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What Open Door posts on Facebook ~ August 2013


August 1, 2013


If you were taught the principles of courtesy and good manners when you were growing up, you received a great blessing. If you have seen the opposite in people as you are out and about, you recognize these blessings can keep you out of a lot of trouble.


It greatly enhances our witness for Christ if we demonstrate good behavior, courtesy and politeness. We also know to be mindful of this because the devil will try to "push our button".


There is so much intensity and pressure all around us. May we be the ones who can demonstrate the peace that Jesus said was ours through Him. Even in times of difficulty, we ask that God show us the way to do something good.


Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21




We tend to get very "cranky" when our stuff and endeavors do not work. Just listen to the average person whose garden was a flop this year. They often go on a tirade about never planting another garden, it's cheaper at the store, etc.


Our point is not to come against them and their position, but to show that we expect a profit from what we do - we expect things that we put our time, effort and money towards to produce.


Throughout scripture we see God declaring the same thing. As mentioned in an earlier post, God expects fruit from labor. So many verses come to mind but this one in particular for us every day:


... but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. ~ I Timothy 4:8




How many remember these verses made into a chorus? We still do this song from time to time:


But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. ~ Psalm 3:3-4




He left His Father's throne above

So free, so infinite His grace!

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam's helpless race ~ Wesley from Our Daily Bread


Glorious Savior of my soul,
I lift it up to thee;
Thou hast made the sinner whole,
Hast set the captive free;
Thou my debt of death hast paid,
Thou hast raised me from my fall,
Thou hast full atonement made;
My Savior died for all. ~ Wesley




Our opening hymn yesterday was one that many of us learned in Sunday School or growing up in church - O How I Love Jesus


It is a wonderful hymn and confession of our faith - just to say "O How I Love Jesus"!

We know in our human frailty our love falls short. But may God help our hearts to be right in our love for Jesus.


We know the actions of our children are not always right and proper, but when we know they love us from the heart; there is nothing more precious.


May our love for Jesus continually grow, develop and be demonstrated.




These words from Jeremiah remind us of Psalm 1:


Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8


We continue to emphasize the Lord's desire that we bear fruit and that it benefits ourselves and others.




A New Testament verse we should pray and do:


Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ~ II Corinthians 7:1


The promises talked about at the end of chapter 6 are well worth looking into.




We know that the public schools are starting very soon. We pray for all of them in this county and surrounding ones - for safety, protection and the wisdom of God.


We pray for each student in attendance. Parents need to pray for their children and be very involved in their education.


May God grant us all a safe and productive school year, and we especially claim Your word below through Jesus Christ our Lord.


And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. ~ Isaiah 54:13




The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ~ Proverbs 9:10


So often it is wisdom and understanding that we need regarding the things are before us. Isn't it good to know what to do when situations come up.




Everyone can have a ministry of doing for others - bearing their burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2


No license or degree is required to qualify for this ministry position.




Christians are not self-righteous, they are Jesus-righteous.


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


But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: ... ~ Romans 3:21-22


For in him we live, and move, and have our being;... ~ Acts 17:28




Yesterday we ended our post with Acts 17:28 ~ For in him we live, and move, and have our being;...


This and other scriptures show us that our very being or essence is in Him. Thank God this is much more than just a fleshly existence. This is the existence we need for eternity.


Note Colossians 3:3-4 ~ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.


Thank God for new life in Christ - now may we live it out in glory to Him.




A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1


This should have helped answer Shakespeare's question: What's in a name?


Whenever a person's name is mentioned, a picture comes up in our minds if we know them. Much of what the person is noted for comes up as well - his character, what has he done, is he generally considered good? and so forth.


Almost everything we know about a person flashes across our minds when a person's name comes up. That does not mean we are judging them - our brain just seems to bring up anything we may know or have heard.


We make the point of how powerful a name is in our interactions with others. Does the mention of our names bring honor to Christ in the thoughts of others? It is certainly something we can work on.




But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. ~ Galatians 5:15


As we have mentioned a number of times, the intensity in our society today can go off the chart - particularly in a negative way.


In the New Testament we do see confrontation and that which is wrong dealt with. When individuals are confronted we see the main focus to be that of reconciliation - not to humiliate by publicizing everything we think someone is doing wrong.


Often the greatest test of our Christian walk and witness comes when there is controversy. May we have the wisdom of Jesus in all such situations.




On this 15th day of the month we remember:


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


If we have to tell someone that he is wrong, we can say it softly in an effort to handle and straighten things out gracefully.




But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. ~ I John 3:17-18


We see here that our Christian love needs to be demonstrated. May God help our "doing" love for others.




No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cared for me.


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:8




Two verses to bless us as we go to church:


But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. ~ Psalm 13:5-6


Lord is there someone in service today that desperately needs You and Your power? We pray especially for them and ask You to give them just what they need!


May we be ready to lift a burden if we can.




