Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - April 2018

 

4/1/2018

 

As we celebrate and rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we know it has very special meaning in the lives of many. It can be both a time of public celebration and also one of very private reflection. This is because the resurrection of Jesus impacts us personally across a very broad spectrum. Thus there are many ways to praise and remember this in our lives.

 

There us a scripture in Hebrews that seems very applicable to this day we celebrate. Concerning Jesus we read:

 

Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  ~ Hebrews 7:13

 

Have you ever considered those words: the power of an endless life?

 

So much of what we do today revolves around the fact that this physical life will end. We only have a certain amount of time. This  is always a focal point of decisions we make in this life.

But suppose this life would not end - we can immediately see that our thinking and actions would change immediately.

 

This shows the power of an endless life. Thank God we have that now in Jesus Christ - and we will have it at some point in a new body that is incorruptible and immortal ~ I Corinthians 15:53-54. Then we will be able to both experience and walk in the power of an endless life.

 

We rejoice in reality of it now and look forward to its full manifestation.

 

We pray that anyone reading who does not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would receive Him today. What a great day to be born again! 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

4/2/2018

 

In considering the resurrection of Jesus, we remember this word from Paul: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ~ Ephesians 3:20

 

This was certainly true regarding the disciples and the resurrection. Jesus being raised from the dead was just beyond what they could think or reason. Even though they had seen Lazarus raised, the son of the widow of Nain raised, the daughter of Jairus raised, and others who names we do not know; with what they had seen regarding the crucifixion, it was likely very difficult to consider that Jesus would be resurrected.

 

When Jesus began appearing to them, it is likely they were stunned - not knowing what to say or do.

 

We also note in His appearing that He was not angry at them. He did rebuke them for their unbelief in not believing the word of those who said they had seen Him.

 

But He came to them in love and forgiveness. He considered all of the 11 disciples still on His team. Peter would still be His man who would preach to the people on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would come. One hundred twenty people would be a part of this initial outpouring and thousands would be added quickly.

 

This is one reason we rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus - He continues to love us and be with us always. May the reality of His resurrection and life fill us daily - and flow out to others in our daily walk.

 

4/5/2018

 

In thinking about the resurrection of Jesus and that He would send the promise of the Spirit, we note the words of Luke: Of all that Jesus began both to do and teach ~ Acts 1:1

 

As we look back on that, we are reminded of His compassion. What a wonderful word and what a wonderful act! Compassion is something that is done, something given to others - indeed it is an act.

 

We further note that it is something anyone can do. It does not require a sermon or any type of theological degree. It just takes someone with motivation and a heart to act on it.

 

Here is just another way to share the love of God and be a blessing. May we find a way to be compassionate today.

 

4/6/2018

 

Heavenly Father:

Help me to know the best way
To share my testimony day by day
To let my light shine, put my life on the line
May my words be the best I can say

Make a difference in someone's life today.

 

4/7/2018

 

In I Corinthians 4:6, Paul writes ... "that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.".

 

In verse 7 he gives the reason why: For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

 

This should help rid us of pride and deflate any "puffiness". All that we have and are able to accomplish is because of the grace and love of God we have received.

 

We remember a further admonition from Paul:

 

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ~ II Corinthians 10:12

 

May we always recognize that the body of Christ is one body. In our physical bodies, the members do not compete against each other - they work together to get things done. Let us be of the same mind in our service as members of the body of Christ.

 

4/9/2018

 

We have looked at the love of God a number of times - throughout the Bible and especially the New Testament. Today we first look at this verse:

 

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. ~ Ephesians 2:3

 

Do we still consider ourselves "children of wrath" at times. When we miss it, feel guilty, or feel "down" we may focus on that wrath aspect. Notice however the word "were" in regards to that wrath aspect. The whole chapter is a contrast of what we "was" as opposed to now what we "is" in Christ (misuse of grammar for emphasis).

 

After verse 3 mentioned above, the contrast is presented:

 

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:4-7

 

It is hard to find much better than what is described here: Note God's "great love" toward us. Many have read this often, yet we still may view God as just tolerating or putting up with us.

 

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

 

May we behold (see and recognize) this love that God has for us. We are no longer children of wrath but children of God.

 

May the word of God's love dwell in us richly - and may you enjoy the reality of it.

 

4/11/2018

 

Do you remember this song:

 

It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in the glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it
You’ll spread His love to everyone
You’ll want to pass it on

 

Did you sing it in youth group or as a special? It brings back a lot of memories for many people.

