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What Open Door posts on Facebook - January 2015

 

1/1/2015

 

As 2015 begins, we pray you have a blessed and prosperous new year.

 

This would be a good time to commit our plans, work and lives unto the Lord as we continue through the New Year. As the song says; I do not know everything about the days to come - but I know Who holds tomorrow and I am in Him.

 

Lord, take my life and let it be, consecrated unto Thee.

 

1/2/2015

 

When evaluating anything, a good question might be: What's the purpose?

 

Finding the purpose of something can often help clarify things - in our own lives especially.

 

Then we can ask: What is my purpose? - both long and short term.

 

A purpose helps to direct us, keep us on track, motivate us toward a goal even when difficulties arise. When our purpose is clear we are better able to implement what is necessary to achieve that purpose. If we cannot clarify the purpose of goal, then it is difficult to know what tools to use to bring about a good result.

 

The scriptures have a lot to say about purpose and how important it is. It outlines the purpose of God in Christ Jesus. Clarity of purpose was something that was first and foremost in the life of Jesus. We note one in particular: "... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." ~ I John 3:8

 

Paul stated that his purpose was as open and transparent as his faith, doctrine, and manner of life - II Timothy 3:10. May our purpose in life be so clearly defined.

 

We say all of this because the term "purpose" is the exact opposite of today's term "whatever". We should not be living in the world of "whatever". For many of course this is just a term used today, yet it may indicate a pattern of thinking that will take someone down a wrong road.

 

We hope this contrast will help us get on with our purpose. We ask God to help us fine-tune it and keep us on the straight and narrow. If you live in the land of "whatever", you will have to settle for "whatever" you get.

 

1/3/2015

 

May we endeavor to do something each day because we love the Lord and want to honor Him in our lives.

 

1/4/2015

 

Below is a familiar scripture:

 

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? ~ Psalm 8:4

 

It is wonderful to consider that God is mindful of us. It leads us to the question of whether we are mindful of Him. It challenges us to keep Him and His word in our thoughts daily.

 

May we endeavor to be more spiritually minded each day.

 

1/5/2015

 

Yesterday was the first Sunday of the New Year. In partaking of Communion, we particularly looked at the words of Jesus describing the New Covenant or New Testament. We rejoice that Jesus brought in the "new" and that we may partake of it.

More about this is written in the book of Hebrews. Reading all of chapter 10 is a blessing but we especially note verse 16:

 

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

 

May the word of God be in our minds each day. We know how easily our minds and thoughts can go outside and contrary to the word of God. As we begin the new year, may we renew our minds with the word of God (Romans 12:2 & Ephesians 4:23) and apply His word in our situations of life.

 

We again praise God for the New Covenant.

 

1/6/2015

 

If you are one who made or makes New Year's resolutions, you must prioritize things. We assign importance to different activities and situations we face. May we make sure that our spiritual priorities are on the top.

 

1/7/2015

 

One of the criticisms of the church these days is that the culture is driving it. Some might even say the culture is leading the church around by the nose. That would be a good debate and each church could decide where it stands on the matter.

 

More pointedly, where do we stand as individuals? We can decide what culture to be involved in and what stand we will take. Everything will not be perfect in our surroundings, but we can be salt and light as a witness for Christ.

 

1/8/2015

 

Psalm 102 is one that most of us can relate to. The writer starts out with complaints and describing all he is going through. We note again that the Bible does not sugar-coat the difficulties and tribulations we face in this life.

 

This "gripe-session" goes from verse 1 through verse 11. But then the attention changes from looking at the writer to looking at God.  We know that all scripture is given to us for instruction, and God is aware of life's difficulties and what we go through. Remember that Christ was tempted in all points like we are yet without sin ~ Hebrews 4:15.

 

The Daily Bread had a particular devotional some time ago that related to Psalm 102. It talked about a pastor who was upbeat, positive, could always be thankful no matter what the situation. The story went along that this particular day was just a dismal one, bad things had happened, the weather was absolutely atrocious, and very few people had made it to the service that morning.

 

Before the beginning of the service, those who were there commented on the terrible day and the terrible things that had happened.  One person commented "I bet he wont be so upbeat today" and another one chimed in "I would like to see him find something to be thankful for this morning".

 

The Pastor came in, greeted the people with a smile on his face, and opened the service with prayer. Somewhere in the first few lines was a sentence like this: Dear heavenly Father, we are so thankful that we do not have many days like this one.

