Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:8-12 (NET Bible)
Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is a saving defense to His anointed. Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. Psalm 28:6-9
Today we conclude the first week of the series on "Doors." Our emphasis this week has been on "Open Doors." We began with the thought that there is an initial open door that leads to all other open doors. We must go through the door of surrender to God for a life time of living fully for him. Our next thought was that we haven't even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord and go through the door of surrender into a life time of living fully for him.
For those who have surrendered, life becomes a series of open doors to go through and find wonderful thing after wonderful thing that God has prepared for them. Surrender frees them from being focused on themselves and living how they want to live. They are focused on how God can use them for his glory and not on what God can do for them. The wonderful things they find are blessings from God that enable them to bless others. Gideon was ready to go through the open door God placed before him so that he could be used by God to rescue Israel. God made Gideon into a "mighty hero" he could truly use for his purposes, his glory, and the good of all Israel.
We need to join Gideon in seeing God's open doors as opportunities for being used of God to bless others. We must guard ourselves from looking at an "open door" and asking "what will it do for me?" Instead we must look at it and ask, "what will it do for others?" Living fully for God is all about going through the open doors he places before us. Going through open doors is all about serving the kingdom of God. And serving the kingdom of God is all about blessing the lives of other people.
You are encouraged to put together you own prayer response to God today, which we often do with Saturday's Devotional. God Bless, Ken Hart.
Posted on Sat, August 8, 2015
by Alan Porter