we ask you to vote for Biblical values.

 

In addition we should always strive to live Biblical values - no matter who is holding a particular office.

 

No elected official should ever hear a constituent say: I do not vote.  What they should hear is: I always vote and hold people accountable.

 

When we vote we take a stand - let's make it a Godly one!

 

11/6/2012

 

Of course this is election day and we are waiting for the results. Regardless of who gets in any office they will need our prayers. They will also need to be held accountable - for their good, for ours, our children, and for our land.

 

There is an interesting verse about Jotham, king of Judah the son of Uzziah. There is not a great deal written about him. He is not one of the famous or well-known rulers in the Old Testament. It does say he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord but he was not perfect.

 

An interesting verse is II Chronicles 27:6 ~ So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. (Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. ~ NIV)

 

That statement essentially ends what we know about Jotham. The world might not know much about any of us, but what would be written of us from the Lord's perspective? It is something worth considering.

 

The scripture concerning Jotham is one any leader would be blessed to heed. It is also good for any of us as well.

 

We pray that our leaders would understand the Godly responsibilities they have as ones in authority. We pray that they would seek God's counsel and wisdom. May the Lord have mercy on our leaders and touch their hearts with His Spirit.

 

11/7/2012

 

We write this before the election results are known. Some will be happy and some will not as a result of the voting. Yet on this Wednesday most of us will have the same type of responsibilities that we had yesterday - likely work, family and/or school, etc.

 

Also as Christians our duties have not changed regarding our service to the Lord. We have so much to do and we need to make sure that our eyes and our focus is on the right things.

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 15:58

 

May God show us how to best pray and do regarding those who will now be in office.

 

11/8/2012

 

On Tuesday we shared about Jotham and what the Lord said about him. Today we have another king that is better known - Hezekiah:

 

And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. ~ II Chronicles 31:20-21.

 

We want to note particularly the words "he did it with all his heart". We know that is sometimes difficult - especially to do it consistently.

 

Even in things we like, enjoy and believe we are called to - sometimes things just do not suit us, it's not our style, there is conflict or perhaps we are just tired. These can be warning flags and be very real in our lives as we deal with circumstances and people.

 

These signals should help us to address these things as best we can with God's help. There is nothing wrong with being honest with God about it. Lord I want to do this with all of my heart but I feel like my heart is not in it.

 

If we care enough to pray, seek the Lord, and do whatever we can get back in the right "mode" so to speak, we are showing that our hearts are at least taking us in the right direction.

 

If you know the story of Hezekiah, everything in his life was not perfect. But he had a tender heart towards the things of God.

 

May we diligently guard our hearts as well (Proverbs 4:23) and demonstrate to the Lord that we care very much about this aspect of our Christian walk.

May this be demonstrated in us daily: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

 

11/9/2012

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine - what a wonderful thing to be able to say.

 

Acts 17:31 ~  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

 

Col 2:2 ~ That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

 

1 Thessalonians 1:5 ~ For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

 

Heb 6:11 ~ And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

 

Heb 10:22 ~ Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

11/10/2012

 

We are grateful that our country still recognizes the Thanksgiving holiday. It is an excellent platform for the church to biblically share and declare why we should be thankful, and the hope we have in Christ for each day and the future.

 

For us as Christians, the day is just one to recognize the lifestyle we should be exhibiting consistently. There are too many verses to list all regarding Thanksgiving, and likely each one of us has a favorite or two. If we do have a favorite, let us make sure we are showing it.

 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. ~ Colossians 3:17

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15

 

11/11/2012

 

We wish to thank all of our veterans for their service on this Veteran's Day. Thank you for answering the call and giving of yourself in defense of our land and people.

 

We thank the families also. You too have sacrificed greatly and have not been recognized enough.

 

We pray the blessings of God - peace and comfort in abundance - upon all of you. We are very grateful and wanted to share our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

 

11/12/2012

 

Yesterday our message was: Trust in the Lord

 

In the troubled times we are living in, many are looking for someone or something trustworthy. We see God's people in the midst of trouble and troubling times throughout history.

Consider some major examples:

 

Noah

The children of Israel in Egypt

The Book of Judges

David fleeing from Saul

The Kingdom divided

Babylonian captivity

Daniel in the Lion's Den

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace

The persecution of the church in the New Testament

 

We noted these scriptures as we introduced trusting in the Lord:

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

 

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. ~ Psalm 5:12

 

Show thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. ~ Psalm 17:7

 

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. ~ Psalm 25:2

 

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. ~ Psalm 31:1

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Psalm 46:1

 

In the natural when we say we really trust someone, we are putting ourselves on the line. It is not something we do lightly, and the person we are trusting should understand the responsibilities involved. Trusting the Lord is no small or trivial matter either - it is very serious. Remember the Lord has promised to be faithful and true.

 

We need to exhibit our "trust in the Lord" as a lifestyle - not just say it as a Christian slogan. May God grant us each the right way to walk and live out our trust in Him.

