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June 2017 What Open Door posts on Facebook - June 2017

 

6/2/2017

 

Ben Franklin supposedly noted: Well done is better than well said.

 

We know what he meant. Many can talk a good game but can they produce. When you think about it, both are needed.

 

If someone does a good job and produces something good and worthwhile, it will usually need some type of explanation, description and promotion.

 

An expression that many of us heard growing up: There are two types of people - talkers and doers.

 

Oh that we might do both effectively in the right balance. This would be a great skill for all of us to learn - one indeed of immense value.

 

6/3/2017

 

Yesterday we noted that saying and doing are critical aspects of each day. How we long to get each of these areas right and in the proper balance.

 

We also remember another area of importance: Listening

 

The ability to listen and hear will help us better apply the two aspects we mentioned at the beginning. May we listen to good counsel and we pray God would send the right counsel and the help we need in these areas.

 

We all appreciate it when people will listen to and hear what we would like to say. May we endeavor to do unto others in this area. May our heavenly Father remind us of this when we need it.

 

6/5/2017

 

Yesterday we were privileged to partake of communion. We remember the words of Jesus at the last supper: Do this in remembrance of Me ~ Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:24-25

 

We particularly note the word "do"

 

The emphasis here is on the doing as opposed to just remembering. At the last supper, Jesus could have just told His disciples to remember what He had done regarding the bread and cup and what He had told them, and that they would see things a little more clearly in a few days.


If that had been the case, we could do our best to try to remember by looking at the record of what Jesus did but we would have no personal connection to it.

 

But thank God that is not the case. Each of us can appropriate for ourselves the elements of the bread and cup - what Jesus did for us personally and our testimony that we believe it.

 

Also it gives us a great opportunity to study communion, compare it with the scriptures regarding the body and blood of Jesus, and it is a great way to teach our children.

 

Thank God He allows us to be partakers and participants and not just spectators and onlookers.

 

We can take communion in remembrance of Jesus and rejoice that He did it all for us.

 

6/6/2017

 

We remember the sacrifice by countries of the free world to break the back of tyranny in Europe on this day of remembrance. We pray for families that were involved and thank them for their sacrifice. They came against a force of evil that was determined to take over the world. They determined to hit it with everything they had to blast it off the face earth because it was absolutely no good and came straight from the pit of hell.

 

Sound familiar today? We pray God will guide us and give us leaders and citizens who will stand for the right and against the wrong.

 

May each of us be the individuals God has called us to be in whatever capacity we serve.

 

6/8/2017

 

Don't we appreciate it when the people working for us or providing a product or service show great diligence in all that they do? We see the word in the Bible:

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

 

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; ~ Hebrews 12:15

 

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ~ II Peter 3:13-14

 

It might help us to especially see diligence if we consider the opposite for a moment. Characteristics such as:

 

Haphazard, lazy, flippant, careless & neglectful

 

This can give us a clear picture indeed. Someone showing diligence toward us is demonstrating that they care.

 

Both naturally and spiritually, may we show due diligence in honor to God and bring blessing to ourselves and others.

 

6/10/2017

 

A song based on Psalm 32:7 ~ May our heavenly Father grant this as we need it:

 

You are my hiding place, You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance, whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You, I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

 

What a blessing that we do not have to face troubles in just our own strength.

 

6/12/2017

 

How often when we face a new day would say something like: I want to make the most of it for God and the cause of Christ? It might not be often unless we are reminded or we left a note for ourselves. Frequently when we look at our days we see the "stuff" that we need to do and perhaps the :stuff" we do not want to do.

 

Dedicating your day to God does not have to involve something major or showy. It might be just the way you do your job today, the way we respond to people, or just wanting to be available to serve. The little things in our eyes might be just the thing that someone else needs.

 

Let us start be telling the Lord we want our day centered on Him and ask that He to give us something to do.

 

May our light so shine that others may see and give glory to the Lord ~ Matthew 5:16

 

6/13/2017

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ~ Ephesians 6:10

 

As Paul concludes the book of Ephesians, we see "finally" or the last thing we should remember and do. We note that the strength here is on the inside. To recognize how important this is, consider the opposite:

 

What happens when a person "gives up"? If that happens, there will be no strength, unction or motivation in that particular area. The particular subject or area we are talking about is essentially dead. Unless that changes, nothing will grow, materialize or develop in that area for that person.

