Daily Word Archives



What Open Door posts on Facebook - May 2018

 

5/2/2018

 

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to "praise the Lord". It is indeed a privilege to do so.

 

If we praise or commend someone in the natural, we are not forced to do it - it is indeed our privilege.

 

By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15

 

As we see the world going further and further from God, we are thankful that we have a throne of grace whereby we may receive help and mercy.

 

Do you remember the song: Where could I go but to the Lord

 

We often see children when they are hurting or in trouble run to their mother or father. They do not know exactly what their parent might do to fix a situation. But they know the right place to go.

 

We do not always know how our heavenly Father will fix a situation, but we know the right place to go! Always run to God - not from Him.

 

5/3/2018

 

Today we join with countless others around the world in the National Day of Prayer. This year's theme is unity from Ephesians 4:3 ~ Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

May we be diligent in prayer so that we the people might fulfill our part as citizens in the kingdom of God. Thus we endeavor to pray in many areas for the blessing and move of God:

 

Protection:

 

“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Ps. 32:6-7).

 

Presence

 

“I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Lev. 26:11-12).

 

Peace

 

I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and not one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country” (Lev. 26:6).

 

Provision

 

“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations” (Ps.111:5-6).

 

Proficiency

 

“Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.   And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace” (Ex. 18:19-23). 

 

We also pray for these aspects in our land:

 

The government

The military

The media

Education

The church

Families

 

Heavenly Father may our prayers be fervent and effectual that the manifestation of Your Spirit, love and power be mightily seen and embraced - in the Name and in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org

 

5/5/2018

 

Because He knows our needs, we are invited to come boldly before the throne of grace to receive!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTdyD4Q3uHc

 

5/8/2018

 

 

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; ~ Titus 3:4-5

 

These verses remind us that it is the work of God in us, not our works, that bring salvation.

 

Like Mary's response to the angel, may we respond to the Lord likewise ~ be it done unto me according to Thy word.

 

5/9/2018

 

Last Sunday we had Communion as we usually do on the first Sunday of the month. We remember the words from Paul: For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:25

 

Regardless of how many times we may "take Communion" or have taken it, we should never let it get old or mundane.

 

We have said before that the things of God, His word and His principles are like diamonds - there are so many facets to them. We consider this in regards to Communion.

 

There is the solemn, serious, intense side of it when we reflect on what Jesus went through - the giving of His body and blood with His death on the cross. We also want to be serious and sincere when we examine ourselves before taking the elements of Communion. It is not something to be done flippantly.

 

Then there is the joy side of Communion - we show God reverence and respect when we are joyful over what He has done for us. Look at what is on the joy side - the resurrection, new life in Christ, being partakers of the kingdom of heaven and being part of the family of God. These are all good reasons to rejoice and give Him praise.

 

Regardless of the facet we are presenting at the time and regardless of the aspect(s) of Communion that each one of us needs when we come to the table, they are all meant to bring us a blessing and to better our lives.

 

Therefore, we come to God's table (and any other aspect of is word and His kingdom) with great joy.

 

5/11/2018

 

We know the word "bless" is commonly seen throughout the Bible. We may recall verses we have committed to memory:

 

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. ~ Psalm 103:1

 

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

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ~ Ephesians 1:3

 

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. ~ I Peter 3:9

 

Have you ever looked up the word "bless". We might think we surely know what it means as we use the term often:

 

We say bless you, may God bless you, that really blessed me, we say a "blessing" before meals, we sign letters and emails with "blessings" or "blessings to you", etc.

 

We encourage you to look up the word "bless", especially in a Bible dictionary. We know there is the "word of blessing" but there is the "doing a blessing" as well.

We note this often when a person says, so-and-so really blessed me yesterday. Often the meaning is that they did something for them - something to meet a need, lighten a load, take care of a problem, help in some way, etc. All this speaks of something being done - something good.

 

Thus far we have looked at this from man's side - what it means to bless and be a blessing to others. Now consider this from the Lord's side - He being a blessing. Now we can get a glimpse of the scripture "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

 

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. ~ Proverbs 10:22

 

The blessing of the Lord is more than just words and more than a "spiritual pat on the head". The blessing of the Lord does something, it produces and brings results. May the Lord help us to learn more, walk in it more, and show it forth ourselves when we "bless" others.

 

 

5/12/2018

 

Our post yesterday looked at the words "bless" and "blessing". The emphasis was more than just words - it was the doing of it. But indeed we need both and we should not neglect the saying.

 

It is certainly better to bless than to cursing. We know what cursing can do, and it is more than just saying "I curse you". We know many of the words that are used to curse with that will get us in trouble both naturally and spiritually,

 

Consider the other side - the blessing with our words. It is more than just saying "I bless you". It is encouragement, wisdom, an offer to help, or a solution to a problem that someone has. All will be a blessing and do good.

 

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. ~ Romans 12:14

 

We thank God for both forgiveness and instruction in this area that we might be a blessing and walk in His blessing.

 

5/14/2018

 

We pray that each mother would experience a special blessing on this Mother's Day. We know the many sacrifices that mothers make on behalf of their families. We recognize as well that it is often the mother who instructs and brings the message of Jesus into the lives of the children.
 
So we thank you mothers for your giving and commitment to your family. May you reap the fruits of righteousness, may you enjoy some honor and recognition today, and may the peace and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you and your household.

 

5/15/2018

 

On Sunday our message revolved around Mother's Day. We used a familiar text from Proverbs 31:10 regarding the virtuous woman.

