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What Open Door posts on Facebook - March 2018

 

3/2/2018

 

We pray especially for those dealing outside in the weather. Father we ask that You watch over those restoring power and working around trees and debris. Thank you for a special measure of grace and wisdom to them.

 

Please check on loved ones and the elderly today, be mindful while driving and take your time. We remember to look out for one another today.

 

3/3/2018

 

We thank God so much for this verse:

 

Then opened he (Jesus) their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, ~ Luke 24:45

 

Jesus wanted His disciples to understand the scriptures that they might walk wisely. How much more so should we believe the same thing.

 

If we believe that God wants us to live accordingly to the Word, we certainly should believe He is more than willing to enlighten us.

 

We thank God for His Word and Spirit that will lead us in wisdom and understanding - that we might walk in victory always and be a blessing to others.

 

3/4/2018

 

What comes to mind when we think of words like: responsibility, obligation, duty, or commitment. As we age we likely see them in a different light. To get another perspective, bounce them off your teenager. Be ready in case you get a response like: Whatever!?

 (Don't blow your cool!)

 

If we are honest, we would likely admit that we all had to grow, and are still growing, in these areas. Even if we had parents who drilled these four words into us like the four food groups, they still take time to develop even if we thought they were good.

 

We must remember that at age 50, we have had years to compare these words and what they mean to the many aspects of life we have gone through ourselves, seen in friends, etc. We have dealt with it up close and personal. Our teens do not have that perspective. Remember the joke that talked about how much smarter parents get as their children get older?

 

One of the greatest things we can do for our young people is demonstrate these and other qualities that we know will bless their lives and ours. Remember that even though we have the experience, we still can miss it at times, have to hit "clear", then hit "restart". Our young people will likely have to do the same.

 

We are grateful for God's mercy that is new every morning. Let us exhibit the same. 

 

3/5/2018

Psalm 113:3 ~ From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised.

 

This is a very familiar scripture and the basis for a number of songs that we sing. May it a basis as well for what we demonstrate in our lives - not just the words of our lips but the way we conduct ourselves.

 

Heavenly Father show us each day the way we can glorify You in our service to others. Indeed make me a channel of blessing that Your kingdom might come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May I be pleasing in Your sight today!

 

3/6/2018

 

Today we look at the second part of a familiar verse: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. ~ James 5:16b

 

What if our lives were "fervent and effectual"? How would you like your employees to be fervent and effectual.

 

May we all assess ourselves in light of this and we ask for God's help as we commit to improve.

We trust Your word  heavenly Father that says:

 

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

 

May these words motivate and strengthen us each day.

 

3/8/2018

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; ...

 

Why should we give thanks unto the Lord? The rest of the verse reads:

 

"for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever." ~ Psalm 118;1

 

We have done a number of posts on the goodness of God and we note here the joining of His goodness and mercy.

 

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; ~ II Corinthians 1:3

 

Here we see mercy and comfort. We remember how Jesus was moved with compassion and "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." ~ Acts 10:38

 

We note in verse 36 that Peter said that Jesus came "preaching peace".

 

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

 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? ~ Matthew 7:11

 

Our purpose in these verses is to illustrate the character of God and remind ourselves again that He is good and He is love.

 

3/9/2018

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Romans 12:1-2

 

We could study these verses for a number of days and apply them each day for the rest of our lives. We may even wonder where to start, but at some point we must do exactly that - start! May we humble ourselves before God as we start and acknowledge that we may understand very little.

 

Lord, I really do not know what all of this means but because I love You and want to obey all that can, I come to You regarding these verses. Give me wisdom and understanding in how to do them in my life.

 

It says to do this by "the mercies of God" so I boldly ask for your mercy as I start. Thank you for Your goodness as I know that doing these things will be for my good. Thank you Lord for wonderful results all along the way. In the Name of Jesus I make my prayer - Amen.

 

3/10/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at the first 2 verses of Romans chapter 12 which give instruction to us regarding the body and the mind. If you are in a place of discouragement in these areas, we want to encourage you as we said yesterday to make a start.

 

Perhaps nothing in the natural gives you much hope in your situation, but launching out and trusting the word of God is a way we draw near to Him. He knows the condition we are in, and even a feeble attempt to come to Him is so much better than doing nothing.

 

We think about the prodigal son in his wretched condition; yet he determined to go to his father. We know the story in Luke chapter 15 and the response if the father. Jesus certainly gave this illustration to show the heavenly Father's response to those who will humble themselves and come unto Him.

