Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - August 2016

 

8/1/2016

 

Many are familiar with the first chapters of Revelation where Jesus addresses the seven churches. We see Jesus praising them for good things and then we see words like: " Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee ..."

 

Our question today is: Are we bold enough to come before Jesus and ask for an assessment of our lives? We note in Revelation that Jesus is talking to the "churches", yet we know He is talking about what the people are doing.

 

May we recognize the need to come before Jesus and ask if He has "somewhat against us" regarding something we are doing or not doing. It is good step in becoming more like Him.

 

To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus

My desire is to be like Him

All through life's journey

From earth to glory

My desire is to be like Him.

 

8/3/2016

 

From our archives:

 

Anyone can start a project, but what happens as time progresses will often determine its outcome. ~ unknown

 

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

 

Exercise and weight lifting can build muscle, true strength is an inward characteristic ~ unknown

 

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape ~ John Maxwell

 

If you are facing a problem, you may be just the person God has to solve it ~ unknown

 

8/4/2016

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

 

This is obviously much easier to do and accept when things are going well and there is no pressure. One thing we can do is determine right now is how we will respond when the tough times come.

 

We can put that to work today: Lord, I choose and determine to trust you in the hard times. I know I may be tempted otherwise and my feelings be just the opposite, but I ask for Your help in the midst of any such situation. Show me how to trust You at all times.

 

It will help us greatly to prepare ahead of time.

 

8/7/2016

 

A song based on Psalm 32:7 ~ May our heavenly Father grant this as we need it:

 

You are my hiding place, You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance, whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You, I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

 

What a blessing that we do not have to face troubles in just our own strength.

 

8/8/2016

 

Lord, may others see Jesus in me today:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nomNLqN9Sw0

 

8/9/2016

 

Many songs have been written about God's amazing grace. The one below is an example. May the words remind us of the grace wherein we stand (Romans 5:1-2):

 

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvaryís mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

 

 CHORUS::
           

            Grace, grace, Godís grace,
            Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
            Grace, grace, Godís grace,
            Grace that is greater than all our sin!

 

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

 

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

 

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

 

8/10/2016

 

The Christian should have somewhat of a daily routine or mindset in order to maintain and grow in the life with Christ that we proclaim. There are certain things that should be evident.

 

We could also ask the Lord for special projects as He sees fit. Can we do a little something extra today? Is there someone that I can particularly help or be a blessing to? Is there an area I need to give special attention to because of something on the horizon or in the future.

 

Heavenly Father, we ask especially to hear Your voice regarding things to come. May we be prepared and ready to get things done and be a blessing.

 

As we have mentioned before, all of us can have a ministry of helping others.

 

8/12/2016

 

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:6

 

Knowing how we ought to answer every man is a wonderful blessing. We pray God grant us great skill in this area in this day and time.

 

Notice that it does not say we should know how to answer every question. Jesus did not answer every person's question, but He directed the conversation to the needs of the person and will of the Father. His words to Nicodemus is a prime example.

 

We know it is uncomfortable when we get hammered in a conversation and we do not know how to respond. People like to have a mental list of answers and "witty comebacks" in order to make their points.

 

If we are not careful we can get over in the flesh, put others down and say things just to declare we have won the argument. If you do a search on Christian answers to tough questions, you will find a lot of ideas that can be used. As an example:

 

Someone tells you there are no absolute truths and no definite right or wrong. You could then respond by saying "Then your statement cannot be absolutely true since you say there are no absolute truths. Further, your statement cannot be definitely right or wrong according to what you propose. Therefore no intelligent person should believe what you just said."

 

People, many Christians included, have a long list of these types of comebacks for all types of statements. But often the snappy answers are used to belittle, demean others, or make ourselves look good. This should not be our intent if we want to win people to Christ (not just win an argument).

 

May we speak the truth in love and be able to refute arguments and statements that are wrong. That we might be people who by sound doctrine may be able to exhort and convince the gainsayer (those who contradict) ~ Titus 1:9

 

May God give us wisdom to balance these aspects in the way we speak and we remember the words of James 3:2 ~  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

 

8/13/2016

 

Today we write to express our thanks and gratitude for the life and service of David Crummette. Mr. Crummette taught high school math at Open Door Christian School for 13 years (Fall 1997 - Spring 2010). His teaching, dedication. and sincerity earned him respect and appreciation from students, parents and fellow faculty members. Mr. Crummette helped us tremendously to provide a quality math program in our high school and enabled many students to be prepared for higher levels of math. Thank you Mr. Crummette for being such a blessing.

 

We lift his family in prayer today for the comfort and peace of God to be upon them. May their days ahead be filled with the presence of Jesus and blessings from the Spirit of God.

 

 

8/15/2016

 

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; ~ Titus 3:4-5

 

These verses remind us that it is the work of God in us, not our works, that bring salvation.

 

Like Mary's response to the angel, may we respond to the Lord likewise ~ be it done unto me according to Thy word.

 

 

8/17/2016

 

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 for someone else.

 

8/18/2016

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross...

 

Our stand for Jesus is not always public. It should be when needed but it often begins in private. May we personally take inventory and seek ways to stand up for Christ in our personal lives - in prater, Bible study, the choices we make, and the way we speak to people. Building a good foundation here will bring good results in areas that people see.

 

May God help us to let our lights shine that people might be motivated to consider and honor the Lord more and more.

 

8/20/2016

 

We encourage each of you today (and ourselves) to continue developing your prayer life. So much can be said but we note this verse in particular:

 

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly ~ Matthew 6:6

 

Some note that we do not pray for reward. True - we pray for results. We pray to get things accomplished.

