Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - May 2015

 

5/1/2015

 

Lord, help me be respectful and reverent toward the Word of God. May I give it my full attention when I read and take quality time to meditate and study. I ask each day that Your Word be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path ~ Psalm 119-105

 

5/2/2015

 

We pray for everyone today who may need a little more grace - and send this video:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN9-Ri6qjZY&index=2&list=RD19IvMy5sb8o&spfreload=10

 

5/4/2015

 

We pray this and play this for our congregation and for all who want this blessing:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDBn2s_-21Y

 

5/5/2015

 

We continue to praise God for His blessing and outpouring on our congregation. Thank you Lord for Your glory, visitation, manifestation, and demonstration in each of us. We ask You to visit and fill every hungry heart wherever they might be.

 

5/6/2015

 

From our first days to our last on this earth we can apply these words:

 

Learn to do well ... ~ Isaiah 1:17

 

May we always be teachable and determine to learn from the Lord to do well - that He might say "Well done!"

 

5/7/2015

 

We thank Phil & Geri Ann Privette for giving themselves to us in the work of the ministry this week. We were blessed to hear the Word of God and see the demonstration of the Spirit and power. We pray for them as they go to their next meeting that they will minister in the fullness of God - His Word and Spirit.

 

We also wish to thank everyone who worked so hard to see that our meetings could be held. It takes a lot effort, time and coordinating to see that everything is done and taken care of. We pray God bless and reward you for your service.

 

We give God praise and glory for all He is doing in us.

 

Please stay in touch Phil and Geri Ann!

 

5/7/2015

 

We remember that today is National Day of Prayer. Thank you for taking the time to pray and intercede for our nation and its people. We humbly ask God for His mercy and blessing in the Name of Jesus.

 

5/8/2015

 

The other day we noted the words "Learn to do well" from Isaiah 1:17.

 

Today we emphasize the word "do" from the verse. We do not want to learn things just to accumulate knowledge and facts so we can feel intelligent or smart. We want to learn things so we can do well as the verse admonishes.

 

May God grant both the wisdom to know and to do the things that will please Him and bless us and others. We want to be "doers of the Word" and be blessed in our deeds ~ James 1:22

 

5/9/2015

 

A well-respected speaker recently discussed the topic of "urgency". He began with the statement: It will either come from the outside or the inside.

 

We know things can come in this world at a moment's notice - a phone call, someone at the door, a situation when you are in your vehicle, out with the children, etc. These things can take all the attention, demand action, and can often stress our emotions.

 

As Christians, we should know that God may put something on our hearts that He wants done "with urgency". It may be an unction to pray, to check on someone/something, or to implement a course of action.

 

One of the best things we can do is to ask God to help us deal wisely with any urgency that comes. We know that it can be something new and something we have never dealt with before.

Lord help us not to fall apart but give us a plan to deal with things successfully.

 

We are reminded of so many uncertainties in this life. May we always rely on the One who is sure and steadfast, remember He has given us the Spirit, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, and He loves us perfectly.

 

5/10/2015

 

We go to church today to rejoice, worship, learn and grow in the things of God. We also go to serve. May we remember to look for opportunities to be a blessing, meet a need or bear a burden.

 

Living for Jesus a life that is true

Striving to please Him in all that I do...

 

5/11/2015

 

Whenever we are believing God for something or drawing near to Him, there is often what could be called "pressing in". Paul said: I press toward the mark for the prize... ~ Philippians 3:14

 

This "pressing" indicates an intensity of effort - a fervency toward the things of God

 

We remember in Acts chapter 13 the story of prophets and teachers who were at Antioch - Paul and Barnabas were named with others in that group. It says they ministered to the Lord and fasted.

 

These individuals could have taken another approach. They could have reasoned: We are filled with the Spirit, we know the voice of God, if He wants us to do anything He will tell us.

 

These folks were not flippant or haphazard - and they were not lazy! They were drawing near to God and showing they were serious.

 

May this help us to realize ways that we might show the same diligence in seeking the Lord and preparing ourselves for Christian service. Thank you Lord for the help and unction of the Holy Spirit in this area.

