The Salt Of The Earth!

Why Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt?

I think the Lord was trying to make a statement like, “I have now cleansed the land.”

Repentance will often lead to tears of sorrow. The salt in our tears are heart cleansing so after a good heart wrenching cry of repentance the soul is cleansed by God.

Our tears also have a physical effect on our body. Scientific studies have shown that tears help the body recover from stress by excreting excess proteins and the cortisol hormone which can be damaging to the body in excess. Emotional tears also release endorphins responsible for reducing pain and improving mood.

Salt cleanses from disease. Our bodies have a perfect balance of salt and water. If we don’t have enough salt in our system then disease may rear it’s ugly head. It’s the same with sin. Sin is a deadly disease. Not only can it kill physically but it can kill spiritually.

That is why the Lord calls his church to be the salt of the earth. As long as God’s people are here there is healing and salvation. But what happens if the salt looses its saltiness? Sin creeps into society and the world becomes perverted. Only salt purifies and preserves.

The ungodly can trod all over the world when there is an unsalty church and that is why we are exhorted by the Lord to be like salt. Be life preserving. Bring the salt to a sin infected world. Bring to others the cleansing of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Be the salt of the earth.

Faithful is He Who Has Promised!

Sometimes as Christians we can find ourselves stuck in situations that we really don’t like ! I know from personal experience that making a big fuss over it usually does not help to change the situation and in fact may even make things worse.

It is not necessary either to let yourself be a sitting duck . You don’t have to just suck it up if circumstance is causing you grief. There is nothing more dis-empowering than feeling there is no way out.

How long have you prayed for your situation to change and it hasn’t? Getting frustrated and ready to throw in the towel? Well, there is good news that you might need to hear.

None of us are guaranteed a continual life of milk and honey in this life. Jesus made it quite clear in his word that in this world we will have tribulation. However, the Lord did promise that as he overcame trials in this world so can we.

Going to the cross was a very difficult circumstance for the Lord. Jesus had to yield to unpleasantness and a lot of hardship but he endured, scriptures tell us, for the joy that lay ahead.

I am sure that Jesus really had to put his trust in the Father to bring him through his circumstance even though he felt forsaken and alone for a time. It couldn’t have been easy facing that kind of situation.

Being left in a forsaken place can cause the human mind to freak out a bit but the truth of the matter is that God is with us in our circumstance even though it doesn’t feel like it to us sometimes. When trouble comes our first inclination is to start to be afraid and maybe even feel angry.

God knows that we are only human but never should we stay in that kind of mindset. It will only end up hurting us in the end. Bitterness and anger can cause a whole heap more trouble for us than our actual problem both from a physical and spiritual perspective.

There is some really good news however, which we should keep in mind when we find ourselves in terrible circumstance. God says in his word that he will always be with us even in trouble and he has promised to never forsake us. That means he is going to walk us through our unpleasant circumstance ! Just like God the Father walked Jesus through his difficulties so he will do the same for us.

We have to wait though, be patient, never give up and keep on praying. This is the scriptural key to victory! Never giving up! Keep standing in faith! Keep praying and trusting until the victory comes! Just as Jesus was risen from the dead by the power of God so too shall we experience victory. That is if we don’t give up and if we hold on to our faith.

God had promised to make a way out of the wilderness and he always delivers on his promise. Remember that God cannot lie. It’s as impossible for God to say a fib as it is for the moon to fall out of the sky and land in your plate. He cannot lie. It’s a spiritual reality. So, knowing that God is very trustworthy we can keep trusting in him until the darkness flees and we see the light!

Never do we have to succumb to fear, defeat or depression because we know that all things are working together for our good. ALL is ALL!

Now there is nothing written in stone that our prayers will be answered exactly as we want them to be because well, God is God after all. If there is one thing that I have learned it is that I don’t know what is best for me. Left to my own devices I’d be chasing after rabbit trails indefinitely. So, it’s best that I just trust the Lord to work it all out and he will. For faithful is he that has promised!

You too can be assured that the Lord will bring you through every circumstance. He may or may not change the place you are in but one thing you can count on is that he will change you. After all his priority is what’s best for your eternal weight of glory and in the grand scheme of things that’s what matters.

