Daily Word Archives



October 2017 What Open Door posts on Facebook - October 2017

 

 

10/1/2017

 

A powerful scripture about the grace of God:

 

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:9

 

How far would God's grace go for us? It went to the point where He would have His only begotten Son taste death in our stead and for our benefit.

 

It keeps getting better

 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32

 

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus...

 

10/3/2017

 

Our opening hymn on Sunday was: Living for Jesus

 

It reminds us that being a Christian is not just showing up for church. It is a daily demonstration of the change that Jesus makes on the inside. We do not live it perfectly but it should be obvious that we are living it.

 

That ye 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

 

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. ~ I Thessalonians 2:12

 

May we be mindful of this and find joy in doing it.

 

Living for Jesus a life that is true

Striving to please Him in all that I do

 

One of the ways we can do this today is to earnestly pray for the people in Las Vegas. For a mighty move of God in the lives of people whose loved ones died, for those still fighting for their lives, and for those investigating and who will deal with this for many days to come.

 

We call upon our heavenly Father to be a very present help in this time of trouble and that the name of Jesus bring the power of God to these people in need.

 

10/4/2017

 

Many are familiar with the hymn "I Surrender All". Many have sung it through the years at church. We may honestly ask ourselves if we have done it.

A better question is: Are we doing it?

 

We may have come to the altar in true repentance at some point or several times and that is good. But what about right now, each day, in the situations that come up.

 

This is the way we walk it out. Each day we face new challenges, questions and opportunities. May we surrender it all to God's will and that which would please Jesus.

 

10/6/2017

 

As we have mentioned before, each day will bring challenges, questions, and things to do. Even if we are very comfortable in the environment and know the people very well that we are dealing with, the things that come may be very new and different.

 

If we are facing something we have never dealt with before or something with a different twist, we may need some help or advice.

 

Thus we pray God give us good counsel, put the right people in our path, give us favor with God and with man, and we certainly pray for the wisdom of God.

 

It is so comforting to have the answer and have the right plan and God knows exactly what that is. You would want your children to be very successful in this area - how much more our Father in heaven.

 

Thank you Father for ordering my steps, thoughts, words and actions today. ~ James 1:5

 

10/7/2017

 

Looking at the subject of grace, we say again that it is very difficult to find any negative qualities in it. It always brings a blessing and always helps - especially grace from a Biblical standpoint.

 

Often looking at a subject from the other side or the opposite can help clarify a meaning as well. Think about the opposite here - disgrace. Does anyone want any of that? This negative of the term "grace" is one we can readily see in our minds.

 

We want no part of disgrace while cherishing all the grace we can get. With that in mind we want to be sure to give as much grace to others as we can. We should be people who add new meaning to the term "graceful" - that is, people full of grace.

 

10/9/2017

 

We did a song yesterday entitled: O How I Love Thy Law

 

When we think about the "law" from a Biblical perspective, it often tilts to the negative: the law is going to come down on us, render a judgment against us, it will rebuke us, there will likely be a penalty, etc.

 

Yet on the other side we note these verses:

 

God told  Joshua to meditate in the book of the law day and night and in doing that word he would prosper and have good success ~ Joshua 1:8

From Psalm 1 we read: Blessed is the man who delights in and meditates on the law of the Lord day and night. It then goes on to list the benefits that this will bring

 

Psalm 19: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul

 

In James we see the word of God called the perfect law of liberty - anyone doing it will be blessed in their deed.

 

In Romans 8 we read that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.

 

These are definite not negative verses for us - they are indeed verses to rejoice and be thankful in. We see liberty, life and freedom in the law of God - particularly since Jesus has fulfilled the law for us.

 

May God give us greater insight to know and walk in this truth.

 

10/10/2017

 

From our first days to our last on this earth we can apply these words:

 

Learn to do well ... ~ Isaiah 1:17

 

May we always be teachable and determine to learn from the Lord to do well - that He might say "Well done!"

 

10/11/2017

 

May we show forth each day the wonderful change in our lives that Jesus has wrought:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoCC1NjIHPE

 

10/13/2017

 

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. ~ Psalm 34:1

 

Let us not just think on this verse or merely consider it good to quote. May we be doers of it.

 

If someone is not comfortable or used to blessing the Lord around others, begin doing it alone, in your private time.

 

You will find that you more you do this: bless the Lord, honor and exalt Him, hallow, magnify, lift up and glorify the Name of the Lord, you will notice it will become more and more a part of your conversation.

