Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - September 2015

 

 

9/1/2015

 

We should remember that it does not surprise God when we do not get it right. There will likely be flaws in whatever we set out to accomplish. He first wants to see our hearts - do we desire to get it right or do we just shrug it off?

 

When we see our children striving with all they have to please us and obey, it is very easy to heap mercy, grace, and good instruction on them. When we see the opposite, we know that primarily they are hurting themselves.

 

This natural example helps us in our relationship with God our Father. He reminds us to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

 

May we check our hearts daily.

 

9/2/2015

 

Many are familiar with Deuteronomy 30:19:

 

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:

 

In every situation may we determine to choose the Word of God and to follow Him. We do it by faith to be pleasing unto Him.

 

We know that we will not understand everything. We do not understand everything in the natural, yet we proceed desiring to learn and be a success.

 

We should do this as well spiritually knowing that God has provided all things for life and Godliness ~ II Peter 1:3

 

God wants His children to be a good success just like we want ours to be.

 

9/3/2015

 

We invite you to read II Kings chapter 7. The story is almost humorous except that people were dealing with life-threatening and horrible conditions/circumstances.

 

Note the guy who said if God opened the windows of heaven it would never happen - do not be like him!

 

It is interesting God used lepers (the despised of society) to bring about prosperity. Note the heart of these lepers as well - they did not hoard everything but shared the news.

 

May we do what is necessary to be part of a miracle - not just for ourselves but for many!

 

9/4/2015

 

Many are wondering if some major or cataclysmic event will happen in this month of September. Many have listened to Jonathan Cahn and others who have warned that judgment is coming.

 

It is impossible to predict exact dates but Jesus admonished us to recognize the signs of the times and we have seen some 7-year patterns:

 

September 11, 2001 - the attack on this country

 

7 years later - September 29, 2008 we saw the largest stock market crash in history.

 

We are now 7 years later in September 2015. On September 28th will be the last of the 4 blood moons in this particular cycle.

 

With all that the people of this country have done to mock God in these recent days, it would be very prudent to be prayed up, spiritually alert, and have our houses in order.

 

May we demonstrate to God that we are very serious about being where we need to be spiritually - vessels of honor fit for the Master's use, walking worthy of the Lord, and fruitful in every good work

 

We ask Lord for as much mercy as possible.

 

9/5/2015

 

In honor of Labor Day weekend we make this statement:

 

Isn't is nice when something works!

 

That applies across the board - from computers to people.

 

We thank everyone who has made the decision to work and work well.

 

9/7/2015

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye 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

 

We especially thank everyone who is laboring in the kingdom of God.

 

We particularly appreciate those who are working at Open Door - with operating a church and school many of you are doing double duty.

 

Anyone in Christian service understands well the phrase "work of the ministry" that we see in Ephesians 4:12

 

Thank you again for your labor of love, may you be fruitful in all of your work, and may an entrance be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ~ II Peter 1:11

 

9/8/2015

 

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, ~ Ephesians 2:4

 

We notice "rich" regarding mercy and "great" concerning love.

 

May this describe us as we go about our day. Lord remind us of it for ourselves and as we interact with others.

 

9/9/2015

 

As we approach the 9/11 date, we are particularly mindful to pray earnestly for our nation.

 

We are often reminded to never to forget 9/11.

 

We remind ourselves never to forget how much we (and all of America) need God!

 

9/10/2015

 

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: ~ II Peter 2:9

 

This verse is both comforting and sobering. May we be numbered in the group described in the first part of the verse.

 

9/11/2015

 

We write today in remembrance of 9/11. We recognize the direct impact it had and still has in the lives of people. We pray especially that these people will be able to move forward. The memories will continue, but they do not have to live at the 9/11 address that impacted their families and lives.

 

We pray for those still personally affected by it and still dealing with it in any way. We continue to pray for our nation's protection and for leadership that would guide this country in the right way.

 

As Christians we can desire to both remember and to help in any way that we can. All of us likely have vivid memories of that day and the aftermath.

 

Remembering will have its greatest benefit if it helps us both do better and be better because of or in spite of what happened. But we cannot allow ourselves to live on the 9/11 date - it should in no way define us.

 

We know that emotional and inward hurts are very real. A pill, powder, or injection will not bring healing or relief. We note particularly the words of Jesus:

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised ~ Luke 4:18

 

Jesus said there would be tribulation in this world - we will deal with, see, and experience things we would rather avoid. It is a sobering reminder of the consequences of sin.

 

God well knows what inward hurt and turmoil will do to people. It is awesome to think that a main mission of the Spirit of God upon Jesus would be to heal and release those who are hurting on the inside.

 

Therefore we are thankful for the good things and good times we do enjoy in this life and look forward to all God has promised us in the future. May God help us to more effectively share this with those around us and bring the light of the glorious gospel to those who are hurting.

