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What Open Door posts on Facebook - September 2016




On our last post we talked about praying the word of God. Then we took the familiar 23rd Psalm and personalized a prayer with it. You can insert your personalization as well.


In Ephesians chapter I, Paul prays a prayer that is powerful and enlightening. He prays it for the children of God - that is us if we have made Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives.


Please read Ephesians 1:15-23 to see just how Paul prays it. We should join in  to pray for others - and for ourselves as we do below:

Father, right now I pray this for myself:


That the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:


The eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in me,


And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to me because I believe, according to the working of his mighty power,


Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,


Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:


And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, - which I am a part of


Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. - Amen!


Jesus said that when you pray - believe that you receive. We certainly would benefit from receiving here - everyday of our lives. We can see no negative or downside to anything prayed here. We believe Paul was inspired of the Lord to pray this so that all of us might get it.


May we continue to grow and learn.




We would like to personalize one more of Paul's prayers. He is praying again for the church - so we can certainly pray it. We personalize Ephesians 3:14-21:


For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,


That he would grant me, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in my inner man;

That Christ may dwell in my heart by faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love,


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 I might be filled with all the fulness of God.


Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that worketh in me,


Unto him be glory in the church (and in me) by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


It would hard to make it any better than what is spoken above. The more we pray, meditate on, and believe these words. the more we show the Lord we desire what is said.


We are so grateful for God's goodness described here




In looking at our posts on prayer, we are reminded that at the beginning we noted that prayer can simply be considered as talking to God.


From that standpoint then, how would we talk to others? Or how would we talk to our father as we consider talking with our heavenly Father?


There are times where we might just chat - freely say what is on our mind - bring up problems. frustrations, even vent a little. Don't forget the good things though - the enjoyment, happy times, and thankfulness.


Sometimes a conversation might be more formal or business-like because things have to get done. Situations may be up, people need help, or deadlines may be looming - our talk now is beyond chit-chat.


Our point is that God is aware and available for any type of meeting we need. If we are concerned that we may not get it all right, then we can approach our heavenly Father on the basis of Hebrews 4:16 ~  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


We are thankful to get grace, help and mercy in our time of need. May they be evident in our lives, ease our minds, and work to produce that which is good and right in our lives.~ to His glory and to our blessing!




We did not forget about Labor Day. Yesterday we celebrated it, today we put it in motion,


We remember that nothing gets done until someone gets to work.


We want to thank everyone who goes to work to be a blessing, a help, desiring to improve something, and simply to be of service each day.


May you reap what you sow, be blessed in your deeds, and may the Lord increase the fruits of your righteousness


Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; ~II Corinthians 9:10


If you need something to expand your "to do" list, just write: Be a blessing to someone else.


We also thank our teachers and staff that start a new year of school at Open Door



As we close out the series on prayer for now, we want to remind ourselves that prayer is God's idea - He put it into motion for us. He said He would reward openly for prayer done in secret.


Since Jesus tells us always to pray and not faint, it is safe to conclude that God will certainly help us when we decide to act on that principle.


Prayer will be a part of life-long learning for all of us. We stir ourselves and our readers to give it all you've got.




We encourage each of our readers to get what some people have called a "faith buddy". This is someone who can encourage you, challenge you, help you, pray with you, and be there for you. It could be our spouse, a sibling, friend or fellow church member as an example


Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants or a hug around the neck, Our buddy can help keep us out of "ruts", on the straight and narrow, and motivate us in our faith like we read here:


We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3


If you do not have such a person, ask God to provide one or show you a way that your faith might "grow exceedingly"


In this natural world when we want to learn something, we study it - often with others. Our spiritual lives can greatly benefit from the same approach.


We are told in the book of Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God. Thus as we put things in place to insure that our faith grows and develops, we show our desire to please our heavenly Father and build a good foundation.




Have you ever built a house, had one built, or been involved in such a construction adventure? For many it is one filled with stress, financial pressure, and a lot of time-consuming activities.


Building a home is one that requires a lot of planning and attention to detail. But from a Christian standpoint we remember:


Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. ~ Psalm 127:1


We remember also that there is the building of the house and then there is the building and establishing it as a home. Both are important.


The point we want to emphasize is planning. There should be a lot of that in our lives as opposed to haphazard decision making. Please remember to pray and seek the wisdom of God particularly in all major decisions. We can also pray to walk in good common and spiritual sense in our everyday activities.





