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What Open Door posts on Facebook - September 2012

 

9/1/2012

 

As we start the month of September and hopefully enjoy a long weekend, we pray for safety for all who may be traveling, enjoying recreation, doing something with family and friends, etc.

 

We are thankful for God-given jobs and the opportunities to serve in various capacities. For all the people who labor to provide for their homes, families and children we thank you for your diligence and pray for favor with your employers and in your employment.

We especially remember those working in the ministry. We often give a hearty "Amen" to the Bible's description of the "work of the ministry". We are grateful for those serving in this way - both those in the public eye and those who do the jobs no one sees.

 

Regardless of your place of service, you can do it as unto the Lord. We can honor Jesus in the way we serve our employer, help our fellow workers, in the attitudes we display, and show forth that we want to be a blessing.

 

So we thank you for laboring to be a blessing, and we hope these verses will be a blessing to you.

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:9

 

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

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. ~ Hebrews 6:10

 

9/2/2012

 

This hymn reminds us that the world does not just need to see us going to church, but they also need to see Jesus is us:

 

While passing thro' this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Refrain:
            Let others see Jesus in you,
            Let others see Jesus in you.
            Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
            Let others see Jesus in you.

Your life's a book before their eyes,
They're reading it thro' and thro'
Say, does it point them to the skies,
Do others see Jesus in you?

Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

 

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: ~ I Peter 2:9

 

9/3/2012

 

A Job Well Done

 

As we come to Labor Day, the subject of work comes to mind. It often has a negative connotation because of what happened in the Garden of Eden. Yet before the fall, Adam still had things to do. He had dominion and anyone who has been in charge of anything knows that a lot of effort will be forthcoming. Granted, Adam did not have to wrestle with creation and the curse like we do now, but even so, there is honor in work done as to the Lord.

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. ~ Hebrews 6:10

 

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. ~ Ephesians 4:28

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:9

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:25

 

Regardless of our individual experience and feeling toward work, in this life there is just some doing that needs to get done. In our scriptures above we can see that there is a Godly aspect to labor.

 

As the title indicates, we like to hear that we have done well. We enjoy the satisfaction it gives us and especially when we see fruit of that labor. Our lives, the lives of others, can be benefitted and ministered to for the better ~ and the kingdom of God can be promoted and demonstrated.

 

As the scripture says, we all want to hear our Savior say: Well done!

 

Thus a Godly perspective on our work gives our laboring a good appeal.

 

9/4/2012

 

As Jesus was growing up we find this scripture:

 

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. ~ Luke 2:52

 

What a great prayer to pray - that we would increase in wisdom and stature, and the we find favor each day with God and with man. What a prayer to pray for your children as they are growing up.

 

It is interesting to see the story of Jesus before this verse - He was about the heavenly Father's business and He was submissive to His parents. Lord we pray this would describe our children as well.

 

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. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12

 

9/5/2012

 

From Psalm 34:

 

1  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 

When something is magnified, we do not do it to change it.  We do it in order to see it clearer, to understand it better, to get a better view of all its intricacies, to discover secrets that may be hidden.

 

Likewise when God is magnified in our sight and understanding, we can see a clearer picture of all He is and has. We can therefore both enjoy the things He has for and better flow with His plan and purpose for us. When He is magnified, others around can recognize and benefit from our loving God.

 

9/6/2012

 

In the course of a normal day, do we take the time where we do something to improve ourselves, to learn, to grow and develop in any way? So much of our days are taken up with the routines we have developed often just to get us through - whether it be our job, family, home, or personal life. We get to the end of our day and we are just grateful we made it through. It's as if we are just treading water.

 

If you were an outside analyst called in to assess that person's life, on the one hand you could say they are holding their own but yet they are not going anywhere and you do not see much progress.

 

As our children age, we note the natural/physical growth that just comes on its own. We know that growth in other areas has to coincide in order for this young person to be successful: mental, social and intellectual skills and abilities must be developed.

