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What Open Door posts on Facebook - October 2018

 

10/1/2018

 

Our opening song yesterday was: We Are United in Jesus Christ

 

In John 17, Jesus prayed in three different verses that we might be one. (V. 11, 21, & 22)

 

Paul prayed that the hearts of believers would be knit together in love ~ Colossians 2:2

 

Paul further writes: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3

 

We know there are things we are against: the kingdom of darkness, evil and anything that opposes the kingdom of God.

 

But we are for one another and desire to be a blessing in every way we can!

 

May we never be among those who sow strife and division among the brethren.

 

We ask our Father to help us remember and walk in the reality that we are united in Jesus Christ.

 

10/2/2018

 

We know that each day is filled with what we call "natural things" or dealing with this physical life. Daily devotionals help us to stay "spiritually minded" (Romans 8:6) as we go about our daily routines.

 

We should desire to keep lines of communication open with the Lord at all times - asking for His guidance and leading in all the situations we face. Many of us deal with meetings, address problems, and interact with people in all types of circumstances.

 

May God help us to be spiritually minded in all of these situations as we desire to help and hear His wisdom as we go about our work. Being able to solve problems both naturally and spiritually is a great blessing.

 

10/4/2018

 

One of the songs we did last night was: O Magnify the Lord

 

When we use the term "magnify the Lord" we are not trying to make Him bigger. We are not endeavoring to increase His size.

 

In the natural when we magnify something, we are not increasing the size of the object. We are using a tool that our eyes may see things that are present. Once we do that, we are able to learn and work with these things that we can understand and put to use. Think of how many marvelous things have been invented and accomplished because of a microscope and magnifying glass.

 

This applies spiritually as well and especially as we pray often that: the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened, that we might know... ~ Ephesians 1:18. We are not changing or alternating any aspect of God or the realm of the Spirit. We just want to see the things that are there.

 

We want to see (look into) every aspect of the kingdom of God, understand and comprehend everything we can about what salvation means, and that we indeed might be filled with all the fullness of God ~ Ephesians 3:19

 

May the Lord indeed be continually magnified in us and to us that we might learn, grow and do.

 

10/5/2018

 

Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

 

In our society today, we often do not like to wait. We want things done quickly.

The scriptures say a lot about having patience yet we may not show it very much.

As we come before the throne of God, we should not have the attitude of zipping in and out.

 

We come to fellowship, to grow and develop, to mature in the things of God, to be refreshed and enjoy His presence, to ask for His touch, to minister unto Him with praise and worship.

 

This is waiting on Him and giving Him first place. The time we give is up to us - yet it should demonstrate the importance we place on our time with our heavenly Father.

 

10/8/2018

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3

 

Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus

 

John also in the book of 2nd John

 

Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love

 

And words from Jesus:

 

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13

 

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7

 

In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.

 

 

10/9/2018

 

May we indeed demonstrate time and diligence to be holy:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFApbg-wcmE

 

10/10/2018

 

We note these words today:

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty... ~ James 1:25

 

What response do you think you would get if you asked the average person: What is the perfect law of liberty? Would they say the Bible?

 

It should thrill our hearts to see that the Word of God is called the "perfect law of liberty". From the natural it is almost a contradiction in terms - a law that gives you liberty - Hallelujah!

 

This is what man is looking for worldwide and it is all because of what Jesus did for us. So if anyone asks you why the Bible is so great and why do you think so highly of it, you can tell them because:

 

It is the perfect law of liberty!

 

** We pray for and lift up those on the gulf coast for the blessing and mercy of God concerning the hurricane. Thank you for joining with us in prayer for them **

 

10/13/2018

 

We take a moment to thank everyone who is serving in the body of Christ. Regardless of your role, you are part of the most important body in the earth today.

 

In the last couple of days, many of us have had to deal with unusual circumstances - a lot of water, wind, loss of power, and a lot of clean-up. We know others have dealt with much more devastation than we had in our area. May we continue to serve and help one another in these difficult times.

