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What Open Door posts on Facebook - June 2016

 

6/1/2016

 

Today we consider the word "responsibility". Some simple dictionary definitions include:

 

1. The state of being the person who caused something to happen

 

2. A duty or task that you are required or expected to do

 

3. Something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.

 

The word has a serious connotation as opposed to being frivolous or haphazard. We get a sense of importance regarding a matter.

 

Could we consider the word like this: response - ability

 

In other words, in a certain matter you have the ability to respond. You can respond in words and/or deeds. We could look at it this way: you have a say-so in the matter.

 

You do not have to be a victim - you can take charge with your response.

 

This might be a different way of looking at the word, yet whenever we "take responsibility" it always involves words and actions.

 

Thank God for the ability to respond. We ask God to help us to do it in the right way.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5

 

** Blessings to all of our students and faculty for a safe and joyful summer starting this last day of school **

 

6/2/2016

 

Read Isaiah 37 for a great story. It would take pages to comment on the whole thing but we note the following:

 

The Lord told Hezekiah not to be afraid of the words of the messengers from the king of Assyria ~ verse 6. How often it is that words can scare us.

 

The Lord said He would "blast" him (the King of Assyria) - verse 7. It sounds comical but further reading shows us the Lord's blast was pretty intense - both on the king and his army.

 

In verse 10, another message comes to Hezekiah: Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

 

This is just about the same thing as the serpent said to Eve in the garden - don't let God deceive you.

 

The message continued in that all the other "gods" of all the other nations were not able to stop the king of Assyria. The king said I am coming with all my chariots and all my weapons.

 

Then Hezekiah took all of these words before the Lord and prayed regarding this. The Lord said that He is coming as well and that: The king of Assyria would not come into the city, shoot and arrow at it, or raise a shield against it.

 

God sent one angel to take care of the army of 185,000. When Sennacherib king of Assyria saw it, he picked up his ball and bat and said: I'm going home. He dies worshipping his god nisroch ~verse 38

 

May we take time to meditate and pray about these events in light of what is happening today. May God give each of us revelation and insight.

 

The chapter ends with the incident described above. The matter was concluded and nothing else needed saying.We believe God is going to do some things dramatically in these last days. May we be prayed up and ready!

 

 

6/3/2016

 

Psalm 102 is one that most of us can relate to. The writer starts out with complaints and describing all he is going through. We note again that the Bible does not sugar-coat the difficulties and tribulations we face in this life.

 

This "gripe-session" goes from verse 1 through verse 11. But then the attention changes from looking at the writer to looking at God.  We know that all scripture is given to us for instruction, and God is aware of life's difficulties and what we go through. Remember that Christ was tempted in all points like we are yet without sin ~ Hebrews 4:15.

 

The Daily Bread had a particular devotional some time ago that related to Psalm 102. It talked about a pastor who was upbeat, positive, could always be thankful no matter what the situation. The story went along that this particular day was just a dismal one, bad things had happened, the weather was absolutely atrocious, and very few people had made it to the service that morning.

 

Before the beginning of the service, those who were there commented on the terrible day and the terrible things that had happened.  One person commented "I bet he wont be so upbeat today" and another one chimed in "I would like to see him find something to be thankful for this morning".

 

The Pastor came in, greeted the people with a smile on his face, and opened the service with prayer. Somewhere in the first few lines was a sentence like this: Dear heavenly Father, we are so thankful that we do not have many days like this one.

 

The line is amusing but it might make us think a little bit. Regardless of what we are facing it is likely to pass so that we can move on. Whatever it is, good or bad, we know that seeking God and His Word is a great first step. Whether good or bad, we need the mind of God. When we are dealing with some of the absurdities that are in the world today, we often do not know what to do: We could let our righteous indignation loose and see what happens or we could drop to our knees and intercede with tears.

 

When the difficult times come - nothing will take the place knowing the will of God, how God wants us to respond, and how to deal with every situation. One of the first ways to begin is lift our voices in praise and give Him glory.

 

6/4/2016

 

We readily recognize that development takes time (and effort) - both naturally and spiritually. Even the things that might be said we have a natural talent in will take work, practice and diligence in order to be more than just average.