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Wrong Choices Can Work Out for our Good !

Bad choices have bad outcomes !

All we have to do is look at the lives of David, Jacob, Joseph and others in scripture to see that bad choices have bad out comes.

While we can always find forgiveness in Jesus from our sin but he does not erase the consequences we experience for our wrong choices.

David was called to be a ruler but he found out through temptation that he had sin in his heart. Lust, greed, and a sense of privilege.

After David sinned he suffered from his bad choices. He lost a child and ended up in many battles that might not have occurred had he been obedient to God.

Joseph was prideful and boastful. He ended up making enemies because he had a fat head. Where did that get him? In the clink! He had to be humbled in order to find out that he wasn’t such a big shot.

Jacob was a big fibber and could decieve and manipulate others. Those choices of his because of the sin in his heart ended up having him working for a bigger deciever and manipulator than himself !

Do you see a pattern here? Yeah you are right! You reap what you sow !

Spiritual principles are the same as natural principles. You throw a ball in the air and it can land right back down on your head!

There is a reason that Jesus told people he healed, “Go and sin no more lest a worst thing happen to you.”

Our sin will always end up with dire consequences. Wrong choices which usually come from a wrong heart attitude will always work out for our good IF we love God and are called according to his purpose.

When we make wrong choices the Lord reveals to us our heart attitudes that need changing by the consequences of our wrong choices. Want to know what the sin is in your heart ? Just take a look at what you reaped from those wrong choices.

When we see our sin for what it is, we can confess our sins and ask for forgiveness and restoration. BUT if we refuse to look at our sin and keep going in the same direction we will find ourselves in a continual pattern of repeated wrong choices with repeated consequential events.

Sin not dealt with just becomes a cycle of bad attitude, bad choices and bad outcomes.

Now for the dreaded word! REPENTANCE. It is not enough to see our sin and confess our sin. Unless we repent we will perish the Bible tells us.

Repeatedly sinning because of undealt with heart attitudes will have dire consequences for us. We must put our hearts on the altar and have the Lord slay the dragon which rules in our flesh.

Once we acknowledge our sin we can then ask the Lord to help us not to continue in that sin. God gives us power to say no to temptation if we call on him to help us and he can even change our stony heart and make it soft and pliable by his Holy Spirit.

Life is a learning process and it is up to us to yield to the Lord in surrender so that he can make us what he wants us to be. That’s why scriptures tell us that ALL THINGS are working together for our good!

Even our wrong choices can end up revealing to us our heart condition so that we can repent and be changed from one degree of God’s glory into another.

Jeremiah 17:9-10
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

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Servants of Jesus Christ !

We are called to be servants of Jesus Christ and stewards of the gospel. “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ” John 12:26

A servant of Jesus Christ is a faithful follower who dutifully serves him. What did Jesus mean by serve? It means to perform our duties. In other words, the Lord expects us to perform our responsibilities as his disciples that are set out in scriptures according to our own individual gifts and calling.

Since each of us are different and have been given different mandates according to the will of God then we must be faithful to perform all the directives he has given to each of us personally as well as corporately.

A steward is a caretaker of another’s property. Since we are not our own but bought with a price, redeemed by the Lord, all he has given to us, whether; family, friends, church, business, and other responsibilities, belong to him.

Therefore, he expects us to treat those responsibilities as an extension of his grace to us and be good stewards for him in those gifts of grace. ” As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

Nowadays this is not a popular message even among Christians because the natural minded person wants to live for themselves and follow after their own path. The carnal nature desires things that bring comfort and glory to the flesh which in reality is basically selfish motivation.

Quite the contrary, Jesus said that if we want to be considered a spiritual giant in his kingdom then we must be willing to be last, hidden, and sometimes even get no thanks for the performance for our duties. When we submit to the plan of God in this life we are in effect laying up treasures in the next life.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. ” Colossians 3:23,24

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ. ” Galatians 1:10

The only real freedom is to be IN Jesus Christ and be found having his righteousness, not our own. Our plans needs to be in line with Jesus’ plan for our lives which always have as a central theme the extension of his glorious kingdom.

