Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - March 2014

 

3/1/2014

 

It is hard to believe it is March already - time is flying. These verses comes to mind:

 

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. ~ Ephesians 5:15-17

 

This is often applied to our life in general. Knowing that we have a limited time on earth, we should make the most of it - especially in our Christian walk.

 

Yet we can take it to a daily level and look at our activities and routines. Can we tighten up a little bit, get rid of a time waster, or be more efficient in a necessary activity

 

May God help us to recognize and adjust anything so that we would see improvement.

 

3/2/2014

 

One of the greatest skills we will ever learn in this life is to stay in the middle of the road. One area in particular that stands out here regards the things we say. There are times we should just stop talking. Yet we know if married couples stop talking to each other, real problems are just around the corner.

 

Yes we need to stay in the middle of the road, and we need to make sure we are on the straight and narrow road that Jesus talked about.

 

3/3/2014

 

One of our songs yesterday has this line:

 

His grace has welcomed the sinner home, tender mercies lead us to the throne.

 

We thank God for His grace. The law and judgment would not let us in God's house nor into His presence.

 

But we remember from Hebrews 4 that God has a throne of grace for us where we can boldly come to receive mercy. We remember also that God welcomes us - it is His good pleasure to have us as His children ~ Ephesians 1:5

 

In all that God has done for us, He did it willingly. May we do the same for Him. 

 

3/4/2014

 

Our prayer today is for safety, protection, God's wisdom and common sense for all who are dealing with the weather and temperatures today. Each person will face a different challenge with what you have to do and the responsibilities you have.

 

Hopefully we have planned and we pray especially for those who may be dealing with the unexpected.

 

Thank you Lord for meeting all of our needs during this time.

 

3/5/2014

 

The other day we mentioned a line in a song that said:

 

His (God's) grace has welcomed the sinner home.

 

It reminds us of the story of the prodigal son. We know the story and the attitude of the Father. Can you image the scene of the father laid back in his recliner and the prodigal son stumbles through the front door. The father sees him and makes a comment like: "Well I see you finally ran out of money and you figured you could come home and I'd take you back in. I told you that would happen!"

 

Thankfully we know the father was not like that. He was looking for any glimpse of his son returning. When he saw him, he was welcomed home (with joy) as the line in the song says.

 

O the grace and the love of God - may we appreciate it and extend it to others whenever possible.

 

3/6/2014

 

For those of us who have children, we learn a lot from how they respond and react to different situations. We are very concerned when they give up on things easily, have little motivation, or demonstrate little progress in life.

 

We should recognize this in ourselves as well. Sometimes our life gets so full of the "daily grind" that it takes up all of our time just to keep our head above water so to speak. These times likely come to us all but we do not want to live there.

 

May God grant us and our children a zeal for Him and His plan for us. May we purposely seek out and work on all He has for us. May we prosper and have good success ~ Joshua 1:8

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33

 

3/7/2014

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. ~ I John 4:16

 

This verse (and the ones that surround it) will both comfort and challenge us throughout this life.

 

When we miss it or feel discouraged, it can be a struggle to believe the love of God like we should. Paul's words indicate that taking in and realizing the love of God is not something that just comes automatically:

 

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:17-19

 

These verses talk about being "rooted and grounded". This is certainly more than just a casual thought or association. This "knowing the love of Christ" that is mentioned above Paul says "passes knowledge". Yet Paul wants us to comprehend it.

 

There are a lot of things in the natural that we can comprehend and experience but we do not know (certainly in our minds) all or everything about it. That does not keep us from enjoying it, learning about it, and putting it to use.

 

Though we may think we have a long way to go, we can get started and tell the Lord we want to walk and live in these verses mentioned above - and demonstrate it in our lives and interactions with others.

 

May the love of God bless you today.

 

3/8/2014

 

A powerful scripture about the grace of God:

 

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:9

 

How far would God's grace go for us? It went to the point where He would have His only begotten Son taste death in our stead and for our benefit.

 

It keeps getting better

 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32

 

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus...

 

3/9/2014

 

We have a Friend who'll never leave,

Who's closer than a brother;

He's there to meet our deepest needs,

To comfort like no other. ~  Sper from Our Daily Bread

 

The results of a fallen world and man's sinful nature confront us each day. Bad things can happen. We pray for God's protection, His deliverance, and His strength to persevere regardless of what we may face.

 

We know this earthly existence we have now will end in some way. We are so thankful that Jesus paid the price for our eternal redemption.

 

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

 

3/10/2014

 

May the presence of the Lord bless you

The Holy Spirit refresh you

Though the devil tries to test you

We pray Jesus come to your rescue

 

For greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world - thanks to our Lord Jesus.

 

3/11/2014

 

As Easter approaches, many are looking at appropriate hymns, cantatas, musicals and passion performances. A hymn we do not hear much anymore is: Lead Me to Calvary.

