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What Open Door posts on Facebook - February 2018

 

2/1/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at verses describing spiritual battles and fighting the good fight.

 

Another very familiar passage alone these lines is found in Ephesians 6 where Paul says we wrestle with the evil forces. Notice the words right before this description:

 

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11

 

There is so much to look into regarding these verses but we especially note:

 

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

 

Three different Greek words are used for the words we emphasize: strong, power & might

 

We will not go into the Greek but we want to realize that there is no weakness or inability described or even hinted-at here. The Lord is expecting us to stand - or to be standing at the end of the wrestling match.

 

We are grateful for God's provision in these areas to be equipped, to be strong, and  remember it is all His power and might. We also note another passage along this line from Peter:

 

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3

 

Again we see "divine power" that God has chosen to give us.

 

May God help us to be diligent to look into it (search it out through His word) that we may see the results of it in our lives.

 

2/2/2018

 

We have been talking about the fight we are in as Christians and the desire to win.

 

It is hard to win at anything if you will not engage in the activity. It is readily seen in the natural. You cannot win the baseball game if you are not willing to play.

 

Spiritually we cannot win the battle if we are not willing to fight. We are to fight the good fight of a faith ~ I Timothy 6:12

 

We wrestle against principalities and powers ~ Ephesians 6:12

 

We are in a warfare ~ II Corinthians 10:4; I Timothy 1:18

 

Each one of us has to decide which battles we will engage in. Sometimes it seems we are just thrown into a fray that is serious and survival is at stake. At other times, we battle for others - friends, family, the body of Christ, etc.

 

May God grant us particular wisdom and anointing in this area - that we might know what to deal with and how to deal with it each day.

 

2/3/2018

 

Today we note this different side of "understanding":

 

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. ~ Daniel 8:23

 

If a number of us were to sit down and discuss the verse (and surrounding context), we would likely have different views and thoughts. But we would perhaps agree on one thing:

 

What is described here is not good.

 

We usually think of understanding in the Bible as a good thing. Yet almost any ability and talent can be used for a bad purpose. We have noted in the past on how much time and effort some people will spend planning something evil. We note this verse:

 

For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. ~ Jeremiah 4:22

 

May we determine to be just the opposite: people studying, learning and applying ourselves to do good and seeking the Lord for wisdom and understanding. We seek understanding in the "sentences of light" that we may confound the "sentences of darkness".

 

Thank you Lord again that skill in wisdom and understanding will grow as we apply ourselves to it - through Your word and through Your Spirit.

 

2/5/2018

 

The theme of our songs yesterday was: God is good.

 

Jesus consistently portrayed and demonstrated the goodness of God - that God would help you and give good things to those who would ask.

 

We could say that God's goodness is a result of His love. His love (His essence) compels Him to give, to help and to bless.

 

Don't we do the same for the people we love - we want to do something for them, help in any way, and be a blessing.

 

To take the God kind of love a little further:

 

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them ~ Luke 6:32

 

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. ~ Luke 6:35

 

 

Here we see love and doing good once again - for enemies. We may need to pause, reflect on this prayerfully, and ask God for His help to do this from our hearts. May we see the blessing from doing verse 35 above.

 

1/6/2017

 

We have looked at the goodness of God in various verses. We certainly see it in the New Testament but what about the Old? We note these verse from Psalms:

 

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. ~ Psalm 25:7

 

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

 

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! ~ Psalm 31:19

 

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. ~ Psalm 33:5

 

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

 

To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually ~ Psalm 52:1

 

Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. ~ Psalm 69:16

 

Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. ~ Psalm 85:12

 

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

 

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 106:1

 

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 107:1

 

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! ~ Psalm 107:8, 21, 31

 

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. ~ Psalm 107:9

 

But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. ~ Psalm 109:21

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 118:1

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 118:29

 

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. ~ Psalm 119:68

 

Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. ~ Psalm 135:3

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 136:1

 

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. ~ Psalm 143:10

 

The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. ~ Psalm 145:9

 

We may not have realized how many times the goodness of God is mentioned just in the Psalms. There are also many mentions of the term "loving kindness" and "mercy that endures forever".

