Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - July 2016

 

7/2/2016

 

This weekend we remember and are especially grateful for our freedoms. If it is one thing people long for world-wide, it is freedom.

 

Yet we see the result of freedom in lands and with cultures that use it in the wrong way. We remember Paul's words:

 

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13

 

We thank God again for freedom , both naturally and spiritually. May we use it to serve God and one another.

 

7/4/2016

 

On this day we are especially mindful and grateful for the freedoms we have been blessed with. But we also recognize that just granting freedom does not guarantee blessing or success. It will depend on how freedom is used. We are grateful for such scriptures as:

 

Jesus saying - if the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed ~ John 8:36

 

Paul writes: stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ hath made you free ~ Galatians 5:1

 

Paul again saying: For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13

 

May we use our liberty to serve, love and be a blessing ~ walking worthily of the freedom we have been given.

 

7/5/2016

 

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1

 

This should have helped answer Shakespeare's question: What's in a name?

 

Whenever a person's name is mentioned, a picture comes up in our minds if we know them. Much of what the person is noted for comes up as well - his character, what has he done, is he generally considered good? and so forth.

 

Almost everything we know about a person flashes across our minds when a person's name comes up. That does not mean we are being critical - our brain just seems to bring up anything we may know or have heard.

 

We make the point of how powerful a name is in our interactions with others. Does the mention of our names bring honor to Christ in the thoughts of others? May we do all we can in honor of our names and certainly honor the Name of Jesus.

 

7/7/2016

 

Search me, O God, my heart discern

Try me, my inmost thoughts to learn

Help me to keep from sin, I pray

Guarding my heart and mind each day

 

 7/9/2016

 

A major part of our natural lives centers around maintenance - working on, caring for, and checking out the things we have. We do this to make sure things go smoothly and to avoid break-downs. Sometimes the problems are obvious and easy to see and correct. At times we have to search diligently, check sources of information to see what others know and any experience they have.

 

This concept is applicable to every part of life and we should recognize that it pertains to our spiritual lives as well. If we are uncertain as to where we might start, we could examine the fruit of the spirit regarding our lives:

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 52-23

 

We should check up on these areas, note the quality of the fruit produced, and endeavor to improve and enhance our production.

 

7/10/2016

 

Lord take my life - let it be Your throne!

 

May this be our desire daily.

 

7/11/2016

 

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to praise the Lord. We also know that we praise people from time to time. We are told to give honor to whom honor is due ~ Romans 13:7

 

We take the time to show our gratitude and appreciation to those who serve and are being a blessing. We encourage them with our words and actions. We give them support and sometimes join with them in their particular efforts..

 

We bless them, pray for them,  and encourage them. But we are not forced to or made to do it. We do it out of our hearts and out of our desire for good and for blessing to be forthcoming.

 

How much more our praise to God - not because we are forced to but because we want to, because we love Him; we want to express our desire to be a part of what He is doing. We want what He wants and we freely thank Him for allowing us to serve in His kingdom that everyone can be a part of.

 

May we start this week with His praise on our lips.

 

7/12/2016

 

The Golden Rule is a principle many can quote. Christians know that Jesus taught it:

 

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12

 

It is interesting that Jesus links this verse to the one before it:

 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? ~ Verse 11

 

We often emphasize verse 12 because it talks about how we should act and think. But verse 11 is certainly the icing on the cake.

 

May God help us keep these two verses together.

 

7/13/2016

 

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.

 

7/14/2016

 

If you are ever called upon to speak in public, you become very aware of how important it is to say the right words. Even in private conversations we know the feeling when "that did not come out right".

 

In James 3:2 we read:

 

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.

 

We also know how difficult it is to take words back after we have said them..

 

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

 

May God help us each day to watch our words that they may bear good fruit and minister grace to the hearers.

 

7/15/2016

 

We once again call on our heavenly for mercy and grace upon those in France who need Him so desperately today. We pray also for laborers to be dispatched to help in every area - to meet needs, bring a blessing, comfort and aid those in distress, and be a force for good in this terrible situation.

 

We pray also for leaders that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18) so that they may know the correct course of action in all decisions that are made. May they know the truth concerning all people involved in this attack and what their responsibilities are as people in authority.

 

We remind ourselves again of the prayer we believe the Lord gave us months ago (November 2015) concerning the evil that is rising up in our world:

 

We call on the body of Christ to join in prayer and intercession both with our understanding and in the spirit regarding the terrorist threats, what has taken place, and what they have said they will do.

 

We call on our heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus as they did in Acts when the disciples were threatened and they prayed:

 

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. ~ Acts 4:29-30

 

We declare the blood of Jesus covers and protects us, and may the weapons of our warfare be mighty through the Name of Jesus. We ask that angels bearing the sword of the Lord be dispatched to carry out the will of God and minister for us who are heirs of salvation ~ Hebrews 1:14. We pray for divine appearances and manifestations of God that some might come to salvation.

 

We pray for security forces and intelligence people - all those trying to protect us: That God would give them supernatural insight and revelation that the plots, plans and schemes of the enemy would be brought to light and to naught. We declare that righteous governments and powers will fulfill their divine calling outlined in Romans 13 that says they are ministers of God to execute wrath on evildoers.

 

We take unto ourselves the full armor of God and stand against all forces in the spirit as scripture tells us. We declare no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17) and God shall deliver us from every evil work (II Timothy 4:18)

 

Thus we ask God to put the enemy in derision, confusion, and fear. Confound their leadership with strife, arguments, and distrust. May their weapons backfire, fall apart, and collapse; modes of transportation break down; cell phones, communication devices, and computers malfunction and crash. May every evil plan return on their own heads.

