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What Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2018

 

11/2/2018

 

We write again today encouraging you to expect good things from your Heavenly Father - to expect the word of God to work for you.

 

We remind ourselves that Jesus commended the faith of the centurion who expected the word of Jesus to work for him.

 

We all need this developed more and more in our lives - our expectation, anticipation, hope and faith in God's word to believe that we receive when we pray.

 

May we all receive encouragement from God's word and His Spirit as we seek to grow and bear much fruit in this area.

 

11/3/2018

 

When we notice that someone is "maturing", the term is used in a positive way. We do not use that term when someone is headed in a wrong direction. So too when we talk about maturing as a Christian.

 

One sign that we are making progress is when neither praise nor criticism moves us off our stand on the word of God. We may appreciate a pat on the back and consider legitimate criticism. But our goal in both is to better serve and honor our Lord.

 

Maturity does not just happen and it does not materialize just because we have been Christians a long time. It comes from sowing to the spirit (Galatians 6:8), walking in God's word, and living for Jesus as an old hymn says. May we do our best to grow and mature in the faith.

 

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:13

 

11/5/2018

 

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

 

May we vote like we believe this.

 

Remember that our vote is a seed. It is a way to promote righteousness, make a choice, and put action to our praying.

 

Almost all nations have peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who are not always wise or virtuous. Providence has given to our people the choice of their
rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. ~ John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

 

We thank God for the freedom to vote and ask that He continue to bless our nation.

 

 

11/6/2018

 

It would be difficult to find a better day to join in prayer with those who believe I Timothy 2:1-4:

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Notice what is good and acceptable in the sight of God: that we pray for those in authority and that we might live a peaceable, Godly and honest life. Both we and God want that to be so.

 

God wants our leaders to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth - then they have a real foundation upon which to exercise authority. Everything mentioned in these four verses is good and all of that "good" is what God wants for us.

 

May the Lord grant us deeper insight to pray in this area, to cast off all the emotional turmoil that has been stirred up in our nation, and fervently pray in the power of God's Spirit to flow in our land.

 

Finally, may our response in every situation be ordered of the Lord - whether it be something small and very personal or that which has consequences for many. We certainly pray this also for those in authority and those with a voice in our land.

 

Remember to vote!

 

11/7/2018

 

We know the elections (and the results of them) are on the minds of many. We are grateful once again that the Lord has blessed us to be able to vote on many issues.

 

We write this post before any results are known because many of the things we are to do as Christians will not change no matter who is elected to any office. We have shared some of them as election time was drawing near. Today we note this one:

 

At the end of I Corinthians 15, Paul writes: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ verse 57

 

Because of this, he then tells us what to do in the last verse of the chapter:

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ Verse 58

 

May we do this joyfully no matter the results of any election. Thank you heavenly Father for Your guidance and direction each day.

 

 

11/9/2018

 

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3

 

It is no accident or coincidence that the faith and love of the Thessalonians is mentioned here because faith works by love ~ Galatians 5:6

 

Faith and love were both abounding. Lord may this describe our faith and our love walk!

 

11/10/2018

 

Yesterday we mentioned this verse:

 

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3

 

We want to particularly look at the word "grow" both here and in these verses:

 

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:15

 

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2

 

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. ~ II Peter 3:18

 

In the Greek, the word "grow" always means to increase in some way, and regarding these verses; it is always good. Growing, increasing, and developing in good things, naturally and spiritually, brings blessings.

 

It is quite obvious in the natural when this happens - when we put effort toward this growing and developing. How much more so when we do it in the things of God - developing and growing spiritually. This builds strength and power on the inside to go and do - which again brings results in our labors and efforts.

 

May God help each one of us understand this more and more that we might continue to grow in the things of God - and that we might see the good results from it.

 

11/12/2018

 

Our message yesterday was on the faithfulness of God. We note these verses to establish a scriptural foundation for God's faithfulness:

 

II Thessalonians 3:3

 

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

 

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ I Corinthians 1:9

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~ I Corinthians 10:13

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. ~ I Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. ~ Hebrews 2:17

 

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 10:22-23

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9

 

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, ~ Revelation 1:5

 

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. ~ Revelation 19:11

 

There are so many things we could say about these verses. But we especially point out that all of God's faithfulness to us in the verse is good - very good! In this season of thanksgiving, we are so thankful and grateful for the Lord's faithfulness - another of His good and perfect gifts coming from above ~ James 1:17

 

11/13/2018

 

Yesterday we laid a scriptural foundation showing God's faithfulness. It is interesting to further see that the Greek word for faith is "pistis" and the Greek word for faithful is "pistos".

 

It does not take a "Greek scholar" to see that the two words are closely connected. We would be shocked if they were not.

 

In relationships with people throughout the years, we come to an understanding of what being faithful is. The Greek word for faithful (mentioned above) means to be trusted, reliable, and true.

We would consider such as good and Godly character.

 

We can certainly picture the opposite. When someone is unfaithful it can be devastating. The consequences can be hurtful and long lasting. The Greek word is "apistos" and means untrustworthy, negative and is also used to describe unbelievers and infidels.