 

The chorus:

 

Lest I forget Gethsemane,   

Lest I forget Thine agony

Lest I forget Thy love for me, 

Lead me to Calvary

 

For Jesus and for us, Calvary must come before the resurrection.

 

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20

 

3/12/2014

 

Many may remember the Army slogan from years ago: Be all you can be

 

God has the same idea:

 

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. ~ I John 4:17

 

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:13

 

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ~ Ephesians 4:24

 

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

 

The list of scriptures go on, but we note the work that God has done in us is first class - thus may we walk and live in all we can be.

 

3/13/2014

 

These are just a few scriptures that show how much God wants to forgive people"

 

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: ~ Matthew 6:14

 

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. ~ Luke 17:4

 

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ~ Luke 23:34

 

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: ~ Acts 13:38

 

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. ~ Acts 26:18

 

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. ~  James 5:15

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9

 

3/14/2014

 

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Sweetest Name I know

Fills my every longing

Keeps me singing as I go

 

We pray the words of this fun song describe us - enjoy the Gaither version of this:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gT-f8sDBJI

 

3/15/2014

 

Sing them over again to me

Wonderful words of life!

 

We thank God for His Word that brings us new life and offers pardon and peace to all.

 

Enjoy this version by the Gaithers.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q499q89HOpM

 

3/16/2014

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32

 

May our lives demonstrate an intense desire both to know the truth and walk in it.

 

3/17/2014

 

Many are familiar with the expression from James Dobson: Love must be tough.

 

The point he and others make along this line is especially applied to dealing with teenagers. This is the case because during the teen years, our youngsters will more readily challenge what we say - both in words and actions.

 

It is "tough" because we may need to say things they do not want to hear and we know an argument can erupt. Also the person giving out the "tough love" may need to be "tough" as well. They cannot be ones that fly off the handle when they do not get the response they would hope for. We all need to remember that the term is both "tough" and "love". This applies to people of all ages - not just the "teens".

 

In the Bible, Paul needed to address and deal with people and situations that were not always pleasant or easy. It is interesting that after saying some things very candidly regarding the Galatians, we see this verse:

 

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ~ Galatians 4:16

 

The truth is not the enemy. Granted it can often be much easier to swallow when presented properly.

 

We all need to recognize how prone we can be to react in a wrong fashion. This should also remind us to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15. This is especially the case when the truth we speak has to be "tough".

 

May God grant us special wisdom to speak the truth in just the right way.

 

3/18/2014

 

As Christians we should have a great concern for the lost - that they might come to salvation through Jesus Christ. We must therefore both share and demonstrate the message of the gospel where the lost are. This reminds us of the words of Jesus to go into all the world... ~ Mark 16:15

 

Each one of us touches the world in different places with different people. May God give us wisdom in right way to reach out, share, and demonstrate the gospel to the people in our individual worlds and realms of influence.

 

3/19/2014

 

In I Samuel 25 we see an interesting story of David and a woman named Abigail who would eventually become his wife. There are a number of lessons to be learned in the story but we focus on one in particular. David had gotten angry with Abigail's present husband whose name was Nabal (which means "fool" or "folly")

 

David's intent was to kill him until Abigail stepped in. We note what David said as a result of that:

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. ~ I Samuel 25:32-33

 

David was about to do something to avenge himself. Abigail's words helped him to realize it. We know that we have to deal with things - sometimes confront a situation. But we should never do it as an act of vengeance. We may feel at times that there is not much distance between the two.

 

But we must resolve not to do things for vengeance or out of spite. As the story continues we find out Nabal's end without any action from David.

 

This should be a good example for us - may we always desire to handle things God's way. We would like to settle matters as peacefully as possible.

 

3/20/2014

 

Jesus said there were matters of the law that were "weightier" than others ~ Matthew 23:23. In the next verse, He addresses the straining at a gnat...

 

We know that in all matters, some things take priority over others. We can right about something yet run it in the ground.

 

May God grant us His wisdom to deal rightly in all situations,  to study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15), and apply His word properly with the love of God as our motive.

 

3/21/2014

 

We do a song from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir entitled “We are United”. One of the lines in it has this: “We do our marching to one beat.”

 

The beat is a foundation of any piece of music – around it you can do a lot of different things. But all of those different things cannot clash with the beat. Example: We can clap on the downbeat or we can clap on the offbeat, you can sing melody or you can sing harmony. You can add all kinds of instruments, you can change the pattern of the rhythm – throw a Latin type sound when we get to the second verse. You can take this almost as far as the mind can conceive and what God would open up to you – but it all has to flow with the beat that is set. It doesn’t make any difference how awesome you can play, if you cannot play it with the beat it is worthless. A flurry of awesome notes not played in proper time is just an awesome mess. Further, you can even march different ways – you can goose step, you can double time, you can do some fancy marches – but you have to do it in time.

