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What Open Door posts on Facebook - February 2016

 

2/1/2016

 

It is amazing how many things we can cram into one day. Many of these things just seem to be a part of daily life - work, home and family seem to fill up most of our day in some fashion. Leaders both in the secular and in the church world have addressed this issue in the lives of people.

 

Many have expressed some frustration in not being able to make progress or being stuck in a ditch. Leaders readily say that drastic changes too quickly can sometimes create drastic problems. So many have encouraged people to start with something small.

 

Billy Graham has often talked about this in the lives of Christians. Sometimes we cannot make a big change but we can make some small ones. He stresses that great encouragement comes when you see the results of making small adjustments - then you want to tackle something else.

 

It is always good to do a self assessment every now and then - for the purpose to improve. It is something we should all pray about. We remember the old saying: The longest journey always begins with the first step.

 

We pray God help us to take whatever first step we need and that He lead us on the path to take another step after that one.

 

2/2/2016

 

A soothing and uplifting song for the day:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTyuT3WkrEE

 

2/3/2016

 

Thank you Father for our daily bread - spirit, soul and body. We praise You for enriching our lives, leading us in paths of righteousness, correcting us when we need it, and surrounding us with favor as with a shield ~ Psalm 5:12

 

We choose this day to believe Your word and we trust to hear Your voice in our inner-most being. Be glorified in Your people today as we give honor and praise to the wonderful name of Jesus.

 

May we go forth in joy to be a blessing!

 

2/5/2016

 

We note these words today:

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty... ~ James 1:25

 

What response do you think you would get if you asked the average person: What is the perfect law of liberty? Would they say the Bible?

 

It should thrill our hearts to see that the Word of God is called the "perfect law of liberty". From the natural it is almost a contradiction in terms - a law that gives you liberty - Hallelujah!

 

This is what man is looking for worldwide and it is all because of what Jesus did for us. So if anyone asks you why the Bible is so great and why do you think so highly of it, you can tell them because:

 

It is the perfect law of liberty!

 

2/6/2016

 

The first time we see the word "pray" in the Bible concerning praying to God, it is Abraham praying for someone else - Abimelech in Genesis 20. It was regarding Abraham when he said Sarah was his sister.

 

It was an awkward situation yet God wanted to bring a blessing and through Abraham's prayer, Abimelech and his family were healed.

 

In all of our awkward situations, may we remember to pray and ask God to bring a blessing - to others as well as ourselves.

 

2/8/2016

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:9

 

Here we have another verse describing the connection between God and His people. It is amazing how many comparisons and descriptions are given in the New Testament that describe our relationship with God.

 

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. ~ I Corinthians 12:27

 

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: ~ Romans 8:16

 

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. ~ Romans 8:17

 

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: ~ Ephesians 2:6

 

For through him we both (Jews & Gentiles) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. ~ Ephesians 2:18

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: ~ Romans 5:1

 

We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus... ~ Ephesians 2:10

 

On and on we could go. It is as though God has gone all out to convince us of His love and the relationship that we now have. God gave His best to secure this relationship. May we give our best to learn of it, maintain it, live it out, and share it with others.

 

2/9/2016

 

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

 

We particularly note the word "great" in the verse about. It is certainly a word of enhancement regarding the love of God.

 

Further in the book, Paul prays that we: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:18-19

 

Knowing the greatness of God's love and being filled with all His fulness is something to long for and seek after daily.

 

Enlighten us heavenly Father to live this out for the glory of God and blessings to others and ourselves.

 

2/11/2016

 

Looking again at the love of God:

 

We remember that God so loved the world that He gave... 

 

Jesus freely took our guilt, penalty and death. He brought us in to the family of God.

 

We are now partakers of His divine nature ~ II Peter 1:4 

 

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: ~ Ephesians 1:4

 

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: ..." ~ I John 3:1

 

It is almost inconceivable that God would consider us as valuable enough to be willing to give His Son in payment to have us in His family and kingdom.

 

Because this love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, we too should have that same unction of love - to be givers. Once we recognize this, how then should we respond? We can esteem what our Father esteems. We can value and love what He values and loves - and we abhor what He abhors.

 

Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. ~ Romans 12:9

 

We live in a society where many do not seem to recognize evil, where it comes from, and what is does in the hearts of people. The love of God takes a stand against the forces of evil - because it has to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15

 

The truth about the love of God is that it will confront evil - because it has to tell the truth. In the natural we understand this. Good parents will protect their children against evil - sometimes quite forcefully if something is coming to hurt them. That is loving your children. You do not want your children living a lie - sometimes you have to confront them with the truth. This is not to be mean to them but to bless them and keep them out of trouble.

 

Have you ever tried to deal with or resolve a situation and not know what the real truth is? It can be very frustrating and you will not likely make a good and wise decision if you are just guessing at the truth.