 

Have we realized that God considers prayer as worthy of reward? We might often classify it as rather low on the scale - something that no one sees or ever is aware of. God notes that in this verse - He might be the only one that knows. He considers it "reward-worthy".

 

May this encourage us today to spend a little time in our prayer closet. If nothing else, we can tell our heavenly Father that we are here to learn.

 

8/22/2016

 

We continue with the subject of prayer and getting better at it. Some have said that it is simply talking and listening to God. It is hard to argue with that though some would question the "simplicity" aspect of it.

 

We can read up on it, study it, and talk with people who have been at it for a while. But we will not develop it ourselves until we actually dive in and do it.

 

Consider a young fellow (or girl) who decides he wants to learn the violin and starts taking lessons. He can watch others, take notes. listen to great recordings, and even obtain an expensive violin for himself. But he has got to get his hands on it, grab that bow and start sawing away.

 

If you have ever heard beginning violin students, "sawing away" is quite descriptive. It is not very pleasant to listen to. Our student is determined but he is not ready for public performance.

 

Suppose our student (after having a few lessons) is practicing in the living room when a neighbor drops by and hears him struggling to get a clear sound. Our student hears the neighbor say to his mother in the kitchen: He's not getting any better is he - have you bought any earplugs yet?

 

Upon hearing this the young man could respond in 2 ways:

 

1. He could throw the violin the case, run to his room, burst into tears and exclaim: I knew I wasn't any good!

 

2. He could think: No one is good immediately. Just give me a little while and I'll be playing this fiddle!

 

The young man can decide to quit or decide to keep learning. It is up to him and no one but him can make that decision.

 

This illustration can be applied to prayer (and almost anything we desire to learn). We will continue our subject of prayer in the coming days.

 

Please do not quit but press on - even if you hit a sour note and your progress might seem slow.

 

8/24/2016

 

In our last post we talked about developing our prayer life. We likened it to the young man learning the violin. He is determined but not ready for the public yet.

 

When we talk about growing in prayer, a person may often get the thought: Please do not ask me to pray out loud in public.

 

We know this can be intimidating and uncomfortable if you are not used to it.

 

There is nothing wrong with declining an invitation to pray publicly.

 

1. You can say you are not ready yet

2. You can recommend someone else by name

3. Politely ask that someone else do it this time

 

At this point your prayers and your learning might just be in the prayer closet - that is what Jesus talked about in our initial scripture. You are in a good place.

 

You might be preparing for public prayer in days to come if necessary. May we reach a point of confidence privately at first and then go from there.

 

May our prayer life develop to bring results and enjoyment.

 

 8/25/2016

 

We take a little break to share a song from some time ago:

 

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

 

8/27/2016

 

As we again consider the development of prayer life, we recognize that each of us is in a different place. We have never seen anyone who knew just naturally how to pray. It is something we all must learn and we remember the words of the disciples: Lord teach us to pray ~ Luke 11:1

 

It is likely that many of us learned some simple prayers as children:

 

Now I lay me down to sleep ...

 

God is great, God is good

Let us thank Him for our food...

 

We thank God for parents who still teach such prayers to their children. It is a way to introduce them to God, the subject of prayer, the importance of the Bible, and their spiritual life. This is the time to lay a good foundation.

 

But now that we are grown, we each must assess where we are in our prayer journey (or any other aspect of life). We do this in order to improve and make progress, There is nothing wrong with coming before the Lord with our questions, frustrations, deepest desires. We may even want to write some things down to remind us of this renewed start of our journey. Seek good counsel and conversation with others. You may end up with more questions than answers but fellowship and spiritual growth are all a part of life with our Lord.

 

We realize that all of this is very general. In the days ahead, we hope to offer practical insight into prayer and growing in this aspect of Christian life.

 

We can begin like the disciples: Lord teach us to pray.

 

8/29/2016

 

In continuing our posts on prayer, we encourage you to listen to the prayers of others. One of the first things we are likely to note is that different situations will call for different types of prayers. Thus you may hear great variety. Personality and style will also color and influence the way a person prays.

 

In listening to many prayers, it is likely that some will catch your attention, connect with your spirit in that you might think: That's the kind of praying I'd like to do or that really got my attention. Other prayers might not particularly strike a chord with you.

 

This can be a great way to learn and find out what is happening with people of prayer. Of course all of us may be part of a particular group or denomination and the prayers we hear might have a flow or language as a part of that.

 

If you have someone in your church, organization or group that seems particularly good at prayer (public or otherwise), it is likely they would be very willing to share their prayer journey with you or talk about how they are praying now.

 

Of course we continue to ask: Lord Jesus, teach us to pray.

 

8/30/2016

 

One way to grow in prayer and become more comfortable speaking out of your mouth is to pray the word of God. You can do it right in your prayer closet.

 

Take the 23rd Psalm and pray it personally:

 

Thank you Lord for being my shepherd - may I not want any good thing as You lead and I follow.

 

You provide green pastures for me to lie down in and lead me beside still waters

 

You restore my soul

 

Thank you for helping me to walk in and recognize the path of righteousness that I may honor Your Name

 

If at any time I walk through places that would threaten my life - I decide to fear no evil. May Your rod and staff continually comfort me as they remind me You are my Good Shepherd.

 

I am so grateful for the table you prepare before me - even in the presence of my enemies.

 

You anoint my head with oil and cause my cup to overflow.

 

Surely and certainly may Your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

 

May I dwell in the house of the Lord forever - hallelujah and Amen.

 

This can be done with so many passages of scripture. We are told that God has exalted His word even above His name ~ Psalm 138:2

 

We exalt His word as well. As we pray it, we are sowing it like seed into our lives and it will bear good fruit. It is just another benefit we get from this type of praying.

 

May our prayer journey continue.



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