Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - October 2016

 

10/1/2016

 

At this time of year, many of us are preparing for winter and cold weather. We have been through it before and we often have a plan based on experience.

 

May we also ask God for the right plan spiritually and for things in our lives that we know will be changing:  things like age, children growing up and leaving home, job changes, etc. All of the things we know just in the natural that are coming.

 

Jesus said that one of the things the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) would do was to show us things to come ~ John 16:13.  May God especially grant this to us as we seek Him.

 

You would certainly tell your children if you know something was coming at them - we look to our heavenly Father as well in this regard. May we learn to hear and discern the voice of the Spirit.

 

We remember God's perfect love for us and look to Him in every situation.

 

10/3/2016

 

The other day, the subject of our post was "planning" as we know winter and cold weather is coming. If you are involved in any church (or community) music programs, you are already looking at and/or practicing Christmas music. If you are involved in a major production, you have likely been at it for a little while.

 

We know there is a lot of planning and practice for these presentations, Christmas specials, and performances. We want to present something of quality to honor Jesus.

 

This should be a standard across the board. We know there are times when it looks like we just have to "wing it" - but it should not be the normal. We should work and plan like we want it to be as first-class as we can.

 

We thank everyone who is involved this time of year in something that will honor Christ - His birth and life. We know it requires time, sacrifice, and sometimes putting your own preferences aside.

 

Thank you for serving the Lord and desiring to be a blessing.

 

10/4/2016

 

We have written about taking small steps as we launch out into something new. If you think about it, almost everything we start out in is "small" or perhaps "simple" in some way. We take it for granted in so many aspects of life - a baby's first step or first word, the first job we had, the first computer program you ever wrote, the first music lessons you ever had, etc. The first time for anything was often small and simple.

 

But we know the goal is to grow and develop. Perhaps that can be the frustrating time if we feel the growth is too slow. There are usually "growing pains" in just about everything that increases or expands. We can deal with these pains easier if they are small. The growing pains of an 8 year old are usually easier to manage than those of a 28 year old.

 

So do not despise the small things as we are reminded in Zechariah 4:10. Regarding Christian endeavors one leader stated: "Do the work of the ministry (or hekping) and the ministry (or helping) will speak for itself". This is true in just about everything we would put our hand to.  May the Lord prosper it as we give it unto Him, even if it is small right now.

 

10/6/2016

 

A few days ago we wrote on the subject of "preparation". That term is very meaningful in the lives on many today on the East Coast. We pray that each person has the wisdom to deal with individual situations. We especially ask the Lord to get help to people who have a good plan but need the help of others to carry it out.

 

Many of us are checking on friends and loved ones. We pray too for ministry friends that we have down the coast all the way to Florida.

 

We ask heavenly Father for mercy and much help in this time of need as you promise in Your word. Prayer is something we all can do, but may we also be a help to others in any way possible.

 

10/7/2016

 

Today we remind ourselves of the goodness of God. The word "good" occurs in the New Testament 247 times. It would be a long study indeed to do it justice. But we note a few verses:

 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. ~ Acts 10:38

 

Then a verse from Paul we pray would describe us:

 

And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. ~ Romans 15:14

 

Goodness is a fruit of the spirit:

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ~ Galatians 5:22

 

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) ~ Ephesians 5:9

 

And may we indeed grow and walk in this verse:

 

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: ~ II Thessalonians 1:11

 

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:5

 

The way we view God greatly determines how we act, react and respond in situations. Therefore  it is so important that we know that God is love and He is good!

 

*** We especially continue praying for people on the East Coast.

 

10/8/2016

 

Thanks to Calvary we do not have to live in the past!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjXp9AXAde4

 

10/10/16

 

All of us have dealt with difficulties and troubles in this life. We remember this scripture in that regard:

 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13

 

All the words in the verse seem to be the direct opposite of our difficulties and troubles. But isn't that what we want - something absolutely different than all of these problems.

 

We certainly want God to fill us with all joy and peace in believing. Often we experience just the opposite - we grit our teeth and find it such a struggle to believe.

 

So we need that infilling from God. Thus we ask for it heavenly Father in faith. We ask You to make it real in the lives of people who especially need it today.

 

When we recognize how good a Father our Lord is, it will be easier to believe and expect the fulfillment of this verse in us.

 

10/11/16

 

From yesterday's verse, we want to note the first part again: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing ... ~ Romans 15:13

 

We see here that the "all joy and peace" is something God wants to fill us with - not something we are trying to work up out of our own emotions. Our own emotions may even be going in the opposite direction.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father, we will need this filling from You even more so.

 

May He grant us this understanding and receiving of His filling, as opposed to "God, just help me feel better".

 

We certainly like to feel better, but that is far short of being filled with God's goodness (joy and peace) that we see in this verse.

 

Paul prayed that God would give Timothy understanding in all things ` II Timothy 2:7. We pray this for ourselves: In all things we are dealing with, may we have Godly understanding and insight into them - to walk in wisdom and not foolishly.

 

If we consider everything mentioned here, this is certainly what we would want for our children if they came to us. We remember the words of Jesus: How much more your heavenly Father  ~ Matthew 7:11

 

10/12/2016

 

Be blessed by an old favorite today: At The Cross

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeBNnupt3P8

 

10/14/2016

 

... and without shedding of blood is no remission. ~ Hebrews 9:22

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: ~ I Peter 1:18-19

 

What can wash away my sin - nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

Man tends to think that it is good works that make us acceptable to God. Good works will bless you and others - but it does not pay the price for sin.

 

Do you remember the law in the Old Testament? With all of that the shedding of the blood of animals was necessary to cover sin until the ultimate sacrifice came into the world.