 

We know in the natural there are ways to do things that bring the good result that we want. We do not tell somebody on the job - just do it any old way and that is good enough. You'll never experience any excellence like that. So we endeavor to learn from foundational principles, moving on to deeper things, getting around those who are experienced and getting their advice and counsel, and finally there is the learning by doing. We step out at the level we are and get to work.

 

We understand that there is work to this, but we trust God to see fruit of our labor that will be pleasing to Him and a blessing both to others and ourselves. We remind ourselves again of God's wonderful work in us through Jesus Christ:

 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10

 

6/6/2016

 

It is interesting how some things have not changed:

 

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. ~ Matthew 11:16-19

 

Today, as in the time when Jesus was on the earth, we see the professional critics - people who can find fault with anything.

 

Yes we can challenge, critique, and say that something is wrong. But we should do it with a motivation to improve a situation, help someone,  or offer a good and better alternative.

 

Anyone can criticize something or someone. As Christians we should be looking for the Godly and proper thing to present and implement - and be willing to help get it done if we can.

 

6/7/2016

 

How can I be a blessing today - a phone call, email, a visit, ask how I can assist, bring something to someone that will help them out, volunteer somewhere, check on someone, make sure those in my household/family are OK, pray for someone in particular, etc.

 

There are so many ways we can serve and do things to honor Jesus, serve Him, and serve others.

 

6/8/2016

 

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. ~ Psalm 18:3

 

As parents, we want our children saved from any enemies. We will do anything we can to protect them.

 

Jesus said "... how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" ~ Matthew 7:11

 

Israel got in trouble when they started "taking up" and participating in the activities of the enemy. We see this today when people (young and old) begin participating in activities that are destructive. Some seem to get "sucked in" while others seem to just "walk in" to wrong things. It is difficult to stop anyone from going in a direction that they are determined to go in.

 

The world often uses the expression that someone had a "come to Jesus" moment - they often use it in sarcastic way. But it is what all of us need - often more than just once.

 

We remind ourselves of the opening verse: I will call upon the Lord...   May we do it and not just think about it. We know how emphatic a child will call upon (scream for) his mother when things go bad.

 

May we be just as determined to call upon our heavenly Father.

 

6/9/2016

 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~  Philippians 3:13-14

 

Many have commented that through Christ, both Paul and the rest of us can put the bad things of the past behind us. That is true but it can also apply to things we may consider good or positive. We cannot rest on the laurels of yesterday - though they may continue to bear fruit and we rejoice.

 

But today needs tending to with God-given responsibilities - we need our daily bread. We need to continue to press on as Paul writes above. We decide daily to live the Christian life, be a doer of the Word of God, and desire "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" ~ Colossians 1:10

 

We are grateful that we can leave our bad behind, we are thankful for any good foundation we have laid in the past, but today and each day ahead we determine to "...run the race that is set before us" ~ Hebrews 12:1

 

There is no time like the present to either begin or continue this journey with God.

 

6/11/2016

 

The word “precious” in the New Testament has the following meanings:

 

            Unique, invaluable, cherished, loved, treasured, and priceless

 

New Testament notes 3 things in particular as precious:

 

Our faith

The promises of God

The blood of Jesus

 

We take care of things that are precious to us. We guard them, we do not give them to just anyone, we treat them with great importance. Yet, these three things above we see that God has freely given them to us. Indeed, we see that God must count each of us precious – worth the life of Jesus. Regardless of our circumstances, this should brighten our day.

 

 

 

6/13/2016

 

We lift our voices and hearts to the Lord especially today for the people in Orlando. We ask dear Lord of all comfort and mercy to bless, comfort, empower and equip everyone trying to give aid, assistance, help and provision relating to the shooting.

 

We have no one else to turn to heavenly Father but we believe Your promise to be a very present help in time of trouble. Please be very present to those who lost loved ones and friends.

 

Please send laborers to bring both practical and spiritual help. Bless the doctors and all hospital staff who are working to save lives. Give supernatural insight to all law enforcement officials who are working to uncover all aspects of evil regarding this incident.

