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What Open Door posts on Facebook - April 2016

 

4/1/2016

 

A question is often raised about what Jesus would think of being popular. Did Jesus care about popularity in His earthly ministry and what would He think today? To many, it is a valid question as they desire for people to be saved, to at least listen to the gospel message, and that the gospel not be looked down upon through slander, attacks, etc. Many would argue that regarding the gospel and Jesus - being "popular" would be better than it being "unpopular".

 

We note that the concept of popularity is often emotional and very fleeting. The verses below about Jesus are interesting in this light:

 

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. ~ John 2:23-25.

 

Jesus knew very well how quickly peoples' sentiments can turn and we certainly see that today. Being popular in the natural is short-lived at best and can often be destructive.

 

When the gospel is effective and meaningful in the lives of people, you do not have to work to make it popular. The true test of the gospel is mainly long-term and not something spur-of-the moment. We want fruit that remains and endures - from a message that stands the test of time.

 

One of our greatest testimonies is a life that exemplifies the gospel and that just takes time. May we remember to ask God's help in this - that we might let our light shine for Him each day.

 

4/4/2016

 

Does your life demonstrate determination? In the Bible and in daily living we see it as an action word. It is interesting also to see that real determination is demonstrated in times of adversity. It is in times of struggle or difficulty that we find out how determined we are. We may even experience a setback or have to regroup, yet determination will help us continue.

 

Lord help us to be determined in the right way and in doing the right thing. Keep us from giving up too easily and we pray for Your strength. May we always look for ways to continue in that which is good and right in Your sight, regardless of the resistance we face. May we pray this over our children as well.  

 

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

 

4/6/2016

 

Today we look at this familiar verse:

 

... but faith which worketh by love. ~ Galatians 5:6

 

We often look at the "by love" part of this verse because it can be considered the chief ingredient.

 

Today we look at the "worketh" part. Do you believe that your faith worketh (works)?

 

Do we have the concept of putting our faith to work? Don't you suppose that the Lord expects His faith to work? Some might say "well that is just a given". Perhaps we could say it is inherent in His nature, but certainly He would declare that He expects His faith to work.

 

 This might be a new concept in our thinking (and believing).

 

Remember this verse:

 

... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. I John 5:4

 

Here we see faith doing something (working). Thus our question again: Do we believe our faith is working?

 

Our faith will work (accomplish something) when we put it to work - when we believed and acted upon Romans 10:9-10 for example. We put our faith to work regarding salvation.

 

In the verse in I John, we see faith that brings victory in overcoming the world (which is certainly better than defeat). This is not done by  just lying around, it is done by the working of faith.

 

We declare that our faith does indeed work (by love) and we are growing from faith to faith ~ Romans 1:17

 

May God open the eyes of our understanding to see this in every area possible.

 

4/7/2016

 

Have you considered the concept of "thoughts" lately? The Bible has a lot to say about our minds, the way we think, being spiritually minded as opposed to being carnally minded, etc.

 

The first part of Proverbs 24:9 is interesting in this regard: The thought of foolishness is sin:

 

We find it interesting because many will ask if a certain thing or behavior is a sin. Here we find something straight to the point about sin. This reminds us to cast out and pull down the thoughts that are contrary to the word of God. But it also shows both the importance and the power of thoughts.

 

We should give this great consideration and "thought". We end with these words from Philippians 4:8 ~ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

4/8/2016

 

Most people have heard the words: Give us this day our daily bread. Of course those who know the Bible recognize where it comes from, the context and meaning, etc.

 

Today we focus on the word "daily". If you remember the circumstances regarding the manna in the Old Testament, you know that the people gathered it each day (except in regards to the Sabbath). On a regular day the manna would not last until the next day - they indeed had to secure their "daily bread"

 

This truth carries over for us as we ask God for our daily bread. We are thankful for what we received yesterday. It was a blessing that sustained us and met our needs. But we face a new day, with new challenges, things that only God knows are coming.

 

We need "fresh manna" each day so to speak. As in the Old Testament, God provided it but the people had to get it, prepare it, etc. - God did not drop it in their mouths. This speaks to us today in that there is a seeking we need to do. God will provide our daily bread, but we have a responsibility as well.

 

It is our job to take the time to seek it out, to ask how best to use what God gives us this day, and demonstrate to God that we desire to walk in wisdom with what He gives us. We know from the natural standpoint what food does for us. We should also recognize that we need the things of God in our lives to be successful, to resist temptation, and to know the right way to go.

 

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ~ Ephesians 1:3

 

As these and other words from our heavenly Father develop in our thinking and guide our actions, we can expect to prosper and have good success ~ Joshua 1:8

 

Remember, the purpose of the "daily bread" is to help us that we may go and do.