 

When we hear the word "virtuous" we likely think about a woman's moral character and choices in that area, But to be virtuous is much more than that. Any person, man or woman, could be morally or sexually beyond reproach but sadly lacking in other areas - laziness, untruthful, bitter, harsh, gossipy, and the list could go on. Virtue goes much further than simply morals. If you continue reading in Proverbs 31, we see this virtuous woman described as:

 

Diligent in her work, trustworthy, giving, wise, speaks kindly, gives honor and reverence to the Lord. She is virtuous in word and deed.

 

May these qualities be seen in all of us. May God's blessing and favor be especially upon mothers endeavoring to follow this Biblical description.

 

5/17/2018

 

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.

 

5/18/2018

 

A familiar verse:

 

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

 

From this we must conclude that there are words (and meditations) that are not acceptable to the Lord. We know what happens when words are not acceptable to us.

 

Consider a family or household getting ready in the morning - fixing breakfast, preparing for school, work, etc. Someone can say the wrong thing or in a wrong tone and we know what can happen. It can affect the whole day in a bad way, tensions arise and it may escalate in a worse way.

 

On the other side, right things, loving and kind things can be said that can do just the opposite, promote well-being and get us off to a good start. May we consider this at all times and ask for God's help in regards to our words, tone and demeanor - that we may be a blessing.

 

5/21/2018

 

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. ~ Acts 17:31

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. ~ Hebrews 10:22

 

Le us praise our Savior all the day long!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LRI-lLYyq4

 

5/22/2018

 

Many are familiar with Hebrews 4:16, but it is a particular blessing to join it with the verses before it as we do here:

 

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:14-16

 

We rejoice in verse 16 as we should, but we note the word "therefore" at the beginning of it. Because of the verses preceding, we can partake of what is offered in verse 16.

 

We also mention that we must conclude in verse 16 that God is very willing to give grace and mercy.  We do not have to talk Him into it. We are told to come there with the intention of getting it.

 

Heavenly Father we come to receive. We do not have to earn it or work for it. As the previous verse tell us, we can have it because of what Jesus did for us.

 

Therefore we boldly (confidently) come to the throne to receive, obtain and find mercy and grace to help us today.

 

5/23/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at a familiar verse from Hebrews 4 and noted that it is God's will for us to obtain His mercy and grace. We do not have to talk Him in to giving it to us. Today we see this expanded upon and explained further in Hebrews 10:

 

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) ~ Hebrews 10:19-23

 

Thus we see again our invitation to come boldly (confidently) into to presence of God - not because of our own merits but because of the blood of Jesus.

 

The precious blood of Jesus gives us access to God's kingdom , His presence, His mercy and grace. May you be a blessing today because of His grace and mercy

 

5/25/2018

 

Here is a hallelujah shout for the day:

 

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen. ~ Jude 1:24-25

 

Take some time to imagine this joy and know that God takes great pleasure in doing this for us!

 

5/26/2018

 

As Memorial Day weekend is here, we note a scripture talking about Cornelius:

 

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. ~ Acts 10:4

 

It is interesting what brings "memorial" status with God ~ prayers and alms. Alms are not just money; it is the giving of ourselves, our abilities and time to others and Godly causes. All of us can do these things.

 

We do not necessarily do these things to build or warrant any type of memorial, but it is nice to know that God is watching and would remember them on our behalf.

 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. ~ Ephesians 6:8

 

Have a blessed and safe holiday weekend!

 

5/28/2018

 

Today we especially remember and are thankful for those serving in the military. We honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price along with their families. We ask God for His love and compassion to comfort each person in this regard.

 

We pray the same and hold in high regard our police and firefighters who risk their lives to serve and keep us safe.

 

We especially recognize these people today but we could do it more frequently throughout the year with acts of kindness and appreciation for them. We thank God for His provision for our protection in all ways.

 

 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12

 

5/29/2018

 

Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:11

 

This is one of the most recognized verses in the Bible - right up there with John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm. People often relate it to the Lord's Prayer and the giving of thanks when we bless our food.

 

We further understand that our daily sustenance involves more than just physical food. We need many things to nourish all aspects of our being - spirit, soul, and body.

 

Certainly we need physical fuel but other things come to mind that are essential for well being and daily success:

 

Wisdom, ability, strength, courage, favor with those around us, the fruit of the spirit, spiritual anointing, clarity of thought, finances, resources, health, prosperity, victory against temptation ... and the list goes on.

 

Many other things could be listed but the point is to recognize that we need these things on a daily basis.  Thus, when we ask for our daily bread, it is a way of asking God for what we need and the proper way to make use of it when we get it.

 

Remember this scripture from the Old Testament that Jesus quoted when He was tempted:

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." ~ Matthew 4:4

 

When we ask for our daily bread, we recognize that we are looking to God for all we need on a daily basis.

 

5/31/2018

 

We know that many are rejoicing that summertime is essentially here - students and teachers particularly.

 

We pray that safety and protection surround each one of us. May wisdom enter our hearts and knowledge be pleasant to our souls so that discretion shall preserve us and understanding keep us ~ Proverbs 2:10-11

 

Thanks you parents, students and faculty of Open Door Christian School for your work and dedication this year. Have a blessed, joyful and God-filled summer.

 

To all of our readers as well: Thank you for your support and may your faith and love in the Lord grow exceedingly. Enjoy the summer in the Lord who gives us richly all things to enjoy! ~ I Timothy 6:17

 

 

 

 

 

 



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