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What Open Door posts on Facebook - February 2014

 

2/1/2014

 

We encourage you today in something very practical - taking care of your physical body. For Christians, our body is the temple of God. We know in looking at the scriptures regarding that statement, the emphasis is usually to keep our body from sin.

 

But further, because it is the temple of God, we should treat it properly in all other areas as well. We should particularly apply good maintenance, rest, a proper diet, etc. - all to be at our best.

 

When we do this, we are better able to function and perform which will then be a blessing to everyone - both God and man.

 

2/2/2014

 

Lord, as I go to church today

Help me to bless someone in some way

Perhaps in word, perhaps in deed

May I lift a burden, or meet a need

 

I may not be preaching or singing a special song

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

Help me today so that others might see

Christ only, always, living in me.

 

Let others see Jesus in you!

 

2/3/2014

 

We encourage you to read Psalm 51. Here the prophet Nathan has called David on his sin with Bathsheba. He immediately calls upon the mercy of the Lord, he acknowledges his sin - calls it evil, and he asks for a cleansing. And we remember verse 10:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

This is a great psalm to pray and live by - whether we have sinned or not

 

2/4/2014

 

If someone believes they can be saved by good works, how good do their works have to be? How many would they have to do? What do they believe takes care of any bad works done?

If such a person believes that the blood of Jesus was shed so that they could be forgiven of bad works (sin), why would they not believe that the blood of Jesus (not good works) was shed to bring salvation?

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

 

Once we are saved be grace, we should get to work like we believe it.

 

2/5/2014

 

Yesterday we talked about works as opposed to grace regarding Biblical salvation. Continuing this theme we note:

 

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, ~ Romans 4:16 

 

Notice how the promise is sure to all the seed - by faith and grace and not by works. It is sure because Jesus paid the price for the sin of man. God will accept that price on our behalf when we confess and believe on Jesus.

 

Our good works will bring blessings because we reap what we sow, but they do not pay the price for sin. We should be very grateful that when we appear before God, we do not have to offer our works as payment for our sin. But as we remember the song, we have but one plea: that Thy blood was shed for me.

 

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ~ Hebrews 9:12

 

We do not have to wonder if our works will be good enough. If we have been saved by grace, we then can serve with joy knowing the works of Jesus were indeed good enough.

 

2/6/2014

 

If you are a student of the Bible or read it on a regular basis, a question that you might ask is "What do I do next"? People often ask that question as they want to go further or deeper into the Bible or the things of God. Many who speak in public, preach sermons, or write daily columns look for inspiration, a subject to get into - something that will both motivate them and those that they will communicate with.

 

In studying the Bible you could study a particular book, you could study a subject like "faith", you could study a particular person like Joseph of the Old Testament, or a particular time frame like that of the kings of Israel and Judah.

 

Something else that is exciting and relevant is to take a topic of today and search out what scripture would say about it. If you have ever dealt with teenagers or those in a youth group, you know that this can be very popular and generate lively discussions. Not all subjects are directly mentioned in the Bible of course, but it would be difficult to find a major topic where Biblical principles do not apply.

 

It is when we realize that the Bible does speak and give direction in every aspect of life, that we tend to have greater motivation to seek out its truths.  One of the Baptist Hymnals years ago had a section where it listed out some of the things Baptists generally believed. Included was a statement that said something like: We believe the Bible to be the foundation of all faith, hope and practice.

 

However you decide to read or study the Bible, do so with the intent to learn and grow. Do so with the intent to put it into practice. When we realize how able the sacred Word is to bless us and others, we will delve into it with zeal and tenacity. Do you remember this verse:

 

Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

 

May we consider the Bible a "precious treasure" each day.

 

2/7/2014

 

Referring once again to good works as a basis for salvation, someone could decide to keep the law of Moses (or the Old Testament) as a basis for their good works. Remember in the Old Testament, they still had to do the sacrifices. The life of an animal still had to be taken to cover the people for a year.

 

The New Testament tells us however that the blood of animals could not take away sins:

 

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. ~ Hebrews 10:4

 

And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: ~ Hebrews 10:11

 

As we mentioned the other day, good works do not take our sins away either. This same chapter describes Jesus purging our sins by His very own blood - a sacrifice once for all.

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: ~ I Peter 1:18-19

 

O precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow

No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

 

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2/8/2014

 

We have noted this verse before:  Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;... ~ Exodus 23:2

 

One of our first thoughts here might be a mob; but what about just following the crowd into something that is wrong. In today's culture we might think of bullying in school or cyber-bulling.

We know that getting caught up in the crowd is something our young people are very susceptible to.

 

May God help us not to just go along with the crowd but to embrace that which favors His righteous cause:

 

Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. ~ Psalm 35:27

 

2/9/2014

 

Faith looks beyond this transient life

With hope for all eternity

Not with some vague and wistful hope,

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

 

It has been said that death levels the playing field.

No one in and of himself has an advantage.

But Jesus has tasted death for every man

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

 

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

 

Jesus will take your death and give you His life.