 

4/9/2016

 

From Psalm 34:

 

1  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 

When something is magnified, we do not do it to change it.  We do it in order to see it clearer, to understand it better, to get a better view of all its intricacies, to discover secrets that may be hidden.

 

Likewise when God is magnified in our sight and understanding, we can see a clearer picture of all He is and has. We can therefore both enjoy the things He has for us and better flow with His plan and purpose for us. When He is magnified, others around can recognize and benefit from our loving God.

 

4/10/2016

 

Lord, may I be of service today

Help me to bless someone in some way

Perhaps in word, perhaps in deed

May I lift a burden, or meet a need

 

I may not be preaching or singing a song

But I'm willing to work and help others stand strong

Help me today so that others might see

Christ only, always, living in me.

 

Let others see Jesus in you!

 

4/11/2016

 

Many are familiar with the expression from James Dobson: Love must be tough.

 

The point he and others make along this line is especially applied to dealing with teenagers. This is the case because during the teen years, our youngsters will more readily challenge what we say - both in words and actions.

 

It is "tough" because we may need to say things they do not want to hear and we know an argument can erupt. Also the person giving out the "tough love" may need to be "tough" as well. They cannot be ones that fly off the handle when they do not get the response they would hope for. We all need to remember that the term is both "tough" and "love". This applies to people of all ages - not just the "teens".

 

In the Bible, Paul needed to address and deal with people and situations that were not always pleasant or easy. It is interesting that after saying some things very candidly regarding the Galatians, we see this verse:

 

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ~ Galatians 4:16

 

The truth is not the enemy. Granted it can often be much easier to swallow when presented properly.

 

We all need to recognize how prone we can be to react in a wrong fashion. This should also remind us to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15. This is especially the case when the truth we speak has to be "tough".

 

May God grant us special wisdom to speak the truth in just the right way.

 

4/12/2016

 

In sharing the gospel and presenting the plan of salvation with others, we often hear the question "Well, don't all good people go to heaven?"

 

If getting to heaven is based on that, then the next logical question is: How good do you have to be? Further: How long do you have to function at that level before messing up, and then what happens if you do mess up?

 

It does not take long to see where this line of thinking takes you. How would you ever be sure that you are meeting the standard - continually? This puts a lot of pressure on people who always think they have to measure up. Think about your children if they thought they always had to "meet the standard" - one slip and they were out! That is not the way you want them to live. Yes we do want them to live the right way and conduct themselves properly. But we do not want them to think they are always on the edge and we are looking for an opportunity to "whack" them.

 

We are told from the scripture that no one is good enough. No good works that we do will pay the price for sin - it takes the shedding of blood. (Hebrews 9:22)

 

That is why Jesus came - to pay the price for the sin of man by shedding His blood. Jesus was good enough - both His life and death satisfied the demands of God's justice. The price was freely given and redemption can be freely received.

 

People would run to the gospel if they could understand this. May God help us to present it properly.

 

4/13/2016

 

In the news we often hear the term "radicalized". It is usually to the bad and describes someone being led or determining to hurt and harm others.

 

Why not be radically good? How about radicalizing toward that which would honor the God of the Bible. Each person would likely have their own idea of how to live that out, and we have seen this taken to an extreme sometimes that does not work out well.

 

Our point is to use whatever you can for good, for the cause the Christ, and to be a blessing. That is the motivation, or point of view, that Christians ought to have.

 

May God give each of us wisdom in this for our families and in our sphere of influence.

 

4/14/2016

 

We note this familiar verse again:

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

 

We have recommended this verse as a great way to start each day. Have we ever checked up on ourselves at the end of the day?

 

4/15/2016

 

On this 15th day of the month we remember:

 

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1

 

If we have to confront someone or talk about a situation that is not easy, we can say it softly in an effort to handle and straighten things out gracefully. It a certainly the way to get started.

 

4/16/2016

 

We pray you are blessed by this song:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYSJj-EHAAk

 

4/18/2016

 

Do you ever picture yourself doing the Word of God or acting on a particular verse of scripture? Some might argue that doing so is merely mental and does not accomplish much.

 

Consider it from the other side - picture yourself doing wrong. Has that ever happened to anyone? We know it does far too often. Temptations come, they are visualized and acted upon.

 

We should do the same thing with God's Word - visualize it and act upon it. May God help us do so, bear much fruit and fulfill the verse below.

 

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21

 

4/19/2016

 

What will I deal with today? Will it be a "normal" day with the usual routines to serve and love the Lord and others the best I can? Will it be a miracle day where I see a special blessing or opportunity that I know is from God? Will I deal with something today that is not pleasant or even really bad?