 

Thank you Lord for a mighty move of Your Spirit in Orlando, may Jesus be glorified and the people blessed even in the midst of this terrible situation.

 

 

6/14/2016

 

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to "praise the Lord". It is indeed a privilege to do so.

 

If we praise or commend someone in the natural, we are not forced to do it - it is indeed our privilege.

 

By him (Jesus) 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

 

As we see the world going further and further from God, we are thankful that we have a throne of grace whereby we may receive help and mercy.

 

Do you remember the song: Where could I go but to the Lord

 

We often see children when they are hurting or in trouble run to their mother or father. They do not know exactly what their parent might do to fix a situation. But they know the right place to go.

 

We do not always know how our heavenly Father will fix a situation, but we know the right place to go! Always run to God - not from Him.

 

6/15/2016

 

Do we love people enough to tell them the truth? We should take the time to consider this question seriously and not just give a flippant answer. May we be at the place to at least say: I want to.

 

We remember also the word that says: But speaking the truth in love,.. ~ Ephesians 4:15

 

Here we see truth and love together in our speaking. We recognize also the daily aspect of this in our lives. Each day we may face new situations and circumstances that require us to speak the truth in love.

 

Lord, help us to do this in the right way that good results may follow. Seeking the Lord, His wisdom and guidance is a great first step. We remember how pleased God was with Solomon who asked for wisdom in dealing with the people and all the circumstances that he would have to address.

 

So Lord we come before you again seeking Your wisdom, the right way to say things, and the ability to be a blessing even when we must speak in a situation that is not easy.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ` James 1:5

 

6/16/2016

 

Yesterday we posted about speaking the truth - in love. We know it is sometimes not easy when the subject may be viewed as confrontational.

 

One minister decided to change his con-fronting to care-fronting. He desired that care-fronting would describe his heart whenever he was going to deal with a situation. That approach did not always "fix" a situation or immediately bring about the results he desired. But he wanted his heart and motives especially to be pleasing to God. This is something we can do regardless of the results of our meetings, discussions, or "care-frontings".

 

It is a good way to approach every situation - whether easy or hard. We remember the expression:

 

People will not care how much you know until they know how much you care!

 

6/17/2016

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

 

When we think about fruit in the natural, trees have no problem bearing fruit of its kind - apple trees produce apples. The tree simply does what is inherent.

 

We know there are things to do to help the tree produce an abundance - sunlight, water, good soil, etc. We also know the tree needs to be guarded against that which would hinder or destroy.

 

Likewise our born-again spirit will produce the fruit mentioned above. Yet we too must do things in order for the production to be abundant. We must also guard against evil and that which would hinder in this fallen world.

 

We are God's husbandry (I Corinthians 3:9) and we are charged to take care and tend this garden.

 

6/18/2016

 

We have posted about speaking the truth in love. As we look at Paul's writings in the New Testament, we see that he dealt with some difficult situations. We note this verse that we have looked at before:

 

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

 

Sometimes the truth is not easily or readily accepted. If someone does not accept or is somewhat hesitant about the truth we share, it should not be because of our tone or harshness in our delivery. We know this can be a challenge and thus we ask for God's help especially before we deal with such situations.

 

We also remember that the first time we speak to someone about a matter (or they speak to us), we may not solve everything or answer every issue that comes up - it may take some time.

 

As we mentioned the other day, if all of us can demonstrate that we care about those we are involved with and speaking to, it will go a long way in working out situations, solving problems, and getting us on the right track to good results. This is what all of us should be looking for and working towards. Again, may God help us to go about it the right way.

 

Please enjoy the wonderful weather this Father's Day Weekend!

 

6/19/2016

 

We pray a blessed and very happy day to all of the fathers. We are so grateful for those who honor our Lord with their lives and service. We know it is not easy to always stand strong and be a Godly father in the days we are living in.

 

May we all thank and be an encouragement to fathers - we can make it a point to daily be a help and ready to assist when we can.

