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What Open Door posts on Facebook - July 2018

 

July 2, 2018

 

Because we celebrated a patriotic weekend and the 4th is coming Wednesday, our songs yesterday were of a patriotic theme. Yet in singing those songs, our praise was to God.

 

We thank Him so much for all He has done and all He continues to do in and for our nation. We continue to cry out that God would bless America.

 

We have no problem asking God to bless our individual homes, property, and all the things we have. But we should also ask God to show us any hindrance to the blessing. Do I need to repent of anything or am I missing God in some way?

 

This should be the same for our country as we see from this familiar scripture:

 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ II Chronicles 7:14

 

Thank God for the privilege to repent and turn from any wicked way. Yes we pray God's blessing on our country and its people, but Lord show us how to pray and make changes that are needed.

 

7/3/2018

 

Enjoy this patriotic tribute as we anticipate the 4th of July:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDBbyjdqs6s

 

7/4/2018

 

We pray each of you enjoy a safe and blessed holiday. If we take the time to sing God Bless America, may we also take the time to pray that God would Bless America.

 

We pray that righteousness would exalt our nation and that we all recognize that sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

 

May we act like we believe both parts of this verse.

 

7/5/2018

 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

 

We will be looking at the word "peace" from the Bible in our next few posts. It is obvious from the scriptures that God knows we need it and has provided it. We pray God's peace will bless you today and indeed keep your hearts and minds as the verse above says.

 

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 14:17. What a description of God's kingdom! May it be very real in you today.

 

7/6/2018

 

Yesterday we began a study of the word "peace" in the Bible and particularly the peace of God. Our text was:  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

 

If you look up the word "peace" in the New Testament, you will see it 109 times. In 25 instances, it is used as "hold you peace" or "peaceable". So if we take these out we have essentially 84 times the word peace in used in the context of our study. We see it all through the New Testament.

 

We know that peace is something that works on the inside of us. We see from the verse above that God's peace will "... keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." The word keep means to guard or watch over - as to protect. This is certainly beneficial and will bless ur hearts, minds and lives. This is one of the purposes of God's peace.

 

Think about the opposite of peace for a moment: discord, agitation, distress, frustration, upset and worry. None of this is good, it hurts our lives and relationships, keeps us unproductive, and it is the opposite of God.

 

Therefore we rejoice again and are so thankful for God's peace. We encourage you to do your study and pray you live and walk in peace more and more.

 

7/7/2018

 

As we continue to look at God's peace as revealed in the Bible, today we look at it in the 4 gospels. We want to see what Jesus said about it and it would be good for all of us to study the surrounding verses to get the context:

 

And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. ~ Mathew 5:34

 

And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. ~ Luke 7:50

 

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. ~ Luke 8:48

 

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. ~ Luke 24:36

 

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 14:27

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33

 

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. ~ John 20:19

 

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. ~ John 20:21

 

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. ~ John 20:26

 

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Thus we see throughout these accounts that Jesus was a peacemaker - as He said "blessed are the peacemakers" ~ Matthew 5:9. He was a peace promoter. He readily gives us His peace as we noted in the above verses.

 

In like manner He told the truth, and people's reaction to the truth goes across the board. We readily see that today. May we readily receive the truth from our Lord - even when it steps on our toes, corrects us, or hurts a little.

 

We know what it is like when the truth brings correction to ourselves and in the lives of others. Notice that the truth is to make things "correct" instead of leaving things wrong.

 

We remember the words of Paul: Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ~ Galatians 4:16

 

. It is interesting that we have somewhat gotten off our subject of peace in discussing the truth. Yet one of the best ways to walk in God's peace is to receive and walk in the truth.

 

Heavenly Father may we do both - walk in Your truth and peace even when it has to correct us.

 

7/9/2018

 

As we continue to look at the peace of God, we note that it is an actual "thing" if we can use that term. It is a fruit of the spirit:

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ,,, ~ Galatians 5:22

 

It is more than just something we imagine in our minds - though it is great when we have "peace of mind"

 

Remember also from our foundational verse: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds ... ~ Philippians 4:7

 

We thank God that His peace will keep (or guard) our hearts and minds.

 

Let us give due diligence to "keep the pace" of God working in us.

 

7/10/2018

 

We remind ourselves that the peace of God is for us:

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds ... ~ Philippians 4:7

 

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 14:27

 

We see here that Jesus gives us His peace and shows the opposite as well - a troubled heart. He says not to let that happen. Therefore we must have the ability to keep our hearts from being troubled and fearful. Thoughts of trouble may come to our minds but we must diligently keep them out of our hearts.