 

Hopefully this makes the point of why strength and the power of God is so important on the inside.

 

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; ~ Colossians 1:11

 

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. ~ I Peter 5:10

 

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; ~ Ephesians 3:16

 

We recognize it is God's will and plan to strengthen us and for us to be strong. In the same way we would take supplements and work on our bodies to stay strong; may we do so spiritually in our inner man that we may overcome and stand victorious in this life.

 

Thank you heaven Father for insight, wisdom in this area, and for good success

 

Even in the Old Testament. God told Joshua to meditate in the word day and night that he may observe how to prosper and be a good success ~ Joshua 1:8.

 

6/14/2017

 

Quote from Daniel Webster:

 

"If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.  If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." 

 

Every person that serves in a government office should read this often – not just them but us too. Change the “we” to “me”  or “I” as the sentence may dictate. May any glory we are blessed to live in be attributed to our Lord!

 

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ... ~ Hebrews 2:1-3

 

Lord we determine to take earnest heed to Your word and guidance of Your Spirit

 

6/16/2017

 

We must be mindful to not overlook or neglect the Spirit of God as our comforter and guide every day. Each of us deals with different circumstances and different people. We need the Holy Spirit's direction to know how to engage and handle each situation.

 

The Word of God will keep us grounded and on the right path, but Jesus knew we would need the precious Holy Spirit to be successful, victorious in this life, and know the right response when things come up.

 

We honor the Holy Spirit and ask for His wisdom and leading in every situation.

 

6/18/2017

 

A blessed and very happy Father's Day to all of the dads and granddads!

 

We are grateful that Jesus came and showed that God was a good and loving heavenly Father.

 

 For the Father himself loveth you ...~ John 16:27

 

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

 

Jesus praying His final prayer in John 17 said He was praying for all those who would believe - that is us!: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. v. 23

 

Thank you Father for Your love and goodness and for Your promise: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:7

 

As Jesus honored His heavenly Father in the work He did, may we do so also as children of God.

 

6/20/2017

 

On Sunday we looked at 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

 

Jesus certainly presented God as a good Father.

 

6/21/2017

 

Have you ever thought of your words being used as weapons? If that sounds unusual think about "bullying". Words are the primary way people are bullied. Words are used to humiliate, tear down, threaten, belittle, shame ... The list goes on and we have seen tragic consequences.

 

The negative application of something often gives us a clear picture.

 

Our culture today shows us the result of this. It is all about what someone said and then whether it caused someone to act on it - often involving something bad.

 

This post is short as we would like you to ponder and consider this regarding our words.

 

We will continue this and consider when weapons are good.

 

6/22/2017

 

Yesterday we looked at words as being or used as weapons. We particularly looked at the bad side of it and its consequences. We noted at the end that weapons can be used for good.

 

We remember the confrontation between Jesus and the devil in Matthew 4:4-11

 

We see here a war of words if you will. There is no record of punches thrown, pushing and shoving, or any type of physical altercation. But the devil was trying to get Jesus to do something - something wrong we might add.

 

We see this often: People "coming at" others with words intending to provoke a response. This is where we know we often need restraint.

 

Jesus' words showed the devil that He was not going to do anything that the devil said. Jesus used His words (His weapons) in a good way because it repelled evil.

 

If someone does not recognize good verses evil or right verses wrong, that person will be very vulnerable to the words thrown at him. In society today we see this battle with the lines between good and evil and right and wrong almost obliterated.

 

Some will even contend that there is no absolute right or wrong. However, when something happens to them, they have no problem standing up and saying that it was absolutely wrong what was done to them and they want justice.

 

Perhaps we are rambling here, but we note again that it is a battle of words - or ideas expressed with words.

 

We stop here to consider again the power of words and we know the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. We will continue in our next post and we leave with one verse to consider;

 

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:6

 

6/24/2017

 

Today we continue to look at our "words" In the last two posts we talked about our words as weapons, how Jesus used His words in such a manner in the Bible, and how we see it in society.

