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What Open Door posts on Facebook - July 2015

 

July 1, 2015

 

When asked about character, a minister replied that there are people who have character and people who are characters. Each one of us can decide where we stand on this subject.

 

When we say someone is a person of character, it is automatically assumed that we mean good character. We know that there are negative and bad character traits that the Bible speaks of and those that we know are detrimental to life in general.

 

The people of good character that we know and speak of have demonstrated it in some way. It is not just a philosophical idea or creed, it is a basis of conduct and action.

 

So we should be mindful to demonstrate good character in actions, decisions, our speech and in our dealings with one another. It is a testimony to the God we love and serve, and the benefits we reap are blessings to enjoy.

 

7/2/2015

 

We remember this verse from II Chronicles 7:14 - 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.

 

Someone might ask: How many of God's people have to do this? If we recall the story of Abraham and God regarding Sodom & Gomorrah, we know that God would have spared it for 10 righteous people.

 

This should be an encouragement to us. May our efforts show that we believe the verse above.

 

7/4/2015

 

We pray each of you enjoy a safe and blessed holiday. If we take the time to sing God Bless America, may we also take the time to pray that God would Bless America.

 

We pray that righteousness would exalt our nation and that we all recognize that sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

 

May we act like we believe both parts of this verse.

 

7/5/2015

 

We invite you to take a few moments to enjoy the piano and beautiful singing on this video. We are reminded that victory in Jesus comes when we surrender.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNbwBcgPC4

 

7/6/2015

 

This past weekend we remembered, celebrated and appreciated our freedoms and recognized that men and women died and served to bring that about (and continue to do so) in our land. We remember also the price that Jesus paid and He said:

 

If we continue is His word ... we would know the truth and the truth would make us free (John 8:31-32). As we study the New Testament we see a lot of things that the word of God will do in and for us. Yet here, Jesus particularly emphasized freedom.

 

Throughout the Bible we see God working to free His people; yet they often did not continue in it. Jesus essentially says that if we continue in His word, the truth will continually make us free.

 

We also remember that our freedom brings responsibility. We should not use our freedom to sin but use it to live righteously. Paul tells us to walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful in good works.

 

May our lives demonstrate how grateful we are for freedoms and never give God reason to allow freedom to be removed from us.

 

7/7/2015

 

In talking about freedom, it appears that God took a big risk in setting people free. Right in the garden of Eden, man used his freedom in the wrong way. In recent years we have seen what happens when people are set free and they do not behave well.

 

To bring it close to home, how about giving your children complete freedom? You know they will essentially get it from you when they are grown; but you know that they must exercise some self control, discipline, good behavior and character to be a success. They must make good choices.

 

So also it is with us. God wants us to choose His way and not use our liberty as an excuse to sin or do wrong. We remember these words and pray we make the right choice in every situation:

 

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: ~ Deuteronomy 30:19

 

7/9/2015

 

A favorite hymn for many is: Living For Jesus

 

It reminds us of our decisions, actions and words that are a major part of each day.

 

Thus from our posting on Tuesday which from Deuteronomy 30 reminded us to "choose life"; each day we say "I choose to believe the word of God" and then act accordingly.

 

If we are dealing with a particular matter or problem, we can choose the word of God in that regard.

 

May the Lord help us to live for Jesus in all of our situations and circumstances.

 

7/10/2015

 

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1

 

This should have helped answer Shakespeare's question: What's in a name?

 

Whenever a person's name is mentioned, a picture comes up in our minds if we know them. Much of what the person is noted for comes up as well - his character, what has he done, is he generally considered good? and so forth.

 

Almost everything we know about a person flashes across our minds when a person's name comes up. That does not mean we are being critical - our brain just seems to bring up anything we may know or have heard.

 

We make the point of how powerful a name is in our interactions with others. Does the mention of our names bring honor to Christ in the thoughts of others? It is certainly something we can work on.

 

7/11/2015

 

We ask God each day to show us a way that we can bless someone else.

 

7/13/2015

 

One aspect of our message yesterday was: Choose to believe God's word!

 

In every situation and circumstance, we will choose what we will believe and do regarding it.

 

Some will say that life will deal you a hand and you are stuck with it. All of us are dealing with a "hand" if you look at it this way. You will still choose what you believe and do regarding it.

 

That is why we all need the wisdom of God, word of God, and Spirit of God to guide us in our choosing and doing. The first step is to choose those three mentioned above.

 

7/14/2015

 

Just a quick note to remind us that we should always do our best - whether it is to the boss, our spouse, our family, our friends, or to God. We all appreciate those around us who are giving their best - they are ones we can count on.

 

It is good to remind ourselves of this because we all get tired and some things get so routine. Getting this "our best"  attitude or mindset down on the inside will bless us, those around us, and should enhance our Christian testimony.

 

We could start by just doing something a little extra today in some area.

 

7/15/2015

 

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: ~ John 10:27

 

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. ~ Romans 8:14-17

 

We remember these verses and ask the Lord's help in walking them out each day. He knows exactly how to handle every situation and we pray for that wisdom and understanding.

 

In all our ways we acknowledge You Lord and we thank You for directing our paths.

 

7/16/2015

 

An interesting word that we look at today is "urgent". In the King James, we only find it twice and the situations are not pleasant:

 

And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. ~ Exodus 12:33

 

Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. ~ Daniel 3:22

 

It is interesting that the "unpleasantries" had been planned for God people, but God turned them upon the heads of those who were planning the evil. This is one of those "Selah" moments we see in the Bible - pause and consider this.