 

As Christians we recognize the absolute need to grow spiritually - which will help us to use all our talents and abilities in the right way. We need good character, morals, and discernment to properly assess the situations that come before us.

 

As we become adults, we pray that we have the skill and abilities necessary for success. We note a particular passage that we all need today:

 

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14

 

We remember Jesus and the temptations in the wilderness. He was skillful in the Word of Righteousness and overcame temptation - using the Old Testament!

 

9/7/2012

 

We note the following verse that speaks about Jesus:

 

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ II Corinthians 5:21

Further:

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. ~ Romans 3:28

 

After coming to faith in Christ, we are told to walk worthy of the Lord:

 

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:10

 

To put away iniquity:

 

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ~ II Timothy 2:19

 

We are often confronted with the statement: Everyone sins and you cannot expect to do the right thing all the time.

 

A good response: I can always try!

 

Imagine coming to your teenage son or daughter and saying: I know you will not do the right thing all of the time.

 

Their response: I can always try and I plan to!

 

You will hug them quickly for that response. It is a sincere heart attitude that will be first and foremost in getting our actions to the right place.

 

Don't we love it when we see that in our children? God loves to see it in His children as well.

 

9/8/2012

 

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!

 

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

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:6

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

 

In both the Old and New Testaments, we see that God wants His people to shine. Notice what is to shine - His light in us. It is not our intelligence, good looks, or personality that we should be shining. Granted they can be used for good, but it is dangerous to boast in them.

 

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; ~ II Corinthians 3:5

 

When we make the effort to glorify and honor God, we reap the benefits and blessings.

 

9/9/2012

 

For those of us going to church today, may we make the most of our time. When we leave the service we should be able to say that we gave our best.

 

May we also say we gave our best when we come to end of Monday.

 

The point is that we always want see God's best - it should then be our goal to give Him our best as well.

 

9/10/2012

 

We were reminded as we had Communion yesterday of how precious it is. We have been made partakers of Christ. We have the privilege of remembering Him and showing forth His death - declaring to the world that the price for sin has been paid!

 

We do not partake lightly. We earnestly desire to participate worthily knowing that it is indeed His body and blood that made the way for us.

 

Therefore we greatly rejoice and bow in reverence, and as the week begins we are determined to walk worthy of the Lord, be fruitful in the work of the Lord, and increase in the knowledge of God ~ Colossians 1:10

 

9/11/2012

 

We write today in remembrance of 9/11. We recognize the direct impact it had and still has in the lives of people. We pray especially that these people will be able to move forward. The memories will continue, but they do not have to live at the 9/11 address that impacted their families and lives.

 

We know that emotional and inward hurts are very real. A pill, powder, or injection will not bring healing or relief. We note particularly the words of Jesus:

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised ~ Luke 4:18

 

God well knows what inward hurt and turmoil will do to people. It is awesome to think that a main mission of the Spirit of God upon Jesus would be to heal and release those who are hurting on the inside.

 

How we earnestly pray for that manifestation in those who will minister and those who desperately need it. May this hope of healing and rescue from torment rise in the people who are depressed or in distress.

 

We pray heavenly Father for a great outpouring this day upon the lives of those who need You in regards to the 9/11 attack and aftermath.

 

9/12/2012

 

The day after 9/11 many realized that life with all of its usual challenges would go on - now coupled with the devastation of the attack we had been through.

 

As we come to this 9/12:

 

Do not let the gloominess of this present day, in the world around us, detract from the light that we should be living and walking in.

 

Certainly gross darkness is covering the earth – God has already warned us about that. But from the Word of God concerning us, we see things like this:

 

(Mat 5:16 KJV)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

We are called children of Light

 

We are to be a light to those in darkness

 

We are told to put on the armor of light

 

We are light in the Lord

 

We are called Saints in Light

 

(1 Th 5:5 KJV)  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 

We have been called into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9)

 

It would help us greatly when we deal with the darkness (usually daily) to remember that it is a different kingdom from the one in Christ. Though we may deal with it and be in it, it should not be in us.