 

We also thank our heavenly Father for His goodness and mercy and we ask that He help, strengthen and encourage each father that is seeking Him and desiring to be a blessing. May God pour out His heart upon our fathers today and strengthen families in the faith. May our fathers see fruit and good results from God's presence in them

 

6/21/2016

 

Yesterday's writing was about the word "volunteer". We are reminded of John 10:17-18 ~ Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

We surely see Jesus being a volunteer for us. In one sense we can say the same thing about our volunteering, we have the power to do or not to do it - it is up to us.

 

Knowing that we cannot volunteer for everything, do we nonetheless have a volunteer attitude or outlook? It certainly should be a character trait - our "want to" should be evident.

 

May we ever look for opportunities to volunteer and serve with a good attitude. "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." ~ Galatians 6:10

 

 

6/23/2016

 

These are just a few scriptures that show how much God wants to forgive people"

 

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: ~ Matthew 6:14

 

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. ~ Luke 17:4

 

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ~ Luke 23:34

 

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: ~ Acts 13:38

 

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. ~ Acts 26:18

 

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. ~  James 5:15

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9

 

6/24/2016

 

In our last post, we noted a number of scriptures indicating how much God wants to forgive us. We see a few more verses:

 

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; ~ Ephesians 1:7

 

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ~ Colossians 1:14

 

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; ~ Colossians 2:13

 

We believe these verse further help to make the point about God's willingness and desire to forgive.

 

Our question today is:

 

How mush do we want to forgive people? Is that in our hearts everyday? Is that the response we have when difficult situations come up?

 

It certainly seems easy enough when all is well, we are not angry or hurt about anything, and we are getting along with those close to us.

 

But Lord please help us when it seems hard. Help us to see the difference between forgiveness and feelings. May we determine to always forgive regardless - because we love the Lord who forgives us - regardless!

 

6/26/2016

 

Heavenly Father:

 

Help me to know the best way

To share my testimony day by day

To let my light shine, put my life on the line

May my words be the best I can say

 

Make a difference in someone's life today.

 

6/28/2016

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3

 

Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus

 

John also in the book of 2nd John

 

Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love

 

And words from Jesus:

 

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13

 

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7

 

In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.

 

6/29/2016

 

 

We know an election is coming this fall. Regardless of who gets in any office they will need our prayers. They will also need to be held accountable - for their good, for ours, our children, and for our land.

 

There is an interesting verse about Jotham, king of Judah the son of Uzziah. There is not a great deal written about him. He is not one of the famous or well-known rulers in the Old Testament. It does say he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord but he was not perfect.

 

An interesting verse is II Chronicles 27:6 ~ So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. (Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. ~ NIV)

 

That statement essentially ends what we know about Jotham. The world might not know much about any of us, but what would be written of us from the Lord's perspective? It is something worth considering.

 

The scripture concerning Jotham is one any leader would be blessed to heed. It is also good for any of us as well.

 

We pray that our leaders would understand the Godly responsibilities they have as ones in authority. We pray that they would seek God's counsel and wisdom. May the Lord have mercy on our leaders and touch their hearts with His Spirit.

 

We endeavor to prepare our ways (and adjust our ways) that we better serve the Lord and achieve good results.

 

6/30/2016

 

We all have those days when we don't sense anything special, not particularly motivated, and perhaps just feel "blah". What we do in these cases is essentially up to us. Let us assume we are not dealing with physical illness or infirmity, but things are just "flat" Perhaps you have better words to describe this condition.

 

Yet you must go to work and you have a job to do. You could stir yourself and determine to do the best job you can, be especially helpful, and ask the Lord for a special measure of grace. Or you could just try to hang on and wait for quitting time. Which will we choose in our work?

 

We are not making light of such situations because we know they real. But we should not just wait around for someone to lift us out of such a condition or just hope it will be better eventually.

 

There is so much in the scripture about stirring ourselves up, being strong in the Lord, not growing weary, etc. All of these show us that there is the opposite side - the type of mood, attitude, or condition that we see mentioned above and we deal with.

 

So we can determine to do what we are able and ask God to strengthen our inner man (Ephesians 3:16). If we look at all such verses, we see that this is God's idea to strengthen us - He knows we need it.

 

We observe in the natural what people do when they see a storm approaching. Let us especially be just as wise regarding these storms and pressures that come at us often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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