 

7/12/2018

 

Some additional verses regarding peace:

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: ~ Isaiah 26:3-4

 

All of these verses were so good we share them:

 

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps. ~ Psalm 85:8-13

 

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

 

Peace is described here as a blessing. We surely want peace in the lives of all our loved ones. We do not want our children vexed, tormented, fearful or worried. Peace is indeed a blessing.

 

We continue to see God wanting us to live and walk in the peace He has provided.

 

July 13. 2018

 

In the past few posts, we hope we have shown clearly that God has given us His peace and He wants it evident and working in our lives.

 

In Colossians 3:15 we read:

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

 

From this verse we see that we have a choice. We cannot rule the hearts of others. Indeed all around us people may be just having a fit, angry and out of control. But we do not have to be that way.

 

May we act on this verse and others that the peace of God may rule in us (be in charge) and indeed be thankful as the verse tells us. Notice it is not peace that we come up with or try to imagine. This peace is from God Himself, and we remember from out initial verse it will "keep our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ"

 

Father we pray these verses for ourselves each day, remind us of Your peace when the opposite may tempt us, and may we see absolute good results of Your peace working in us.

 

7/14/2018

 

We share this video today to encourage you to not give up, to continue to abound in the work of the Lord, and to remember that we shall reap in due season if we faint not.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4YvBedUlcA

 

 

7/16/2018

 

We have noted on several occasions the prayers that Paul prayed in the book of Ephesians for us as the children of God. We encourage you to pray them often that you may receive all that is contained in them. See:

 

Ephesians 1:17-23 and Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Further we see a prayer along the same lines in Colossians. May we receive all the good things that are in these verses:

 

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ~ Colossians 1:9-14

 

May we feed our spirits often with these truths and we especially emphasize these words as a good start to the day:

 

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power..."

 

May we expect this today from our loving heavenly Father.

 

7/17/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at prayers in the Bible from Ephesians and Colossians. Again we encourage you to pray them for yourselves (and others) often. You will find nothing bad or negative in them.

 

Remember that God, our heavenly Father, throughout the scriptures is described as loving and good. The enemy is described as evil, killing, stealing, destroying and devouring,

 

May we believe the love that God has for us ~ I John 4:16 and the good gifts that come from Him ~ James 1:17,

 

7/18/2018

 

Yesterday we mentioned the verse in I John 4:16. The first part reads: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.

 

We encourage you today to believe the love that God has for you. Sometimes we may think that God just sort of tolerates us or puts up with us. But that is not the picture of love in the New Testament or that Jesus described.

 

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. ~ John 16;27

 

We are welcome in His presence and we are told to boldly come ~ just like your children are at your house!

 

May God help us to realize this and walk freely in our relationship with Him knowing there is complete forgiveness when needed, fellowship restored if necessary, and His love freely given to us.

 

How we desire more intimacy and times of sharing with our heavenly Father. Enjoy being with Him today.

 

7/19/2018

 

Last night we sang a song from a familiar verse of scripture:

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

 

In Vines dictionary of New Testament words, the use of "supply" (as a verb here) means to "fill" or "fulfill". Notice it says God will do this for all of our needs. He will fill them.

 

Consider the word "fulfill". It means to fill full or fully fill. We should be getting the picture - nothing stingy is presented here.

 

Thank you heavenly Father for fully filling our needs today that our joy may be full (notice that word again) and that we may pour out your blessing to others.

 

7/20/2018

 

When we consider the concept of maintenance from a Christian standpoint, we know there is both a natural and spiritual side.

 

We have to look after things, tend to them, and assess how they are going.

 

We want to make sure what we have is going right, and we want to work to make things better.

 

Paul called it judging ourselves in one place.

 

Words and phrases below remind us of the benefits we have and processes we go through when we make the effort to improve and be more pleasing to God in our walk:

 

Renew

Refresh

Filled with the fullness of God

Filled with the fruits of righteousness

Strengthened with all might

We are complete in Him

We have obtained mercy

We have grace to help in a time of need

We have all things that pertain unto life and Godliness

Strengthened by His Spirit in our inner man

We have forgiveness when we need it

We are told to depart from iniquity and walk worthy of the Lord

We have everlasting life

 

Even if we think our lives are a mess with so many things to deal with, we still can start (with God's help) on one thing at a time.

 

7/21/2018

 

A favorite hymn for many is: Living For Jesus

 

It reminds us of our decisions, actions and words that are a major part of each day.