 

There is a power that comes from God

A strength He gives within

It brings a joy and courage to face

A world of darkness and sin.

 

May Christ in you the hope of glory

Empower your life each day

To be a witness of the wonderful story

Of the Lamb of God Who took our sins away.

 

How we earnestly pray for that manifestation in those who will minister and those who desperately need it. May this hope of healing and rescue from torment rise in the people who are depressed or in distress.

 

We pray heavenly Father for a great outpouring this day upon the lives of those who need You in regards to the 9/11 attack and aftermath.

 

This life will pass as a vapor the Bible says. Through Jesus we can look forward to an awesome eternity.

 

9/12/2015


Remember that 9/11 was described as the day that everything changed. What did we think the day after the attack?

 

People faced different circumstances - some were directly affected with missing family and friends, some were dealing with the aftermath of cleanup and continued rescue efforts, many were dealing with what was coming militarily, and all security forces were on high alert.

 

With all the various things we were dealing with, many of us knew the main thing:

 

We needed God more than ever!

 

This should always be first in our hearts and minds - regardless of the circumstances.

 

If nothing else, the world situation around us should show us today how much we need God, the love of Jesus, and the power of the gospel.

 

9/13/2015

 

We go to church today to both give and receive.

 

We pray to receive: information, inspiration, motivation, preparation, revelation, and impartation,

 

We desire to serve, be a blessing, meet a need, and lift a burden to honor our Lord

 

Use us today heavenly Father as we assemble ourselves together.

 

9/15/2015

 

"And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;..." ~ I Chronicles 12:32

 

It is interesting to note the description and characteristics of these children of Issachar. It prompts us to ask ourselves:

 

Do we have an understanding of the times so that we know what we ought to do?

 

The question of what to do comes up quite often - probably because much of our time is spent either doing or planning to do something.

 

Some skill in life comes from learning by doing. We usually call this common sense. Yet we often need guidance that is beyond our knowledge or expertise.

 

In the smallest of things, we should endeavor to keep ourselves open to God's guidance and direction. Even if it is something we have been doing for a long time, God may know something we need to watch for, or He may have a way to make it new and improved for this day and time.

 

Regardless of the circumstances, like the children of Issachar we should always endeavor to have a Godly understanding of any situation we are dealing with. Remember first of all to read the instructions - the Bible.

 

9/16/2015

 

In the course of a normal day, do we take the time to do something to improve ourselves, to learn, to grow and develop in any way? So much of our days are taken up with the routines we have developed often just to get us through - whether it be our job, family, home, or personal life. We get to the end of our day and we are just grateful we made it through. It's as if we are just treading water.

 

If you were an outside analyst called in to assess that person's life, on the one hand you could say they are holding their own but yet they are not going anywhere and you do not see much progress.

 

As our children age, we note the natural/physical growth that just comes on its own. We know that growth in other areas has to coincide in order for this young person to be successful: mental, social and intellectual skills and abilities must be developed.

 

As Christians we recognize the absolute need to grow spiritually - which will help us to use all our talents and abilities in the right way. We need good character, morals, and discernment to properly assess the situations that come before us.

 

As we become adults, we pray that we have the skill and abilities necessary for success. We note a particular passage that we all need today:

 

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14

 

We remember Jesus and the temptations in the wilderness. He was skillful in the Word of Righteousness and overcame temptation - even using the Old Testament!

 

9/17/2015

 

We often sing this song and associate it with Easter - but the words and meaning are for us every day!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oz_caE8oQE

 

9/18/2015

 

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. ~ Colossians 3:2

 

This is where our hearts should be. Yes we enjoy and appreciate some things here on earth and we remember the verse: ... living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; ~ I Timothy 6:17

 

Our greatest longing and passion should be for the things above which are eternal. May God help us to search our hearts and make any corrections.

 

Even while we are here, we thank God for His joy which is our strength.

 

9/19/2015

 

Ten Marriage Tips from Time-Warp Wife

 

1.                         Choose Your Words Wisely – Whether you’re frustrated or not, it’s important that we use our words wisely. Careless words have the power to wound–encouraging words have the power to heal. Don’t fly off the handle and say things you’ll regret.

2.                         Pray for Each Other Often – Prayer is one of the greatest gifts you can bring to your marriage. Use it as often as you can. The Bible tells us that, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

3.                         Fall in Love Over and Over Again – Every day is a new opportunity to fall deeply in love yet again, as you’re constantly changing and learning to love in new ways. Work through your differences, and try to find common ground that draws you together.

4.                         Weather the Storms Together – Even the longest of roads has an end. Whatever may come, whatever you face, always remember, “this too shall pass.”  Lean on God and lean on each other during difficult times.