 

We pray you do not grow weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9; II Thessalonians 3:13), that you see fruit of your labor (Colossians 1:10), and that the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)

 

As the body of Christ may we seek ways to help and encourage one another.

 

10/15/2018

 

In I Peter 2:4 ~ Peter calls Jesus a "living stone" - chosen of God and precious

 

In the next verse, Peter writes: Ye also (meaning us), as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

Each of us has a unique way and abilities to serve the Lord and fulfill God's calling in our lives.

 

Paul writes that we are individuals in God's family yet we are one body that should be fitly joined together. (Ephesians 4:16).  Paul calls us God's building. (I Corinthians 3:9)

 

We can do much individually with the Lord's help but we can do more together.

 

A good natural example is a piano or keyboard used today - each key has an individual sound that is unique. But if you join them together in the right way, it will produce sounds, melodies and rhythms that are rich, beautiful and touch every part of our being. It is a tool that can be mightily used by God.

 

But remember the piano does not have a choice - it does not exercise free will.

We, on the other hand, do have a choice. We can choose to be fitly joined together - to join with people of like precious faith to serve for the blessing of the body and to the world.

 

May we exhibit this type of spirit, attitude and actions in the body of Christ and in all areas. May we go forth and be a blessing.

 

10/16/2018

 

Yesterday we noted that the body of Christ is composed of individual members - with different skills, abilities and callings from the Lord. We especially mentioned that together we can do more than we can do on our own.

 

We readily see this in the natural. The owner of company likely has skill and abilities in almost all aspects of the work. But he (or she) is not able to do it all himself. He must rely on others. The better they work together, the more they can accomplish.

 

Consider someone who is an excellent singer. They may draw crowds and be a great blessing with their voice. But they will only go so far by themselves. When they get others to join in - either with music and/or other singers, then whole new possibilities open up.

 

Consider a great pianist. They can do a lot and be a great blessing by themselves. But add other musicians, singers, stage productions, etc. and again the possibilities are astounding.

 

These are things that are readily apparent. May we understand this as a church and in our families. May we be those who desire to work together - to honor the Lord and be a blessing to others.

 

Let us be the people who endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace ~ Ephesians 4:3. Thank you heavenly Father for opening up Your wisdom in this area - that we might know how to apply this in our own circumstances.

 

  

10/18/2018

 

Last night our opening song began with this line: You are still my first love

 

The scriptural basis for it is Revelation chapter 2. In verses 2 and 3, Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for their work and labor.

 

Then in verse 4, Jesus states: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 

The people had not left the labor and were diligent in the work. But in some way their love for the Lord had fallen off.

 

We are not given a lot of details, yet we likely can relate to it as we deal with this life. How easy it to get caught up doing good and seeing results, and yet relationships and time spent with people suffer a great deal. It is often not intentional yet the consequences can be very real and detrimental.

 

The song: You are still my first love ...      can be a challenge, an admonition, and perhaps a wake-up call.

 

Let us search our hearts, judge ourselves and make a commitment not to leave our first love.

 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. ~ Mark 12:30

 

10/19/2018

 

We know that the elections are coming up shortly. Regardless of who gets in any office, they will need our prayers. They will also need to be held accountable - for their good, for ours, our children, and for our land.

 

There is an interesting verse about Jotham, king of Judah the son of Uzziah. There is not a great deal written about him. He is not one of the famous or well-known rulers in the Old Testament. It does say he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord but he was not perfect.

 

An interesting verse is II Chronicles 27:6 ~ So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. (Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. ~ NIV)

 

That statement essentially ends what we know about Jotham. The world might not know much about any of us, but what would be written of us from the Lord's perspective? It is something worth considering.

 

The scripture concerning Jotham is one any leader would be blessed to heed. It is also good for any of us as well.

 

We pray that our leaders would understand the Godly responsibilities they have as ones in authority. We pray that they would seek God's counsel and wisdom. We pray especially that they all come to the knowledge of salvation. May the Lord have mercy on our leaders and touch their hearts with His Spirit.