 

We might go further and say it this way:

 

We use our words as "tools"

 

Think about when you go to a restaurant and you give the server your "order". Normally you do not say it belligerently or bark it out. You are simply giving instructions.

 

If the server does not bring the right thing, you would likely say: "I didn't order that"

 

What would you think if the server responded by saying something like: What you told me was just words, which I did not pay much attention to. But I could tell you wanted food so I brought you some.

 

You might ask yourself "Am I on Candid Camera or being pranked". You ask that because the response was so absurd. You fully expected your words to get the job done and bring results.

 

If you are a boss and give an employee an order or direction, you expect it to be done. If they told you later: "They were just words you said, I did not pay them much mind" You might then utter the words "you're fired" to give the person a more realistic understanding of words.

 

In so many ways we expect our words to do something and not be "idle" as Jesus admonished us ~ Matthew 12:36

 

Take some time and consider how many different areas and ways you use your words as tools to get things done  - it will likely surprise you.

 

6/26/2017

 

Remember we have been discussing the power of words. Yesterday our Pastor mentioned another incident we remember in the Garden of Eden. There was no physical confrontation. The outcome would depend on whose words would prevail and we know the outcome. It is interesting to consider that the original temptation regarded something to eat, and the first temptation of Jesus in the wilderness concerned something to eat as well. The place of food in our lives would be well worth considering.

 

In thinking further about words, it is a great tribute to us when people honor our words. Consider your child or teenager at school with peer pressure and so many temptations. One day they are approached by someone or a group who want them to participate in something wrong - it is going to be trouble.

 

Your son or daughter replies: Mom and dad say we don't do stuff like that and I am not going to doing it. This person has given great honor to you and your words. It would be hard to ask for anything more.

 

May we be the same regarding the word of the Lord and we thank You heavenly Father for continuing to open the eyes of our understanding in this area.

 

 6/27/2017

 

In our last few posts, we looked at the use of "words" in our lives, society and culture. We have looked at both the natural and spiritual sides.

 

There is a group of people worldwide who make their living with words and likely deal with more money changing hands than any other group on the planet.

 

Those people are: Lawyers

 

Regardless of what we think or our experience with them, they are a group that studies "words" and endeavor to be experts at using them. Even when they use pictures, videos or illustrations, they will tell the judge, jury and courtroom exactly what they are looking at.

 

In the Bible we are told that we have an adversary (the devil ~ I Peter 5:8). He is called the accuser of the bretheren ~ Revelation 12:10

 

In verse 11 we see that the accuser can be overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Thus we see "words" again

 

When you hire a lawyer, their job is to speak for us and plead our case. We are so grateful that in the court and legal system of heaven, we have an: "... advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world ~ I John 2:1-2

 

We remember the words from a familiar hymn: Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me.

 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done but by His mercy and by the works of righteousness which Jesus has done.

 

When this is presented before the righteous Judge in the courts of heaven, He has every right to declare you justified (Romans 4:25-5:1; Romans 3:24), made righteous (II Corinthians 5:21), and made free! (John 8:32, 36; Romans 5:16, 18, 6:22; Galatians 5:1)

 

We pray for each reader today that you would know, receive and rejoice in the freedom that Jesus Christ offers to all of us.

 

6/28/2017

 

For who hath despised the day of small things? ~ Zechariah 4:10

 

There are very few things that begin on a large scale - they are usually small and started with caution. We should be glad.

 

When things are small, adjustments and corrections can be made more easily than if something is large with a lot of people involved.

 

Most of us can relate to this regarding all the things we undertake in this life. Use the time of growth to learn, develop, and adjust things as necessary. As progress and growth occur, you will be up to date every step of the way and know how it was done (and what you did when problems came up). The things you learn as you progress will be invaluable in bringing about success and stability.

 

Remember to trust God - it was His idea from the beginning that we be a success to glorify Him and be a blessing to others. Remember what Jesus said about building our house (our lives and what we do) on the Rock - it is best way to weather the storms.

 

 6/30/2017

 

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.

 

 



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