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What Open Door posts on Facebook - January 2013




Now that we are officially into the new year, it is appropriate to look at the concept of "new" from the Bible:


We remember that His mercies are new every morning ~Lamentations 3:22-23


Being born again is referred to as the "new birth".


It is interesting that in regards to our daily living we see verses like:


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


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. ~ Romans 7:6


These represent a great challenge to us, something to strive for, and should bring joy to our hearts to know that God wants to lift us out of a mundane existence.


Be it done in us according to Thy Word O Lord - that we walk in newness of life and serve in newness of spirit.




Because we are at the beginning of the new year, it is interesting to look at the beginning of the book so dear to many:


Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ~ Psalms 1:1-3


This will work for the person who is representing a country or the person just representing himself. May demonstrate the verses in all of the ways that we conduct ourselves.




Honesty is a characteristic that is greatly appreciated. Most of us can think back to our childhood when our parents gave us instruction in this area - usually because we had violated it in some way. We know how we feel when we are treated dishonestly, and we know the ripple effect that can occur when such a thing happens. Family members and friends are often impacted when dishonesty occurs.


If you have ever given someone a performance review or recommended someone for a job, the question of honesty will always come up. It should certainly describe anyone who would call themselves a Christian.


Honesty and words like integrity are seen throughout the Bible as characteristics that should be readily apparent in the lives of God's people:


Let us walk honestly ...  ~ Romans 13:13


That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. ~ I Thessalonians 4:12


Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. ~ Hebrews 13:18


Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. ~ Acts 6:3


Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. ~ Romans 12:17


Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. ~ II Corinthians 8:21


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8


Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. ~ I Peter 2:12


Honesty is something that will readily enhance our testimony for Christ.




Much has been made lately about going off the "fiscal cliff". As Christians we should be just as concerned and more so about going off a "spiritual cliff".


May our spiritual lives demonstrate the importance we place on it.


It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. ~ John 6:63




Wonderful words from Psalm 5:11-12


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.


If we are in Christ, we have been made the righteousness of God in Him:


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


We have been justifies through Him:


And therefore it was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ~ Romans 4:22-25


Because of this we are told to walk as children on light ~ Ephesians  5:8


Our lives should exemplify that we believe all of the verses above are true.




Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14


Psalm 19 contains some powerful and thought-provoking words and concludes with verse above. This is a very powerful prayer should we pray it, mean it, and assess our day with this being the standard.


It is interesting that these two areas are targeted - the mouth and the heart. These are two major areas where our actions and our plans are often determined. What we mediate on shapes our thinking, feeds our desires, and molds our character. Jesus went on to say that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.


Many of us can remember either in our own lives and/or in the lives of others when either our heart or mouth or both went in a wrong way. Oh if that could be done over! We mention this just to emphasize the consequences that result in the negative.


We need to recognize that the blessing of the positive side of verse 14 is just as real. It will bring gladness instead of sadness. The first thing is to get started - then to consider these two areas and determine how we might improve.


This is yet another way to draw near to God, to put away a carnal mind and seek a spiritual mind, and to be a doer of the Word of God. It will be a life-long process that will not be perfected until we reach heaven, but the blessings and rewards will come as we proceed on the journey.




Yesterday we sang two songs that should be the heart cry of every Christian:


Fresh anointing, fresh anointing

Holy Spirit You are welcome in this place

Fresh anointing, fresh anointing

Holy Spirit come and fill me once again


Breathe upon me breath of God

Breathe upon me Spirit of the Lord

As I lift my hands in surrender

To Your Name most high

I’m yielding to Your Spirit

I’m walking in Your love

Jesus I adore, Jesus I adore

Jesus I adore Your holy Name


It is the Spirit of God who is the life of the church and of each Christian. Jesus sent Him especially to be in the church all He was when Jesus was on earth.


How desperately we need the anointing and unction of God's Holy Spirit.


Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life ~ II Corinthians 3:6




Below is a familiar scripture:


What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? ~ Psalm 8:4


It is wonderful to consider that God is mindful of us. It brings the mind the question of whether we are mindful of Him. It challenges us to keep Him and His word in our thoughts daily.


May we endeavor to be more spiritually minded each day.




Are you still writing 2012 on checks and other things that require a date? Most of us have made that error. It shows the power of habits. Not that all habits are bad - good ones produce good results.