 

Finally we note this one:

 

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. ~ Psalm 27:13

 

Do we believe to see the goodness of the Lord, or do we tend to believe the opposite? May we determine to be those who believe (exercise faith in) to see (ask, seek & knock) and experience God's goodness more and more.

 

 

2/7/2018

 

In our post last Saturday we noted that people can use their talents and abilities for good or bad. Some have lamented our education system today is creating a bunch of intellectual barbarians. That will depend upon what people decide to do with their intelligence. We remember this verse:

 

 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. ~ Isaiah 1:17

 

May our learning teach us and lead us into "well-doing". The verse before this one states:

 

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; (v 16)

 

We must decide to stop with any evil work and cease from wrong doing. It is our choice and may we choose wisely. One of the easiest things we can do is to associate with the "right crowd". We know the downward slide comes very quickly when someone gets involved with the "wrong crowd".

 

Lord we ask You to put us with the right people, and may we be diligent to seek them out and indeed flee from associations and situations that are harmful.

 

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. ~ I Corinthians 15:33. Things that are wrong will attempt to ruin that which is right.

 

2/9/2018

 

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19

 

We are often the opposite in the natural - quick to speak and quick to wrath.

 

This verse reminds us of the art of listening, which is a great way to show our concern. We open a door with others when we show them that we care about what they have to say.

 

2/10/2018

 

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. ~ Psalm 18:3

 

As parents, we want our children saved from any enemies. We will do anything we can to protect them.

 

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

 

Israel got in trouble when they started "taking up" and participating in the activities of the enemy. We see this today when people (young and old) begin participating in activities that are destructive. Some seem to get "sucked in" while others seem to just "walk in" to wrong things. It is difficult to stop anyone from going in a direction that they are determined to go in.

 

The world often uses the expression that someone had a "come to Jesus" moment - they often use it in sarcastic way. But it is what all of us need - often more than just once.

 

We remind ourselves of the opening verse: I will call upon the Lord...   May we do it and not just think about it. We know how emphatic a child will call upon (scream for) his mother when things go bad.

 

May we be just as determined to call upon our heavenly Father.

 

2/12/2018

 

We know there is a lot in the Bible about "praising the Lord". We are instructed to do it, taught to do it, we see various people and groups doing it (both in the Bible and today), and we read about it happening in heaven.

 

We noted yesterday that there are other words associated with praise that we often use in our vocal expression that help to do it more thoroughly so to speak. These words not only enrich our vocabulary (which is good) but may they also be seed sown into our lives - that our lives demonstrate this more and more:

 

Praise the Lord

Bless the Lord

Honor the Lord

Reverence the Lord

Exalt the Lord

Hallow (the Name of) the Lord

Magnify the Lord

Extol the Lord

Esteem the Lord

Worship the Lord

Thank the Lord

Be grateful to the Lord

Glorify the Lord

 

We want our praise to grow, develop and come up from the depths of inner man. May the word of Christ dwell in us richly ~ Colossians 3:16

 

2/13/2018

 

Many are familiar with the hymn: Let Others See Jesus in You and we want the words to be a  reality in our lives.

 

A further thought might be: Let me see Jesus in myself

 

This can be a challenge as we quickly can think of our own failures and shortcomings. But we should recognize the Christ in us that makes a difference - that motivates us in the right direction.

 

May we see more of the Jesus in ourselves each day:

 

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: ~ Colossians 1:27

 

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. ~ John 14:23

 

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ~ I Corinthians 3:16

 

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ~ II Corinthians 13:5

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ~ I John 4:4

 

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. ~ I John 4:13

 

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. ~ I John 4:15

 

2/15/2018

 

May our prayers today be fervent and effectual for those in Florida who are enduring such a tragedy. We ask that resources of heaven be dispatched to help in this great time of need.