 

Lord help me to glorify and honor You always in my speech that others may be encouraged to do likewise. Show me ways to do this that I might be a blessing.

 

10/14/2017

 

Please enjoy this beautiful version of Amazing Grace and share if you like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n145-J8ejg

 

10/16/2017

 

Our opening hymn on Sunday was: Standing on the Promises

 

If you look up the word "stand" in the New Testament, you will see two aspects of it (apart from the idea of someone just physically standing up).

 

First we see the "standing" or position we have. Both Peter and Paul write that we stand in grace:  Romans 5:2 and I Peter 5:12

 

Every born again person has this status (or standing). It is the gift of God. We cannot earn it or work for it. But may we live like we appreciate it and see the benefits of it.

 

Secondly we are called upon to take a stand:

 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1

 

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ~ Ephesians 6:11

 

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. ~ Ephesians 6:13

 

We stand by faith ~ Romans 11:20; I Corinthians 16:13; Ii Corinthians 1:24

 

May the Lord help us each day to take the proper stand on all the things that come before us, and that we be able to give good reason for the stands we take.

 

10/17/2017

 

Phil and Geri Ann Privette will be at Open Door Church this Sunday morning (October 22nd) at 11 AM. May we come determined to draw near to God, trusting that He will draw near to us. May we come to be a blessing and believe we will receive one as well

 

You can read about their ministry at:

 

https://www.philprivettejr.com/about-us

 

10/18/2017

 

We encourage you to read I Chronicles 29 - the last chapter in the book. It relates some of the last deeds of David before Solomon becomes king.

 

We remember that David wanted to build a house for the Lord. But the Lord instructed him that he had chosen Solomon to build it. In light of that, it is interesting to see David's response.

 

He could have left it all to Solomon - just let him take care of it while David rested and took his leisure in his last years. But David got busy doing all he could to prepare for the building of the temple. He gave abundantly from his own treasure and gave counsel to Solomon regarding its construction.

 

Again if you read chapter 29 you will see the heart of David. May ours be the same way - what can we do for the Lord each day.

 

But now thy kingdom (Saul) shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him (David) to be captain over his people... ~ I Samuel 13:14

 

Paul in the New Testament mentions this: And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. ~ Acts 13:22

 

We know David was far from perfect, but his heart and actions were for the Lord. We earnestly pray that our heavenly Father see this in us as well.

 

10/20/2017

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. ~ Isaiah 26:3

 

This is a very familiar verse that takes diligence to do. The affairs of this life and cares of the world will attempt to take our focus away from the Lord.

 

This is not to say that we ignore responsibilities and the problems we face daily. Keeping our mind and focus on the Lord is the first step we should take to address any issue.

 

Each day we will face different circumstances: Do I keep quiet or speak up? Do I respond sternly or softly? Does this need changing now or does it need more time? Should I make the call or not?

 

Question after question can come up and it reminds us how much we need God's wisdom. We are so grateful to God Who regarding wisdom:  giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not ~ James 1:5

 

We remember that the Lord knows how to solve every problem we encounter - this is why our mind needs to be stayed on Him. May He quicken the word we need in each situation.

 

10/21/2017

 

Words to give us a good start this morning:

 

I put my trust in You, my strong deliverer,
I trust in You, my God,
I put my hope in You, You reign forever,
My heart will rest in You  ~ Jesus

 

Come Holy Spirit, move in Your people

Draw us to Jesus, His glory to see

Rain down from heaven, fresh living water

Bring us Your liberty

 

O magnify the Lord

For He is worthy to be praised

Hosanna, blessed be the Rock

Blessed be the Rock on my salvation

 

Lord help me to honor You in all I do today!

 

10/23/2017

 

A powerful scripture about the grace of God:

 

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:9

 

How far would God's grace go for us? It went to the point where He would have His only begotten Son taste death in our stead and for our benefit.

 

It keeps getting better

 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32

 

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus...

 

10/24/2017

 

"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."
 ~  Daniel Webster

 

Some today would consider these words over the top - perhaps a little too strong. But they represent a time when most people believed there are consequences to actions. Sadly today it seems people are living their lives believing there is little or no accountability to anyone.

 

We will reap what we sow - as a people and as individuals ~ Galatians 6:7

 

10/25/2017

 

Six years ago today, we posted the Daily Word that is below. We want to share it again and pray it is a blessing to you:

 

Many are familiar with the Gaither Homecoming program that is on just about every Christian channel. They emphasize Southern Gospel music, but they will have bluegrass gospel, and some praise & worship music.