 

We now note an interesting story about King Joash and Elisha dealing with Syria no less:

 

And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice. ~  II Kings 13:15-19

 

The lesson for us is: We do not want any wimpy praying. We want our prayers fervent and effectual ~ James 5:16. We want to smite with might! May our prayers indeed be arrows of

 God's deliverance!

 

We believe each person praying can get insight from the Lord, strategies to target certain areas, and manifestations of the Spirit to help in areas of weakness (Romans 8:26). What we mentioned above can just be a foundation for areas and realms God can take each of us in prayer.

 

As we close, we want God to be glorified in it all and in some way may the light of the glorious gospel and salvation reach anyone possible - even those who consider us their enemy. May there be some way to stop them without destroying them.

 

We pray in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ - so let it be, Amen!

 

7/17/2016

 

O give me a spirit of peace, dear Lord

Midst the storms and tempests that roll

That I may find rest and quiet within

A calm buried deep in my soul

 

~ Dawe -from Our Daily Bread

 

God gives us strength to face our problems, not to flee from them.

 

7/18/2016

 

I need Thee every hour

Not just a song we sing, but our heart's desire

I draw near to God, may I seek Him today

Asking Him always that He show me the way.

 

This is something to do - not just something to say.

 

 

7/19/2016

 

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

 

Even if we have to say something that is difficult for the other person to hear, our tone should not make the situation worse. The right voice can often bring good results.

 

7/20/2016

 

Last month we had a post regarding having a "blah" day. How do we deal with times where we do not feel spiritual or sense any particular motivation towards the things of God? Something we might do is this:

 

Take a subject, word, or event in the headlines and ask "Does the Bible say anything about this?"

 

We might further ask:

 

What do I believe about this subject and why?

What can I say to back up my position?

Is it something I am likely to deal with at some point?

 

Unless you are considering the subject of "blah" itself, you are likely firing up the juices regarding your subject.

 

We are endeavoring to motivate ourselves - doing something toward the things of God. Our desire is to stir up the gift of God in us (II Timothy 1:6) and our purpose is to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us ~ I Peter 3:15

 

7/22/2016

 

Many people recognize the words "pearls before swine" as being from the Bible:

 

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. ~ Matthew 7:6

 

One person supposedly noted,  "I am not sure exactly what it means, but I am sure it means something!" His point was that since Jesus said it, it must have importance.

 

Each one of us may have our own way of applying the verse. Yet do we consider it important enough to seek out its meaning and how to apply it properly?

 

This is a good question for any verse we consider in our lives. May we demonstrate that we consider God's Word very important to us.

 

7/23/2016

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27

 

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) ~ Acts 10:36

 

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

 

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, ~ II Peter 1:2

 

There are so many verses we could list that talk about the peace of God to us. Jesus knows how important it is. When we are troubled on the inside and things are agitated, it is difficult to accomplish much. Thus in all of our doings, we are reminded:

 

 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it ~ I Peter 3:11

 

Peace is something to go after, to pursue,  and to look for.

 

We remember the words of Jesus:

 

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. ~ Matthew 5:9

 

Sometimes we must MAKE peace when there may not be a lot of peace to be seen. There is much that could be written and said regarding the doing of this.

 

May God grant each of us the ability and determination to make peace whenever we can.

 

7/25/2016

 

For those of us who are married, let us especially do something for our spouse today. It does not have to big but let us make sure they are blessed by it - something we do and/or say.

 

Let us thank God for them, ask Him to enrich their lives, and may He help us to love them more and show it.

 

We can make any day a special day for our spouse.

 

7/26/2016

 

Enjoy this song about the wonderful love of God:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdENxO6HVo

 

7/28/2016

 

At times we likely deal with so many things that we may become weary. We remember the words of Jesus:

 

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; ~ Luke 18:1

 

Remembering when Jesus faced the climax and ultimate test of His mission on earth - And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. ~ Luke 22:44

 

If the average person could have viewed this scene and the next 24 hours, they may have come to the conclusion that Jesus' prayers did not work very well. But we know the whole story now.

Sometimes the 24 hours after we pray may not show the results we would like, but that 24 hours is not the whole story.

 

We take both comfort and courage in the words of Jesus to always pray and not to faint.

 

"...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." ~ James 5:16

 

May such prayers (and the results) be evident in our lives.

 

7/29/2016

 

Many of us read books regarding people of faith whose stories inspire us. We read about those who went from poverty to wealth, who persevered through hardship to gain happiness and prosperity, and of those who gave up everything yet their lives are so enriched.

 

We can look into biographies and autobiographies in an effort to see how others did it. We read the great stories of the faithful in the Bible and especially the hall of faith chapter - Hebrews 11.

 

Much of this is good and can be very helpful, but when all is said and done, the question for each one of us is: "What am I going to do"?

 

That is a bottom line question and one we can take to the Lord in prayer. As we study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15) and desire to walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful (Colossians 1:10), we ask dear Lord to show us exactly what to do that we might fulfill those good plans You have for us ~ Jeremiah 29:11

 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6

 

7/30/2016

 

Today we note the word "precious". Things (and people) that are precious are treated accordingly. We are not haphazard or sloppy about them. We do not treat them with disrespect or speak ill of them. We do the exact opposite.

 

From scripture we see these described as precious:

 

The blood of Jesus ~ I Peter 1:19

 

Our faith ~ II Peter 1:1

 

The promises of God ~ II Peter 1:4

 

May we treat these with the utmost respect and reverence. May we also expect them to work in our lives as we put them into practice.

 

 

 



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