 

2/10/2014

 

Last week we did several posts regarding salvation by grace. Yesterday we particularly looked at a number of scriptures about the righteousness of Christ being imputed to those who believe. One in particular is:

 

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

 

The verse begins with the word "Therefore". It will bless each of us to read the preceding verses and find out what the "therefore" is "there for".

 

Because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:21), we are free and empowered to do the works worthy of that righteousness. Righteous people should make a particular point to flee works of unrighteousness (sin).

 

A great confession and goal each day for ourselves: 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

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2/11/2014

 

Many people grow up having heroes and role models. That sometimes continues into adulthood when we may have those we look up to for one reason or another. While we can admire others, acknowledge their contributions, and thank God for them; we know that everyone is susceptible to temptation.  "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" ~ I Corinthians 10:12

 

Paul admonishes us in II Corinthians 10:12 ~  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 

We all can learn from the example of others - good and bad. But hopefully we have had those who have taught us good things by word and deed. We should pray that these types of people be continually in our lives.

 

We see for example a number of people in Hebrews 11 that the Bible commends for their faith and encourages us to follow their example. But being human, we know that none of these folks were perfect - some had pretty big mess-ups. Thank God we do not have to be perfect for faith to do extraordinary things in our lives!

 

Simply put, we are to recognize the good and do likewise and also recognize the bad and stay away from it. That is just common sense in whatever situation you consider.

 

Bottom line: We are grateful for the good and Godly examples we see, and we should want to be one ourselves. Yet the scripture tells us where our focus should always be:

 

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Does someone see something in us that they may want emulate? Let us make sure it is not a stumbling block but a stepping stone towards the things that please God.

 

2/12/2014

 

Many are familiar with the hymn: Let Others See Jesus in You and we want the words to be a  reality in our lives.

 

A further thought might be: Let me see Jesus in myself

 

This can be a challenge as we quickly can think of our own failures and shortcomings. But we should recognize the Christ in us that makes a difference - that motivates us in the right direction.

 

May we see more of the Jesus in ourselves each day:

 

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: ~ Colossians 1:27

 

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

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. ~ John 14:23

 

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ~ I Corinthians 3:16

 

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ~ II Corinthians 13:5

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ~ I John 4:4

 

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. ~ I John 4:13

 

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. ~ I John 4:15

 

2/13/2014

 

We pray for God's mercy and grace on us all in this weather. We especially pray for those who are working in it and traveling. Please use good judgment and do not overdo it physically in dealing with the snow.

 

We know our enthusiasm and mental picture of what we should be able to do can be more than we are actually able to accomplish.

 

Please take it easy out there.

 

2/14/2014

 

From a Christian standpoint, we know that the celebration of Valentine's Day does not particularly emphasize the love of God we see in the Bible. Yet people in the natural seem to understand the importance of love, what it can do, and how necessary it is.

 

One of the greatest aspects of the gospel is that the God of all creation is a God of love ~ I John 4:8, 16; and of course we remember John 3:16

 

May God's love, its abiding in us, and the desire to share it with others be the foundation of our love walk both today and the days ahead.

 

2/15/2014

 

Throughout the Bible we see God's people crying out to Him in troubles and difficulties. This is what we should do during these times.

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ II Corinthians 7:14

 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16

 

It is wonderful that God wants to help us and invites us to come unto Him. But it should not take a crisis to make or force us to turn to God.

 

Think of how we would feel if our children were like that. We certainly want to do all we can to help them. But our love and fellowship with them should certainly be more than that. This type of relationship would be very unfulfilling in our lives.

 

We see from the scripture that God wants so much more than what we have described above.

 

The goodness of God should compel us to run to Him even more so than when bad times come.

 

2/16/2014

 

We should remember that it does not surprise God when we do not get it exactly right. There will likely be flaws in whatever we set out to accomplish. He first wants to see our hearts - do we desire to get it right or do we just shrug it off?

 

When we see our children striving with all they have to please us and obey, it is very easy to heap mercy, grace, and good instruction on them. When we see the opposite, we know that primarily they are hurting themselves.

 

This natural example helps us in our relationship with God our Father. He reminds us to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

 

May we check our hearts daily.

 

2/17/2014

 

Yesterday we spoke on the love of God with this as our base scripture::

 

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. ~ II Thessalonians 3:5

 

How desperately we need to Lord to direct our hearts into His love in every situation. We know what we deal with in daily life, and we know the reactions and thoughts that can rise up within us. Direct us into your love dear God that we not do something we regret.

 

We need to better understand God's love for us and in turn be able to demonstrate it to others.

We need to know how to lovingly confront that which is wrong and hurtful - how to especially help people experience the love of God who may be on a wrong path. We know patience is often needed. Do we immediately change everything when we find something wrong in our lives? We should desire that but it often requires a little time.

 

The first time someone hears and considers that they may be doing someone wrong, they may react against it regardless of how it is presented. But as we pray for them, desire to talk more, or show the love of God as we can; they will likely consider it and hopefully move in the right direction.

 

We know from the scriptures that we are to walk in love and our verse here asks the Lord to direct our hearts in that direction. That verse is a great one to pray and seek the Lord in as we deal with so many situations in life.