 

The line is amusing but it might make us think a little bit. Regardless of what we are facing it is likely to pass so that we can move on. Whatever it is, good or bad, we know that seeking God and His Word is a great first step. Whether good or bad, we need the mind of God. When we are dealing with some of the absurdities that are in the world today, we often do not know what to do: We could let our righteous indignation loose and see what happens or we could drop to our knees and intercede with tears.

 

When the difficult times come - nothing will take the place knowing the will of God, how God wants us to respond, and how to deal with every situation. One of the first ways to begin is lift our voices in praise and give Him glory.

 

1/9/2015

 

Yesterday we noted the importance of knowing the will of God in our daily walk. We have the word that will get us on the right path. But we need the Holy Spirit to help us with the bumps and obstacles that we encounter.

 

We need to know when to speak and when to be silent, when to rebuke and when to encourage, how to share the truth in love, how to stand up for Jesus at this particular moment...

 

Jesus knows we need God's Spirit bringing us life and light. May we develop our ability to hear the voice of the Spirit and act accordingly.

 

1/10/2015

 

It is hard to win at anything if you will not engage in the activity. It is readily seen in the natural. You cannot win the baseball game if you are not willing to play.

 

Spiritually we cannot win the battle if we are not willing to fight. We are to fight the good fight of a faith ~ I Timothy 6:12

 

We wrestle against principalities and powers ~ Ephesians 6:12

 

We are in a warfare ~ II Corinthians 10:4; I Timothy 1:18

 

Each one of us has to decide which battles we will engage in. Sometimes it seems we are just thrown into a fray that is serious and survival is at stake. At other times, we battle for others - friends, family, the body of Christ, etc.

 

May God grant us particular wisdom and anointing in this area.

 

1/11/2015

 

We remember the familiar words: ... but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. ~ Joshua 24:15

 

This is a firm foundation for each day in which we will likely encounter so many different things.

 

1/12/2015

 

Yesterday we were reminded that we are all on a course, a journey, a race. This is true both in the natural and spiritual.

 

To be successful, it takes maintenance, assessment, adjustments, and continued diligence. But the rewards are well worth it.

 

May we recognize this and do what is necessary in every area.

 

1/13/2015

 

Let Us Continue

 

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

 

Jesus said to continue in His word ~ John 8:31

 

(John 15:9)  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 

(Acts 13:43 KJV)  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

 

(Acts 14:22)  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

 

(Rom 11:22 KJV)  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

 

(Col 4:2 KJVContinue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

( (Heb 13:1 KJVLet brotherly love continue.

 

All of these things we are to continue and as David said, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

We are not told how "often" to do these things, but our lifestyle should demonstrate that we are "continuing" with them in our lives.

 

1/14/2015

 

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

 

May we indeed behold, cherish, and walk in this reality.

1/15/2015

 

Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:11

 

Most people have heard this expression and likely know that it comes from the Bible. A study of the scriptures will show us that daily bread (or sustenance) is more than just physical food.

 

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God ~ Matthew 4:4

 

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. ~ John 4:34

 

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. ~ John 6:27

 

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ~ John 6:49-51

 

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2

 

From these verse and others, we could say our "daily bread" is what we need to maintain our lives during this earthly existence - spirit, soul, and body.

 

Remember this statement from Jesus: The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. ~ Luke 12:23

 

Thank God for our food and raiment, yet we thank Him further that He understands we need more than just those things in this life if we are to be successful. As we pray and ask for our daily bread, let us be open to God's abundantly supply to meet our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19), that He might give us knowledge of witty inventions or ideas (Proverbs 8:12), and that we might prosper and be a good success as we seek Him and His word (Joshua 1:8).

 

This would indeed be a daily feast!

 

1/16/2015

 

We remember in the New Testament how Jesus rebuked the raging sea and a great calm came over it. In our lives too, we would love for Jesus to do the same thing for us when things are "raging"

 

We remember His words: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27

 

We will also help ourselves a great deal if we will take time to calm ourselves and seek a quiet place when we can.

 

May we seek peace and pursue it ~ I Peter 3:11

 

1/17/2015

 

Many are finding more and more opportunities to fight the good fight of faith in the world today. In doing so, we must be diligent to keep our strength up.

 

May God give us wisdom to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might ~ Ephesians 6:10

God knows that we need His strength.

 

May we receive the exceeding greatness of His power that is given to us who believe ~ Ephesians 1:19

 

We believe that God provided this power for our benefit that we might honor Him in our victories.

 

1/18/2015

 

Continuing from yesterday in regards to strength, Paul writes:

 

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; ~ Colossians 1:10-11

 

Note that with all this might, we see: patience, longsuffering and joyfulness. Strength is needed when the tough and difficult things come.