 

Can you recall the other verses:

 

What a wondrous time is spring
When all the trees are budding
The birds begin to sing
The flowers start their blooming
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it
You’ll want to sing, it’s fresh like spring
You’ll want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend
This happiness that I’ve found
You can depend on Him
It matters not where you’re bound
I’ll shout it from the mountain top
I want the world to know
The Lord of Love has come to me
I want to pass it on

 

May we remember and rejoice to "Pass It On"!

 

4/13/2018

 

We are so thankful for the grace of God to us. If we asked some Christians to tell us what the grace of God does, a number of answers would likely come up. Would this answer be one of them:

 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ~ Titus 2:11 & 12

 

O that this might register in us. This would change society very quickly if people would live this way.

 

4/14/2018

 

We should remember that it does not surprise God when we do not get it right. There will likely be flaws in whatever we set out to accomplish. He first wants to see our hearts - do we desire to get it right or do we just shrug it off?

 

When we see our children striving with all they have to please us and obey, it is very easy to heap mercy, grace, and good instruction on them. When we see the opposite, we know that primarily they are hurting themselves.

 

This natural example helps us in our relationship with God our Father. He reminds us to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

 

May we check our hearts daily.

 

4/16/2018

 

May we always remain teachable. Even if you are considered an expert in your field, you do not know everything about it. Likely new technology is expanding that field  - perhaps quite rapidly. It is definitely in your interest to keep learning and growing.

 

This same principle works in spiritual matters. If Jesus appeared to us right now, we should readily know that He could teach us something that would benefit us greatly.

 

Remember that Jesus said one of the missions of the Holy Spirit was to guide us into all truth ~ John 16:13. May the Lord help us to seek after that and be good listeners.

 

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2. As young Christians we need the milk of the word. Notice it will cause us to grow and teach us some things that we might become skillful. Thus we continue:

 

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 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 5:12-14

 

God does not expect us to stay babies. He wants us to grow and be skillful in all the affairs of life. We readily understand this in our natural lives. It should be very clear and indeed more so in our spiritual lives and walk with the Lord.

 

May the Lord bless you with whatever wisdom or word that you need today.

 

4/18/2018

 

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; ~ Hebrews 2:3

In this verse we want to particularly note the word "neglect". The Greek word used here means to be careless in or to make light of.

 

We know what happens in the natural when something is neglected. It never gets better, it goes "down hill", problems get worse often to the place where something breaks down or falls apart. The longer it is neglected, the more time and work it often takes to fix and restore whatever it might be.

 

We should recognize this in our spiritual lives. Suppose it has been a long time since we considered patience (a fruit of the spirit). We have not read it in the word lately, prayed about it or looked into it in any way. Then we notice as pressure gets on us, we become short with people, a little "testy", we snap at our spouse, etc. This can happen to any of us.

 

How long will it take for us to consider this and realize we may have neglected something - not intentionally and we may have just fallen into it so to speak. What will we do to change course?

 

Lord help us to recognize things like this - to take note of anything we have neglected and make corrections quickly. May You be pleased with our desire to change as needed and improve in these areas.

 

We serve You Lord this day with gladness and we want to be a blessing. Guide and direct our hearts, thoughts and steps we pray in the Name of the Lord Jesus.

 

4/19/2018

 

Today we pray especially for the family of Barbara Bush - that they receive the love, strength and comfort of God during this time, and that the knowledge and joy of salvation would be very real to each one of them.

 

The story is told that Mrs. Bush was asked by a reporter: Why do you believe that you are much more popular than your husband? (who was President at the time).

 

She responded: It is because I do not have to make all the hard decisions and tell people what to do. In all of her public appearances her job was smile and act nice.

 

That statement should bring a good bit of understanding to us regarding those in leadership: They will have decisions to make that are not easy and may not be popular.

Those especially in positions that deal with life and death situations need a special blessing and the wisdom of God.

 

These people will not always be popular and of course they are not perfect. Therefore may we pray for our leaders especially as God has instructed us in His word ~ I Timothy 2:1-4

 

Thus we take time again to pray for our leaders in the government, the military, the corporate world, in civic organizations, and especially in the church ~ " that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." (from the verses above)

 

4/21/2018

 

On Wednesday we looked at what happens when we neglect things - both naturally and spiritually. Today we want to look at the opposite of being negligent.

 

On Wednesday we used Hebrews 2:3 as a basis for the subject of neglect. However, if we look at verse 1 of the chapter we read this: . 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.

 

We see here the phrase "give the more earnest heed". This is certainly the opposite of neglect. Here we see someone giving attention quickly to the task or subject at hand - not being slothful or a time- waster.