 

We remember these words from Jesus:

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~  Matthew 11:28-30

 

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. ~ John 6:37

 

In light of these verses in Romans, may we all humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for His help and direction in these matters.

 

3/12/2018

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~ Psalm 139:23-24. Here the psalmist asks God to examine him.

 

Are we willing to ask the same? Further, are we willing to examine ourselves and judge ourselves in any and all areas (I Corinthians 11:28-32). We know these verses were written in light of taking Communion and we should do this each time we partake.

 

But there is nothing wrong with doing it whenever needed. We do it because we love God, we want to please Him, we do not want to miss it, we want to improve, and we want to be a blessing.

 

Perhaps you can think of more reasons to examine and judge ourselves, but our point is that it is a good thing to do - it will be beneficial. This is all between the individual and the Lord.

 

We encourage everyone to sincerely do it and at least make a start as we have mentioned the past couple of days. It is certainly a good maintenance plan.

 

3/13/2018

 

We invite you to take a few moments to enjoy the piano and beautiful singing on this video. We are reminded that victory in Jesus comes when we surrender all to Him.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNbwBcgPC4

 

3/15/2018

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

 

This is obviously much easier to do and accept when things are going well and there is no pressure. One thing we can do is determine right now is how we will respond when the tough times come.

 

We can put that to work today: Lord, I choose and determine to trust you in the hard times. I know I may be tempted otherwise and my feelings be just the opposite, but I ask for Your help in the midst of any such situation. Show me how to trust You at all times.

 

It will help us greatly to prepare ahead of time

 

3/16/2018

 

Just a quick note to remind us that we should always do our best - whether it is to the boss, our spouse, our family, our friends, or to God. We all appreciate those around us who are giving their best - they are ones we can count on.

 

It is good to remind ourselves of this because we all get tired and some things get so routine. Getting this "our best"  attitude or mindset down on the inside will bless us, those around us, and should enhance our Christian testimony.

 

We could start by just doing something a little extra today in some area.

 

3/17/2018

 

If you deal with church functions or scheduling in any way, you are always looking forward on the calendar for what is coming up. If you have cantatas or special programs, you often start months in advance. As the celebration of the resurrection occurs on April 1st, we will sing songs in the Sundays prior that speak to that theme. A few meaningful lines that you might recognize:

 

Crucified, laid behind a stone

You lived to die, rejected and alone

Like a rose trampled on the ground

You took the fall and thought of me, above all

 

 

O how great the kindness our God has shown
We were strangers now we're called His own
His Grace has welcomed the sinner home
Tender mercies lead us to the throne

 

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. ~ Ephesians 1:5-6

 

3/19/2018

 

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. ~ Psalm 51:1

 

May this describe our heart each day - to call upon the mercy of the Lord. We remember several  times in the Old Testament when the people of God sinned and provoked the Lord. Moses stepped in as an intercessor and called for God's mercy and he found favor with God.

 

May we as well be willing to extend mercy and kindness when things do not go just right. May the Lord show us how to walk this out daily. Father we ask for Your blessing in this area - to stay true to the word, be patient in dealing with others, and that righteousness, truth and love prevail always.

 

3/20/2018

 

The other day we mentioned a line in a song that said:

 

His (God's) grace has welcomed the sinner home.

 

It reminds us of the story of the prodigal son. We know the story and the attitude of the Father. Can you image the scene of the father laid back in his recliner and the prodigal son stumbles through the front door. The father sees him and makes a comment like: "Well I see you finally ran out of money and you figured you could come home and I'd take you back in. I told you that would happen!"

 

Thankfully we know the father was not like that. He was looking for any glimpse of his son returning. When he saw him, he was welcomed home (with joy) as the line in the song says.

 

O the grace and the love of God - may we appreciate it and extend it to others whenever possible.

 

3/22/2018

 

With longing all my heart is filled

That like Him I may be.

As on the wondrous thought I dwell,

That Christ liveth in me. ~ Whittle from Our Daily Bread

 

May others see Jesus in me.