5.                         Put Christ at the Center – Marriage is a beautiful union where two souls become one, but you’re not truly complete until Christ is at the center of all that you do. With God, we lack nothing. Without Him, we’re left wanting more.

6.                         Let Grace Abound – We all have faults–plenty of them–which is why grace is so important in a loving marriage. If you’re holding a grudge–if you have unresolved anger between you–release it into God’s hands. Let Him start the healing.

7.                         Get Past Your Disagreements – You can stew in your anger and hold onto our pride, or you can love with humility, compassion, and grace. Reject the urge to get even or keep a record of wrongs. Exercise patience, and do your best to understand.

8.                         Don’t Give Up On Each Other – Regardless of how broken your marriage might be, or how bad that fight was, there’s always hope. God specializes in miracles. He replaces the stench of death with life. He gives hope where all hope is lost. Grab hold of each other, and grab hold of God.

9.                         Choose Joy and Keep Choosing it – Choosing joy—it’s a decision that we make every day. Some days it’s easy, but some days it takes everything that we have just to muster a smile. When we bring a sense of joy into our marriage we invest in our future. It changes the atmosphere in our home, and it impacts each other in wonderful ways.

10.                      Serve Each Other With Gladness and Joy – Learn to give from the heart. Remember our Savior Who came to this earth as a servant and humbled Himself among men. He didn’t come to be served, He came to give and to serve.The awesome thing about marriage is that we have differing gifts. We are able to bless each other in unique ways and to serve each other with joy.

There are so many wonderful tips I could share–so many that are still on my mind–but I’ll stop here and save the rest for another day!

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

9/21/2015

 

Yesterday we noted the phrase "word of..." We certainly did not even mention all of them, but we list them all from the New Testament. Do you know the context of most of them?

 

word of the kingdom

word of Jesus

word of God

word of the Lord

word of exhortation

word of this salvation

word of His grace

word of the gospel

word of promise

word of faith

word of wisdom

word of reconciliation

word of truth

word of life

word of Christ

word of His power

word of righteousness

word of the oath

word of prophecy

word of my mouth

word of my patience

word of their testimony

 

One thing we can say regarding the list: All of them are good!

 

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of Life!

 

9/23/2015

 

On Monday we noted New Testament references that begin with "word of..." such as word of life, word of faith, word of God, etc.

 

In all we listed 22. If we took two days on each one - looking up the references, meditating on them, and seeking the Lord on how to apply them, it would take us 44 days.

 

The point we make is that there is a lot we can do to draw near to God. We also remind ourselves that after we would do such a thing, it would not be the end. We should continue seeking God and desire to learn in these areas.

 

We are in a life-long learning study course. Lord we desire to continue from glory to glory and from faith to faith. We want to learn and do.

 

We claim Your promise that You are at work within us to will and to do of Your good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

 

9/24/2015

 

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 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.

 

9/25/2015

 

 May we take our stand today in the name of the Lord and with His help I will:

 

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might

 

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh

 

Walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful in every good work

 

Walk in love and be instant in season and out of season

 

Be willing to serve and lift someone's burden

 

Be an asset to the kingdom of God in any way I can

 

We may not do everything just right, but may the Lord see we are giving it our best.

 

9/27/2015

 

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:16-17

 

May the fullness of Jesus flow out of us today.

 

Come Holy Spirit, move in Your people

Draw us to Jesus, His glory to see

Rain down from heaven fresh living water

Bring us Your liberty

 

~ Remember to check on the blood moon tonight.

 

9/28/2015

 

Words to a beautiful song by Brian Doerksen:

 

God in my living, there in my breathing

 

God in my waking, God in my sleeping

 

God in my resting, there in my working

 

God in my thinking, God in my speaking

 

Be my everything, be my everything

 

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming

 

God in my watching, God in my waiting

 

God in my laughing, there in my weeping

 

God in my hurting, God in my healing

 

Be my everything, be my everything

 

Christ in me the hope of glory

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... that in all things He might have the preeminence ~ Colossians 1:18

 

9/29/2015

 

Yesterday we shared words from a song that described and asked for God to be in various aspects of our lives. We likely can think of more areas in our lives as well.

 

Regardless of circumstances, situations or people involved; we plead dear Lord for You to be very present and working in the midst. Use us as vessels to pour out your glory and to be a blessing.

 

May we face the day fearlessly in the love and anointing of God!

 

9/30/2015

 

Heavenly Father please help me to respond properly in every circumstance today.

 

This is a great skill to learn - both naturally and spiritually.

 

We know it can be especially difficult when we are caught off-guard. So let us be mindful to be "on-guard" - particularly in what we say.

 

We pray again for God's special grace in this area.

 

 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19



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