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What Open Door posts on Facebook - June 2015




It has been noted that the majority of Christian service is not for the stage. Our service is often private and not meant for public display - our prayer time, reaching out to others, phone calls, anonymous gifts, all the work that is done in secret. When you think about it, not much of this would make a good "show" anyway. But it does make for a good Christian witness and testimony.


Three times in Matthew 6, Jesus talks about the things done in secret will be rewarded by God openly. We do not do it for reward, but sowing and reaping is a part of God's plan. The reaping also helps us continue to serve and to be a blessing.


We thank everyone who works so hard for the kingdom of God behind the scenes.




Whether in good times or bad, on the mountain or in the valley, and in all circumstances: Great Is Thy Faithfulness






If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5


How often it is that we think we are lacking in things - yet it is often wisdom that we need. Even with all the things we might acquire, we need God's wisdom to use these properly.


We thank God for His outpouring of wisdom when we ask - that we might rightly use all of the things we have.




Lord help me to respond correctly to every person and situation in my life today.




In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ I Thessalonians 5:18


May God help us to do this scripture in every situation.




Do you remember the prayer of Jabez and all the attention it got a few years ago?


It is interesting to see that the name Jabez essentially means: trouble, sorrow, pain and affliction


We can imagine the impression that this name made on him - day after day. Yet things changed when he called upon the Lord. ~ I Chronicles 4:9-10


We note these words from verse 9:  And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren:


Regardless of his name, Jabez decided it would not determine the way he acted. He made a good choice in his behavior.


Further, regardless of his name and the negative picture it painted, he believed the Lord would help him if he prayed.  ~  And God granted him that which he requested.


Our point today: Regardless of your circumstances, determine to behave honorably and seek after the Lord. Many scripture references will tell us that this will bring God's blessing.




Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. ~ Isaiah 26:3


This is a very familiar verse that takes diligence to do. The affairs of this life and cares of the world will attempt to take our focus away from the Lord.


This is not to say that we ignore responsibilities and the problems we face daily. Keeping our mind and focus on the Lord is the first step we should take to address any issue.


We remember that the Lord knows how to solve every problem we encounter - this is why our mind needs to be stayed on Him. May Hr quicken the word we need in each situation.




Yesterday we mentioned the verse from Isaiah 26 about keeping our minds stayed upon Lord and that He knows how to handle every situation.


Each day we will face different circumstances: Do I keep quiet or speak up? Do I respond sternly or softly? Does this need changing now or does it need more time? Should I make the call or not?


Question after question can come up and it reminds us how much we need God's wisdom. We are so grateful to God Who regarding wisdom:  giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not ~ James 1:5


Lord we confidently face the day depending on Your wisdom.




When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2


This verse usually makes us think about the government, but the principle is true across the board.


If we are ever in a position of authority, we should serve righteously knowing that we will give account.




A beautiful song of praise from Terry MacAlmon






Regardless of how we feel at the moment, we still can choose what we believe and how we act.


Example - A man tells his wife one morning: I do not feel very married today.


Wife's reply: You had better act like you believe you are very married!


We pause and consider this - Selah.




I Samuel chapter 8 is sobering. Samuel is aging and the people insist on a king. The Lord tells Samuel to show the people exactly what a king would do and it was not good.


The words particularly describe the bad kings that would rule; yet the people demanded a king anyway.


The Lord continued to work with and bless Israel all He could even with the kings. It was not His perfect will yet His overall plan would still come to pass.


This should both comfort and warn us. We are thankful God will work with us and bless us all He can. But we should be quick to get out of and turn from that which is out of His will, things we have compromised in, and where we have missed it.


May we schedule a Godly checkup often.




How many love stories to you suppose have been written? The choir in this video sings two wonderful love story songs:


Precious Lamb of glory

Love's MOST wondrous story...


Enjoy and be blessed!






A recent poll asked young people for the one thing they wanted to see in adults. They were asked not to include their parents or close relatives. They were also asked not to say the term "love". The pollsters were trying to find out what young people were looking for in the adults of society.


One of the top words was: Authentic


One teenager made the statement: The adults do not have to be perfect, but they need to be real.


Many have noted how young people can spot phonies easier than some adults.


This is interesting in light of what we should be as Christians. Christianity does not mind engaging life on any level - it has something to say and should always have Christ as the standard.


Although they did not want to use the word "love", we should make sure that when we are "real and authentic" with people, that we do so in the love of God.




We pray fervently and especially for the people at Emanuel AME Church  in South Carolina. We ask that: the God of hope fill (them) with all joy and peace in believing, that (they) may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13


We pray that people filled with the Spirit would be there for the families to undergird and strengthen them in word and in deed.


Dear Father we ask You to show Yourself strong on their behalf in Jesus' Name!




Read Isaiah 37 for a great story. It would take pages to comment on the whole thing but we note the following:


The Lord told Hezekiah not to be afraid of the words of the messengers from the king of Assyria ~ verse 6. How often it is that words can scare us.


The Lord said He would "blast" him (the King of Assyria) - verse 7. It sounds comical but further reading shows us the Lord's blast was pretty intense - both on the king and his army.


In verse 10, another message comes to Hezekiah:  Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.


