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What Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2013

 

11/01/2013

 

Here is a verse that will challenge us:

 

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. ~ Romans 13:14

 

This would be good to declare about ourselves each day.

 

11/02/2013

 

Some interesting verses about Jehoshaphat:

 

And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah. ~ II Chronicles 17:3-6

 

The last verse in particular notes that his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord. The opposite is often true when we read about someone's heart in the Old Testament being lifted up. It is often lifted up in pride or against the things of God.

 

May we follow the example of Jehoshaphat and lift up our hearts daily in the ways of the Lord.

 

11/03/2013

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.

 

Sometimes we feel inadequate in our witness and sharing the gospel. This song reminds us that our words and actions can demonstrate where we stand very effectively.

 

Though we may not say everything as well as we would like, and words sometimes fail us; may we consistently show that we stand with Jesus.

 

11/04/2013

 

Our opening hymn yesterday was: I have decided to follow Jesus.

 

Many can remember the first time they said that, said yes to the gospel, asked Jesus into their hearts, and determined to follow Him. Further, it is something for us each day as well, and we need to be mindful of it.

 

Perhaps we know we are a Christian and love the Lord, but we have not made it a point that we are going to follow Him daily. It should be something we long for, something we pray God help us to do each day.

 

Dear Lord, it is my desire to follow Jesus. I ask for Your help to show me just how to do it.

 

11/05/2013

 

We encourage you to vote today. An elected leader should never hear a constituent say that they are not voting. What they should hear is: I am holding everyone as accountable as I can.

 

In addition we ask God to give us Godly leaders, help us to know who they are, and we are grateful for the privilege we have to select them.

 

11/06/2013

 

In remembrance of our elected officials:

 

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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. ~ I Timothy 2:1-4

 

Lord help us to pray for all of our leaders - not just the ones we like or agree with. We pray especially for their salvation and recognition of their God-given calling as those in authority.

 

11/7/2013

 

Lord help me to stand for You today. May I know how to be both salt and light when necessary. I want to be steadfast and abounding in the work of the Lord. May others see Jesus in me.

 

11/8/2013

 

We have many in our congregation who enjoy hunting - and just as many who enjoy the meat. For those going out in the field we pray for you and ask for wisdom and safety in all you do out there.

 

These days it is something that both men and women are enjoying. We wanted you to know that we pray for you in this regard. We encourage you to pray before you go out each time and use good judgment always.

 

Have a great hunting season!

 

11/9/2013

 

Many of us grew up either around farms or gardens. We know what is necessary for seeds to grow and crops to be produced. We note from scripture the fruit of the spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

 

May we be as diligent and meticulous about the fruit of the spirit as we are about the natural fruit and crops that we work to grow.

 

11/10/2013

 

With longing all my heart is filled

That like Him I may be.

As on the wondrous thought I dwell,

That Christ liveth in me. ~ Whittle from Our Daily Bread

 

May others see Jesus in me.

 

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

 ~ Isaiah 26:3

 

11/11/2013

 

Our opening hymn yesterday was a fun one to sing and a challenging one to do: Let Other See Jesus in You

 

In Jesus we see Him both full of compassion and uncompromising in the truth. Paul admonishes us to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15

 

May we live our lives and speak our words that the truth be heard and the love of God demonstrated.

 

11/12/2013

 

Though we recognized them and prayed for them specifically on Sunday, we forget to mention our veterans yesterday in our post. We are so grateful for their service and willingness to lay down their lives.

 

These verses are quite interesting concerning the proper use of power:

 

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. ~ Romans 13:3-4

 

This is the type of ruler God approves of. As Christians we should pray God grant us such and make sure we walk in the ways of good.

 

11/13/2013

 

On this 13th day of the month we note:

 

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. ~ Proverbs 13:3

 

In the New Testament we read:

 

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19

 

There are certainly times when we need to speak up. We also realize that when we say the wrong thing, we often have to work hard to correct it.

 

May God grant us specific and timely wisdom in this area.

 

11/14/2013

 

From early years in our lives and from the first pages of the Bible, we learn that we will deal with good and evil in this life.