 

This gives us quite a picture. Thus we can rejoice, marvel and put our confidence in the God who is faithful. May we endeavor to show ourselves faithful as well. Again we understand what it is like when someone is unfaithful to us. Remember that we are called stewards of the things of God - may we indeed be faithful in this regard:

 

 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ I Peter 4:10

 

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. ~ I Corinthians 4:2

 

Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me!

 

11/15/2018

 

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

 

Most people have heard this expression and likely know that it comes from the Bible. A study of the scriptures will show us that daily bread (or sustenance) is more than just physical food.

 

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God ~ Matthew 4:4

 

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. ~ John 4:34

 

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. ~ John 6:27

 

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ~ John 6:49-51

 

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2

 

From these verse and others, we could say our "daily bread" is what we need to maintain our lives during this earthly existence - spirit, soul, and body.

 

Remember this statement from Jesus: The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. ~ Luke 12:23

 

Thank God for our food and raiment, yet we thank Him further that He understands we need more than just those things in this life if we are to be successful. As we pray and ask for our daily bread, let us be open to God's abundantly supply to meet our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19), that He might give us knowledge of witty inventions or ideas (Proverbs 8:12), and that we might prosper and be a good success as we seek Him and His word (Joshua 1:8).

 

This would indeed be a daily feast!

 

11/16/2018

 

A main theme in our message Wednesday night was encouragement - particularly encouragement in our faith. Think about en - courage. One meaning is to "strengthen". It is a blessing indeed to be "in courage".

 

We should readily see how important this is. We remember I John 5:4 ~ For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 

There are many verses that teach us how precious our faith is. Thus to be strengthened and encouraged in our faith is a precious thing.

 

Jude 1:20 ~  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Building up in this verse is also translated "charging" (like a battery) or strengthening. We can do this ourselves and not just depend on others to encourage us.

 

May we tend to our faith that it might grow and grow exceedingly as we have noted several times from II Thessalonians 1:3. But we should always be looking for ways to help and encourage one another in the faith, and we pray this post will do so today.

 

11/17/2018

 

We want to continue to encourage ourselves in the faith that God has given us. If you do a study of the word "faith" in the New Testament, it will take a long time. There are so many instances of the term itself and the teachings that are given about it. We want to share just a few that will bless us:

 

Peter rehearsing how the Gentiles came into the church and how God ministered to them ~ thank God for purification!

 

And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. ~ Acts 15:9

 

We are grateful to be a part of this group mentioned here:

 

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: ~ Romans 3:22

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. ~ Romans 3:28

 

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. ~ Romans 4:5

 

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

 

With just these verses we can get a clearer understanding of what John said:

 

... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4

 

11/19/2018

 

Yesterday our songs and service revolved around Thanksgiving. We should make sure that we are thankful and that we give thanks. Thankful describes what we are and giving thanks describes what we do. As we take this week to particularly look at thankfulness and giving of thanks, these are verses we looked at yesterday:

 

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. ~ Psalm 69:30

 

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; ~ Colossians 4:2

Philippians 4:6

 

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. ~ Colossians 2:7

 

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; ~ Ephesians 5:20

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15

 

And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. ~ Matthew15;36

 

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. ~ Psalm 30:4

 

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ I Chronicles 16:34

 

These will give us a good start. May we seek to grow in the knowledge and demonstration of thanksgiving (and thanks-living) - to honor God and be a blessing to those around us.

 

11/20/2018

 

As we continue to look at giving thanks, we especially want to look at the word "give". How do I "give" thanks? The word "give" means to bestow upon or provide something. In regards to giving thanks, we are told in Hebrews 13:15 ~

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

 

We can first give thanks to God (and others) with our mouth. It conveys the desire in our hearts to show appreciation and say we are grateful. Along with speaking, there is also doing.

 

Did you ever hear the expression "big doins"? We heard it like this:

 

Ya'll got big doins' for Thanksgiving? Many will know exactly what that means.

 

There is a "doin" to the giving as thanks as well as "sayin".

 

We would likely be very disappointed if we got together for Thanksgiving and all we did was sit around and talk about it. No indeed - we want some doins and some fixins.

 

Think about all of the celebrations that God established in the Bible - they are called feasts! May our celebrations as well be feasts of thanksgiving.

 

11/22/2018

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone! As we have mentioned before, thanksgiving should be a regular part of a Christian's lifestyle each day - a life of Thanks-living.

 

But we are grateful for the day itself as it gives opportunity to show thankfulness to God - in our individual families and as a testimony to the world. It still demonstrates an importance to our country in that it is still a national holiday. It can be used as an excellent teaching tool especially to our children. In other words let's make the most of it to honor God and be an example to others.

 

As more and more attacks come at Christianity in the public sector, let us take the opportunity we still have to honor God this way in the public realm. We are also thankful and grateful to our family and friends - may we continue to help and support one another.

 

Blessings again to you during this Thanksgiving season, and we pray God in His mercy to bless America.