 

Love and truth go hand in hand. As children of God these two things should define our being and our daily walk. May this prayer remind us of what we should be about:

 

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. ~ I Thessalonians 3:11-13

 

2/12/2016

 

These are some interesting verses on salvation and works:

 

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; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. ~ Titus 3:5-8

 

We could say it like this: God saves us by grace, then we get to work by faith.

 

Remember in the Old Testament with all the law, the people were still required to offer the sacrifices. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. ~ Hebrews 9:22

 

Throughout the New Testament we see that good works are profitable to us and pleasing to God.

But the precious blood of Jesus paid the price for our salvation. ~ I Peter 1:19

 

Finally once again from Titus: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~ Titus 2:14

 

2/13/2016

 

Throughout the Bible we are told to be thankful and to give thanks. One indicates who we are and the other indicates what we do. If both aspects of the subject are being developed, there should be no shortage of the results: thankfulness.

 

2/15/2016

 

From Psalm 69 (a psalm of David):

 

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. ~ 30-31

 

We know in the Old Testament that animal sacrifices were necessary for the atonement of the people. Yet we note this verse:

 

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. ~ Hebrews 10:6

 

We see even from this Old Testament verse (Psalm 69:30) that God is pleased with thanksgiving and praise.

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15

 

Let us not forget verse 16 immediately after this:

 

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

Let us go and be pleasing to our Father in these areas.

 

2/16/2016

 

Christ in me the hope of glory

Oh that others might see

Not that I have a unique story

But a new life found in Thee

 

May people see Jesus in me each day

A Savior like no other is He

That the words I say and the prayers I pray

Might help others through Jesus be free

 

            ~ There is no eternity better than the one

                Jesus paid the price for.

 

2/17/2016

 

And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. ~ Numbers 21:4

 

Just about everyone can relate to what the people here were going through. How many of us have been "discouraged because of the way"? We have all been there and hopefully we can use the word "been" there. We know some are likely there now and need the "way to escape" that is talked about in I Corinthians 10:13 to get out of the "way to discouragement"

 

If we look at their situation honestly, the "way" that the children of Israel traveled was of their own doing. They were not on the way that God wanted them on but had taken another path. We too can be just like them and choose our own path with undesirable consequences.

 

Yet God is rich in mercy to all those that call upon Him. He is still our deliverer from every evil work, our need-meeter, the One who is for us, our heavenly Father. He is rich unto all that call upon Him ~ Romans 10:12

 

As one fellow put it, if you are walking though the valley of the shadow of death, make sure you walk through it - don't camp there! Know that it is God who will bring you through it. Knowing this will produce joy on the inside (which is your strength) even if all the troubling circumstances have not disappeared yet. Your deliverance has started on the inside when there is a shout instead of a moan, a smile instead of a frown, and a garment of praise has cast out the spirit of heaviness.

 

Even in all these things (ways of discouragement) we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. We pray for God's wonderful power, His Word, and His love to bless anyone reading today who is dealing with discouragement.

 

2/18/2016

 

Have you ever made or thought about making the statement: "I just do not understand that"

 

It may have been a natural situation, it may have been attributed to God, or it might apply to something we actually did ourselves. Certainly there are things others do that make us shake our heads.

 

But the Bible has a lot to say about the word "understanding". In the next few posts we are going to look at this subject and ask God to open our "understanding" about Biblical "understanding".

 

We invite you to do your study as we will likely only scratch the surface. But we get ourselves started today with one verse:

 

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. ~ Job 32:8

 

We pray Lord for that "inspiration" each day that will give us understanding.

 

2/19/2016

 

Continuing our subject of "understanding":

 

Solomon prayed for an "understanding heart" in order to judge the people ~ I Kings 3:9

 

It is likely that Solomon learned a good deal from watching his father David. He saw that ruling involved more than leading armies, counting money, and enjoying good food. He knew that interacting with people and making good decisions regarding them would build a good foundation in the kingdom. Solomon likely knew some of the words of Psalm 119 from his father David. Such as:

 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. ~ verse 9

 

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ verse 11

 

We know God was pleased with Solomon's request for wisdom and knowledge. Though Solomon slipped in some areas, God had mercy on him. We pray that be so for us.