 

11/13/2012

 

In the natural we normally continue in that which we find good and profitable. We usually do not find these things boring if they bring improvement and enjoyment to our lives. If they do get a little ho-hum, we likely will find ways to spice those things up a little.

 

The church has really gone through some "spicing-up" over the past hundred years. As with all things, change can often be difficult and all of us have different preferences regarding church activities. The key is to keep things scriptural, decent and in order, and also add some freshness and qualities that we might call up-to-date.

 

All of these things can certainly bring about lively and intense discussions particularly in what we each would like to see in church. As we delve into new ways of doing things we note I Thessalonians 5:21 ~ Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

We note below a number of things we are told to continue in. As you read them, think about all of the ways we have enhanced these activities in the church in recent years. How can I enhance these in my life? Can I do these in a way to add freshness, life and energy to the activity? Lord how can I honor you more as I continue to grow in these aspect of my faith?

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15

 

Jesus said to continue in His word ~ John 8:31

 

(John 15:9)  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 

(Acts 13:43 KJV)  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

 

(Acts 14:22)  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

 

(Rom 11:22 KJV)  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

 

(Col 4:2 KJVContinue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

(Heb 13:1 KJVLet brotherly love continue.

 

All of these things we are to continue and as David said, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

11/14/2012

 

On this 14th day of the month, we are reminded of Proverbs 14:34

 

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

 

These are a few words that present a powerful truth. Righteousness will exalt anything while sin will always bring degradation.

 

We pray for our nation's leaders to understand this and for the people (ourselves included) to demonstrate it. We need to personalize this as well. In whatever situation I am in, I want to go the way of righteousness that it might be well, improve, and prosper all involved. May I recognize the sinful path and turn from it quickly - that I and those involved might avoid reproach and disgrace.

 

This should be the effort we show forth and endeavor to live by.

 

11/15/2012

 

As we enter into the season of giving and thanksgiving, why not take the time to do something special for someone at your home. All of us have jobs, responsibilities and duties around the home. What a great way to give and say thank you - relieve some pressure on someone else, do one of their chores yourself, or ask what you can do to particularly help them.

 

Anything we do to help and bless our family will be to our benefit as well - it is our family too! Being a giver and thanks-giver in this way can be fun, profitable, likely not too expensive, and perhaps others will be motivated to do the same.

 

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

 

11/16/2012

 

I have set the LORD always before me ... ~ Psalm 16:8

 

This brings to mind a good question: Where do we "set the Lord" each day in our lives? The question can seem odd because we know we don't "set" the Lord like we would a statue or idol, and many of us know His presence in our hearts.

 

But putting this Old Testament verse into New Testament thinking, it compels us to look at the position God holds in our daily lives. The picture we get from David's words shows the Lord always in front as he goes ahead. No move is made forward without realizing that God is there. What is His perspective and how would He react to what I am about to do?

 

We are reminded once again of God's presence with us, and our actions should reflect that we are mindful of it.

 

11/17/2012

 

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. ~ Isaiah 60:1

 

This first has to come on the inside of us. Lord we pray for this initiative that brings a desire to develop, to grow, to increase, to learn, to do better - a desire to fulfill our calling in excellence, to be a blessing to others, and to glorify God.

 

Let us do our part to stir up the gift that is within us (II Timothy 1:6) in order to honor God and bless others in word and deed.

 

11/18/2012

 

As we go to our worship services this morning, we note some verses in Psalm 138:

 

I will praise thee with my whole heart:

 

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth:

 

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

 

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

 

Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.

 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: and thy right hand shall save me.

 

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:

 

May we make the most of the opportunity we have to worship, praise, and draw near to our Lord - we indeed need Him every hour.

 

11/19/2012

 

Yesterday we continued the topic: Trust in the Lord

 

Letting the Word speak for itself is a blessing:

 

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. ~ Psalm 37:39-40

 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. ~ Psalm 91:1-2

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: ~ Isaiah 26:3-4

 

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. ~ Proverbs 29:25

 

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. ~ Isaiah 12:2

 

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. ~ Psalm 115:11

 

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. ~ Psalm 32:10

 

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ~ Psalm 34:8

 

If you kept up with the news last week, it was hard to find anything good - the brink of war in Israel, the CIA vs. the White House and the whole Libya situation, the still-devastated areas hit by Hurricane Sandy,  the stock market slide, taxes going up, and is the Twinkie really dead?

 

It certainly is a good time to trust in the Lord! 

 

11/20/2012

 

Yesterday we listed a number of scriptures about trusting in the Lord. Our national motto "In God We Trust" continues to come under fire by those who must be interested in trusting something else rather than God.

 

Some have suggested that we write "In God We Trust" anywhere we can as a show of support - on the backs of envelopes that we are mailing for example.

 

To take it further we could write "In God I Trust" making it very personal. It could be a great testimony as a monogram, bumper sticker, lapel pin, or Christmas lights in red and green.