We were reminded yesterday that God has blessed His children with glory:


And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: ~ John 17;22


According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3


Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. ~ Romans 8:30


We do not glory in the gift itself - it is not of ourselves, but of our Lord Who gives it. Therefore we should do as these scriptures admonish:


That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 1:31


But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 10:17


May our lives continually glorify the Lord.




There is a lot of talk the days about people defining or redefining who or what they are. The Bible tells us a great deal about who and what we are. It would benefit the body of Christ greatly to do an in-depth study on the matter. We offer one verse today:


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


Oh the joy of defining ourselves as such!




We continue our theme from yesterday defining who we are from scripture. The following verses from Romans say a lot:


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. ~ 6:4


But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. ~ 7:6


The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: ~ 8:16


Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. ~ 8:37


Once again we should rejoice in defining ourselves this way!




In our last two posts, we noted things that the New Testament says "we are". Granted - all we shared could be called positive or things we enjoy. We know this life is not a cakewalk. There is a battle raging and many Christians engage in it daily. We see verses like:


As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. ~ Romans 8:36


For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. ~ II Corinthians 2:15-17


We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; ~ II Corinthians 4:8


This scripture below sums it up:


And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. ~ I John 5:19


We are now in this world that lies in wickedness. That is why we deal with what is said in the verses above. But we end on this positive note:


For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4




Today we conclude our look at what the New Testament says "we are". It is indeed a blessing:


But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. ~ Galatians 3:25


So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. ~ Galatians 4:31


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


For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. ~ Ephesians 5:30


For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. ~ Philippians 3:3


Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. ~ I Thessalonians 5:5


For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; ~ Hebrews 3:14


By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. ~ Hebrews 10:10


And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. ~ I John 5:20


Meditation on these verses will help us to better to walk in the spirit and to be spiritually minded - which is life and peace ~ Romans 8:6




On this 24th day of the month we remember:


Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. ~ Proverbs 24:3-4


These verses would apply to anything we would build, any plan we would put in place, or any course we would follow.


How we long to make the right decision every time - particularly in light of how many decisions we must make each day.


We pray God's help for each of us and we note these verses:


But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: ~ I Corinthians 1:30


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5




He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. ~ Proverbs 17:9


Lord help me not to tell everything that I think I know about everybody else!




Many remember singing this song in church growing up:


When we walk with the Lord

In the light of his word,

What a glory he sheds on our way!

While we do his good will,

He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.



            Trust and obey, for there's no other way

            To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


The truth of these words should not surprise us. We say this to our children all the time - obey me and trust that I am right even when you do not understand.


Then we go on to say to our children that it will be well with them if they do. Isn't it interesting that the Lord says the same thing we do? Or perhaps we are looking at that backwards.




As we have stated before, we all have our patterns and routines that work for us. They help us to be efficient, save time, and be more productive.


Yet on the other hand, with the arrival of a new day, things can happen that we have never dealt with before. It could be something like an emergency or it may be that our child is now in middle school or high school with new things for both student and parent.


In these cases advice and help from others can be a great blessing. We also need the guidance and presence of the Holy Spirit to successfully deal with these new things that are coming. It is well worth it to cultivate both areas of help and fellowship.


Father we pray for all of us as we face these challenges. Give us people and friends who are just what we need each time. May we be the same for others when they need help. We pray also that your Holy Spirit with us and in us in all ways that Jesus talked about.


Thank you in Jesus' Name for success - that both Your kingdom and we Your people be blessed.




We encourage everyone today to make time for family. We may think, "We all live together - that is full time". Many could smile at that thought and consider times when there might have been "too much togetherness".


We are of course talking about quality time to enrich, build up, nurture, and perhaps do maintenance in our families and relationships. We have no greater assets on this earth than our family.


We could all do something today to make sure our family members know how important they are to us.




Time is often considered a precious commodity because there is a limited quantity of it. Each of us could make a considerable list of all the things that compete for our time each day.

Work, family, other people, circumstances, situations, sleep, fixing meals, preparation for the days ahead, shopping, recreation, quiet time ... the list could keep going. Much of our list would be good and necessary items for the normal course of our life. In the midst of all of this, we know the unexpected can occur which throws something else (sometimes intense) into the mix of our day.


For those who have made the decision to be a part of the local church and dedicate the time to services, fellowships, workdays, outings, etc. - we encourage you to make the most of those times. Endeavor to both give and receive the best you can with God's help.


Strive to learn, grow, develop in the Word of God, hear the voice of God, be a blessing to others, mature in the faith, and fulfill the calling of God for your life. If we recognize we have a limited amount of time and we believe our time is well-spent in being part of a local church, then use that time to be all you can be for God and let it continue in the world you occupy. This is a far different scenario than, "I just show up"


From whom (Christ) the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16




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


What a challenge we have to do this each day - to critique ourselves on what we do and say with this being the standard.




We pray everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. We thank you for the work you do to provide for your families, enhance our community, and for being a blessing to others.


These are some of the things that should be the result of our work. Happy Labor Day!

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