 

It does not take much strength to "frolic through the flowers". We need it to "...endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" ~ II Timothy 2:3

 

We declare God's armor, the sword of the Spirit, and our effectual, fervent prayers are "tougher" and "stronger" than anything the world, the flesh or the devil might throw at us.

 

1/19/2015

 

Yesterday was considered "right to life" Sunday. We are so thankful that God has given us the right to life. Because of Jesus, we also have the right to eternal life in the kingdom of God.

 

Throughout the Bible we see God as the source of all life. Therefore we rejoice in Him and we are thankful for His word that brings life and liberty to us!

 

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ~ John 1:4

 

... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10

 

He that hath the Son hath life; ... ~ I John 5:12

 

Whatever aspect of God we decide to pursue will involve life!

 

Thank you heavenly Father for helping us to walk in this newness of life.

 

1/21/2015

Many know the story of Paul & Silas in prison, how all the doors were opened, the jailor received salvation, etc. There are dozens of sermons in this passage from Acts 16 and each person may get a little something different if they would take the time to meditate on these verses.

 

One thing we note today: The situation did not change Paul and Silas. They determined to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord in any way possible. ~ I Corinthians 15:58

 

May this describe us well - Lord please remind us especially when we need it. In whatever situation (even like Paul & Silas in the jail), may we be so determined. This will give God the opportunity to change the situation and bring blessing to others - just as He did with Paul and Silas at Philippi.

 

1/22/2015

 

We want to encourage you to pray today. Often we think about those who we know need prayer, who are going through difficulties, etc. We may think about them and not really pray for them.

 

We can do other things - send cards, make phone calls, and meet needs. But may we not forget to come before the Lord and spend some time in intercession. We know it is the Lord who best knows what they need, and He can tell us anything particularly to do to help.

 

1/23/2015

 

Much is talked about concerning hearing the voice of God. There are scriptural foundations and principles in this regard. Once you have them, make it a serious matter of prayer.

 

Dear Lord, help me to recognize Your voice and Your leading in my life. I do not want to miss it or go in a wrong direction. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" ~ John 10:27. I want that to describe me. Help me to learn and grow in this area - in Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

There is much more that could be included in such a prayer. The main thing is to get started!

 

1/24/2015

 

It would be good to consider how determined we are in our Christian faith and walk. Perhaps we may not really know until some tests come.

 

Paul wrote that we should be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.

 

There are some things to be determined and unmovable in - Christian doctrine and principles of life, faith and conduct should be solid within us.

 

On the other hand we have great liberty and freedom in how we walk it out. Praise and worship are good examples: Praise, worship, and giving of thanks should be rock solid - it should be a given in our lives. But there are so many ways we can do it - especially with the broad range of music we have.

 

We can do fast or slow, loud or soft with various rhythms and instruments. Our praise can be very animated to the point of dance with a lot of excitement and on the other side we can fall to our knees, prostrate ourselves and the tears may flow.

 

We have so many ways to do things in this Christian life. May our ways please the Lord and our conduct show a determination in living for Jesus.

 

1/26/2015

 

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. ~ John 16:13

 

We earnestly pray that we hear and receive the leading of God's Spirit concerning things to come. Often we think of the big things that would make the news, but things in our individual lives, family, etc. are so important.

 

Even if we have most of the facts on how things are now, how blessed it would be to know when something is coming - that we might properly prepare and honor God in all of it.

 

So again we pray the precious Holy Spirit would reveal the things we need to know.

 

1/27/2015

 

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

 

We note here that believing on Jesus is one thing, continuing in His word is another.

 

May we attend to the doing of both on a daily basis. We face words and ideas often that are contrary to the word of God - may we always know the difference and respond properly.

 

1/28/2015

 

Let others see Jesus in you!

 

May this be something we work on, care about, and pray about each day.

 

1/29/2014

 

Living for Jesus a life that is true

Striving to please Him in all that I do

 

May this guide our choices and decisions daily.

 

1/31/2015

 

Note an interesting verse regarding prayer:

 

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you:... ~ I Samuel 12:23

 

Praying for someone else is very Christ-like. It is a generous and loving act to set aside your own time and give of yourself for someone else. To intercede for someone who needs help is an act of selflessness - that someone else might receive a benefit and some help in their lives.

 

We all have what seems a thousand things to do. When we set those aside to sincerely intercede and pray for others, we fulfill a lot that Jesus said about prayer. When we do it in secret, Jesus said we would be rewarded openly. A great reward would be the answer to the prayers we pray for others and a breakthrough in their lives.

 

The Lord will not forget our needs, especially if we make the needs of others a priority in our lives.



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