 

Remember: Do not doubt in the dark, what God has shown you in the Light.

 

9/13/2012

 

All around us we see the results of man's imagination. It would be nice if all of it was good. But we know that imagination and the thoughts of man can run both ways.

 

Our point is that it can be used for good - and we enjoy wonderful things because of it.

 

May we use our imagination to see ourselves doing the Word of God. That can be a good first step. All of us at some point acted on something for the first time. Example: Remember the first time you were called on to pray in public - perhaps say a blessing or give a benediction.

 

We have all been there and truth be told we may have done it in fear and trembling. But if you kept at it, you likely can do it now without a second thought.

 

So today if there is something you would like to do from the Word of God, a good first step might be to imagine yourself doing it, picture yourself doing it, ask God to develop that into your thinking and motivation.

 

It is an excellent way to be spiritually minded, and it is a good way to get started regarding acting on the Word of God.

 

9/14/2012

 

We write today about growth and maturity - both are necessary. In the natural we see children grow physically and we know that they must mature. We know what happens when that is out of balance.

 

Spiritually as well people can grow in knowledge and ability; yet wisdom is needed to put what we know to proper use.

 

Jesus noted the following in Mark 4:16-17:

 

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

 

This "root" brings maturity and stability in our lives when storms, persecutions, and difficulties come in our lives.

 

Anything we develop in takes effort - both naturally and spiritually. Even the things that might be said we have a natural talent in will take work, practice and diligence in order to be more than just average.

 

We know in the natural there are ways to do things that bring the good result that we want. We just don't tell somebody on the job - just do it any old way that is good enough. You'll never experience any excellence like that. So we endeavor to learn from foundational principles, moving on to deeper things, getting around those who are experienced and getting their advice and counsel, and finally there is the learning by doing. We step out at the level we are and get to work.

 

We understand it very well from a physical standpoint (just be able to physically do something). In our children we recognize this when we see them growing in wisdom, in their decision making processes, and what we might call common sense. Finally we should recognize this spiritually in our lives as well.

 

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:14-15

 

As we noted above, let us step out and get to work.

 

9/15/2012

 

A scripture we have noted before:

 

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. ~ Proverbs 15;1

 

The point we make today: Be sure and be ready to give an answer!

 

This is critical today when Christian faith is being openly challenged and so many people are looking for the truth.

 

It should be our prayer and desire to give the answer that will bring the truth and light of the gospel to others.

 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: ~ I Peter 3:15

 

9/16/2012

 

Because it is Sunday, we just wanted to write about some hymns:

 

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light

And the burden of my heart rolled away

It was there by faith I received my sight

And now I am happy all the day

 

            ~hymn by Isaac Watts & Ralph Hudson

 

Let others see Jesus in you ~ hymn by B.B. McKinney

 

Mercy there was great and grace was free

Pardon there was multiplied to me

There my burdened soul found liberty

At Calvary

 

             ~ hymn by William Newell

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

~ Isaiah 26:3

 

9/17/2012

 

Yesterday as we looked at our new life in Christ we noted this familiar passage:

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Romans 12:1-2

 

These verses are for those who are serious about following the Lord. So often in looking at the subject of new life in Christ, we emphasize what Christ has done for us. That is certainly the basis of it and we are eternally grateful for it.

 

But these verses tell us things that we need to do - and it will "take some doin" in this day and time.

 

Yet we know God will help us as it was His idea to start with. He has given us this new life and we should show Him our desire to live it out.

 

 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10

 

9/18/2012

 

We have definitely seen violence, upheaval and uncertainty in our world in recent days. We therefore are thankful for the surety and certainty of our God and His Word to us.

 

Consider that Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthian church. There would surely be trying and uncertain times for them in the days ahead. The last verse He wrote to them:

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. ~ II Corinthians 13:14

 

Let it be also with us dear Lord - grace, love and communion with the Godhead three-in-one.

May the reality of it be demonstrated to bless as many as we possibly can.