 

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. ~ Romans 16:19

The simple way to deal with evil is to stay away from it if at all possible and not get involved with it. In order to do that effectively, we must be able to recognize it when we see it.

 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. ~ I Thessalonians 5:21-22

 

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 5:14

 

Many of us have learned lessons regarding good and evil through experience. Often that is not pleasant but the important thing is if we indeed learned something.

 

May we grow and mature as the scriptures admonish that we may live in and be blessed by that which is good. May we confront evil when necessary, overcome it, and be victorious in our stand against it.

 

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ~ Ephesians 6:16

 

11/15/2013

 

A well-respected speaker recently discussed the topic of "urgency". He began with the statement: It will either come from the outside or the inside.

 

We know things can come in this world at a moment's notice - a phone call, someone at the door, a situation when you are in your vehicle, out with the children, etc. These things can take all the attention, demand action, and can often stress our emotions.

 

As Christians, we should know that God may put something on our hearts that He wants done "with urgency". It may be an unction to pray, to check on someone/something, or to implement a course of action.

 

One of the best things we can do is to ask God to help us deal wisely with any urgency that comes. We know that it can be something new and something we have never dealt with before.

Lord help us not to fall apart but give us a plan to deal with things successfully.

 

We are reminded of so many uncertainties in this life. May we always rely on the One who is sure and steadfast, remember He has given us the Spirit, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, and He loves us perfectly.

 

11/16/2013

 

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

 

This is a good declaration for us each day. There are so many things that come before us each day - not of our own choosing and sometimes the things are not good. But we can choose to set the Lord and the things that pertain to Godliness before us each day.

 

Having the Lord before us and with us each day is the best way to deal with the things that come before us that are difficult.

 

11/17/2013

 

As Christians we do not need the Thanksgiving holiday to motivate us to give thanks. We are grateful for the day of celebration itself, it provides a good testimony, and it can be a great teaching tool for our children. But the giving of thanks should be seen in our lifestyle on a daily basis.

 

The day and season should motivate us to be more thankful and examine ourselves. Let us make the most of thanksgiving opportunities as the day approaches.

 

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

 

11/18/2013

 

Yesterday our opening hymn was "Count Your Blessings". It is very familiar and quite appropriate as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 If we were to count our blessings, name them one by one, write them down or mentally add up the good things in life that we have - it would be a long list.

 

Paul writes that God gives us richly all things to enjoy. Jesus said He came to give us life and life more abundantly.

 

We do face difficulties and things that are bad - but that should not define our life. In Him we live and move and have our being.

 

We read in the Bible that in the last days men will be unthankful ~ II Timothy 3:2

 

May that and the other things mentioned in that verse never describe us!

 

11/19/2013

 

Many are generally familiar with the book of Nehemiah. In it we read of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. We also read about those who came against Nehemiah and the work he was doing. Close reading will reveal how time consuming this was for Nehemiah and how much he had to deal with the "outside" people in addition to his own people and all the physical work that had to be done.

 

Many of us have had to deal with "static" and "interference" when projects are undertaken. We note these words from Nehemiah 6:19:

 

"Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear."

 

The enemy will always try to put us in fear - to get us to retreat. We of course need to make sure we are following our Lord properly; but it is interesting to see the enemy using the same tactics over and over.

 

Heavenly Father we are thankful for the confidence we can have in You, that Your perfect love with cast out fear (I John 4:18), and we do not want to step out of line but stay in Your will always. We depend upon Your grace and ask for Your leading always. May we fulfill the calling of God with joy! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

11/20/2013

 

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.

 

11/21/2013

 

It is interesting to see how Jesus responded to things. When God's word or God's credibility was challenged, Jesus did not back away:

 

Regarding marriage the Pharisees asked: And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. ~ Mark 10:2

 

When they said that Moses suffered for a bill of divorcement to be written, Jesus responded:

 

And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. ~ Mark 10:5-9

 

On the other hand, when the disciples told Jesus that Herod had killed John the Baptist, Jesus did the following:

 

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. ~ Mark 14:13-14

 

It is likely a good thing that Jesus did not respond in anger but went about doing good. We should do likewise especially in light of all the evil going on around us. We often feel angry and may want to respond on that basis. We should stand for righteousness and make our voices heard - but we must remember to do good in the midst of it.