 

Deuteronomy 30 tells us to "choose life"; each day we can say "I choose to believe the word of God" and then act accordingly. We can choose to live for Jesus

 

If we are dealing with a particular matter or problem, we can choose the word of God in that regard.

 

May the Lord help us to live for Jesus in all of our situations and circumstances.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12Tww_FPthc

 

7/22/2018

 

Yesterday our service was one of testimonies regarding how we came to know the Lord. It was interesting and encouraging to hear the various stories. Even though some of us have been together for many years, we did not know the stories of childhood, or the various twists and turns that many have experienced. Our folks have many different backgrounds with upbringing in various denominations or no church affiliation at all.

 

It was new for some to stand up and speak, some said they were nervous yet their faces were joyful. It was a loving time.

 

We praise God for all He has brought us through. We encourage you to reflect on your Christian experience and write it out if you like. Share it as you can and experience the blessing of it. Others will be encouraged to share their story with you.

 

May the Lord give us more opportunities to share and be an encouragement to others.

 

7/24/2018

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ~ Romans 1:16

 

May the "I" in this verse be every one of us. May we meditate on this verse to get it inside of us, that the power of it would do exactly what it says - in us!

 

We have said before and recognize in our lives how hurtful and destructive words can do that to us - hurt and destroy. Just the opposite is just as true.

 

May the power of the words of God do in us exactly what they say.

 

7/25/2018

 

In Romans chapter 4 we read about the faith of Abraham and how that faith was counted to him for righteousness:

 

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ~ Romans 4:3

 

This righteousness was not based on Abraham's works but his belief in God. Righteousness was credited to his account. The next verses continue to explain this.

 

When we get to verse 22 it is put this way regarding Abraham:

 

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

 

The verses that follow this one should fill us with praise:

 

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ~ Romans 4:23-25

 

Thus we have the reason for the first verse of the next chapter that is so familiar:

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: ~ Romans 5:1

 

We pray the Holy Spirit enlighten us more and more to walk in the reality of these verses.

 

7/27/2018

 

Many are familiar with Psalm 100. It only contains 5 verse and begins with:

 

 

A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

 

Perhaps when hearing or reading this we imagine or envision people or groups around the world singing and giving praise to the Lord. These types of gatherings are easily seen on the internet. The rest of the verses show further things for people to do regarding the Lord.

 

Let us remember these things are for us to do as well - as individuals. We could read these verses like this:

 

I will make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I serve the Lord with gladness and I come before His presence with singing. I know that the Lord is good and it is He that has created me. I enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. I give thanks to Him and I bless His name.

 

For the Lord is good to me, His mercy to me is everlasting, and His truth endures to me forever.

 

May we do the first 4 verses - God will do the last verse.

 

 8/28/2018

 

We encourage each of you today (and ourselves) to continue developing your prayer life. So much can be said but we note this verse in particular:

 

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly ~ Matthew 6:6

 

Some note that we do not pray for reward. True - we pray for results. We pray to get things accomplished.

 

Have we realized that God considers prayer as worthy of reward? We might often classify it as rather low on the scale - something that no one sees or ever is aware of. God notes that in this verse - He might be the only one that knows. He considers it "reward-worthy".

 

May this encourage us today to spend a little time in our prayer closet. If nothing else, we can tell our heavenly Father that we are here to learn.

 

7/30/2018

 

If you are a Bible student, you likely know something about the tabernacle, the temple, the furnishings, the layout, and the symbolism of the activities and worship involved.

 

We want to point out that even in the Old Testament, under the law in the Holy of Holies where God would meet with the high priest, was the "mercy seat". It was not called a judgment seat even then.

 

We know God did judge situations and people. We know there was an altar of sacrifice in the main court. Yet God provided a mercy seat. It appears throughout history, God's desire has always been to show mercy. We certainly see the fulfillment of this in Jesus Christ and what we see in the New Testament.

 

It also reminds us that we should be the same - looking for a way to show mercy to others.

 

July 31, 2018

 

We all know that in today's climate it easy to say the wrong thing or act improperly. We can call it either "righteous indignation" or "I just lost it". Either way, we may have to do some damage control, apologize, or ask forgiveness.

 

In the same way that words and actions can get us into trouble, the right words and actions can do a lot to get us out of trouble.

 

"What can I do to make this right", is a great question to ask when we need to fix something.

 

We will not be able to fix everything to everyone's satisfaction, but we can demonstrate that we care about doing what is right and cast our pride aside when we need to.

 

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. ~ Hebrews 13:18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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