 

9/19/2012

 

The call for Christians to pray has been sounded particularly in light of the world situation. We are reminded of the words of Paul in regards to where to start:

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. ~ I Timothy 2:1-2

 

Our leaders determine the course our country takes in so many areas. We must keep them in prayer. We pray especially verse 4 for them:

 

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Our leaders need salvation and need to know the truth in every situation in order make wise decisions. This is true for everyone - ourselves included.

 

May God's Spirit direct our praying and keep reminding us of the great necessity to pray.

 

9/20/2012

 

Some interesting verse in regards to strife:

 

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. ~ Proverbs 20:3

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. ~ James 3:16

 

There are many scriptures regarding the subject and it is interesting to see the surrounding verses and the context in regards to these scriptures. 

 

And we note this one:

 

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. ~ Genesis 13:8

 

What a verse for this day and time! We know there can be heated discussions with passionate points of view. But may we be just as quick to say: Let there be no strife between us!

 

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. ~ Romans 12:18

 

We can be known as those who will speak their minds and stand up for the faith. We can also be known as those who will avoid strife and seek to make peace if at all possible.

 

9/21/2012

 

The word "fortitude" has been described as having a "fort-attitude". This makes us think of protection and something standing between people and an enemy.

 

We are told to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand ~ Ephesians 6. As long as the fort is standing, it can do its job. For us as well, we are told to continue to stand.

 

Though at times it would seem difficult to stand, the scriptures in Ephesians 6 show us that we are not to stand in our own strength. It says to stand therefore and then lists the armor and weapons that God has for us. After all the armor is listed we see verse 18:

 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

We need to understand that this is part of the arsenal as well. We pray God would show us how to effectively use what He has given in this day and time. Remember that God gives these things to us in order to win and to successfully stand - not to be defeated.

 

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. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12

 

9/22/2012

 

Many are familiar with George Barna and the Barna Research Group. They have done a number of studies concerning religion and Christianity. A common topic involves the impact of 9/11.

 

Their headline in 2006 was: Five Years Later: 9/11 Attacks Show No Lasting Influence on Americans’ Faith

 

The story went on to say that after a surge in church attendance for a few weeks, fervent speeches, and singing of "God Bless America", people's religious lives essentially returned to a pre-9/11 state.

 

While the statistics paint a "sad but true" picture, an attack of any kind is not a basis for faith or an influence on it. Granted, it get's our attention and should wake us up. But our faith should be on the Solid Rock - Jesus and the Word of God.

 

Barna's research also shows us a pattern just like we see with the children of Israel - They sought God more in tragedy and tough times than they did when things were good.

 

This should not be the case with Christians. Yes we have a very present help in time of trouble, and we are told to come boldly to the throne of grace when we need help.

 

But the blessings of God should compel us the more to come before our heavenly Father, seek His face, and rejoice in His goodness. It should not take the "bad times" to bring us to our knees.

We enjoy being with God because He is good and His mercy endures forever.

 

May we endeavor to change these statistics mentioned above. May we be a people who show forth His praise because He has called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. ~ I Peter 2:9

 

9/23/2012

 

Don't you appreciate when people give their best - or at least when you know they are trying to? Their heart is in the right place, they are open to good advice and counsel, and you never have to question their loyalty.

 

May Jesus find each one of us to be as described above.

 

 9/24/2012

 

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. ~ Hebrews 2:1

 

We all we need reminders - many write reminder notes and sometimes forget where we put the note. Perhaps this is an indication of just how busy we are.

 

We know our natural lives are full - we have plenty to do. Reminders help us to prioritize that which is most important.

 

We should recognize this benefit spiritually as well. If we are good Bible students, we often know the things we should and should not do. Yet a good reminder will keep us from letting things "slip".

 

The Bible gives us a full plate as well - because it's all about this new life, how to act in this present life, and eternity. So it is no wonder that we need spiritual reminders to keep us on track.