 

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

 

11/22/2013

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus

Ye soldiers of the cross...

 

This is something we can do each day even when do not know the answer to every question. We can use a natural example: Husbands can stand up for wives and wives for husbands even when we do not have all the answers.

 

Some people will never be satisfied with any answer we may give, and it is not really our purpose to satisfy everyone.

 

But we can demonstrate loyalty, devotion, and trust as we reach out in the love of God as salt and light.

 

11/23/2013

 

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:5-6

 

We pray that these verses would indeed describe us - that God might be glorified and others be blessed by His love and truth.

 

11/24/2013

 

Search me, O God, my heart discern

Try me, my inmost thoughts to learn

Help me to keep from sin, I pray

Guarding my mind throughout the day

 

It is very difficult to successfully tempt someone who will not allow his mind to consider participating in the activity.

 

11/25/2013

 

It is likely that most sermon topics yesterday revolved around thanksgiving - ours did. There are so many verses about and instances of thanksgiving that we see in the Bible. Today we note:

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,...and be ye thankful ~ Colossians 3:15

 

One of the greatest reasons to give thanks to God is because of the peace He gives us. In the midst of a troubled world with so many problems, Jesus has given us His peace ~ John 14:27

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: ~ Romans 5:1

 

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. ~ Colossians 1:20

We give thanks everyday for the reality of these verses in our lives.

 

11/26/2013

 

As we consider the Thanksgiving holiday and the word itself, it is interesting that in the Bible:

 

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful ... ~ II Timothy 3:1-2

 

We note the word "unthankful". This does not just mean these people do not say "thank you". It describes an attitude, way of thinking, or condition that is listed under the heading of perilous times. Notice the traits also that surround this word. If you are ever around unthankful people it is not pleasant.

 

Now to keep us humble, remember that unthankful is pretty close kin to complaining - that word could hit a little closer to us.

 

We write this today to get a little different perspective on our giving of thanks, and that we might be mindful not to get over into those bad areas we have mentioned.

 

11/27/2013

 

Note the similar theme in these verses:

 

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. ~ Psalm 107:22

 

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. ~ Psalm 116:17

 

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

 

Because we know what tomorrow is, we will likely focus on "thanksgiving" from the verses above. But today we emphasize another word in all three verses: sacrifice

 

This past Sunday we saw an interesting definition of the word "sacrifice'". The definition is "substitute". In the Old Testament we see animals being sacrificed as a substitute for man. In the New Testament we see Jesus being as a sacrifice or substitute for us.

 

Thus when we say "sacrifice of thanksgiving", we can say that our giving of thanks is a substitute for anything else we might say. We all know the things we can say - some not good at all. We can get into complaining and grumbling. Instead, let us substitute thanksgiving instead of that kind of talk.

 

It is an interesting way of looking at it. If someone is used to spouting off the negative all the time, it might be considered a sacrifice indeed for that person to switch over into thanksgiving.

 

May this help our understanding and give us more insight into a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

 

11/28/2013

 

May our Thanksgiving today come forth from our thanks-living each day. We hope you enjoy a blessed time with a fun and food-filled gathering. Stay safe and warm.

 

11/29/2013

 

Jesus, Paul and James all said that the law and the prophets are summed up in the commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

 

This is a challenge each day and a good prayer to pray

May love be my guide  - in the Holy Spirit abide

May my talk be the truth - may my walk be the proof

That love never fails  -  it always prevails

May someone be thankful that they spoke with us today.

Because the light of Christ within us helped them along their way.

 

11/30/2013

 

It is hard to believe that December starts tomorrow. We know many who started thinking about Christmas even before Thanksgiving. If you did that with planning in mind, it is likely a good thing.

 

May God give us His plan this Christmas, that we may be a blessing to as many as possible  - especially those who may be hurting or discouraged.

 

 



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