 

Heavenly Father, You have promised to be a very present help in time of need and trouble ~ Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 46:1. We ask You to be "the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (II Corinthians 1:3) to all of these people dealing with this situation. We ask provision in all ways needed and special grace for the days ahead. Help everyone to deal with this matter properly and divine wisdom be given to those investigating.

 

We ask Father that You commission special intercessors to pray the perfect will of God and that the love of God and your miracle power might be evident in the lives of people involved in this. We want to do all that we can, but our eyes and attention are on You and we humbly and boldly ask for Your help today. In the precious Name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

 

2/16/2018

 

Whenever a tragedy occurs as happened in Florida, we see people dealing with it in different ways. Some will talk openly about it and be very vocal, some will withdraw and want to be by themselves, some will almost be numb with shock and just try to exist, and many that are close to the situation may experience a lot of fear. People will deal with it different ways and often their personality will play a role in this.

 

From a Biblical perspective, one of the first and main things people need in these situations is peace. That may be hard for some to imagine in light of the horrific events, but it will help tremendously. Peace will stabilize you and keep you from "going off the deep end"

 

Another thing we realize is that life continues to go on and all of the people dealing with this have to go on with all the demands of living this life. The peace that we need comes from God ~ John 14:27; John 16:33; Philippians 4:7 and 4:9. This is often hard for the natural mind to grasp but when it is in your heart (your inner man), it will "keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ" - Philippians 4:7. We know even in our "normal" days how difficult it can be when we are agitated, upset and angry. Certainly how much more in such a situation as happened in Florida.

 

Therefore we ask God first for peace and comfort in the lives of these people. We pray also for "peace makers" that Jesus talked about - people who can help, who can wrap their arms and hearts around those who are hurting, and laborers who can bear some burdens and relieve some stress.

 

Father we ask for Your great power and love to be very present in the lives of these people in Florida, that their faith not fail, and that they may find all they need in You.

 

2/17/2018

 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13

 

May this describe the way we believe God and His word. Often our believing is a desperate struggle, sometimes our believing falls way short of what we see in this verse. yet here, we see that God would have us in joy and peace as we believe and trust Him. We especially note in the last part of the verse that it is through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

We are not expected to work this up in our own strength or mental determination. But we recognize that we need effort and determination to seek the things of the Spirit of God in this area. It is obvious from this verse and others that God's Holy Spirit is given to help us with this regarding our faith.

 

Heavenly Father, it is our desire to believe Your word with all joy and peace.

 

2/19/2018

 

We have noted the prayers that Paul prayed for all of us in the church in Ephesians chapters 1 and 3. We encourage you to pray these prayers for yourself and we especially mention today Ephesians 1:17 ~ That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

 

As we read other passages of scripture we ask for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of those verses. We particularly note this passage and ask that God would continually open the eyes of our understanding regarding it:

 

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: ~ I Corinthians 1:30

 

Are we bold enough to believe that these things are "made unto us"? - wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

 

Indeed we do verse 31 as well - we glory in the Lord regarding this truth.

 

We definitely need to meditate and study on these things revealed in verse 30 - that we may live. walk, believe and show forth the reality of these things done for us in Christ Jesus.

 

2/21/2018

 

We shared this verse on Monday: But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: ~ I Corinthians 1:30. We especially noted the concept of what was "made" unto us in Christ Jesus.

 

It might surprise you to know how many other verses talk about what we have been "made" through the work of Jesus:

 

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. ~ Romans 5:19

 

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. ~ Romans 6:18

 

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2

 

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ II Corinthians 5:21

 

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: ~ Galatians 3:13

 

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

 

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. ~ Ephesians 1:6

 

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: ~ Ephesians 2:6

 

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. ~ Ephesians 2:13

 

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: ~ Colossians 1:12

 

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Revelation 1:5-6

 

May we take the time to look into these aspects of what God has done in us through the work of Christ and explore it further that it may manifest in and out of us.