We remember the attack on our country that happened 15 years ago today. We pray for those still personally affected by it and still dealing with it in any way. We continue to pray for our nation's protection and for leadership that would guide this country in the right way.


As Christians we can desire to both remember and to help in any way that we can. All of us likely have vivid memories of that day and the aftermath.


Remembering will have its greatest benefit if it helps us both do better and be better because of or in spite of what happened. But we cannot allow ourselves to live on the 9/11 date - it should in no way define us.


Jesus said there would be tribulation in this world - we will deal with, see, and experience things we would rather avoid. It is a sobering reminder of the consequences of sin.


Therefore we are thankful for the good things and good times we do enjoy in this life and look forward to all God has promised us in the future. May God help us to more effectively share this with those around us and bring the light of the glorious gospel to those who are hurting.


There is a power that comes from God

A strength He gives within

It brings a joy and courage to face

A world of darkness and sin.


May Christ in you the hope of glory

Empower your life each day

To be a witness of the wonderful story

Of the Lamb of God Who took our sins away.


This life will pass as a vapor the Bible says. Through Jesus we can look forward to an awesome eternity.




Do you recall these first lines of a hymn?


Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!


This could be our prayer each day. Though we may be saved and born again, we realize that our conduct and attitudes always need "tending to".


It is great when we are able to have victory over a temptation before it ever comes. This does not happen by accident, but comes with prayer, meditation in the Word, standing in the armor of God, and confessing our faith of what we have in Christ.


Lord help us to train ourselves to resist temptation. Show us the path to victory that we may overcome. May we not grow weary in well doing and may this demonstrate our consecration Lord to Thee.




An old Carter Family song starts as follows:


There's a dark and a troubled side of life

There's a bright and a sunny side too...


Then the chorus:


Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side

Keep on the sunny side of life

It will help us everyday, it will brighten all the way

If we keep on the sunny side of life


The Bible puts it like this:


I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: ~ Deuteronomy 30:19


Throughout the Bible we see God choosing man in so many ways - to bestow a blessing upon, to be holy and without blame before him (Ephesians 1:4), and to be His children and participants in all He has.


There is the dark side, the curse, and an evil way. We do not have to choose that. We may see its effects and deal with it from time to time - but we can still choose to live God's way and on His side.


Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.~ II Timothy 2:3. We know there are hard things in this life that the Bible says are only temporary. Temptations occur that the Bible says God will make a way for us to escape.


Let us not cast away our confidence or our faith when the hard times come. May our house be built upon the rock as Jesus said when the storms come. May we also be a help to one another when these times arise.


Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2


In every situation may we help others choose the Lord and His way of life.




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.




Yesterday we made mention of the professional critics - those who particularly want to use a person's words or actions against them. These people do not care about the truth; they are trying to hurt someone, bring them down, put them in disgrace.


Jesus dealt with this type as we see from these verses:


And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. ~ Matthew 12:13


If you read through verse 27 you will see the various ways they tried to catch Him in His speech


And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor ~ Luke 20:20


It is believed that this is one of the reasons Jesus began speaking in parables.


As we mentioned yesterday, there is a time for critique and a time to challenge. But we don't do it to hurt people or try to destroy their lives. We do it out of a desire to share truth and bring a blessing to people.


It is not always easy. It is often difficult for us to admit we are wrong. When we realize this, it will help us to show a little more patience when dealing with people and issues.


We ask God for wisdom both to know and to speak with people in this regard.




Our sermons for the past few weeks has revolved around the topic: The Authority of the Believer

Christians will likely study this topic until Jesus comes.


Today we sum up the concept this way: If you have authority in a certain realm, you have a say-so!


This goes right along with God's word to us: You choose


Consider this: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ~ Romans 10:9. We do not wamt to oversimplify and not consider God's working in people's lives. But we do want to note that each person has a "say-so" in the matter.


Consider an opposite scenario: You are in a meeting with discussions and proposals regarding various topics. You raise your hand and the leader recognizes you. You stand and begin to speak your opinion, share your advice, recommendations, etc. The leader interrupts you and says: You do not have any "say-so" in this meeting. You are just here to listen and do what we (that have the authority) decide to implement and put into motion.


You were told that you have no authority or say-so. This example will hopefully get our attention and help us recognize that God has given us so many areas spiritually that we have a "say-so" in.