May we develop such habits in our spiritual lives and the way we live as Christians. May we do those good things out of habit and because they are now a part of our nature. Don't we see this as the end result of good training in our children? May we be good examples.


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




On this 10th day of the month we look at a short verse:


Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12


In these few words we see the strife side and the love side. In the course of a day, situations arise that we must respond to. Often they come quickly and unexpectedly and perhaps we react without much thought.


This reminds us to begin our day asking the Lord to help us respond correctly. We are not always to be sugary sweet - we are told to season some of our responses with salt:


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


We must always remember to speak the truth in love and a soft answer turns away wrath. When we have to spread a little salt, may we do so as gracefully as possible.




One of the expressions we hear constantly is: Knowledge is Power!


God told us that long ago in a lot of different ways. Here are just a few:


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: ... ~ Hosea 4:6


To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, ~ Luke 1:77


Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. ~ Luke 11:52


And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:32


Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. ~ I Corinthians 15:34


That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: ~ Ephesians 1:17


For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 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 1:9-10


And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: ~ Colossians 3:10


Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, ~ II Peter 1:2


We gain great insight about knowledge (or lack thereof) from these verses.


Knowledge is a tool that helps us do things in a way that brings results. It can be used for evil. We do not like to consider that but it is a reality in this world - the power that knowledge brings can be used in a wrong way.


From the Bible we see that God wants us to grow in knowledge and use it to spread and develop all the things in the kingdom of God. It is a part of the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.


Knowledge is not the ultimate goal - just to be able to say we have it. We want it to produce. We want the fruit of the spirit working as well so that the results are good.


May God help us to especially use knowledge in the right way.




Did you grow up hearing and learning the Bible stories from the Old Testament? We can check our memory bank and recall the stories of Noah, Moses, David, Samson, Daniel, and so on. As children they may have been read to us and perhaps we saw the story in a picture book. It is certainly one good way to lay a Biblical foundation in a child's life.


As we grow we begin to recognize and see principles in these stories that will benefit us. It is said we search for these nuggets of truth that God wants us to see in these stories.


One we want to share today is the David & Goliath story. There have been a lot of analogies to us as Christians facing our own Goliaths. Like David, we sometimes face situations that in the natural may be more than a match for us.


Such was David's case. In the natural he was out-manned. He was not physically a match for Goliath. However, he ran toward Goliath because he recognized that he was not facing Goliath in his own strength:


 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. ~ I Samuel 17:45


When we recognize that the battle is the Lord's and we take unto ourselves the full armor of God, we are ready to fight the good fight of faith. If often takes prayer and hearing from God to see exactly how to face the Goliaths that come our way.


David had to hear from God regarding exactly how to deal with his situation, and it is interesting that he used something he was very familiar with - a sling. We pray God help us to become skillful in the word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:13-14) that we might successfully stand and win.


So as we consider these Bible stories that we may be very familiar with, let us search for the nuggets of truth and the principles God wants us to see as we face new challenges in the days ahead - just like David did on that day.




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.




One of our songs yesterday came from Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength


In our society today, we often do not like to wait. We want things done quickly.

The scriptures say a lot about having patience yet we may not show it very much.

As we come before the throne of God, we should not have the attitude of zipping in and out.


We come to fellowship, to grow and develop, to mature in the things of God, to be refreshed and enjoy His presence, to ask for His touch, to minister unto Him with praise and worship.


This is waiting on Him and giving Him first place. The time we give is up to us - yet it should demonstrate the importance we place on our time with our heavenly Father.




This past Sunday we addressed both the changes and challenges that we see in our country. From a Christian standpoint we started to look at this:


The things we should be doing as Christians are based on Biblical principles - therefore they should not change. There are many of these but we looked at one in particular - maintaining good works.


We looked at more scriptures than we want to list in one post, so we may do it throughout the week. We note this one for 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


We should continue doing good regardless of the culture. Was that drilled into you as a child? Did your parents ever say: I don't care what everybody else is doing, you are not doing that!


So this concept is not something new to many of us - we grew up with it.


We pray God help us to do good works in such a way that it brings the best results and the best blessing - all around. That will be a challenge with all that is going on. Lord give us new and efficient ways in this society.


We will share more throughout the week on maintaining our good works.