 

2/18/2014

 

In our time of praise on Sunday we mentioned this verse concerning Jesus:

 

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

 

In considering the word "sacrifice" we remember we no longer sacrifice animals but give thanks with our words as an offering. We can also ask ourselves, "When would words of praise and thanksgiving truly be a sacrifice?" From the natural we could say that it is given when everything about you would rather say something else.

 

Picture if you will a person that has the opportunity to meet with Jesus when He was on the earth. This person is dealing with a number of trials and tribulations - perhaps physically, mentally, socially, financially, etc. Rather than pour out a complaint, he offers praise, thanksgiving, and perhaps even asks if there is anything Jesus needs or if he could serve in any way. Can you imagine the response of Jesus to such words? It is difficult to picture that happening with the scenes we see in the Bible.

 

However, it should not be a difficult picture for us. Could we, in our times of need and difficulty, first offer praise, thanksgiving, and worship before we pour out a complaint or request for something? This could indeed be considered a sacrifice. We believe that this would be pleasing in the sight of Jesus. It is acknowledging Him before we acknowledge all the problems we are going through.

 

In some way, may we make sure that what we say before Lord includes praise, worship and thanksgiving.

 

2/19/2014

 

Yesterday we looked at the phrase: sacrifice of praise

 

This wording comes from Hebrews 13:15. When we offer praise with the motivation of putting God first before our own needs or wants, this could be considered a sacrifice.

 

Jesus said the Father knows what we have need of before we ask ~ Matthew 6:8, 32; Luke 12:30

 

We also remember this verse: 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. ~ Hebrews 4:15

 

It is interesting that Jesus can be touched by the "feeling of our infirmities". How often we wonder if the Lord knows how we feel. Because He does, we remember the next verse that says:

 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Yes we can tell Him our needs, our desires, and ask for mercy and help. But remember to come with thanksgiving and praise. Note even in the Old Testament:

 

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4

 

We bring our prayers and petitions with thanksgiving and praise because Jesus said that it is the Father's pleasure to give us the kingdom ~ Luke 12:32

 

2/20/2014

 

If you saw an article entitled "You Should Fight For Your Marriage", who would likely come to mind. Kirk Cameron would probably be one of the people we think of. This article was posted on his site. Husbands and wives would benefit from reading and considering it:

 

http://timewarpwife.com/?p=2081

 

2/21/2014

 

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. ~ Philippians 2:12

 

This verse is one that will stimulate discussion - particularly the "working out your own salvation". Does that mean working it out from the inside to the outside. Does it mean working it out like you would a puzzle? What kind of "work" does it mean for us to do?

 

They are legitimate questions and the next verse might help bring us some relief:

 

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

 

Regardless of how we look at it and desire to fulfill verse 12, if we can work out what is happening in verse 13 we know the results will be good. This should be a great blessing to us.

 

We can certainly be thankful that we have the salvation to work with - we often overlook that in this verse. Lord help me to work out the salvation and Your good pleasure that You are working in me.

 

2/22/2014

 

During this season of the year, we are reminded how much God loves us - that His only begotten Son would be sacrificed so that He could then have more sons and daughters. We can now be part of the family of God.

 

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:... ~  I John 3:1

 

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: ~ Colossians 1:13

 

2/23/2014

 

Have you considered the concept of "thoughts" lately? The Bible has a lot to say about our minds, the way we think, being spiritually minded as opposed to being carnally minded, etc.

 

The first part of Proverbs 24:9 is interesting in this regard: The thought of foolishness is sin:

 

We find it interesting because many will ask if a certain thing or behavior is a sin. Here we find something straight to the point about sin. This reminds us to cast out and pull down the thoughts that are contrary to the word of God. But it also shows both the importance and the power of thoughts.

 

We should give this great consideration and "thought". We end with these words from Philippians 4:8 ~ 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.

 

2/24/2014

 

For those of us who do daily Bible readings, we know that some sections of the Old Testament law can sometimes be less than thrilling. Yet every now and then you read a verse that gets your attention. God put this in the Old Testament law:

 

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:... ~ Leviticus 19:16

 

Can you picture someone going "up and down" bearing these tales? We know the hurt and problems this type of thing can cause. This was long before there was a telephone, internet, Facebook and texting.

 

There are certainly a lot of new and different ways of doing this thing that God said "thou shalt not..." Lest we think this is just Old Testament law, if we do a search in the New Testament on busybody we see the same type of warning.

 

May our lives demonstrate that we know what God means by these verses.

 

2/25/2014

 

On this 25th day of the month, we see these verses from Psalm 25 as a good prayer for all of us:

 

A Psalm of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

 

2/26/2014

 

Verses to rejoice in and give praise:

 

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen. ~ Jude 1:24-25

 

Click the link to hear Don Francisco sing it along with more of his songs.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYJkBcmewPo&list=RDJYJkBcmewPo

 

2/27/2014

 

A great challenge for us daily:

 

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 all know that food is not pleasant to eat if it is too salty or too sweet. May God help us to apply this in the way we conduct ourselves.

 

2/28/2014

 

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.

 



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