Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2016

 

11/1/2016

 

We know that the elections are a week from today. 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.

 

11/2/2016

 

Yesterday we mentioned the elections and that all of our officials need prayer. We remember the verses from I Timothy 2:1-4

 

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

We note from the scripture that praying for the leaders is for our good and theirs. We note as well that God wants things to be good - peaceable, Godly and in honesty.

 

We see also that God wants our leaders saved. These people with both Godly and natural wisdom can excel in their roles as leaders.

 

We ask You, heavenly Father, for Godly leaders in our land.

 

11/4/2016

 

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.

 

11/5/2016

 

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. ~ Luke 19:13

 

With whatever God has given you, be the best occupant you can be.

 

Remember to set your clocks back tonight

 

11/7/2016

 

We encourage everyone (who is registered) to vote tomorrow. From the beginning of our history men and women have fought and died to secure and maintain this freedom in our land. Because of their sacrifice, voting is a duty, a privilege, and indeed a secured right.

 

We must realize that people who are put in office will have a say-so regarding what happens with us - what rules we will follow, the way we deal with so many ordinary things in life these days, and the direction our land is headed from one county to the whole country. What if you had to vote on who would come into your home and set the rules - it is likely you would be very intent on voting. Realize that leaders are deciding what we can and cannot do.

 

Many of us continually ask God to bless our land, to intervene in the affairs of our government, and to have mercy when our country gets off track - the least we can do is vote!

 

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

 

11/8/2016

 

I know I cannot do everything, but I can do something.

 

Today we emphasize the word "do" in this statement. We sometimes see the fulfillment of this scenario where two different people walk through a facility. One can see numerous things that can and should be done and the other can see nothing.

 

There are many ideas about why that can be, but we note that some people are looking to see what needs "dooing". May this describe us - especially in the things of God and how we might be of service to others.

 

May I do something that will help a situation today!

 

11/9/206

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Perhaps we do not know the path to take or the right thing to do every time. But we can acknowledge God in all of it, seek His face and ask for His wisdom and direction because we want to get it right.

 

11/11/2016

 

How we long for the touch of Jesus each day. Have a blessed weekend:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m--ptwd_iI

 

11/14/2016

 

We have written about this before but we believe it may help someone today:

 

Do you remember the prayer of Jabez and all the attention it got a few years ago?

 

It is interesting to see that the name Jabez essentially means: trouble, sorrow, pain and affliction

 

We can imagine the impression that this name made on him - day after day. Yet things changed when he called upon the Lord. ~ I Chronicles 4:9-10

 

We note these words from verse 9:  And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren:

 

Regardless of his name, Jabez decided it would not determine the way he acted. He made a good choice in his behavior.

 

Further, regardless of his name and the negative picture it painted, he believed the Lord would help him if he prayed.  ~  And God granted him that which he requested.

 

Our point today: Regardless of your circumstances, determine to behave honorably and seek after the Lord. Many scripture references will tell us that this will bring God's blessing.

 

11/15/2016

 

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20

 

May we choose the "grace" side every time - it is the blessing side

 

That does not mean that we just go along with everything and not say "no" when necessary

 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12

 

If we are going to stand on God's grace, then our lives should show forth the characteristics mentioned above.

 

11/16/2016

 

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 14:17

 

There is nothing more comforting than the peace of God. We all deal with things and circumstances that are troubling and bad. We will not understand everything about any of them. But when you have the peace of God regarding matter, it will take care of the unanswered questions.

 

For anyone going through a difficult time, we encourage you to ask God for His peace - to show you the path of peace if you need it.

 

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

 

11/18/2016

 

Many are familiar with these verses:

 

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

 

If we read the verses before and after this section, we find that God specifically instructed that the children of Israel be blessed using these words that are given. This is what God wanted for His people.

 

Jesus was the manifestation of this blessing - as His words and conduct testify. The last verse of this chapter reads:

 

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

 

From a New Testament standpoint: The Name of Jesus has been put upon us as the children of God - and He will bless us. Hallelujah!