 

Yesterday we noted the verse that talked about God's inspiration in the spirit of man. We remember this verse also:

 

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. ~ Proverbs 20:27

 

God shines his light in our spirit - our innermost being. Our minds can grasp some of these things but we see that God delights in an understanding heart (I Kings 3:9; 12 & Proverbs 8:5)

 

We have likely all heard the expression: Trust your gut

 

The expression might be a little crude but essentially tells to look down on the inside and the Bible talks about the "belly" - indicating our innermost being. We remember the words of Jesus:

 

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) ~ John 7:38-39

 

Heavenly Father, we desire to receive from Your Spirit these rivers of living water, the spirit of wisdom, and an understanding heart. We lean not to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) but trust that Your understanding and light in our spirits will guide us each day. Help us to learn all we can in this area. We trust these words from the New Testament:

 

But of him (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 1:30-31

 

Thus we glory in God who is at work within us both to will and to do of His good pleasure ~ Philippians 2:13

 

2/20/2016

 

Continuing to look at "understanding", we note three verses:

 

Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. ~ Psalm 119:104

 

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. ~ Psalm 119:130

 

Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. ~ Psalm 119:169

 

From these verses we gather:

 

Understanding comes through God's precepts

We should hate every false way

Even if we are "simple" in some way, we can still obtain understanding

God's word brings understanding; thus we should let it in

God should hear our voice concerning our desire for understanding

 

We are laying a foundation for developing "understanding" in our lives. If we are serious in this regard, we want to make certain that this foundation is sure.

 

2/21/2016

 

As we continue in our study of Biblical "understanding" we want to first of all let God's word speak for itself. We remember that the entrance of His word gives light ~ Psalm 119:130

 

Thus we note this verse and apply our hearts and voice accordingly:

 

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. ~ Proverbs 2:2-6

 

2/22/2016

 

Continuing our quest for "understanding":

 

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. ~ Proverbs 4:1

 

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. ~ Proverbs 4:5

 

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. ~ Proverbs 4:7

 

God would not tell us to "get" something that we could not obtain. Yet we see here that effort is needed on our part. One verse above says "attend to know". This leads us to be in a certain place, a mindset, a position where we can learn how to gain understanding.

 

When a student in school goes to a new class, he may have no clue on how he will learn the subject. When he opens the textbook for the first time, it may be speaking a foreign language in his mind. But the teacher knows the student wont stay that way if he will apply himself or "attend" to the subject. He must avail himself to the words that the teacher  says.

 

We approach God's word and His Spirit in the same way. We will "attend" teaching sessions, we will avail ourselves to His instruction, we will seek out examples of Godly people, study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15), and continue in the word as Jesus said that we may know the truth (John 8:31-32).

 

The teacher knows that when a student says "I am going to get this, I am going to learn, I will not give up", he is well on his way and he is laying a good foundation. However if that student says, "I'll never understand this, it is a waste of time, I quit", he will not learn and grow in the subject.

 

May we come before God like little children excited to learn about Him and grow in wisdom and understanding. Remember our fist verse above - a good father wants to give his children the best he has that they might be successful. In speaking of the heavenly Father, Jesus said "how much more" He would give good things to those who ask (Matthew 7:11)

 

 Help us heavenly Father in this journey each day - we are open to Your instruction!

 

2/23/2016

 

Continuing our desire for "understanding":

 

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: ~ Proverbs 7:4

 

We should consider wisdom and understanding as "close-kin". If we have kin folk in good standing, we can drop in any time. We are of the same blood, same lineage, same family.

 

In like manner, wisdom and understanding are in and part of our family - the family of God. If you feel your relationship with wisdom and understanding is estranged (hostile or not in right association), say and call as the scripture directs us above.

 

In other words, wisdom and understanding have not fallen out with you. They want to be close-knit with us.

 

Let us make the effort to be in joyful fellowship and family relationship with wisdom and understanding.

 

2/24/2016

 

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. ~ Proverbs 14:29

 

In our quest for "understanding", the verse above shows us something we can be working on. Each of us likely has an area or two that is directly wired to the wrath button. We can just go off in a second.

 

These are things to pray about, work on ahead of time, and speak to ourselves with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). We can do maintenance on ourselves and work on being slow to wrath.

 

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. ~ Proverbs 15:32

 

I must remember that I do not know it all. May I hear reproof respectfully and respond accordingly when I know it is God. May I be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath ~ James 1:19

 

Thank you Lord for great understanding in this area.

 

2/25/2016

 

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

 

To honestly believe and walk in this verse will certainly last a lifetime. Throughout our life, situations will likely come up where we need to intentionally apply this verse.

 

Wisdom & understanding will help us use the gold and silver in the right way. There are countless stories of people who came into money and did not know how to use it wisely. Many of these stories have sad outcomes.

 

The truth is that wisdom and understanding will help us deal with everything. May God guide us to study this out, show diligence in it, and bless us to walk in wisdom and understanding each day.

 

2/26/2016

 

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. ~ Proverbs 16:22

 

This is a wonderful description of "understanding". A wellspring is continuous and we know how important water is. We desire that understanding would "bubble-up" and "spring-up" within us constantly with all we have to deal with daily.

 

With a water spring, we do not have to make it work. It naturally does its thing - we just need to partake.

 

Help us Lord to partake of your understanding. May the Lord see how important we consider "understanding" to be. Spring up O well within us!

 

2/28/2016

 

A great prayer for our pastors this morning as we go to church:

 

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. ~ Jeremiah 3:15

 

 

 

 



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