We are called as good stewards to be hid in Jesus Christ and not going about doing our own thing. We are not our own scriptures tell us ! We have been bought with a price!

The servant and steward have been given Jesus Christ’s authority to fulfill all his will, not our will. The Lord’s agenda must be our agenda! The Lord’s will must be our will!

As good stewards of the kingdom of God we are called to glorify God in all that we do!

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. ” John 4:23

Are you ready to make Jesus Christ your King today?

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ” Philippians 2:6,7

The Trial of Your Faith

The testing of our faith will result in blessings if we keep our eyes on Jesus!

1 Peter 1:7 scripture tells us that our faith will be proven or tested by fire and that in eternity it will be shown how much glory our lives brought to the Lord Jesus.

While we know that Satan is the tempter and originator of every evil what is not commonly known is that it is God who is the one that proves our faith in every trial that we encounter.

We can see this in John chapter 6 when Jesus had a large crowd expecting to be fed and he asked his disciple Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these people may eat?”

Then the scriptures say that Jesus said this to PROVE him. In other words to test his faith.

So from this we can see that when we are up against an impossible situation the Lord Jesus may say to us, “Well, what are we going to do ?”

In other words, “Do you believe I am able? Are you going to have faith in me for this one?” Jesus asks.

Phillip looked at the situation and saw a whole bunch of people needing to eat and not enough money to buy anything.

That’s what we do when we come up against a situation that looks pretty hopeless. “Lord Jesus what are we going to do ?”

John tells us that Jesus knew all along what he was going to do but he asked Phillip the question in order to prove his faith. Do you really believe that I am the Messiah of Israel? Well, if you do then why are you doubting?

Then another disciple had a plan. Andrew says, “There is a boy here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: BUT what are they among so many?”

In other words Andrew saw a solution but his vision was limited. We have the means BUT the problem is so big!

Here we have a disciple who can’t wrap his head around the problem because he does not trust in the Lord Jesus. Notice that Phillip’s solution was “If we only had more money!”

How many of us think that if we just had an increase in finances all our problems would go away?

Then we have another disciple who knows that Jesus is able to use what we have but he can’t see how that could possibly come about.

Jesus we know is able to supply our needs but our faith is small. We see a small loaf and a small fish. The problem is bigger than our small amount of faith.

What does Jesus do to fix the situation? He makes every one sit down and give thanks! Wait a minute! You mean we can do nothing? Just sit at Jesus’ feet and give thanks? Exactly!

When the problem is beyond our means then we just have to put our trust solely in the Lord Jesus!

After Jesus gave thanks he took the loaves and fishes and distributed it to the disciples. The disciples gave to the people.

When we put our trust in the Lord Jesus and continue to praise him and give thanks for the answer to our problems, as we sit at his feet in prayer seeking his face, putting our trust in him, then the Lord Jesus will come through for us. He will always makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Notice that as the disciples recieved their miracle they gave out from that miracle. It is important to give out of what God gives to us! The more you give to others the more blessings the Lord will give to you. It’s a continual flowing of divine provision.

Have you got a great testimony? A revelation? A financial break through? A compassionate heart for the lost? Whatever the Lord has multiplied to you when you give out to others just like recorded in John’s testimony you will have nothing lost on that day when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact you will have so much left over that your store house will over flow.

After your faith is tested by fire and proven faithful with miracles occurring in your life, ultimately you will bring glory to Jesus Christ.

Those seeing your life of faith in the Messiah Jesus Christ will say, “Of a truth, this is a child of God! “

Are you in need of a miracle from Jesus today? Then sit at his feet and thank him ! Praise him for he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you ask or even think! Wait patiently on the Lord Jesus for he will take the impossible and turn it into a miracle!

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A New Standard of Living

The New Covenant given through Jesus Christ has a new standard with new laws and commands.

(Hebrews 10:20)

We are not under the law of Moses which was the written code of standards given to the Jews for behavior, religious conduct and rites. These are now done away with because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The old has passed away and the new has come.