Here are a number of verses as we continue to promote good works as a testimony to the work of grace within us. They are very important to our subject:


Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 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: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. ~ I Peter 3:8-16


Now consider how we should act in light of these verses. Then if you consider acting the exact opposite of these verses, you would be describing some of Peter's behavior before his conversion.


Isn't it interesting that Peter would write such verses? He is the person to do it as he has certainly seen and done both sides of the matter.


The behavior described in these verses needs to be in our thinking constantly. The pressure of the world and this life will try to entice us to act in the opposite way. Therefore we must be mindful of this calling throughout our daily activities.


Lord we desire to act in the way Your word tells us to.




Today we continue to look at maintaining good works:


And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: ~ Hebrews 10:24


When we consider the word "provoke" it usually has a negative context. It is usually active in its usage though people can unintentionally provoke someone. However, sometimes the provocation comes in just the way someone decides to take something. There are just some things about "provoke" that are hard to nail down.


Regardless of how we decide to look at it, the point is to use it for good - and for love (as unusual as that may seem). Almost like the expression "making lemonade" when you life gives you lemons.


Thus in whatever situation, even when speaking the truth may be like spreading salt, how can we proceed in the realm of love and good works. We ask for wisdom from God as we live this out.


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




We look at another reference regarding good works:


Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; ~ I Timothy 6:17-18


God wants riches to be used for that which is good - imagine that.  We are given the responsibility to choose what good things we will sow into - the scripture above says we need to be willing and ready.


As we step into each day, Lord show us how to use our riches, talents and abilities to fulfill what we read in the above scripture.




We continue our workout regarding good works:


And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:9-10


We are reminded that we go forth with the purpose of doing good. Sometimes we may feel like the best we can hope for is just not to mess up today. We certainly do not want to mess up, but our intentions should be more than just that.


Lord we pray for a zeal to do good and be productive knowing:


"it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13




We share a familiar verse as we conclude our look at good works for right now:


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


It is interesting that God wants the good works to shine. The world does not mind putting evil front and center. We see the results of this on the culture. Putting the "good" front and center will have a much better impact on our culture.


Remember the glory goes to God, not to us. We are not promoting ourselves - we desire to show that "... 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


May we shine with good works today.




Do you suppose Jesus ever had a "blue Monday"? People often wonder if Jesus dealt with emotions and had the feelings that we do - did He have to battle these things.


From Hebrews 4:15:


For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.


From Hebrews 2:17-18:


Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.


From these and other scriptures we have to conclude that Jesus knows what if feels like - physically and emotionally. The thing we need to recognize as well is that it says "yet without sin".


This is the challenge for us. The temptations and feelings will come - Lord help me not to sin when they do. I pray my responses will please God and not let the feelings of discouragement (and fatigue) cause me to act in a wrong way.


This type of desire and motivation is one that honors the Lord.




We been discussing what we should continue doing as Christians regardless of what the world does. Anyone familiar with the New Testament knows that great emphasis is placed on love:


The greatest commandment ~ Matthew 22:35-40

God so loved the world ~ John 3:16

Faith works by love ~ Galatians 5:6

We demonstrate our discipleship ~ John 13:35

We show it in our daily walk ~ Ephesians 5:2


The list can go on. We should also realize that this love is more than the emotional and erratic ideas that we see in this world. This is the love of God that is put into our hearts by the Holy Ghost ~ Romans 5:5


This love rejoices in the truth and gives us the grace to share it because it is the knowledge of the truth that will set us free ~ John 8:31-32


It is especially critical in this day and time that Christians maintain their love walk. It can be a challenge in this world that is so confrontational, in your face, and increasingly hostile toward the gospel of Jesus Christ.


We want to share the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) in a way that is effective in the lives of people - not because we are angry and upset with people. This will take prayer and a desire to hear from God on a daily basis especially as we deal with a world that is often antagonistic toward the things of God.


Lord help us to speak the truth each day - to share Your Word in a way that will be fruitful for the kingdom of God and in the lives of the hearers. May we be sensitive to the voice of your Spirit and be skillful in the Word of righteousness. Help us to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. May it be a joy to lift up Jesus before others; we pray that You will draw them to Yourself. We are grateful for the privilege we have to present the gospel of Your kingdom. In Jesus' Name we make our prayer, Amen.




