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September 2017 What Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2017

 

11/1/2017

 

Today we look at a very familiar verse:

 

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

 

We usually look at this scripture from our standpoint because we want to do it and be pleasing to God.

 

But consider the verse from God's standpoint. He wants people to believe in Him - that He even exists. He wants people to believe that He will reward them, and He wants people to diligently seek Him.

 

Why would we seek God: In order to know Him, flow with what He's doing, hook up with Him if you will. Remember we are laborers together with Him. ~ I Corinthians 3:9;  II Corinthians 6:1

 

Consider why we seek out anything - whether it be a person or a thing, We do so to learn, grow, develop in what it is, etc. We do so believing it will be profitable.

 

Consider your child that wants to learn everything about you. You will likely pour everything you have into him. Both of you want him to be a success. The young person is spending time and effort drawing near to you,

 

What higher calling could we aspire to than to seek after God. It will be a life-long process but God has promised a reward.

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33

 

May we be those who will diligently seek the Lord

 

11/3/2017

 

On this third day of the month, we note these verses from Proverbs 3:

 

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. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. ~ V:5-10

 

These have been called verses for every day regardless of the kind of day you are having. They are foundational verses for life. These are great verses to personalize and declare that this is the person I am and the way I act.

 

 

 

11/4/2017

 

On Wednesday we noted that God wants to reward people who will diligently seek Him ~ Hebrews 11:6. We thought it good to look at how a person might go about seeking God in such a way. We look at verses that talk about this seeking:

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31

 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. ~ Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10

 

That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. ~ Acts 15:17

 

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: ~ Acts 17:27

 

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. ~ Colossians 3:1

 

One of the first things we can do is to decide that we are going to seek the Lord. We may not know exactly what will be involved but we see it in the scriptures. Lord I want to be obedient and it seems I am just launching out.

 

We remember God's word is a sure foundation:

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32

 

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~ Psalm 119:105

 

Jesus prayed for all of us: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ~ John 17:17

 

We know what happens when a young child is hurting. He will cry and run for his mother. No matter the circumstances, he seems to know where to go. He should come to realize that he does not have to wait until he is hurting. Likewise we do not have to wait until we are hurting or desperate to run to the Lord:

 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16

 

The Word of God is the first place to start in seeking to draw near to God. May you be blessed on your journey into the things of God and blessed in your deeds. ~ James 1:25

 

11/6/2017

 

May we all spend some time today in prayer for the congregation in Texas and for everyone dealing with the aftermath. We call on our heavenly Father, the God of all comfort and mercy, to be very present with each person involved.

 

May laborers be sent to help and just be there for family members. Please give wisdom to those investigating. May the church leaders have a special measure of grace that their faith fail not.

 

We look to You Lord in this desperate time of trouble for this congregation and community. We depend upon You to hold these people in Your arms, dry their tears, and restore the joy of living to them in the days to come.

 

We call on the Name of Jesus to bring special miracles to these people and bring restoration that only God can provide. We know that words may seem to fail us at this time but may our fervency of heart and voice avail much at the throne of grace.

 

Thank you Facebook and email friends and family for joining in prayer for these people.

 

11/7/2017

 

Perhaps you are familiar with the old country song: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

 

Let us make sure we tell Jesus we love Him - each day:

 

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

 

11/8/2017

 

In remembrance of our elected officials:

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 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. ~ I Timothy 2:1-4

 

Lord help us to pray for all of our leaders - not just the ones we like or agree with. We pray especially for their salvation and recognition of their God-given calling as those in authority.

 

11/10/2017

 

Whenever we are believing God for something or drawing near to Him, there is often what could be called "pressing in". Paul said: I press toward the mark for the prize... ~ Philippians 3:14

 

This "pressing" indicates an intensity of effort - a fervency toward the things of God

 

We remember in Acts chapter 13 the story of prophets and teachers who were at Antioch - Paul and Barnabas were named with others in that group. It says they ministered to the Lord and fasted.

 

These individuals could have taken another approach. They could have reasoned: We are filled with the Spirit, we know the voice of God, if He wants us to do anything He will tell us.

 

These folks were not flippant or haphazard - and they were not lazy! They were drawing near to God and showing they were serious.

 

May this help us to realize ways that we might show the same diligence in seeking the Lord and preparing ourselves for Christian service. Thank you Lord for the help and unction of the Holy Spirit in this area.

 

11/11/2017

 

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.

 

 

 11/13/2017

 

For several weeks on Sunday morning we have emphasized our walk with the Lord from I Thessalonians 4:1 ~ Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

 

It appears throughout the book that these people were doing fairly well in their walk with the Lord and Paul was encouraging them to continue. Even when you are doing well and seeing the results of it, encouragement is an added bonus. The heart of these people indicated a desire to please the Lord by their conduct and that will always go a long way.

 

May our actions show forth the same heart attitude. That we: "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 encourage you today in your walk with the Lord.