 

God give us creative ways to show and demonstrate the words "In God I Trust"!

 

11/21/2012

 

We know that great preparations are in the works for our family celebrations of Thanksgiving. We note Jesus especially thanks when speaking to the Father or regards to provisions such as food:

 

Feeding of the 4,000:

 

And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude ~ Matthew 15:36

 

The things of God revealed:

 

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. ~ Luke 10:21

 

At the Lord's Supper:

 

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: ~ Luke 22:17

 

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. ~ Luke 22:19

 

Feeding of the 5,000:

 

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. ~ John 6:11

 

At the tomb of Lazarus:

 

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. ~ John 11:41

 

May we use our freedom to express our thanks daily for all that God has done for us.

 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

 

11/22/2012

 

This President and this Congress had no problem with a Thanksgiving Proclamation. We pray God give us such leaders and such an electorate. May this help to give you even a more blessed Thanksgiving celebration.

 

General Thanksgiving

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

 

11/23/2012

 

It has been said that that true thanks-giving is a result of true thanks-living. This play on words should describe us as Christians.

 

The thanks-living is part of our everyday witness as Christians - we do not have to be Bible scholars to show forth this aspect of new life in Christ..

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15

 

11/24/2012

 

We pray God grant us all a special measure of wisdom at this time. Everyone is likely dealing with just a little bit more this weekend: getting past Thanksgiving, what to do with whatever is left over, should I shop now, later, both, or not at all, should I be checking on the Christmas decorations or putting them up, what kind of get together will we have at Christmas and what day/night will suit everyone, did we start the Christmas pageant/play/cantata early enough, and I hope starting black Friday early does not put me in the red early as well.

 

May wisdom be granted to keep our priorities straight and our stress levels low. May Jesus always be kept first and our efforts be toward that which is most important. May I be a blessing to everyone I possibly can.

 

A good beginning would be to start this season with prayer!

 

11/25/2012

 

Faith looks beyond this transient life

With hope for all eternity

Not with some vague and wistful hope,

But with firm trust and certainty ~ D De Haan from Our Daily Bread

 

It has been said that death levels the playing field.

No one in and of himself has an advantage.

But Jesus has tasted death for every man

This was done to extend God's grace to all of us. ~ Hebrews 2:9

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

Jesus will take your death and give you His life.

 

11/26/2012

 

Our topic yesterday was thanksgiving and peace - subjects very applicable to the holiday season.

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15

 

We know the Christmas season can be difficult for some. Let us practice Romans 14:19 in order to be help and blessing:

 

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

 

11/27/2012

 

Beautiful words by Charles Wesley

 

May "love divine" flow out of us to others especially during this season.

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

 

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

11/28/2012

 

Lord , when my days on earth are done

May I wake to see the face of Your Son

Just as I was my life I gave

Because Jesus promised that He would save

 

Since we know that this physical life will end for each of us in some way, it even makes common sense to prepare ahead of time.

 

11/29/2012

 

When evaluating anything, a good question might be: What's the purpose?

 

Finding the purpose of something can often help clarify things - in our own lives especially.

 

Then we can ask: What is my purpose? - both long and short term.

 

A purpose helps to direct us, keep us on track, motivate us toward a goal even when difficulties arise. When our purpose is clear we are better able to implement what is necessary to achieve that purpose. If we cannot clarify the purpose of goal, then it is difficult to know what tools to use to bring about a good result.

 

The scriptures have a lot to say about purpose and how important it is. It outlines the purpose of God in Christ Jesus. Clarity of purpose was something that was first and foremost in the life of Jesus. We note one in particular: "... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." ~ I John 3:8

 

Paul stated that his purpose was as open and transparent as his faith, doctrine, and manner of life - II Timothy 3:10. May our purpose in life be so clearly defined.

 

We say all of this because the term "purpose" is the exact opposite of today's term "whatever". We should not be living in the world of "whatever". For many of course this is just a term used today, yet it may indicate a pattern of thinking that will take someone down a wrong road.

 

We hope this contrast will help us get on with our purpose. We ask God to help us fine-tune it and keep us on the straight and narrow. If you live in the land of "whatever", you will have to settle for "whatever" you get.

 

11/30/2012

 

On Wednesday night we continued our study of Psalm 119. Many know it is the longest chapter of the Bible and we are making surprising progress. We particularly looked at this verse:

 

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. ~ Psalm 119:131

 

This is certainly a great prayer and something wonderful to walk in. We know further from verse 105 that:

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. ~ II Timothy 3:16-17

 

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ II Timothy 2:15

 

May the Lord order our steps in His Word. We see that the Word of God can be handled deceitfully and we want no part of that:

 

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. ~ II Corinthians 4:2

 

And let not any iniquity have dominion over me!

 

May our actions and attitude show that we are very serious about and rejoice to walk in Psalm 119:131.



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