 

2/23/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at a number of verses that describe what we have been "made" (or "become") in Christ Jesus. We hope you noticed that every thing that we have been "made" is very good. Every aspect is to be a blessing - to ourselves, the kingdom of God and others.

 

It reminds us of another verse we quote often:

 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10

 

This is not something we have to work for in order to obtain - it has already been done. Thus we work and labor in this position God has placed us in to bear fruit as good stewards.

 

We ask heavenly Father that the reality of this literally explode within us.

 

2/24/2018

 

A subject that will take a lifetime to study is the "glory of God". If you look up the word "glory" in the New Testament you will find it is mentioned 164 times. In speaking essentially about the glory of God, you see it about 100 times.

 

It is described this way:

 

great glory

power and glory

riches of his glory

crown of glory

brightness of his glory

excellent glory

 

You always see it with a theme of splendor - something awe inspiring and magnificent.

 

You remember in Exodus when Moses said to God: I beseech You to show me Your glory ~ Exodus 33:18

 

God responded in the nest verse by saying: I will make all of my goodness pass before thee.

 

We see here that God equates His glory with goodness. God's glory is good. It is good to seek His glory, to pursue it, and we pray Lord to demonstrate it not only in our services but as we pursue it in our daily lives.

 

2/26/2018

 

Some interesting verses about Jehoshaphat:

 

And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah. ~ II Chronicles 17:3-6

 

The last verse in particular notes that his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord. The opposite is often true when we read about someone's heart in the Old Testament being lifted up. It is often lifted up in pride or against the things of God.

 

May we follow the example of Jehoshaphat and lift up our hearts daily in the ways of the Lord.

 

2/27/2018

 

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. ~ Romans 11:29

 

The scripture above does not just apply to people in the ministry. One of the greatest fulfillments in all of our lives will come when we walk in the calling that God has for us. It is not just what we do as far as a job or employment is concerned. It involves the way we act, the seeds we sow, and the influence we can have on others as a witness to Christ. We can begin by seeking it out in prayer - asking God to develop His calling in our lives and show us how to be most effective in it.

 

This has been His plan from the beginning. We could write pages about it, but hopefully this will stir us all to seek out God's calling in their lives. No one can do what you do exactly the way you would do it. Take that uniqueness (your gift and calling) and be all you can be to glorify God and bless others.

 

2/28/2018

 

We look again at the love of God:

 

We remember that God so loved the world that He gave... 

 

Jesus freely took our guilt, penalty and death. He brought us in to the family of God.

 

We are now partakers of His divine nature ~ II Peter 1:4 

 

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: ~ Ephesians 1:4

 

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

 

It is almost inconceivable that God would consider us as valuable enough to be willing to give His Son in payment to have us in His family and kingdom.

 

Because this love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, we too should have that same unction of love - to be givers. Once we recognize this, how then should we respond? We can esteem what our Father esteems. We can value and love what He values and loves - and we abhor what He abhors.

 

Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. ~ Romans 12:9

 

We live in a society where many do not seem to recognize evil, where it comes from, and what is does in the hearts of people. The debate just surfaced recently in our country. The love of God takes a stand against the forces of evil - because it has to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15

 

The truth about the love of God is that it will confront evil - because it has to tell the truth. In the natural we understand this. Good parents will protect their children against evil - sometimes quite forcefully if something is coming to hurt them. That is loving your children. You do not want your children living a lie - sometimes you have to confront them with the truth. This is not to be mean to them but to bless them and keep them out of trouble.

 

Have you ever tried to deal with or resolve a situation and not know what the real truth is? It can be very frustrating and you will not likely make a good and wise decision if you are just guessing at the truth.

 

Love and truth go hand in hand. As children of God those two things should define our being and our daily walk. May this prayer remind us of what we should be about:

 

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. ~ I Thessalonians 3:11-13



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