 

11/19/2016

 

May the Lord indeed be the God of my days - and nights:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBAExdZPad8

 

11/21/2016

 

Historical trivia question: General Lee surrendered to General Grant in April of 1865 in Appomattox Virginia ending the Civil War. What was the name of the house where the signing took place?

 

The answer is below.

 

The question posed is in relation to the Thanksgiving proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863. This proclamation was given essentially at the height of the Civil War.

 

From the natural standpoint, it is difficult to really get enthusiastic about praise and thanksgiving when you are surrounded by fear, depression and death. Yet we know from scripture that this is the exact time we need it, and it gets us into the realm of seeking God and crying unto Him for help.

 

Divine intervention in the affairs of our country seems obvious here. Oh that we would so implore and beseech our God to intervene in these United States today, and that we as Christians would demonstrate that we are serious.

 

When we ask God to intervene, we realize that we open ourselves up for Him to fix that which is wrong, to get us straight, and even kick us in the seat of our pants if necessary. Sometimes the fixing of things is not very pleasant. But God's chastening will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness ~ Hebrews 12:11.

 

We pray that the people of our land would not just recognize and celebrate the day of Thanksgiving, but that we would humble ourselves, repent, and seek God regarding ourselves and our country counting on His promise:

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ II Chronicles 7:14

 

Tomorrow we will post the proclamation from Abraham Lincoln regarding Thanksgiving.

 

The answer to the trivia question: The McLean House

 

11/22/2016

 

As promised yesterday, we invite you to read and enjoy the statement below:



 

By the President of the United States of America.



 

A Proclamation.



 

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.



 

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.



 

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.



 

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.



 

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.



 

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.



 

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.



 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.



 

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.



 

By the President: Abraham Lincoln



 

William H. Seward,

Secretary of State

 

11/23/2016

As we prepare for Thanksgiving day, do you know anyone who readily expresses thankfulness for anything done for them? If you have such friends, you should be very grateful and blessed to have them in your life.

These people are just appreciative of whatever someone does for them and they show it. They likely are ones that readily show kindness to others and desire to be a blessing.

The point of this especially is to ask if anyone thinks this of us?  Do we readily show thankfulness (both to God and others) in such a way that if the above question was asked, would someone name us as one who is indeed thankful and appreciative? This is a good checkup for each of us.

As Christians perhaps the thrust of the concept of Thanksgiving is toward God and making our thanks known. Certainly this is first and foremost. Yet, thanksgiving has also been called thanks-living for the Christian. It is a lifestyle we should exhibit.

Do we live it in such a way that we would be labeled as such by those around us?

 

11/24/2016

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone! As we have mentioned before, thanksgiving should be a regular part of a Christian's lifestyle each day. We should practice Thanks- Living.

 

But we are grateful for the day itself as it gives opportunity to show thankfulness to God - in our individual families and all the way to a testimony to the world. It still demonstrates an importance to our country in that it is still a national holiday. It can be used as an excellent teaching tool especially to our children. In other words let's make the most of it to honor God and be an example to others.

 

As more and more attacks come at Christianity in the public sector, let us take the opportunity we still have to honor God this way in the public realm.

 

Blessings again to you during this Thanksgiving season, and we pray God in His mercy to bless America.

 

11/26/2016

 

It seems that we are officially in holiday mode. Many people know that the word "holiday" is derived from "Holy Day". In the Bible, the Hebrews had essentially 7 feasts that are quite interesting. We will not study them here but we list them to refresh our memories:

 

Passover

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Feast of First Fruits

Pentecost

Feast of Trumpets

Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

Feasts of Tabernacles

 

All of these feasts are associated with Holy Days or Holy Events in some way. Extensive studies have been done regarding these feasts, how they relate to Christ Jesus, etc. But that is not our purpose here.