 

Southern Gospel can be a very animated music, with a lot of showmanship involved in it. Often they will take a theme and write about it – something serious, something funny, something that happens in church, or something going on in the world. Recently they played an interesting segment. It was between the songs when they have their commercials for the DVD’s they sell.

They had a clip of a man singing one line of a song. He just sang that one line and they went right on with the commercial. The words, along with the expression of the man singing it, will dare anyone not to laugh. The one-liner went as follows:

 

“I’ve never seen anyone a-fightin’ while they was a-singin’ a song"

 

You really cannot fuss with someone and sing at the same time. If you can picture it, you know the two are almost incompatible. If someone has upset you, has really gotten under your skin, the last thing you want to do is sing. In the natural you may have a hard time joining in on Love Lifted Me or Count Your Many Blessings.

 

Looking at it another way – singing and music can take you right out of this natural realm. Singing in the natural does not make sense in such a situation, but you certainly can fight with it in the spiritual. We see it a number of times in the Bible.

 

Paul and Silas in prison - when they began to sing, it took them out of the natural realm. The flesh wants to retaliate, to fight naturally against what was done to them – and what they really were doing was fighting spiritually. And we know the results – God opened that entire prison.

The armies of Israel with Jehoshaphat - they put the singers out front – they were fighting while singing a song – but it wasn’t a natural fight. God set an ambush and the enemy was defeated. Read the whole story in II Chronicles 20.

 

It is interesting that something that brings a laugh can also bring a spiritual truth to light. Remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities ... A good song based on the Word of God can be a powerful weapon we can use to fight.

 

10/27/2017

 

The theme of our songs Sunday morning was the goodness of God. Would you think that the average person in Israel at the time of Jesus would describe God as being "good"? If they were to give a description of God, would the word "good" be in it? Would those people believe that God would be good to them individually, or that He cared about their daily lives.?How many people believe this today?

 

But even in the Old Testament we remember verses like:

 

Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. ~ Psalm 25:8

 

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ~ Psalm 34:8

 

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. ~ Psalm 86:5

 

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

 

Jesus ministered all areas of the last verse: the love of God, the mercy of God, and the truth of God.

 

May God continually open the eyes of our understanding regarding His goodness as we remember:

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ~ James 1:17

 

10/28/2017

 

Enjoy the song and enjoy being a friend to Jesus:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm3mKa2buhg

 

10/30/2017

 

Everyone believes the word of God like they see it. People act on it the same way. That can be good or bad, so we should endeavor to study to show ourselves approved unto God... ~ II Timothy 2:15

 

We do not handle the word of God deceitfully ~ II Corinthians 4:2

 

We do not want to twist the scriptures to our destruction ~ II Peter 3:16

 

On the other hand, Jesus said: 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

 

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. ~ Psalm 119:130

 

God is not trying to keep the truth from us, but the devil certainly is. May we show due diligence to get our believing right.

 

 

10/31/2017

 

The role of Christianity and belief in God cannot be overlooked when one studies the founding of our nation. No honest student of history can deny this.

 

We must remember though that the founders were not perfect - just like we are not. Their doctrine was not perfect - just like ours is not. They had their disagreements - just like we do. They had to learn, grow and develop in their faith - just like we do.

 

We note this because some today want to point out their faults and "run them down" so to speak. That could be done with anyone - then or now. Who would you like to start in on first? We do not look to them, or any other human for that matter, as the standard of righteousness. As Christians we look to Jesus as the standard of righteousness.

 

But our founders had a formidable task - that of building a nation. They had to develop one that had never been seen on this planet. We believe their dependence on God and their desire to serve Him allowed the Lord to greatly influence not only our founding documents but the development of our country.

 

But putting all that aside for a moment, regardless of where you stand concerning the founders, there is a more important question to answer: What are you going to do?

 

Regardless of how good it might have been, or how awe-inspiring the development of our nation - what are we going to do now? That will determine the course of our lives, the lives of our families, our cities and towns, and our nation.

 

It is good to look at our history, our roots, and the examples we see from those who led and governed before us. But as we look at the situations that are before us, the founding fathers are not here - but God and His Word still are.

 

Yes we are thankful for a Godly heritage in our country. Even if we did not have one and even if we as individuals do not have a very Godly heritage, the good news is: Any of us could start one today. Start a Godly heritage today or keep one going if you already have.

 



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