 

Often in our lives, the urgent situations involve unpleasant issues that have happened or we are trying to prevent from happening. There can be "good urgencies" but it seems that most are not. They are often the things that are troubling and put pressure on us. May God grant us His wisdom, favor and power when they come up.

 

May this also be the case when something good has to be acted upon - something that can bring us a blessing. God help to respond in a "good" way and may we have more of these. We are urgently wanting to do something good.

 

7/17/2015

 

Many of us have heard or grew up with the expression: Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

 

Many believe it was used on children to try to get them to take a bath, clean up their rooms, etc.

 

It is not really a Biblical principle - it is almost backwards in that Godliness should lead to cleanliness.

 

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ~ II Timothy 2:19

 

Anything we can do to clean up our lives is beneficial, but much more so when the Lord is first place.

 

7/18/2015

 

Do you remember the "three crosses" movement years ago. Do you still see those today? They are a great testimony but not much is said about them or if it is continuing. Check out the site and particularly the history if you are interested. According to the site at last count, Virginia has 131 clusters of them.

 

http://www.christiancrosses.org/

 

7/20/2015

 

Yesterday we spoke again on the glory of God. If you look up the word "glory" in the New Testament you will find it is mentioned 164 times. In speaking essentially about the glory of God, you see it about 100 times.

 

It is described this way:

 

great glory

power and glory

riches of his glory

crown of glory

brightness of his glory

excellent glory

 

You always see it with a theme of splendor - something awe inspiring and magnificent.

 

You remember in Exodus when Moses said to God: I beseech You to show me Your glory ~ Exodus 33:18

 

God responded in the nest verse by saying: I will make all of my goodness pass before thee.

 

We see here that God equates His glory with goodness. God's glory is good. It is good to seek His glory, to pursue it, and we pray Lord to demonstrate it not only in our services but as we pursue it in our daily lives.

 

7/21/2015

 

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3

 

Lord may this describe our faith and our love walk!

 

7/22/2015

 

In the Anne of Green Gables series, there is a line that says: Every day is brand new with no mistakes. It reminds us of the passage many of us know:

 

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23

 

We are grateful for God's newness each day and the opportunity for a fresh start. But with this newness can also be things that are new to us - things that we have never faced or seen before.

It is like the couple with their first-born. It is something new that they have never faced before.

 

They may have studied all the latest books on parenting, received great counsel from friends at church, and they may have been raised in wonderful homes. But they are facing something brand new with a lot of decisions and years of living it out.

 

We say this so we will recognize how each day can bring circumstances and situations that we have never faced before - good and bad. We therefore should remember our heavenly Father and all He has done and is doing to see that we win, that we overcome, and are victorious.

 

There are scores of scriptures that will bear this out. But we must remember the source and live each day knowing "without Him we can do nothing" ~ John 15:5

 

7/23/2015

 

Genesis chapter 20 has 18 verses and is an interesting story. The main characters are Abraham, Sarah, and Abimelech. God appeared to Abimelech in a dream and warned him about Sarah.

 

The point we make today is that God told Abimelech to continue with his good intentions and Abraham would pray for him. This is the first time we ever see the expression of someone praying to God for someone else. (verse 7)

 

We then read: So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. ~ verse 17.

 

We see praying as instituted by God to bring a blessing. How much this reminds us of the words of the disciples: Lord teach us to pray.

 

Lord we desire to learn so much about prayer - we believe it will do so much good.

 

7/25/2015

 

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

 

7/26/2015

 

We pray that God's glory come in our service and in churches across the land. May His Spirit fill His ministers in the pulpit and those in attendance. We long for You dear God. Thank You for the blessing of Your presence this day. We are grateful that You are good and Your mercy endures forever.

 

7/28/2015

 

We rejoice in the reality of these words. May God help us demonstrate them each day:

 

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 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; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ~ Colossians 1:9-14

 

7/29/2015

 

In Jeremiah 9 we read that judgment and hard things are coming. God says for the wise man not to glory in his wisdom, the strong man his strength, nor the rich in his riches (verse 23).

 

But note verse 24: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 

 

We see what the Lord delights in - may He see us do the same!

 

7/30/2015

 

Have you noticed that many things today seem to be so complicated? What should be a simple task often turns into a full-blown project, situation, or an ordeal. Then we can add "time consuming" to the complicated. It seems nothing is simple any more.

 

You may spend time on the phone being transferred to various departments, automated systems that do not have the choice you need, you will have at least a 15 minute wait to speak with a person, and finally when you do so it is the wrong department or this person cannot help you.

Then there is all the paperwork; Oh you need a permit for that and the guy who approves it is on vacation; that part you need is for an item that is no longer manufactured; they never got the 15 pages you either Faxed or sent by mail; and the final blow when you hear "You're going to need a lawyer"!

 

Many of us can relate in some way to what was described above, and there does not appear to be any relief in sight. The thought for this writing came as we compare what we deal with in the world today to that which should be most important to us - eternity!

 

With that in mind, note the three scriptures below and the word "simplicity" (it is capitalized for emphasis):

 

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with SIMPLICITY; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. ~ Romans 12:8

 

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in SIMPLICITY and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. ~ II Corinthians 1:12

 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ. ~ II Corinthians 11:3

 

The gospel stands in all of its richness, it opens to us the kingdom of God that we will learn about and live in for eternity, so much of it is beyond our present comprehension; yet it can be simply explained and simply embraced and received.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

 

 

 

 



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