 

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

 

We have peace with God through Christ (the works that He did) and not our own works. Thus having peace, we should rejoice to work and live our lives in such a way to honor God - not to earn our salvation but because we love Him.

 

This is nicely summed up in Titus 3:3-7

 

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 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; 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.

 

10/15/2016

 

Yesterday we looked at our salvation coming as a result of Christ's sacrifice and the love and mercy of God - not our works. Let us consider an analogy of a husband and wife adopting a child.

 

After they adopt the child and bring him (or her) home, the child does not have to do anything to earn the love of the parents or do anything to make himself acceptable to them. That has already been taken care of. The parents did all of that before the adoption took place.

 

The parents do hope that the child will see the love they have for him and that he will endeavor the flow with things in the home and in the family. They will do all they can to make him successful and teach him how to do well. The child can rest in the love the parents have for him. In time the parents hope the child will come to appreciate, recognize and walk in all the love they have bestowed upon him.

 

Likewise our heavenly Father:

 

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father ~ Romans 8:15

 

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: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, ~ Ephesians 1:4-5

 

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

 

The analogy we make is not a perfect one, yet the love of our heavenly Father is perfect toward us. ~ I John 4:15-18

 

We do not have to win God's love but we do want to show our appreciation, walk in and share His love with others.

 

10/18/2016

 

Does God forget things? Note the following verses:

 

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. ~ Isaiah 43:25

 

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. ~ Hebrews 10:17

 

It has been said that God does not really forget things, He just chooses not to remember. Some have contended that this is just semantics and you are using wordplay just to make a point. That can be argued, but it is also hard to conclude that something can slip God's mind. If He does indeed forget things, we would have to conclude that it is intentional.

 

On the other hand consider the concept of "not remembering" We have all heard the admonition "forgive and forget". We all know that the forgetting part is often very difficult even after we have chosen to forgive. Perhaps we would be better served to "not remember".

 

When the thought comes up about what someone did to us, we can choose to "not remember". That means that what they did has no bearing on the way I respond. I choose to walk and respond in love, and the remembrance of what they did has no bearing on what I choose to do.

 

This in essence is what God did for us through Jesus Christ. His chose to remember love over and above remembering our sin.

 

Lord help us to do the same - to remember love over and above remembering someone's sin! We freely forgive because we have been freely forgiven.

 

10/19/2016

 

We pray the words of this song bring the blessing of freedom to anyone needing it:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJX4NT6jMw

 

10/21/2016

 

We are reminded that God has blessed His children with glory:

 

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: ~ John 17;22

 

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3

 

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. ~ Romans 8:30

 

We do not glory in the gift itself - it is not of ourselves, but of our Lord Who gives it. Therefore we should do as these scriptures admonish:

 

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 1:31

 

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 10:17

 

May our lives continually glorify the Lord.

 

10/24/2016

 

This song is: Sweet, Sweet Spirit by the Gaithers

 

We know it is written with congregations and church services in mind. But we pray God it be so everywhere - like in our homes and places where we work. May we do our part and bevessels whereby God can manifest a sweet Spirit wherever we are.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QZZtmhu3kc

 

10/25/2016

 

We remind ourselves today of God's goodness:

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

 

Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

We shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9

 

Just as I am without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

 

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

The forgiveness of sins ... Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14

 

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

 

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins

In his own blood, Revelation 1:5

 

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

 

No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

10/27/2016

 

Daniel chapter 9 has an interesting story. Daniel, in reading the word of God, understood that the 70 years of captivity in Babylon was about to end. He responded by going to prayer, repenting for his people, and crying out for the mercy of God.



 

He did not just lounge around and say "Well God is going to end this terrible situation and we are going back to Jerusalem. I can't wait!" He could have just "laid back" and waited around for the deliverance. Instead, he got busy. Perhaps he realized that if the people did not change, they might not stay in Jerusalem very long and perhaps be right back in Babylon.



 

Reading the whole chapter should encourage us all in prayer. We are told to be diligent in the things of God as we see the day approaching. Daniel in this chapter is a great example. We should show this same determination as we see the day approaching of the return of Christ.

 

10/28/2016

 

All of us have days when we do not feel particularly "spiritual" - a day when we do not sense any special leading from the Lord. Is there a particular way to approach this situation?

 

Consider this in our natural lives. We have days when we do not seem to be especially motivated or particularly inspired in any way. We are not depressed or "blue", yet we do not sense that spark on the inside that normally gets us going.

 

We still know in these circumstances that we have things to do - go to work, take care of home and family matters, etc. We take on these tasks endeavoring to do a good job and solve problems. We know the basics of how to behave and conduct ourselves with people.

 

Likewise, if we have been Christians for any length of time, we should have the basics down in order to deal with the usual affairs of life. Our foundation should help keep us on the straight and narrow.

 

We still keep our lines of communication open. Lord, I am here and want to know anything specific You have for me today. I need Your guidance and ability always. So I trust You to give me what I need.

 

In the meantime I will walk in the wisdom I have and trust Your word to be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. May I be a blessing always!

 

10/29/2016

 

Many are familiar with Acts chapter 2 and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We see Peter's message regarding this in verses 14 through 39.

 

Evidently there was much more because verse 40 states: And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

 

We believe this is a very applicable word today - save yourselves from this untoward (perverse) generation.

 

In verse 41 we see 3,000 took the first step in this regard. May our daily walk show us as doers of this verse.

 

10/31/2016

 

Don't you appreciate when people give their best - or at least when you know they are trying to? Their heart is in the right place, they are open to good advice and counsel, and you never have to question their loyalty.

 

May Jesus find each one of us to be as described above - others will appreciate it too.

 



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