 

It is just interesting that God would put such emphasis on events and remembering them - essentially creating what we would call holidays.

 

Now if there ever was a religious people, it was the Jews. They had their tabernacle, the temple, the law, the sacrifices, all of the ordinances ... Yet God had them observe and participate in these "days" to remind them of their heritage, of the meanings of the things they believed, of their relationship with Him, to teach the next generation, etc. It was a constant reminder of who they were and what they were to be about.

 

We could relate this to these United States: We have more churches and services than you can count, Christian TV, Christian Radio, web pages, seminars, retreats, CD's, DVD's, week-long meetings, evangelistic campaigns, more music than we could possible categorize, blogs, and yes Facebook! In addition we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and what we call Easter (the celebration of Jesus' resurrection) that has the potential of impacting the whole nation for the cause of Christianity - reminding us of what we as Christians should be about.

 

For the Jews, the meanings behind the feasts were far-reaching and represented God's covenant with them and all He desired for them. But they could just "brush that off" and use it as a time to party and revel. We too can look into, rejoice in, participate in, take very seriously, grow in, thank God for, and yes enjoy these special times (holidays) that remind us of God's love and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ - or we can just party and revel. 

 

We should make the most of these celebrations that God has blessed us to have and be mindful to keep the true meaning before us always. Thus we have many ways to incorporate the things of God into our daily lives.

 

11/28/2016

 

We realize that the actual day we celebrate Thanksgiving is passed and that many are planning for Christmas. In light of that, we would like to make an observation regarding thanksgiving or the giving of thanks.

 

We want to emphasize the "giving" of it as opposed to just the "saying" of it.

 

Saying "thanks" and "thank you" is good; yet it can become flippant - almost an automatic response given without thought.

 

But in "giving" thanks, we can look at it like we would give a present in a few weeks. If the present itself and the people involved are considered important to us, we are not going to wrap up just anything and throw it under their tree. We want the gift to reflect our feelings for them, be something useful, and perhaps something memorable in years to come.

 

When it comes to giving to the people we love, we want that love reflected in that giving.

 

Thus, whether it is to God or to others, our "giving" of thanks should be more than rehearsed words without thinking. May God help us to show our thanks and appreciation in a way that conveys the right spirit and attitude toward others - that they might enjoy it and be blessed by it.

 

We pray this carry over into our giving of gifts (and other deeds of the season) that will happening in a few weeks.

 

11/30/2016

 

Romans chapter 14 is quite interesting. In it Paul addresses situations that people were dealing with in the church - they were having issues way back then. He tackles such things as food offered to idols, esteeming one day as more important than another, etc. While it may be difficult for us to relate to these particular things, we have such things that we debate, different ideas than others, personal preferences, etc. They are not necessarily about the main doctrines of the gospel, yet they may be things that are just part of daily living and we want to know what is right.

 

To go into it deeply would take a number of pages but Paul address them and gave them a good explanation on walking in love regarding these issues. Though it was worthwhile to deal with them, Paul goes on to say that these things are not really what the kingdom of God is all about. Yes - deal with them but don't live there.

 

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 14:17

 

The listing of the aspects of the kingdom of God is no accident. Righteousness must come first - we must be made the righteousness of God in Christ through being born again. After we receive this gift of righteousness, we then can enjoy the peace of God in our lives (because we now have fellowship with Him). Once a person has righteousness and peace, he will indeed be joyful. When we have these in our lives, we have a great foundation in place to face what comes at us each day.

 

This is what the Holy Ghost desires to bring into the lives of the people of God. It is difficult though when people want to continually live in the "what can I eat, what can I drink, what clothes should I wear, I do not like the color of the church carpet..." - you know all the things that we  can come up.

 

We will end this here but we encourage everyone to read Romans 14 and ask God what each of us needs to do to experience and walk in the righteousness, peace and joy part of the kingdom of God on a daily basis ~ especially as we approach the wonderful season of Christmas.

 



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