Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - August 2015

 

August 1, 2015

 

It has been said that God's Word and His principles are like diamonds - there are so many facets to them. We noted this particularly as we will have Communion tomorrow.

 

There is the solemn, serious, intense side of it when we reflect on what Jesus went through - the giving of His body and blood with His death on the cross. We also want to be serious and sincere when we examine ourselves before taking the elements of Communion. It is not something to be done flippantly.

 

Then there is the joy side of Communion - we show God reverence and respect when we are joyful over what He has done for us. Look at what is on the joy side - the resurrection, new life in Christ, being partakers of the kingdom of heaven and being part of the family of God. These are all good reasons to rejoice and give Him praise.

 

Regardless of the facet we are presenting at the time and regardless of the aspect(s) of Communion that each one of us needs when we come to the table, they are all meant to bring us a blessing and to better our lives.

 

Therefore, we come to God's table with great joy.

 

August 2, 2015

 

We draw near to God this morning and we are thankful He says He will draw near to us. We need Thee every hour heavenly Father. Have Your way in us this day - be glorified in Your people.

 

August 3, 2015

 

Yesterday we looked at a familiar verse: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; ... II Corinthians 5:21

 

How would you ever "make" something to be sin? The quick answer is that man cannot. We have the capacity to commit sin but making something to be sin is a spiritual matter.

 

Perhaps it will help to include the last part of the verse: 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.

 

Do you think we can "make" anything righteous? The quick answer again is no. We can do righteous works that God calls us to, but making something righteous is beyond us.

 

Consider this verse: For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. ~ Romans 5:19

 

We cannot work to be righteous. Jesus did the work necessary so that we can be made righteous.

It should be a great relief to know that we do not have to work ourselves into righteousness. It is also a great responsibility to cherish this gift, live out, and share the news of the righteousness God has provided.

 

August 4, 2015

 

May this describe our hearts toward our Lord:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaIHmBuY3TU

 

August 6, 2015

 

We take a moment to thank everyone who is serving in the body of Christ. Regardless of your role, you are part of the most important body in the earth today.

 

We pray you do not grow weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9; II Thessalonians 3:13), that you see fruit of your labor (Colossians 1:10), and that the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)

 

As the body of Christ may we seek ways to help and encourage one another.

 

August 7, 2015

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. ~ Colossians 3:16

 

No one can do this verse for us. We must embrace it and apply it ourselves. May each one of us to be doers of this word that we might be blessed in our deed ~ James 1:25

 

August 9, 2015

 

There are always so many important things to pray about each day. We emphasize praying for and doing for others as Jesus taught, yet we must remember prayer for ourselves.

 

Dear Father, today I would purpose to successfully resist and overcome every temptation to do something wrong. I desire to walk worthy of the Lord each day; I thank You for the help I need, and reminders from Your Spirit as I go about my activities.

 

In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and may He be glorified in me. Amen

 

August 11, 2015

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3

 

Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus - John also in the book of 2nd John

 

Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love

 

And words from Jesus:

 

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13

 

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7

 

In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.

 

August 12, 2015

 

Notice the little things come before the big things. If you want to have responsibility committed to you in this life, whether it be by God or by man, cultivate faithfulness in the little thingsócultivate punctuality, cultivate answering your letters.

 

Cultivate keeping your promises even if they are only apparently trivial things because there is a God who is watching you. Heís assessing your character. Heís determining whether you are to be trusted with great things. Some people have got all the words and all the qualifications but they never come up with results. Even if you have to find somebody to work for you or somebody to work with you, donít go just by the big words and by their qualifications.

 

Watch that person in small things. See how they handle the little responsibilities. Consider them by the way they behave when nobodyís watching them, when issues donít seem big, because the truth of the matter is, if they are faithful in small things they will be faithful in the bigger things. If they are unfaithful in the small things, then donít commit to them the big things.

 

That applies to those with whom you want to work. It applies to you, too. And itís Godís way of assessing you and determining what you are really worth. He watches you in the small things and evaluates you from those.

 

~ from Derek Prince

 

We add that these are especially good qualities to live up to as people observe us.

 

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. ~ Luke 16:10

 

August 13, 2015

 

Thank you Jesus for Your everlasting arms!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvNdFIZRJRQ

 

August 14, 2015

 

Think of all the ways people will communicate today: telephone, text message, person to person, group meetings, letter, card, short note, twitter, instant messaging, Skype, Facebook and like media, etc.

 

In all of these ways and others we will engage people today. May we see opportunities in all of these to be a blessing, share the things of God, help others out, or just try our best to do something good.

 

May God give us all a mission today.

 

August 15, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

August 17, 2015

 

It is hard to think of anything more important than God's presence - in us, on us, and around us.

 

Whether we are home, at work, regarding our children at school, or any activity or gathering we can name - we plead for the presence of God.

 

Let us become more aware of Your presence Lord

Let us experience the glory of Your goodness.