 

What a wonderful representation of the body of Christ. That Jesus – the Word of God – is the foundation. Once that is set, there are so many different ways to do things – so many ways to serve, so many ways to minister, but it has to fit the beat – it cannot be just a flurry of activity that makes an awesome mess.

 

Even in the life of Jesus, we see how many different ways He did things – yet they were all to beat of the will of God. As we come together to serve God, Lord let us hear the beat loud and clear, help us to know our individual parts, help us compliment and add to what others are doing, show us ways to improve and do it better – that You may get the glory and honor and that we may receive your blessing.

 

3/22/2014

 

Make me a servant
Humble and meek
Lord let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayers of my heart always be
Make me a servant
Make me a servant
Make me a servant today

And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. ~ Mark 10:44

 

3/23/2014

 

When we show others that we are good listeners, we demonstrate our care and respect for them. At times we may not agree with their point of view, but we can respectfully listen. How can we properly respond if we do not take the time to hear their position?

 

We communicate a lot by the way we listen - perhaps as much as we communicate when we are speaking.

 

We are told to be ready to always give an answer for the hope that is within us ~ I Peter 3:15. We are better able to give a good answer if we will first listen.

 

3/24/2014

 

Our praise and worship team always enjoys doing this song with our congregation and just wanted to share a YouTube version:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtzAciGlgKE

 

3/25/2014

 

All of us have dealt with friends who have had loved ones pas away. It is sometimes difficult to find the right words to say. Often we can just be there, offer to listen, and especially volunteer to help in any way possible.

 

May the Lord help us to know exactly how to respond and be a blessing to those who deal with the passing of loved ones.

 

3/26/2014

 

The things we deal with in life can be a great start to a good Bible study. This can be the things we deal with on the inside, family matters, situations at work, etc. These can lead us to good discussions with other Christians who may be dealing with the same thing and can offer insight.

 

This is something very practical and we have found the Bible addresses our life situations either by direct word/instruction or by principles that can be applied. This coupled with good counsel will help us deal wisely with things we face in life.

 

There are many verses that tell us that God does not want us to miss it. We will likely share some of these tomorrow. May God help us walk in His perfect will in all the challenges we face daily.

 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. ~ II Timothy 3:16-17

 

3/27/2014

 

Yesterday we mentioned the Bible being a very practical guide for our lives. We noted that God does not want us to miss it, and words from II Timothy about us being "furnished unto all good works". Today we share some other scriptures about these good works:

 

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ~ II Corinthians 9:8

 

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

 

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. ~ II Timothy 2:20-21

 

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

 

Thankfully we do not have to accomplish these things on our own:

 

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

 

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

 

3/28/2014

 

We encourage you today to look around and see what you could do to be a particular blessing to your spouse or your home/family. With thoughts of spring cleaning coming, this should not be too difficult.

 

Let us act to relieve a little pressure from someone today.

 

3/29/2014

 

Our post yesterday reminds us of how many little things we do on a daily basis. Some of us have routines and regimes that we go through to take care of all the daily "stuff". This leads to our point that there are so many little things we can do to help.

 

Sometimes when we think of Christian service, we think of big, time consuming, life changing endeavors. But often it can be the daily things (regardless of how small) that we can do to be a blessing.

 

Wherever we go, may we consider each day: How can I help here?

 

3/30/2014

 

There is short and powerful line in a song that says: I live life to bless You

 

It would be hard to say it better. What a statement to say to the Lord each morning, and what a challenge to live out each day,.

 

May those 6 words be the reality in our motivation and in our daily demonstration. It is certainly a good reason to go to church this morning.

 

3/31/2014

 

Does it bother you that you cannot explain everything that is in the Bible? Does it frustrate you that you cannot figure out what some scriptures mean? It will comfort us all when we realize that nobody knows everything about anything. We are constantly learning both in the natural and spiritual.

 

Note these words from Peter about the beloved brother Paul: "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood,..." ~ II Peter 3:16

 

Even Peter, born again and filled with the Spirit, needed a dramatic illustration that God had made the gospel available to the Gentiles (Acts 10). Peter, like us, did not automatically know everything just because he was a Christian. He spent the rest of his life learning just like we do.

 

If you think about it, what kind of God would He be if human beings could figure Him out completely or know absolutely everything about Him. We know from scripture that there are secret things that belong to God and there are matters that are just beyond human comprehension. We are still contemplating the universe and wonder if it has physical boundaries.

 

On the other hand we rejoice, marvel and should be seeking after I Corinthians 2:12 ~ Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

 

No person will ever have all the answers and explanations that will satisfy everyone. Our main goal as Christians is to be able to effectively share with people and show them that we care. We plant the seed but it is God who gives the increase.

 

We can do the following as we proceed in this journey: Study to show ourselves approved...So that we can always give an answer to the hope that we have in Christ Jesus.

 

 



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