 

Regardless of which of these (or combination of things) will be in my day, I will need the wisdom and mind of God to get the best results.

 

May I know the mind of Christ and leading of the Holy Spirit in all I am doing today!

 

4/20/2016

 

We are privileged to have a lot of young people come through our ministry - church and school. A question that is often asked: Is doing "such-and-such" a sin? The person's age and question will often influence how it is answered.

 

The question is not just for young people - there is no age limit in regards to asking or seeking out an answer. Often the question involves some activity that might be done that someone considers wrong. From a scriptural standpoint we can note:

 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. ~ I John 3:4

 

We can identify sin here from the law of Moses standpoint. However we see Jesus taking it to a new level when talking about what is in a person's heart, lustful looks, etc. ~ Mathew 15:18-19, 5:28; Mark 3:5, etc.

 

If we read all of Romans chapter 14, we see sin on another level still and we particularly note:

 

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. ~ Romans 14:23

 

Here we see sin described in a way we likely do not take as seriously as we should. If we look at just these few verses, we should come to the conclusion that man is not able to atone for everything that God classifies as sin. So we are eternally thankful for Jesus!

 

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. ~ Galatians 3:22

 

What a great place to shout "I believe"!

 

There are many ways to demonstrate that we do believe once we get started. Lord we are eternally grateful: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him ~ II Corinthians 5:21  --- and we ask You to help us act like it.

 

4/21/2016

 

Thank God - He is with us every hour. Please enjoy the song:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPZ9mRIKgs

 

4/22/2016

 

We ask the Lord to help us to react and respond in the right way as we go through each day. We know how things can come unexpectedly and we could respond the wrong way. We recognize it is often difficult to take things back once they have been said. Lord please set a watch over my mouth - Psalm 141:3

 

We learn throughout life that our words can get us into trouble. May we also remember that our words can get us out of trouble. May God give us the right words fitly spoken.

 

4/24/2016

 

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 blessing to others.

 

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.

 

4/25/2016

 

Today we look at a familiar verse: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; ... II Corinthians 5:21

 

How would you ever "make" something to be sin? The quick answer is that man cannot. We have the capacity to commit sin but making something to be sin is a spiritual matter.

 

Perhaps it will help to include the last part of the verse: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

Do you think we can "make" anything righteous? The quick answer again is no. We can do righteous works that God calls us to, but making something righteous is beyond us.

 

Consider this verse: For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. ~ Romans 5:19

 

We cannot work to be righteous. Jesus did the work necessary so that we can be made righteous.

It should be a great relief to know that we do not have to work ourselves into righteousness. It is also a great responsibility to cherish this gift, live it out, and share the news of the righteousness God has provided.

 

4/26/2016

 

Have we all been a prodigal in some way or some area of our lives? We are thankful that God always invites us to come home. We believe you will enjoy this version of the story on GodTube.

 

Enjoy the song that is played about half way through it:

 

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=W6Z7GPNX&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20Video&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11/03/2014

 

4/28/2016

 

In today's post, we look at an article about preparing for marriage. Even if the subject is not remotely relevant to you, perhaps you will enjoy the points made and how we can use them in other relationships and check up on ourselves.

 

We hope it is a blessing:

 

http://www.boundless.org/adulthood/2016/5-things-you-can-do-now-to-prepare-for-marriage

  

April 29, 2016

 

For most of us we find our day filled with work to meet the needs of our family and ourselves. We do not want to be selfish, but we do have the responsibilities to care for our household and families as the scriptures admonish ~ I Timothy 5:8

 

So we want to especially thank and show our appreciation for those who go out of the way to serve others. We thank you for your concern and the efforts you make to be a blessing.

 

If you know someone who fits this description, please take a moment to bless them with appreciation and perhaps an act of kindness to them.

 

April 30, 2016

 

As we consider the gospel, the Bible, heaven, etc. one of our thoughts might be: There is so much I do not understand.

 

Do you realize that we could make that statement about almost any area. When you think about it, no one understands everything about anything.

 

Jesus did not expect the people to understand everything about what He was doing. He did a lot of teaching to help increase their understanding, but His main requirement was for them to believe.

 

We do not have to understand everything in order to believe and receive the love that God has for us. Children do not understand everything their parents do, but that has nothing to do with the love and provision that the parents have for the children and the benefits the children can receive.

 

We all want to grow in our understanding, but we do not have to get to a certain level before the gospel will work for us.

 

Along these same lines, it is interesting to note that Jesus told us to come as little children - not understanding everything but believing they can come and receive. Little children enjoy when that happens - us bigger children will enjoy when it happens as well.

 

 



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