 

11/23/2018

 

It seems that we are officially in holiday mode. Many people know that the word "holiday" is derived from "Holy Day". In the Bible, the Hebrews had essentially 7 feasts that are quite interesting. We will not study them here but we list them to refresh our memories:

 

Passover

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Feast of First Fruits

Pentecost

Feast of Trumpets

Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

Feasts of Tabernacles

 

All of these feasts are associated with Holy Days or Holy Events in some way. Extensive studies have been done regarding these feasts, how they relate to Christ Jesus, etc. But that is not our purpose here.

 

It is just interesting that God would put such emphasis on events and remembering them - essentially creating what we would call holidays.

 

Now if there ever was a religious people, it was the Jews. They had their tabernacle, the temple, the law, the sacrifices, all of the ordinances ... Yet God had them observe and participate in these "days" to remind them of their heritage, of the meanings of the things they believed, of their relationship with Him, to teach the next generation, etc. It was a constant reminder of who they were and what they were to be about.

 

We could relate this to these United States: We have more churches and services than you can count, Christian TV, Christian Radio, web pages, seminars, retreats, CD's, DVD's, week-long meetings, evangelistic campaigns, more music than we could possible categorize, blogs, and yes Facebook! In addition we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and what we call Easter (the celebration of Jesus' resurrection) that has the potential of impacting the whole nation for the cause of Christianity - reminding us of what we as Christians should be about.

 

For the Jews, the meanings behind the feasts were far-reaching and represented God's covenant with them and all He desired for them. But they could just "brush that off" and use it as a time to party and revel. We too can look into, rejoice in, participate in, take very seriously, grow in, thank God for, and yes enjoy these special times (holidays) that remind us of God's love and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ - or we can just party and revel. 

 

We should make the most of these celebrations that God has blessed us to have and be mindful to keep the true meaning before us always. Thus we have many ways to incorporate the things of God into our daily lives.

 

11/24/2018

 

We know this time of year can be classified as the hectic holiday season. This would be a good time to pray concerning the rest of the year. Each of us is in a different place and facing different things. Getting the wisdom of God will be most beneficial.

 

Some of us may have a plate full and others may be able to help with those plates. May the Lord give us ways to be a help and a blessing - and may He send us help if we need it.

 

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

 

11/26/2018

 

Our message yesterday was on the Rock of Ages. Many of us know the song, but we see from the scripture that this Rock is much more than something to hide in. Thank God for that when needed but we see these descriptions just from the Psalms:

 

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. ~ 18:2

 

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. ~ 18:46

 

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. ~ 31:2

 

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. ~ 40:2

 

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. ~ 62:6 & 7

 

He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. ~78:16

 

These are just a few examples of God being our Rock - steadfast, stable and strong.

 

Regarding the Rock in the wilderness that provided water:  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. ~ I Corinthians 10:4

 

We see Jesus (as the Rock) bringing provision and supplying the needs of the people - just like He did when on the earth and as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

We thank God for the Rock of our salvation.

 

11/27/2018

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. ~ I John 4:16

 

Many have believed the love of God to the point that they responded to God's call for salvation. They had to believe the message of God's love and respond positively toward it. We should realize that we need to continue with our believing.

 

Each day we wake up to circumstances and situations around us - some good and some bad. Which do we believe will win out in our lives? We need to believe the love that God has for us, that it will make a difference in our lives, and that it can make a difference in the lives of others. Notice the verse talks about dwelling in this love - we should consider this to be done daily.

 

As mentioned before, we constantly see a world of pain, difficulty and trouble. When we respond with the love of God, we offer solutions and can bring comfort and peace when the world has none. We thank God especially for people reaching out to those who have been devastated recently.

 

Let us make sure we are believing the love God has for us each day, and may we use it to help others who are hurting.

 

11/28/2018

 

We encourage you to read Psalm 51. Here the prophet Nathan has called David on his sin with Bathsheba. He immediately calls upon the mercy of the Lord, he acknowledges his sin - calls it evil, and he asks for a cleansing. And we remember verse 10:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

This is a great Psalm to pray and live by - whether we have sinned or not

 

11/29/2018

 

This time of year is often referred to as the "season of giving". Many people recognize this and participate in it regardless of whether they even consider Jesus as God's gift to us. Our message Wednesday night was about the gifts of God.

 

The word "gift" is found in the New Testament 56 times. The word "giving" is found 32 times and the word "give" is found 209 times is found 209 times in the 4 gospels and 196 times in the rest of the New Testament.

 

There are a number of Greek words for gift and giving in the New Testament. One of them is "charisma" which is the word "grace". As we have said many times, if you are offered grace in any situation, you are being offered a good gift.

 

Our initial text Wednesday night was:

 

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

 

Notice God's gifts are described as good and perfect. Further, He will not turn or vary that in any way.

 

We thank God today for His good gifts and we encourage you to note in your Bible reading the use of the word "gift" and how many times it applies to us.

 

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?

 

May God help us to give in the same way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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