This is just about the same thing as the serpent said to Eve in the garden - don't let God deceive you.


The message continued in that all the other "gods" of all the other nations were not able to stop the king of Assyria. The king said I am coming with all my chariots and all my weapons.


Then Hezekiah took all of these words before the Lord and prayed regarding this. The Lord said that He is coming as well and that: The king of Assyria would not come into the city, shoot and arrow at it, or raise a shield against it.


God sent one angel to take care of the army of 185,000. When Sennacherib king of Assyria saw it, he picked up his ball and bat and said: I'm going home. He dies worshipping his god nisroch ~verse 38


May we take time to meditate and pray about these events in light of what is happening today. May God give each of us revelation and insight.


The chapter ends with the incident described above. The matter was concluded and nothing else needed saying.


We believe God is going to do some things dramatically in these last days. May we be prayed up and ready!



We are thankful for all the fathers and especially for those living for Jesus. We know it is a challenge and a fight of faith to stand for Christian principles and always be there for your family.


So we pray for fathers today that they have wisdom, faith and courage; may you prosper and be in good health; and that you finish your course in the earth with joy and success.


We especially recognize too our heavenly Father: we thank Him for salvation, showing us the way, and going with us all the way to the end.




It is interesting that both the book of Psalms and Proverbs start out along the same lines: People should seek after Godliness, wisdom and understanding and should shun sin and the counsel of the ungodly.


For many of us this may be Christianity 101, yet our challenge is to walk it out each day. As we have often said, when we look at these principles in light of our children we sometimes see a clearer picture.


As your teenager leaves for school in the morning, he turns to you and says: I just want you to know that I am against sin. I desire to walk in righteousness today and learn skillful and Godly wisdom. I want my behavior to never bring a reproach upon me or our family. My desire is to honor the Lord in all I do.


Some would find it difficult to imagine a teen saying something like this, but they would if taught and instructed that:


sin is a reproach ~ Proverbs 14:34


Godliness is profitable in this life ~ I Timothy 4:8


We reap what we sow ~ Galatians 6:7


We receive good from the Lord for the good we do ~ Ephesians 6:8


In like manner, we as Christian adults should be demonstrating this in word and deed. Are we making such a statement to them?


One purpose here is to show what happens when we speak up for that which is right. When we voice it and say we are taking a stand for God and doing good, the power of it intensifies greatly - just like when your student gave you his speech above.


If he would say something like this and truly mean it, it would be hard for you to contain your joy - you know he is headed in the right direction.


Both Proverbs and Psalms get us started in the right direction.




At Open Door we enjoy doing the song "We Believe" by the Newsboys. We thought we would share the original with you:







Many know the story of Paul & Silas in prison, how all the doors were opened, the jailer 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 - their circumstances were different but what they believed was not. 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 as well - Lord please remind us of this 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.




Have you ever looked at someone's behavior and thought or said to yourself: They sure are wasting a lot of time and money.


All of us have likely had these thoughts in regards to our government.


We should be just as quick to look at ourselves also - that we might take the beam out of our own eye first.


This is a good admonition in this day when money is spent so quickly and sometimes without much thought.


May God grant us particular wisdom and insight in this area of our lives.




The decision by the Supreme Court yesterday should not have been a surprise to us.


We especially should be praying in the Spirit and see that the word of Christ dwell in us richly.


May the Lord prepare the church to be salt and light in standing for the truth - on every issue.





We remember the words of Paul: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice ~ Philippians 4:4


If we consider all of the Christian principles that we do, they are done regardless of the situation.


We rejoice - whether in good times or bad.


We praise - whether in good times or bad.


We worship - whether in good times or bad.


We give thanks - whether in good times or bad.


We pray - whether in good times or bad.


We witness - whether in good times or bad.


We resist the devil - whether in good times or bad.


We draw near to God - whether in good times or bad.


We count it all joy - whether in good times or bad.


It is the Lord's joy that is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and Jesus wants our joy to be full (John 15:11 & 16:24)


Thank you Lord for Your joy and may it indeed strengthen us.


Thus with all that is thrown at us by the world, the flesh and the devil; may we be: stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 15:58




Because July 4 is on a weekend, many have planned their vacations and celebrations on both sides of this particular Saturday. 

How many times do suppose "God Bless America" will be sung in some fashion? Will Christians take the time to pray? We need to recognize that God's blessings can come in a number of ways.

It is a blessing that God allows us to repent - He accepts our repentance and the scriptures teach us to confess our sins and to put away the filthiness of the flesh. We are told in Hebrews 12:11 that the chastisement on God will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness to "those who are exercised thereby". How much of God's "exercise program" do we need?

The scriptures teach us that God's blessing is always good. It can be hard on our flesh, it boldly confronts unrighteousness, and speaks the truth because of God's love for us. 

We thank God for the blessing of repentance and that He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us especially be mindful to pray that for America, its leaders, and its people during this season. God especially blessed Daniel in chapter 9 of that book. Daniel does not sugar-coat the situation and he does not say "they have sinned" but confesses that "we have sinned". The results indicate that God was very pleased with Daniel's prayer and attitude.

May we seek to show God in both prayer and attitude that we are serious about walking and living uprightly before Him - both individually and as a country.





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