 

10/20/2018

 

We must be mindful to not overlook or neglect the Spirit of God as our comforter and guide every day. Each of us deals with different circumstances and different people. We need the Holy Spirit's direction to know how to engage and handle each situation.

 

The Word of God will keep us grounded and on the right path, but Jesus knew we would need the precious Holy Spirit to be successful, victorious in this life, and know the right response when things come up.

 

We honor the Holy Spirit and ask for His wisdom and leading in every situation.

 

10/22/2018

 

The central theme of our message yesterday was "righteousness". Our foundational scripture was

Acts 10:35 ~

 

But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

This was the beginning of the message Peter preached to Cornelius and his household. Peter would not have gone to the home at all had not God specifically showed him what to do in a vision. Cornelius was a centurion for a group called the Italian band which is logical since he is a Roman soldier. When Peter arrives, Cornelius explains that an angel had appeared unto him and told him to send for Peter in Joppa. Peter actually begins in verse 34 and two verses read:

 

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

Cornelius had endeavored to act in a righteous way as best he knew how. Acts 10:2 refers to Cornelius this way:

 

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

 

Even with this good record that God took note of, Cornelius still needed Jesus. He needed redemption. But Peter understood now that this redemption is for anyone, anywhere. Cornelius and his house were ready - there was already a fear (or reverence) for God and a desire to walk uprightly. When Peter spoke verse 35: ~

 

To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

 

They readily accepted the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.  The received the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius "worked righteousness" as best he knew how and then through Peter, God revealed the righteousness that is imputed through the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

10/23/2018

 

In continuing to look at "righteousness" in the Bible, we note this verse:

 

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 14:17

 

We would all likely have different ideas in picturing and describing the kingdom of God. In Romans 14, Paul gives us a wonderful description of the kingdom and the order that they come is no accident.

 

There must first be righteousness - it must be established on that which is right and true. Once that foundation is laid, peace can follow. Try to have peace when you have that which is wrong (iniquity, sin and evil-doing) is going on. True righteousness will bring peace. Then when there is peace, joy will follow. When there is turmoil and strife (the opposite of peace) you will not have joy. The order is very important.

 

May God grant us further revelation and understanding in this. This is a great pattern for our home life, businesses, and for us as individuals. Righteousness, peace and joy in all areas should certainly be in our prayers and something to strive toward.

 

10/25/2018

 

Last night our message was on "expectation". We share this song to get us started. No matter what our circumstances, when we draw near to God we should come with great expectations.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcX1WZn7-tc

 

10/26/2018

 

Yesterday we mentioned that "expectation" was our message Wednesday night. The word "expect" is a verb - the doing of something. Expectation is a noun - something that exists.

 

The Greek verb means: to take or receive from. It suggests a reaching out in readiness to receive something (Vines Dictionary of New Testament words)

 

The Greek noun means: a watching with outstretched head, signifies strained expectancy, eager longing, the stretching forth of the head indicating an expectation of something from a certain place. (Vines Dictionary of New Testament words)

 

It is interesting to further see the Greek word in the Bible for hope (Elpis): Favorable and confident expectation. It has to do with the unseen and the future. Hope describes (a) the happy anticipation of good (b) the ground upon which hope is based (Christ in you the hope of glory), and (c) the object upon which the hope is fixed (I Timothy 1:1 ~ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;) (Vines Dictionary of New Testament words)

 

This kind of expectation is joyful. It anticipates receiving. Note again the definition of hope: Favorable and confident expectation ... Hope describes (a) the happy anticipation of good ...

 

We tend to use hope like "make a wish". Someone could say: I hope to live in another country next year. Does the person have any basis to "expect it" or is it just something on the bucket list?

 

Bible expectation, anticipation, and hope has a basis for being that way. The farmer that sows seed has a basis to expect a harvest. He is not wishing on a star, but expecting the seed to do what it was created to do.