On this 23rd day of the month we are reminded of Psalm 23. It is one that has given so much comfort to so many people. It is short - only 6 verses. But they are power-packed with the goodness of God.


It does not ignore the bad. Enemies and death are a part of this life. Yet God's goodness and provision are given for just these things.


May this Psalm be a blessing to us today - that we might face this life with God's courage and strength.




We write today to encourage you to be safe in this extreme cold. Whether you are just outside around the house or traveling on the roads, have a plan in case something unexpected happens.


Be sure to keep your cell phone charged and with you, have extra clothing, and if you are on the road make sure others know where you are going and the routes you are taking.


We want to be at our best at all times - for our loved ones and the Lord. May we not take foolish chances or act rashly in dangerous weather.


We pray for a special measure of God's grace - particularly for those who are having to work out in it.




The Bible has a lot to say about being strong and of good courage. In the natural we often honor those whose bravery has saved someone or averted some disaster.


We need to remember that bravery, courage and strength really manifest during times of adversity, trouble and even danger. Things like determination and consistency are put to the test by discouragement and fatigue. When things are all rosy and going well, anyone can exhibit strength, joy and a good attitude.


Real character is exhibited in times of testing and difficulty. Though we never like to stay in such situations for long, we recognize that they come to all of us.


May we be prepared and ready ourselves to exhibit Godliness and good character when the difficult times come.


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




It has been noted that change is difficult. As we look at ourselves individually, do we tend to resist change? All of us like our routines and habits particularly if they serve us well.


However, we all deal with change everyday. We see it in the aging process, as our children grow up, in the job or company we work for, and life in general brings us things that are different that require new ways of thinking and acting.


One of the great challenges we have as Christians is to be unwavering in our faith, principles, and Biblical stand for the Lord and at the same time being flexible in dealing with the changes in life and circumstances.


May God grant the wisdom to do this and in fact demonstrate to the world that it can be done. It would be great testimony to let our light so shine, be steadfast, unmovable and yet be on the cutting edge of dealing successfully in this life we have now - all to the glory of God. 




Verses of encouragement from Psalm 27:


A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.


We are reminded of the song from Chris Tomlin: How can I keep from singing His praise?




Yesterday we were reminded that we do not have to stand in our own strength. We are to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Remember also that we are to stand in God's armor - Ephesians 6


At times we also realize our weakness and our inability - remember we are to be vessels.


Words from Paul:


And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. ~ II Corinthians 12:9-10


And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: ~ I Corinthians 2:3-4


Remember that we are not depending on our own strength and ability. We provide the effort, the witness, the contact with others; we ask God to provide the power and results.




We enjoy singing the song "More About Jesus Would I know". It reminds us that we do not get knowledge just to say we have it. In the natural we take the knowledge we gain to put it to use - to solve problems, make improvements, enhance quality of life, to protect ourselves, and develop our society from a natural standpoint - we would call that prospering. The learning never stops.


Spiritually it is the same way. We have been looking at the new life in Christ - going from glory to glory, faith to faith - in a state of development, of growth and maturity. The Old Testament described it as prospering and having good success. The New Testament describes it as prospering and being in health.


Jesus said if we would continue in His Word we would know the truth and the truth would make us free. That is ongoing - it should never stop. As we face new challenges and circumstances each day, we will need to know more about Jesus.




Psalm 24:16 says: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:


Some observations:


1. A just man can fall

2. It does not say why (was it his fault?)

3. It can happen more than once

4. the right thing to do appears to be "rise up again".


What is the right response when someone who is considered "just" falls in some manner. If you continue reading, verse 17 says:


Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:


If we should not rejoice when an enemy stumbles, we really should watch it when someone we admire takes a tumble.


Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. ~ I Corinthians 10:12


Stumbling can happen for a number of reasons - sometimes through no fault of our own. May God help us to respond correctly when others fall. If and when it happens to us, may we find the right way to get back up and stay up.




We remind ourselves of good works once again in regards to others:


Can I enrich someone else's life today?


How many lives shall I touch today?

How many neighbors will pass my way?

I can bless so many and help so much,

If I meet each one with a Christ-like touch ~ James from Our Daily Bread


Let our works bless others and glorify our Father in heaven. Let this not be something we just enjoy reading or thinking about, but enjoy doing.


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