Think about any area in the natural that you have authority in. You communicate that authority by "saying what is so". Your words paint a picture of the end result that you expect.


The entire New Testament shows us many examples and descriptions of believers having a "say-so"  We hope this post whets our appetite to seek out God's word on the matter, and better understand areas where we have a say-so to bring about good results.




Dear heavenly Father,


Is there anything I can do for You today?


What a powerful prayer! What would you think as a parent if your child asked you this question?


You would be blessed to join in with them in any project you came up with.


For we are laborers together with God... ~ I Corinthians 3:9


We leave it here for today - and see what our Father might get us started on.




Note these verses from Proverbs:


I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. ~ Proverbs 24:30-31


Now verse 32: Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.


Does this verse describe us? Do we consider what we see and receive instruction? Or do we ignore it and go on our way? Do we act the same way but reason that it would never happen to us - we are smarter than that! To borrow an expression from our young folks - NOT!


Lord help us to consider what we see and receive instruction. Know that it can be good or bad, right or wrong. Help us to discern the difference and act upon it.


This is good lesson for all of us.




Do people have "quiet time with the Lord" anymore? That was a common church expression years ago that usually meant prayer, a devotional, and setting aside other things to seek the Lord.


It might be difficult to call it a "quiet time" today. Often we have CD's playing with some type of Christian music, we may be vocalizing our prayer requests, some people like to move around ... There is nothing wrong with any of these things as they are valid ways to spend time with the Lord.


But it would be interesting to look into our last instance of a "quiet time". During these interludes our efforts cease and we are not in control with trying to make something happen. It is an opportunity to humble ourselves and ask God to take over and minister to us in any way He desires.


It may take a lot of effort on our part to enter in to such a state as a "quiet time". If you just do it for a few minutes, at least that is a start. It is a good thing to pray about. Lord, I would like a quiet time with You that is productive - for You and for me. Help me to be obedient and to received from Your Spirit. May I be equipped to serve You with my best as I yield in this area.


It even makes sense in the natural just to quiet ourselves a little bit. How much more fruitful it will be if we take that time to draw near unto God.  




We remember the story of the manna that the children of Israel ate in the wilderness. If you recall they had to gather it each day.


It reminds us of Jesus in teaching us to pray. We are to ask for our daily bread - we need it each day.


The bread we had yesterday may have been especially good. Perhaps it was prepared in a certain way to make it really tasty. But the memory of it will not nourish us today.


In the same way, we need the move of God's Spirit daily - a fresh anointing. Jesus spoke of the Spirit in this way. It was God's idea for the Spirit to come and be with us.


Father help us to recognize His working, His leading and His voice that we may benefit from all He was sent to do.




In considering the manna that we talked about yesterday, we remember that the children complained about it after a while.  Let us consider that many scholars have said the children of Israel should have made their trek across the desert in 3 weeks. To help them out a little, let us say their trip should have lasted a month.


If that is the case, something like manna would be ideal. It would be just the type of food needed for a trip across the desert. Once in the promised land, there could be plenty of feasting.


But it is likely we can sympathize with these folks in the desert - we are all so concerned about our stomachs!


When we can see the bigger picture and life beyond just today - we often observe different circumstances. outcomes and reasons than what is just right now.


As the serpent tempted Eve into believing God was holding back on her and Adam, so people today have a tendency to think the same way.


It is interesting that we do not see anyone asking God about the manna situation or asking Moss if he could find out any details. The people just went into "complaint mode".


May we not follow this example but ask the Lord for wisdom and anything we should know about a situation before we complain, accuse or fault-find. May we remember God's perfect love for us in all things and may we endeavor to respond likewise.


If we are currently walking through a "desert place", may God help us to see it like He does and realize that we are going "through it" towards something good that God has for us.




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.




Heavenly Father, please show me anything I need to work on - starting today!


We can always do a little self maintenance - not to condemn or belittle ourselves but in an effort to improve.


We could look at the 9 fruit of the spirit from Galatians chapter 5. These are the things or "fruit" that our spirit should be producing - may they be more evident in our lives.


May we have a daily desire and plan to improve. Things done daily will be those things that are demonstrated daily, It does not have to be something big or major all the time.


We do it to honor the Lord and be of better service to Him and others - and we desire to bear fruit.


I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ~ John 15:5


Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. ~ John 15:8




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