 

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

 ~ Isaiah 26:3

 

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. ~ Ephesians 5:2

 

3/23/2018

 

As we anticipate Palm Sunday and Resurrection Day, we share this song:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NSdy2N7mHA

 

3/24/2018

 

From our archives:

 

If we are following the timeline in the gospels, we know this week for Jesus is a very intense one. In considering His ministry on earth, He had a lot to accomplish:

 

He had to fulfill the law

He had to fulfill all righteousness

He had to deal with all types of people

He had to answer all types of questions

He had to minister in all manner of situations, give the right word to people, and flow in the             power of the Spirit

He had to minister to and deal with His own disciples

He had to resist temptation in the most difficult degree

He had to die as the spotless Lamb of God

 

In Hebrews 3:2, Jesus is described as being faithful to the Father that appointed Him.

 

Our desire also is to be faithful in all that God has appointed for us - that we walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful in every good work. Stand up for Jesus - every day!

 

3/26/2018

 

Yesterday we  chose our songs in light of Palm Sunday and what is often referred to as the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

 

This story is found in all 4 gospels ~ Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19. John 12. In this story and account of the event, a word is used that is found no where else in the Bible:

 

It is the word "Hosanna" - you remember the people shouted Hosanna to the son of David. The children cried Hosanna in the temple.

 

The best translation and meaning of the word we can find is: "save us we pray" From it we conclude that it was a prayer but it appears that it became an expression that was used to give praise and honor to someone - someone who would indeed have the ability to save you.

 

It seems quite appropriate that this expression "Hosanna" would be shouted and proclaimed as Jesus came into Jerusalem. Of course few if any would realize at this occasion the extent and lengths that Jesus would go through to save mankind.

 

We marvel at the precision of scripture and we ask our Lord to reveal more to us regarding this week in His life before the sacrifice He made for us and His resurrection.

 

3/27/2018

 

As we consider this week in the Biblical time line, we remember the humility and obedience of Jesus:

 

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ~ Philippians 2:7 & 8

 

This reminds us to humble ourselves:

 

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 18:4

 

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:11 & 12

 

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. ~ Luke 14:11

 

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. ~ Colossians 3:12 & 13

 

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. ~ James 4:6

 

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: ~ I Peter 5:5 & 6

 

The humbling of ourselves is something we decide to do - because we love God and it brings the blessing. Let us especially honor our heaven Father in this way each day.

 

 

3/29/2018

 

In our last post we looked at humility. We did that especially in light of Jesus during this last week before His sacrifice, Along the same lines, today we look at "repentance".

 

Being able to repent is a wonderful thing - to turn around, clear the past, change directions and go a new way. The word "repent" and its forms are in the New Testament 60 times. Just in the book of Acts we see this type of message presented:

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. ~ Acts 2:38-39

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19

 

Him (Jesus) hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. ~ Acts 5:31

 

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. ~ Acts 11:18

 

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: ~ Acts 17:30

 

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Acts 20:21

 

But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. ~ Acts 26:20

 

These verses clearly show that repentance was preached. Even after we know the Lord (have been born again), repentance is still good. We repent of sin and repent toward God. We should always be learning and growing and laying aside every weight and sin that might beset us ~ Hebrews 12:1

 

What better time to repent, search our hearts and seek after the Lord than this season when we remember what Jesus has done for us.

 

3/30/2018

 

In recognition of the sacrifice of Jesus for us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z3Cn5Yj10I

 

3/31/2018

 

Can you imagine yourself as one of the disciples of Jesus the day after He was crucified? You would probably be wondering "What do I do now"? You would likely be dealing with a rush of emotions and from the scripture record they would not likely be joyful.

 

Though Jesus had talked to His disciples about the resurrection, the jolt of seeing Him crucified seemed to erase any idea in their minds that He was talking about it happening after this crucifixion. We all know that it is often very difficult to believe in something you rarely see happen. As Christians we know it takes faith based upon what the Word of God tells us to develop a picture within us that something we believe is going to happen. For the disciples, it seems the picture of the death of Jesus was the most prevalent thing on their minds.

 

We have all had our "what do I do now?" moments. It has been said that we should not doubt in the darkness what God has shown us in the light. This is something we must do intentionally when darkness and the pictures it generates come against our faith. We all need to recognize that truth is true even when it is not readily apparent. This is likely one of the greatest battles we face in this life.

 

We may not be able to explain everything, but we do not have to lose hope and throw in the towel. The circumstances may not give us any encouragement, but we do not have to give up our faith or give up on God. We can boldly declare that we are still on the Lord's side, and we look to Him to deal with the things that are beyond us.

 

Resurrection was coming. Mourning would turn to shouts of praise and joy. We pray for each person dear heavenly Father who is seeking You in regards to some situation - that the power of the resurrection would be real to them and in all of us each day!

 

 

 



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