 

5/12/2015

 

We have enjoyed doing this song in celebration of the resurrection. We share it today:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqrqPGt11bA

 

5/13/2015

 

... choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... ~ Joshua 24:15

 

Many are familiar with this verse and a similar passage with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

 

We want to emphasize the words "this day". Regardless of yesterday, whatever we did concerning God and our spiritual life; we will still determine what we do "this day"

 

May we recognize the importance of "this day" and what we will choose concerning God and our walk with Him.

 

As we look at these words again from Joshua 24, may we say and do as he concluded the verse: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

5/14/2015

 

Yesterday we noted these words from Joshua 24: Choose this day whom ye will serve

 

We particularly commented on the words "this day".

 

Now we especially note the word "serve"

 

It is interesting that the verse did not say: Choose this day whom you will believe in.

 

We know that believing in Jesus is important, but here "serving" is emphasized. Man will always serve something - a cause, and interest or desire.

 

May we often consider our service and how to best render it to the Lord.

 

5/15/2015

 

In looking at our verse for the last 2 days: Choose this day whom ye will serve from Joshua 24, we have emphasized a few words in particular.

Today we emphasize the word: Choose

 

It comes across like a command. We can also look at it like: The ball is in our court.

Man always chooses something in this regard. Often people do it without realizing it - they just make decisions that bring them the quickest pleasure, enjoyment, or that which appears easiest..

 

From our early years, good parents will challenge and instruct us regarding the decisions we make. May we take heartfelt heed to Godly instructions in this area of decision making.

 

5/16/2015

 

The word "grace" is found in the New Testament 122 times.

 

From the dictionary we find the word can mean as a noun: loveliness and beauty

As a verb it can mean: to adorn or enrich

 

We know what a "grace period" is and we like it.

 

From a Biblical standpoint many have used it as the acronym:

 

God's Riches At Christ's Expense

 

There are certainly many ways to describe "grace" particularly as we look at the many verses in the Bible.

 

But think for a moment of any type of scenario where you are called in to deal with matter. Perhaps something has gone wrong, you are being accused, you are being questioned, or perhaps you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of the situation, the attention is on you and it is not good. Now consider that the person in charge who will make the decision turns to you and says: "I am going to extend grace to you". Regardless of exactly how that plays out, you likely breathed a sigh of relief. Whatever it is, you will benefit from it.

 

It is hard to picture anyone being upset by grace being shown to them. Can you picture anyone saying, "I would rather not receive any grace, thank you"?

 

Just a few verse about the grace that has been extended to us:

 

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17

 

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: ~ Romans 3:24

 

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; ~ I Corinthians 1:4

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ~ Ephesians 2:8

 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16

 

These are just a few of the 122 verses that declare the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We invite you to partake of that grace today.

 

The final verse in the Bible:

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ~ Revelation 22:21

 

5/17/2015

 

Many learned this at Vacation Bible School:

 

Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

 

We remind ourselves of this precious treasure God has given us as we gather to worship this morning.

 

5/18/2015

 

A key verse from yesterday's message:

 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 3:18

 

Father, we are so thankful for this word and we receive it. May this change be evident as we serve You each day.

 

5/19/2015

 

On this 19th day of the month, we note a familiar verse from Psalm 19:

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Verse 14

 

We see two very important things that are emphasized about us - our mouth and our heart.

 

These are two areas we can pray about at the beginning of the day and assess at the end of the day. We should do this because of our desire to please the Lord.

 

5/20/2015

 

Hebrews 12:3 - For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

We especially note the words: faint in your minds

 

How well God knows us and the weak areas we have. We know in any area of weakness - our goal is to strengthen it that it not "give out" but perform properly.

 

May God help us here not to faint in our minds but be steadfast and unmovable. Thank you Lord for the mind of Christ. ~ I Corinthians 2:16

 

5/21/2015

 

One of the songs we do often has this line:

 

His grace has welcomed the sinner home, tender mercies lead us to the throne.

 

We thank God for His grace. The law and judgment would not let us in God's house nor into His presence.

 

But we remember from Hebrews 4 that God has a throne of grace for us where we can boldly come to receive mercy. We remember also that God welcomes us - it is His good pleasure to have us as His children ~ Ephesians 1:5

 

In all that God has done for us, He did it willingly. May we do the same for Him.

