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What Open Door posts on Facebook - February 2015




Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that was such a rave?


As Christians we have a challenge in the familiar hymn: I Surrender All


May we take this challenge every day.




Our message Sunday asked "How much do we value the things of God"?


Do our daily lives demonstrate that we value and think highly of the Gospel and the things of Christ?


These questions challenge us and hopefully motivate us to improve in this area.




As our young people grow up, they consider and work toward a career. Pursuing it will take them down a certain path, with certain people, to hopefully a successful result. We know it takes effort, planning, and just plain work. There is little about it that is haphazard.


We should approach our spiritual careers with appropriate planning and diligence. We know this also is not haphazard.


We are thankful for God's calling on each of us - may we show the proper diligence in pursuing and developing it.




When our friends encounter trials

We can help them if we're near

Some may need a word of comfort

Others just a listening ear - Sper from Our Daily Bread


If we never faced the tempter

With his sharp and fiery sting,

We would never know the victory

That our trust in God can bring ~ Robert from Our Daily Bread


Great victories often come out of great struggles ~ unknown




Sometimes we just need a little pick up:






We remember this verse:


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, ... ~ I Corinthians 15:58


We know this is easier when we are not in a dry season or in a big battle. But we note the last part of the verse:


"forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."


We trust God to bring forth the fruit and we pray to stay strong, for we desire to fulfill His calling in us with joy.




Our opening hymn yesterday was the familiar: O How I Love Jesus


It is both a challenge and encouragement to us. It challenges us to assess our love for Jesus and how we demonstrate it daily. It encourages us to know that He first loved us and that we can grow in the love of God.


O How I Love Jesus - may we enjoy doing it as much as we enjoy singing it.




No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cares for me.


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:8




May God help us to be both willing and obedient in all He has for us each day. Since He loves us perfectly, we need have no fear in where He would lead us. ~ I John 4:18




From Psalm 34:


1  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.


When something is magnified, we do not do it to change it.  We do it in order to see it clearer, to understand it better, to get a better view of all its intricacies, to discover secrets that may be hidden.


Likewise when God is magnified in our sight and understanding, we can see a clearer picture of all He is and has. We can therefore both enjoy the things He has for us and better flow with His plan and purpose for us. When He is magnified, others around can recognize and benefit from our loving God.




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.




Many know these words of Jesus about love:


And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. ~ Mark 12:30-31


May we especially desire to be doers of God's Word concerning love.




We are so grateful for God's love that lifts us:






We know there is a lot going on in the world that is evil and wicked. It is important for us to know how God views these situations, what is His mind toward the people, and what we can do in these matters.


First and foremost we need to pray - that we might know the Godly response.


And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. ~ Romans 8:27


Our prayers can take a warfare offensive as well as a shield of intercession - for ourselves and for others.


May God's Spirit especially quicken us in our praying.




Please use caution in this frigid weather. Hope you enjoy bluegrass gospel:






When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: ~ Proverbs 2:10-11


May God's word, Spirit, and wisdom keep us in these perilous times.




At the cross, at the cross - we owe all to You - Jesus:






... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4


This is the area we must fight in so as to maintain the victory for ourselves.


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,... ~ I Timothy 6:12


Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) ~ Hebrews 10:13


Each of us will have different areas to stand in for our faith. May God help us stand strong and pray for one another because all of us are in it.




As we mentioned yesterday, we are in a fight - a spiritual war.  We do not tell the enemy our strategy or tactics. All he needs to know is that he has been targeted.


May God give us great skill in wielding the sword of the Spirit.




We remember the children of Israel were given the Promised Land. Yet they did not just move in unopposed. In fact, the first time some of them saw it; they were so afraid they wanted to run the other way - back to Egypt.


When they approached Jericho, God had given them the city. But the Israelites had something to do. They had to march, then shout, and then defeat the inhabitants and take the city.


May God help us to deal with opposition correctly - and engage the fight of faith all the way to victory.




We have been looking at the concept of fighting from verses we see in the New Testament. It is interesting to note that in the Old Testament, God raised up an army in Israel long before there was ever a king. ~ Exodus 17:9


It is further interesting that God used this "army to fight" from time to time and other times angels would be dispatched ~ II Kings 19:35


We see "fighting" throughout the Bible and various ways that God chooses to deal with His enemies. In the New Testament we see various ways we fight as Christians and also how a righteous government should be fighting in this world ~ Romans 13:1-4

Again we pray for wisdom for each one of us in the particular battles we are in.




Continuing with our subject we note these words from Paul:


I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: ~ I Corinthians 9:26


Though he does not specifically elaborate, throughout the chapter Paul outlines the struggle, opposition, and indeed the fight he is engaged in. As the verse above indicates, he is certain about what he is doing and the contest he is in.


We pray God this verse would describe us. Doesn't it concern us when we see our children floundering about in a struggle they do not understand - their emphasis is on the trivial and not on what is important. To help them often involves patience and tough love with kindness.


May we be fast learners - people that do this verse 26 with skill in order to finish our race successfully.




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