 

Don't we appreciate it when people serve us in that manner? We often take note and remember that person in the future. May this attitude and determination describe us both naturally and spiritually.

 

Further, may God bless to do it well, bear much fruit and be a blessing.

 

4/23/2018

 

A familiar verse that we have mentioned:

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

 

May we look to both these areas - the words that we speak and thoughts from our hearts - and ask God to show us any way something might not be acceptable. We want no hindrance Lord -that any words, thought or action might have been to ourselves or others.

 

Thank You Lord for a cleansing this day, thank you for a right spirit n all of our dealings, and help us to look for a way to be a blessing today.

 

4/25/2018

 

May the Lord help us never to become "dull of hearing" regarding His word. We know that many of us have been involved with church and the word of God for a long time. It may seem like we hear the same thing over and over.

 

You realize your children probably said the same thing about your words. They likely thought "mom and dad tell me the same thing all the time". You likely did to some degree. You realize how easy it is for things to slip.

 

As we have mentioned many times, there are so many things that all of us deal with each day. Thus it is so important to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; ... ~ Colossians 3:16

 

Notice the last three words: "in all wisdom". That is what we need and what the word of God will provide. We all need reminding at times - especially those things that will do us good and bless us. Thank you heavenly Father for all the wisdom we need each day.

 

4/26/2018

 

A post from Kirk Cameron yesterday had this statement:

 

Your spouse is more interesting than your phone.

 

Now, that may seem like a no-brainer, but let us ask you this: Do you act like it? 

The most popular story so far this week over at Kirk Cameron's faith, family, and culture site, TheCourage.com, is exactly about that. Author Arlene Pellicane writes: 

"On your wedding day, you looked into the eyes of your spouse and made a vow to have and to hold.  You never made such a vow to your smartphone.  Yet if you’re honest, you’ve been having and holding your phone a whole lot more than your spouse lately."

 

Most of the folks we know are not addicted to their phones. But many in our society tend to live on them.

 

The words above should make us think - not just about phones but anything that would take the place or too much time away from our time with our spouse.

 

4/27/2018

 

Have an attitude of gratitude is one of those sayings that has stood the test of time. Likely it is because most people do not want to be around the opposite very long - griping and complaining.

 

Certainly there are days when gratitude can just come more easily. But we must realize that we can choose to be grateful. We can also choose to not gripe and complain. We know that feelings and circumstances do not always cooperate. We should recognize that feelings and circumstances will always bring their challenges. We just need to prepare for them.

 

We have all visited "Grumble Town" - but we certainly do not want to live there. If you have ever spent much time in hospital visits or seeing those in rehabilitation wards, it will likely help your attitude of gratitude. Indeed there are people who are facing challenges way beyond ours.

 

So we ask the Lord to give us the right perspective and recognize the blessings that we do have even in the midst of the difficulties.

 

A scripture to challenge us:

 

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; ~ James 1:2

 

4/28/2018

 

Today we consider the word "responsibility". Some simple dictionary definitions include:

 

1. The state of being the person who caused something to happen

 

2. A duty or task that you are required or expected to do

 

3. Something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.

 

The word has a serious connotation as opposed to being frivolous or haphazard. We get a sense of importance regarding a matter.

 

Could we consider the word like this: response - ability

 

In other words, in a certain matter you have the ability to respond. You can respond in words and/or deeds. We could look at it this way: you have a say-so in the matter.

 

You do not have to be a victim - you can take charge with your response.

 

This might be a different way of looking at the word, yet whenever we "take responsibility" it always involves words and actions.

 

Thank God for the ability to respond. We ask God to help us to do it in the right way.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5

 

... choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... ~ Joshua 24:15

 

Many are familiar with this verse and a similar passage with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

 

We want to emphasize the words "this day". Regardless of yesterday, whatever we did concerning God and our spiritual life; we will still determine what we do "this day"

 

May we recognize the importance of "this day" and what we will choose concerning God and our walk with Him.

 

As we look at these words again from Joshua 24, may we say and do as he concluded the verse: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

4/30/2018

 

... choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... ~ Joshua 24:15

 

Many are familiar with this verse and a similar passage with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

 

We want to emphasize the words "this day". Regardless of yesterday, whatever we did concerning God and our spiritual life; we will still determine what we do "this day"

 

May we recognize the importance of "this day" and what we will choose concerning God and our walk with Him.

 

As we look at these words again from Joshua 24, may we say and do as he concluded the verse: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

 

 



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