 

5/22/2015

 

The very familiar song: I Exalt Thee - may it be what we declare daily

 

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

 

5/23/2015

 

This weekend is certainly a full one. We congratulate and pray for the graduates who have completed high school.

 

We honor, appreciate, and pray for the men, women, and families of our armed forces who continue to sacrifice for us all.

 

In all the enjoyment of this weekend, may we take time to praise and thank God for the celebrations and these important people that we recognize.

 

Please be safe as well.

 

5/24/2015

 

If there is one thing people are looking for today it is: good service

 

May God help us to give good service in whatever we do - whether it is on our jobs or helping our neighbors.

 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. ~ Ephesians 6:8

 

5/25/2015

 

In our service yesterday, in recognition of Memorial Day, we sang and spoke about the "blood". We know men and women have shed their blood to keep us free and that we might enjoy liberty. Further we know that our redemption is because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ that He shed.

 

We are mindful of each and recognize that in both instances - it was done for our good and to bring us a blessing. May the liberties we have remind us to live a life worthy of the blood - a life that honors both those that died in military service and that honors the Lord Jesus Christ who died to bring us eternal redemption.

 

We are thankful for the cleansing power of the blood and we heed to warning of scripture;

 

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? ~ Hebrews 10:29

 

Thank you Lord for the covenant and the blood that we honor. We pray You would especially bless those who serve in our armed forces and their families - may they experience Your love and provision.

 

5/26/2015

 

We should always remember that the work we do for God and His kingdom is eternal in nature. We have the ability and privilege to associate in matters of eternal consequence. This should both inspire and humble us.

 

Words we say and deeds we do can help others choose the path of light and life. May God help us to have impact for good and recognize these opportunities when they come.

 

5/27/2015

 

Some time ago we mentioned that it would be hard to picture anyone turning down grace. We always see it as something good and bringing a blessing - even in the natural.

 

We can also say the same about "favor" - especially when it comes from God.

 

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:12

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. ~ Proverbs 3:3-4

 

May we favor God as we desire Him to favor us.

 

5/28/2015

 

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

 

In the natural we understand that there are certain ways to do things that bring the desired results. If we deviate from the directions or mandates given, there is often failure. This can involve the instructions to putting something together or operating our new Smartphone.

 

There is no use in having a tantrum or getting angry - just follow the directions. Certainly we have all been there when this is easier said than done.

 

Our point is: there are directions, qualifications, and specifics for doing and enjoying almost everything in this life.

 

So also are the things of God. There are things we must do to come to God, be born again, and become a part of the family of God. The good news is that anyone can do it - just follow the directions.

 

There are a number of scriptures that tell how to do this. The proclamation of the gospel should always include giving these directions to people.

 

5/29/2015

 

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. ~ James 4:14

 

We know the truth of this verse - yet we wish it was not so blunt.

 

Perhaps if it was said in a kinder or gentler way, we might feel better about it. Maybe we can sympathize with this way of thinking but it has no bearing on the reality of the verse or what it is saying.

 

The reality of these next verses will help us feel a lot better about the verse above:

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

 

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... ~ John 11:26

 

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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 3:14-16

 

Jesus came so that the verse mentioned in James would not be the end of the matter. All of these words from Jesus (and many more that we know) are what will really make us feel good - and bring comfort and peace.

 

5/30/2015

 

In III John 1:4 we read ~ I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

It is interesting to see the perception of children. Many look at their parents and other adults and think "you've got it made". It is likely we had some of the same thoughts as children. They see their lives as being so regulated, being told what to do, and having little freedom. They look at adults as being able to do whatever they want to, not having to go to school and having homework, and not having someone tell them what to do - of course we know they are in for a shock!

 

Good parents are always thinking about their children, the decisions they are making, and the future they are heading into. As parents we should give a hearty "AMEN" to John's words above.

It brings great relief on the inside of us when we see our children's attitudes, thought processes, and motivations advancing and continuing toward that which is good and right.

 

As summer time is here in regards to school, we have more time and opportunity to share and lead our children in the right way. May God help us to make the most of the months and give us the wisdom we need to be a blessing in this area to our children.

 

- We give special thanks to our school teachers, staff, parents and students for your hard work and efforts this past school year. Have a safe, fun and God-filled summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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