 

Remember in Exodus 33:18 Moses said: And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

 

God's response in verse 19: I will make all my goodness pass before thee...

 

Thank you Lord for Your presence each day.

 

August 18, 2015

 

Many love the old favorite: Living For Jesus

 

This song reminds us of verses from Colossians chapter 3:

 

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth... your life is hid with Christ in God... When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 

Everyone lives for something - a goal, a purpose, an achievement, etc.

 

What higher calling could we ever embrace than to live for Jesus and declare Him as our reason for living?

 

When we come to the end of this life, what a blessing to know that "Living For Jesus" was not just a song we sang but it was the life we demonstrated.

 

August 19, 2015

 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ II Timothy 1:7

 

Lord may we walk in Your Spirit of power and love - thank you for a sound mind also for we have the mind of Christ ~  I Corinthians 2:16

 

August 20, 2015

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

 

May our heart's desire be to please the Lord. We ask God to direct us into this proper faith. May we be seen as diligent seekers of the Lord - those who meditate on His word and desire to be obedient. We thank God for the rewards of faith.

 

In my life Lord be glorified.

 

August 21, 2015

 

Whenever we are in an uncomfortable or difficult place, we will often use our efforts to get out of it. We remember I Corinthians 10:13:

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

We are thankful that God is our great deliverer, but we also know that it does not always come instantly - we may need to use the ability God gives "to bear it" for awhile.

 

If we are in such a position, we should use it in the best way possible: How can I please God in it, does someone else need help here (maybe worse than me), can I learn anything in this, is there a way I can fix a situation here?

 

We are reminded of Joseph in prison. He spent a long time there and we would call it unfair. Yet he made the most of it and essentially ran the place. We remember Paul and Silas in prison - they did not pray to get out. We see God getting them out, but they were used to bring a great blessing to many.

 

A great challenge for all of us is to let our lights shine under difficult and uncomfortable situations. This should be a part of our praying and preparation for the days ahead.

 

August 22, 2015

 

As we have mentioned before, Jude writes a fiery epistle that pulls no punches. Yet toward the end we read:

 

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ~ Jude 1:21

 

May God help us to do this - especially in the fiery times. May God's love prevail in us even in the difficult, intense or troubling situations.

 

August 23, 2015

 

As we assemble ourselves together this morning may we give the Lord our best. May we be vessels of honor to be of good service.

 

How we need You Holy Spirit this day - fall fresh upon us. Be glorified in Your people this day!

 

August 24, 2015

 

Whatever we can do today to draw near to God (James 4:8), face situations with a spiritual mind (Romans 8:6), seek to walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful in our works (Colossians 1:10), and to be a blessing to others (Galatians 6:2) - we put ourselves in a good position to be witnesses for our Lord and His goodness.

 

August 25, 2015

 

We remember that in Galatians chapter 5 we see verses that contrast the flesh and the spirit. In verse 16 we read: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

It is interesting that we might tend to do this the opposite way: If I stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, then I can (or will) walk in the spirit.

 

Paul says the opposite: If we decide to walk in the spirit, then we are not in the realm of fulfilling the lust of the flesh.

 

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:4

 

It is interesting (and liberating) to see the pattern here: We do not put the flesh under so that we can walk in the spirit; we walk in the spirit so that the flesh will be put under.

 

Hallelujah!

 

August 26, 2015

 

A word to married couples today: May my spouse never regret saying "I do"!

 

Let us conduct ourselves with this is mind.

 

August 27, 2015

 

Yesterday we made this statement regarding married couples:

 

May my spouse never regret saying "I do"!

 

We take it further today ~ May our spouse always say:

 

I am so thankful that I did say "I do"!

 

We know that all marriages face difficult times and tests. When they come, may our spouses say:

 

You are just the one I want with me as we deal with this trouble.

 

May my spouse see Jesus in me!

 

August 28, 2015

 

When Jesus was on the earth, we picture Him waking up each morning and joyfully going out to share and demonstrate the love of God:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqbqjX2KRyY&list=PLyiis4CKg7PT1NYFw38NBuvljQ__4Q3Ou

 

August 29, 2015

 

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.

 

August 30, 2015

 

Heavenly Father we thank you today for a fresh anointing. We praise You with joy and serve You with gladness.

 

We earnestly plead for the glory of God to come - thank You for Your visitation, manifestation and demonstration in our service today.

 

Fill our lives individually that we may be a blessing each day.

 

August 31, 2015

 

Our teachers are back for in-service and getting ready for the students to start next week. Teachers in all schools deal with a unique set of circumstances. They must deal with:

 

students

parents

colleagues

administration

 

All 4 areas present different challenges and require different skills to deal with each group successfully - and especially to walk the Christian line in every situation and maintain a proper balance.

 

So we thank all of our staff, we pray for you daily, and may you have good success this school year.



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