Salt is a Very Good Thing

“You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13

I heard a song on the radio this evening pointing that out by with slightly different words. The lyrics said that we were peculiar. 2 Peter 2:11 states that we are aliens and strangers in the world. They’re all correct, like it or not. We are different. We are supposed to be different, not for the sake of saying, “look at me, I’m different” but so that others will “see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” (2 Peter 2:12).

Here’s something to consider. I used to think, “with one billion Christians, why aren’t we making a larger impact on societies around the world.” My thinking is different now. “What would this world look like if we removed all the Christians from it? How fast would it deteriorate?”

Remove the salt from the world and it’s a completely different ballgame.

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The god of This Age

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

When we’ve been praying and praying and praying for a breakthrough for someone, this is a good verse to keep in mind. I mean, when it’s laid out it all seems logical that someone – everyone – should receive Christ. But remember, unbelievers cannot see the way we see. I don’t say that to be mystical or super spiritual but it seems to be evident. Satan has blinded those who are not Believers.

Keep this verse in mind when praying for your unbelieving friends because ultimately it’s not what you say that will change their hearts; it’s the Spirit of Christ working through you to that person, and Christ removing the “blinders.”

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Guard Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

If you haven’t already done so, memorize this verse, meditate on it, get it deep within your very being. When you wake in the morning, recite it because you’ll need it. When you go to bed at night, dwell on it. Think about its meaning.

Why do I think this verse is so important? Think about it for a minute. We are inundated with negativity all day, every day. We can become bitter and angry just reading the daily news. But we don’t have to let it control us. Guard what goes into it. Guard what you think about.

And we can become bitter against God. Let’s face it, we don’t understand everything that God does. The world would have us hate God. But we know God. We know that He is in control and does what he wills without our permission and completely without our control. Why the nerve of it! So in those times when it looks like God should have done something a little differently than we would have liked, we have to trust that God had the highest of intentions and knows what He is doing.

Above all else, guard your heart.

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Troublesome Passage

“But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:44

This is a troublesome passage. It’s troublesome because I don’t always love those who persecute me and my fellow Believers. I want revenge. I find it hard to love my enemies too. I’m not talking about that vast group of people who hate us on the other side of the world; I’m talking about my neighbor. I’m talking about my co-worker. I’m talking about my former friend.

So what exactly is loving your enemies? First of all, we need to ask God to help us to love our enemies because without that, it’s difficult and often impossible.  Then we need to find ways to reach out, just as Christ would reach out. Jesus goes even one step further. Pray for them. Wow! Even then you might need to ask Him how you can pray for them because in your own strength, it’s extremely difficult.

Like I said, it’s a troublesome passage.

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The Sabbath

…and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Matthew 12: 8-10

The Sabbath.

We Christians do not take the Sabbath as seriously as the Jews did, even though it is one of the Ten Commandments. Our Sabbaths are as busy as the rest of the week for the most part. We shop. We play. We take a drive. We work. We watch sports. We don’t really rest. I’m the first to admit my guilt on this.

My Jewish friends take the Sabbath very seriously. From sundown on Friday night until sundown on Saturday night they do no work. They don’t even cook or turn on the oven. They walk to Synagogue. They don’t shop. Essentially, they rest on the Sabbath.

What would our lives look like if we obeyed The Fifth Commandment as stringent as we obey the “don’t steal,” “don’t murder” or “don’t commit adultery” commandments?

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