 

Let us apply this to God's word. We have a basis to expect it to accomplish what God sent it to do:

 

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~ Isaiah 55:11

 

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. ~ Psalm 107:20

 

Remember the centurion who asked for healing for his servant: The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. ~ Matthew 8:8

 

These are just a few examples of why we should look into the Word as a basis for eagerly and joyfully expecting and anticipating the promises of God, the move of the Spirit, and His blessings to flow in our lives.

 

We pray God continue to open the eyes of our understanding in all He has for us and for us to do.

 

10/27/2018

 

Yesterday we continued to look at "expectation" in regards to our faith, believing God, and seeking God. Though this might be an unusual question, it might get us to thinking:

 

Do you suppose Jesus expected the Word of God to work? The quick answer from Christians (almost without thinking) would be "yes"! Might we apply that to us.

 

Do I believe the Word of God will work? We want to believe, we know we should, and we ask God for wisdom and understanding to develop this expectation in us.

 

Remember Jesus in the wilderness. The devil came at Him 3 times. Jesus had been there 40 days with nothing to eat. We might think that God is not going to stand for such a low-down attack. He will likely give Jesus a special Holy Ghost gift that will knock the devil silly!

 

Yet we do not see that. Jesus relied on the written Word of God from the Old Testament and the devil would flee. Jesus expected the Word to work - both in this case and throughout His ministry.

 

Yesterday we remembered the centurion believed the word of Jesus would work. Jesus commended his faith highly and the word indeed worked for the centurion concerning his servant.

 

May we continue to sow the seed of the Word of God down into hearts and may it produce as Jesus said ~ some thirty, some sixty, and some an hundred fold. Help us Father also to increase in our expectation of these good results from faith in Your Word.

 

10/29/2018

 

Yesterday we continued our study on God's righteousness. We looked at two aspects of it in regards to Christians:

 

1. It is imputed (given, credited) to us when we are born again. We do not have to earn it. It is the gift of God.

 

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 5:12

 

And therefore it (faith) was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness. 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  4:22-25

 

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (here is a good place to shout!) ~ Romans 3:21-24

 

For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  ~ Romans 5:17-19

 

Read all of Romans 5 and note how many times you see "gift" and "free gift"

 

2. Living a life of righteous conduct (not to earn righteousness but to demonstrate the righteousness we have been given)

 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ~ Titus 2:11-12

 

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:10

 

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. ~ I Thessalonians 2:11-12

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

 

In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. ~ Titus 2:7-8

 

As a believer. we encourage you today to study and recognize the position of righteousness that our Father has put you in. Then endeavor to walk it out - knowing we have forgiveness when we need it.

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:25

 

May you be blessed in your deed as you endeavor to live and walk in God's righteousness.

 

10/30/2018

 

We have been looking at righteousness in two ways:

 

Being made the righteous of God in Christ Jesus - righteousness credited to us.

 

Walking out this righteousness that we have been given - living a life that shows forth God's righteousness.

 

God has given us His Spirit to lead and guide us into living righteously - He will not lead us any other way:

 

 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. ~ Psalm 23:3

 

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

 

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ~ Ephesians 4:24

 

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. ~ Philippians 1:11

 

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. ~ I Timothy 6:11

 

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ~ I Peter 2:24

 

Notice above that we are to live unto righteousness - righteousness should be evident in our living.

 

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. ~ Colossians 2:6-7

 

May we daily look to the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and show us the path of righteousness in every situation.

 

10/31/2018

 

Another thing we might mention concerning God's righteousness - it is good!

 

In describing or defining the righteousness of God, the word "good" might not be one of the first aspects that come to mind.

 

It does not take long if you deal with unrighteousness or get caught in it to discover that unrighteousness will cause a lot of trouble.

 

Further, God's righteousness is good to us. "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ UNTO ALL and UPON ALL them that believe ~ Romans 3:22 (emphasis ours). His righteousness is to us and for us.

 

Indeed, God's righteousness is good because He is good.

 

 

 

Note: II Kings 9 & 10 regarding Naboth and Ahab

 

 



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