No longer do we have to observe the OT law including the ten commandments for our justification.

We are now justified by faith in Jesus Christ and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. However, the Bible tells us that if we are truly born of God our life will reflect it by our behaviour. We now are held to a new standard. (Romans 5:1)

The old covenant has been replaced with a new covenant. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. Instead of trying to live up to the letter of the law in our own power through the fallen human nature and then having to have animals sacrificed on our behalf because we have blown it we can now live as new creatures in Jesus Christ under the new system set up for us by God. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

This might surprise some but we can’t become a Christian and then live any way we want to!

In fact Christians now have been given a new standard of living according to the Bible.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was the way in or entrance to a new way of living. Our justification was through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Some Christians stop there but in reality the resurrection of Jesus Christ brought a new and living way for the Christian to live by. (Hebrews 10)

But does that mean we are still under laws? Yes! What are laws anyway you may be wondering ? A law is a regulation or a principle. A standard in which we conduct our life. If we obey a law there are benefits but if we disregard a law there is always a consequences.

According to the Bible Christians are now under the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus and the law of faith.

(Roman’s 8:2, Romans 3:27)

Upon these two principles the Christian must conduct their lives. Through life and liberty in the Holy Spirit by the principle of faith a born again believer now becomes a living epistle read by all. (2 Corinthians 3:1-3)

In other words if the Christian yields to the Holy Spirit who dwells in them then they will live a life that pleases God and reap all the benefits of obedience but if the Christian quenches the Holy Spirit, forbids him from operating, insults him, grieves him, resists him then the Christian will find himself or herself living a defeated life bound up by sin and reaping all the consequences of disobedient behaviour.(Galatians 5)

Disobedience will find themselves in the fire being refined, going through endless trials and hardships and maybe eventually die if there is no repentance.

The Holy Spirit is speaking to you today. Do not harden your heart in the wilderness of your life experience.

It is only the yielded to the Holy Spirit life that brings God’s blessings. Only through the Holy Spirit of promise given to the believer can we overcome the flesh and the devil. (1 John 5:4)

If we continue to do our own thing even if we use God’s name in vain in order to justify it then we will find ourselves in a whole heap of trouble.

Things may look alright now but the Bible is clear that whoever sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. In other words our own ways will come back to bite big time. (Galatians 6)

How can I know God’s will? One good indicator of whether we are in the truth or not is to examine ourselves in light of the scriptures and that is the scriptures illuminated by the Holy Spirit as we spend time in his presence seeking him.

Reading the Bible is not an indication of being in the truth. Remember that Satan can quote scripture. He will even twist it to fit into his agenda. Human nature does that too. We can find all kinds of scriptures to twist for our own benefit.

That is why the Bible says that the Spirit and the word always agree together.

Not many Christians have wanted to live the surrendered life and that is why we have lived such defeated lives void of Holy Spirit power. The church has made a lot of noise but not a lot of impact. (James 1:22-25)

For a time the Lord has let us go our own way. This was to show us that doing things our own way leads only to failure. Are we ready to listen now?

Another law that we need to adhere to in order to live a life that pleases God is to operate by the principle of faith. (Hebrews 10)

The Bible says that faith is the substance or physical material construct of things hoped for but not yet realized. In other words, when God says something to us through his Holy Spirit and confirms it by his written word then we believe it to be true regardless of whether we see it manifest for a time.

Faith in God will always be tested according to the Bible but God has declared his promises to be Yes and Amen.

When we believe God’s word without actually seeing with the natural eye then faith in God ignites the reality of the thing hoped for to be manifest in our natural world in God’s time.(Hebrews 11)

Doubt and unbelief is the enemy of God. It says, “Has God really said?” Satan’s lie received by people is what causes sin, death and destruction in their lives. That age old lie limits God so that he CANNOT do any mighty works.

So then as Christians under the new covenant we are called to adhere to the law of faith and the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus. When we follow these two principles we will not only reap eternal rewards but live in godly freedom under an open heaven of both spiritual and material blessings.

Galatians 5
2 Corinthians 3
Romans 8
Romans 3 
Hebrews 11

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