 

9/25/2012

 

On Sunday we did a song from Isaiah 40:31

 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

Waiting on the Lord does not have to be something passive - it can be very active. Picture the scene when someone is waiting for a phone call. They are making sure that the call can get through - they check the line for a dial tone. If they get a call from someone else, they will quickly end it. They may do a few things right around that phone area while waiting but they are not going anywhere. Their focus and attention is waiting for that call.

 

They are in action mode. That call will determine a course of action and how they will proceed. They are just waiting for the information so they can get going.

 

This is a good way to "wait" upon the Lord. We are not reclining in our chairs with chips and dip. We are set to go and just need the "go ahead". We should seek various ways to show the Lord that we are actively waiting for His directions.

 

 9/26/2012

 

Wherever we are and in whatever circumstance, we can be a witness for Christ. We can be salt and light. We can have something to say and something to do.

 

Often it seems that out of the blue we are in some circumstance with a lot of characters and a lot of drama. Further it can be one that is just natural with people's emotions and what looks like a lot of immaturity. Wow - isn't that the world up close and personal.

 

It is in these times when we desperately need to ignore the flesh and hear from God about the right way to respond. May this be our prayer and determination.

 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11

 

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:6

 

9/27/2012

 

Psalm 51 is a great Old Testament scripture when we need forgiveness, when we need to repent, and when we need the love of God. We note three verses below:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. ~ Psalm 51:10-12

 

God has always wanted to forgive, pardon and cleanse us. We see this throughout the Bible since the fall of man.

 

We are grateful for the invitation to grace and mercy in the New Testament. Yet we must never forget the tremendous price paid and what Jesus went through to secure redemption for man. We should consider it trivial:

 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ~ Titus 2:11-12

 

May we always treat God's grace with the utmost respect.

 

9/28/2012

 

This past Sunday we continued in our study of the new life in Christ. We again noted Romans 12:1-2 in regards to the things we need to do:

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

We made note also of other scriptures. First regarding Jesus:

 

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. ~ Matthew 17:2 This account is also given in Mark 9:2

 

And this scripture regarding us:

 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 3:18

 

The word "transfigured" in Matthew and the word "changed" in II Corinthians are both the same Greek word: metamorphoo.  We recognize this from a transformation in nature.

 

We used the analogy of the caterpillar to the butterfly and showed numerous pictures of each. Caterpillars can look nice with splendid colors and decorations. But the world of the caterpillar is quite small and limited - he cannot go very far. On the other hand, the butterfly has been set free so to speak. The world of the butterfly can be quite large indeed and he has the opportunity to explore and be part of so much more.

 

It is interesting also that the caterpillar does not have to its own work to change into the butterfly. It is essentially done for him. But if you have ever seen a video of the process, you the know that the butterfly must exert a lot of energy and effort in order to emerge and launch into his new life.

 

In like manner, Jesus does the work of transformation in us - we cannot do it ourselves. But then as the scriptures teach, we must exert effort and energy in order to walk out this new life and to go from glory to glory and from faith to faith.

 

Of course this analogy is not completely perfect in relating the natural to the spiritual, but it is interesting and fits in a lot of ways. We can gain insight especially as the scripture uses the word to change that we see so drastically in the caterpillar.

 

Our goal once again is to be pleasing to our Lord and to demonstrate His life in us as much as possible.

 

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:4

 

9/29/2012

 

It is amazing that we are at the end of September and fall is here. On the 29th of the month we look at the last verse of Psalm 29:

 

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

 

This verse talks about two things that so many people are looking for. May God's strength and peace not just bless our lives for our comfort, but they allow us the opportunity to go and bless others who need this reality.

 

Let us go and intentionally do something good!

 

9/30/2012

 

We mentioned yesterday how time has flown and we have used up 3/4 of the year. It reminds us of the scripture that equates wisdom with redeeming the time:

 

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. ~ Colossians 4:5

 

The next verse is quite interesting in light of the times we are in:

 

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

The older we get, the more we seem to recognize how precious time is. May we all the more seek to put our time to good use - to wisely speak and wisely do.

 

 

 

 

 



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