 

11/14/2017

 

Perhaps you remember or sang this as a child in church or Vacation Bible School:

Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

 

It is a good song for any age, and especially to remind us that the Bible is a precious treasure. May it indeed be so to us - a precious treasure that we seek out and look into.

 

11/16/2017

 

We know that every day is full of decisions. Many are not of major consequence and often just part of the routine. But one writer has stated that the future we are building is determined by what we do each day.

 

We know something unexpected can come up (good or bad) and set us on a different path. But for the most part, these occasions are rare.

 

Thus it is good to take stock of our decisions, our daily routines and seek out where these things are taking us.

 

May God grant us insight and wisdom that we might make wise decisions in even the small things. We know that many say not to sweat the small stuff, but there is nothing wrong with taking note of the details with the goal of improving our lives.

 

Find something today to work on and do a little better.

 

11/17/2017

 

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

 

11/18/2017

 

From early years in our lives and from the first pages of the Bible, we learn that we will deal with good and evil in this life.

 

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. ~ Romans 16:19

The simple way to deal with evil is to stay away from it if at all possible and not get involved with it. In order to do that effectively, we must be able to recognize it when we see it.

 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. ~ I Thessalonians 5:21-22

 

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:14

 

Many of us have learned lessons regarding good and evil through experience. Often that is not pleasant but the important thing is if we indeed learned something.

 

May we grow and mature as the scriptures admonish that we may live in and be blessed by that which is good. May we confront evil when necessary, overcome it, and be victorious in our stand against it.

 

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ~ Ephesians 6:16

 

11/20/2017

 

The word "thank" and its various forms are in the New Testament 131 times. Did your parents insist you learn and practice such terms as: please, thank you, yes ma'am/sir and no ma'am/sir? If so, it is likely that you continue it today regardless of your age. It is also likely you have found this aspect of your behavior to be blessing and helpful in relationships with others.

 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, there is an interesting verse in the Bible. In II Timothy 3:2, a list is given of how people will behave in the last days. It says that men will be "unthankful". You may wonder immediately "How hard is it to say Thank You?" It is not hard to say the words, yet to be thankful indicates a characteristic, a lifestyle, or basic attribute of who we are. Sadly, we see groups of people worldwide whose behavior demonstrates a severe lack of thankfulness.

 

If we truly are thankful people, we should exhibit this trait regularly and not wait until Thursday, November 23, 2017 to show forth any thankfulness. We thank God that our country still recognizes this day, still has it as a holiday, and we will celebrate and thank our Heavenly Father along with millions of others.

 

But never let us be accused of being unthankful. We should readily demonstrate our thanksgiving on a daily basis.

 

11/21/2017

 

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.

 

11/22/2017

 

In all of our preparing for Thanksgiving, may we not forget to do it (actually give thanks). This can happen in all of our busy-ness. Our giving of thanks should be the foundation for the celebration of the day.

 

We pray you experience God's presence both personally and in your gathering - Blessings to you and all of your family.

 

11/23/2017

 

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 defence, 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, tranquillity 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

11/25/2017

Last Sunday our opening hymn was "Come Ye Thankful People Come" in light of Thanksgiving time. If you have never paid attention to the words, the 4 verses of the song do a pretty good job of painting the picture of the gospel from a harvest standpoint. For prelude music, we played the hymn "Count Your Blessings". It is hard to think about Thanksgiving time without this hymn in there somewhere.

It has been said that "Count Your Blessings" is one of the hymns that is sung with the most gusto. It is just one of those that we turn loose on. It is a song that both reminds us of the goodness of God and helps bring us out of the "molligrubs" (also known as the "grumpies") if we are going through a trial.

Have you ever tried to picture a person actually "counting their blessings"? Are they just trying to come up with a number, are they writing them out, are they making sure they can list more good things than bad, etc. We are not making fun as we love the song and the message it brings. But actually doing it can bring some humor as we try to picture it.

Bottom line: Let us make sure we do it in some fashion - and not just during Thanksgiving. This past Thursday we celebrated the day, each day we should celebrate with thanks.

 

11/27/2017

 

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.

 

11/28/2017

 

How much planning goes in to what you do for Christmas? For some it is a routine done every year. For some it is written out with dates, contacts, phone numbers on your calendar - on the refrigerator or on your phone. It is different for everyone.

 

We encourage you pray over and about the Christmas celebration you are involved in. Regardless of whether great and small, we should want the Lord right at the center. Some will deal with a lot of stress, some with a lot of busy, some with areas of uncertainty, some with a lot of "what-ever".

 

May the Lord guide, direct our hearts and thoughts, and help us to honor Him in all of our celebrating and Christmas festivities. This will help us to be the greatest blessing to the ones we love and perhaps do something for someone we are yet to meet.

 

11/29/2017

 

From 2 years ago:

 

You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain. ~ John Maxwell

 

This short but powerful contrast shows two different ways of behavior and character. May we consistently make the right choice.

 



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