Salt of the earth

Establishments often serve pretzels or salty peanuts or some other kind of salty snack foods with drinks while customers wait for their main course to arrive. This generally has the effect of making the customer thirsty.

Salty snacks are often available in bowls on a table or at a bar. They are free, but they are given with the motive of getting the persons to drink faster and to spend more.

Jesus talked about how we are to be the salt of the earth.

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“You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? It is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  Matthew 5:13

Living by God’s grace, we have faith to believe that Christ is our all-sufficiency. We receive acceptance from God and we actively love others because the Holy Spirit lives in us.

Being the salt of the earth will cause those we meet to become thirsty for the Water of Life; Jesus Christ.

God Bless!

God is Here

There was a time not long ago, when I was little aware of the Lord except when I stopped to take the time to pray. Even then, I prayed as though the Lord was up there somewhere.

David wrote a beautiful psalm proclaiming how the Lord lovingly watches over us, like a Shepherd. He leads us, guides us, sees that we are cared for and if we stray, He seeks to return us to His care. Oh how He loves us!

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David knew that the Lord was right there with Him. David knew that even if he had to go through the valley of the shadow of death, he would not fear evil, because the Lord was with him.

In John 14:20, we are told:

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

Oh Lord, each day, help us to be sensitive to your abiding presence. Help us to walk with you and to talk with you during the day and to treasure our precious relationship with you.

Help us to remember that you are right here with us, even now.

God Bless!

What Have I to Fear?

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

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This song has been in my head and on my heart the past few days.  It was one of my favorite hymns when I was a little girl.  I sang it with joy as a little girl, but I didn’t understand it then… the way I understand it today.  What beautiful words.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread?
What have I to fear?
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
I have blessed peace
With my Lord so dear
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman.

Kicking Away The Props

It’s easy to say “I trust the Lord,” when we feel in control of our life. It’s much harder to live trusting the Lord when all the props are kicked out from under us.

What do I mean by props? Well, props are different for each of us. In our case, props were steady jobs, steady income, a home, reliable cars, possessions, etc. Anything we counted on and felt secure in were props. Props can make us spiritually weak if we depend on them instead of the Lord.

It’s easy to say that we trust the Lord when things are predictable. It’s easy to say that we would continue to trust the Lord if we lost our job or found ourselves homeless or in a new situation we didn’t expect…but saying and believing is different from experiencing and knowing.

Over the past couple of years, the Lord began to kick the props out from under us one by one and this has the affect of strengthening our faith.  It teaches us to trust Him in our day to day situations.

It isn’t an easy process.  At first the flesh screamed in protest. It hated losing control. It protested the lack of regular income. It complained when our plans didn’t turn out as we had expected. Most of all, it didn’t like the not knowing…

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

What should we do when we find ourselves led into a wilderness situation and we do not know what to expect the next day? We should trust in the Lord and read His word and apply what He teaches us.

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When we do not know from where we will find the rent, or how we will buy basic things. We can ask our Father …He knows and often has the provision on the way.

No-one knows what tomorrow holds.  As children of God, we can rest in the knowledge that our Father sees what is ahead.  If we trust in Him, He will lead us and provide for us, each step of the way.

Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

God Bless!

Strength in Weakness

The narrow way.
The narrow way.

Consider the words of the apostle Paul: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:26−29)

The Lord is my strength. He gives me His peace, His righteousness, His love. If He didn’t give me these by His grace, through merit I would not be able to earn any of them; the very best my flesh can offer by way of exchange is no more than filthy rags.

I depend on the Lord for everything. When I am tired, I ask Him for His endurance. When I am stressed, I ask Him for His peace. When I help others, I ask Him to be there to show them His love. When I feel unwell, I ask Him for His healing. When we have needs, we ask Him to provide.

Each morning, I ask Him to make me aware that He is with me; to help me think of Him throughout the day. The Holy Spirit lives within me. The train of His garment fills the Temple.

I have been bought with His precious blood. I belong to Him. All that I possess is His. All that is good comes from Him and my ability to see that good also comes from Him.

If I am able to do anything, it is the Lord who gives me ability. My life is not my own. This world is not my home. My journey isn’t always easy—there are many storms—but He is with me always.

He leads the way and I determine to follow Him on the narrow path, otherwise I would take the broad path, heading in the wrong direction. I lean on Him and trust in Him no matter the circumstances. He makes me not to fear because I know He is with me.

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Armor of God

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Did you know that Jesus is our armor… our protection? The battle has already been won.

We are to put on the armor and then STAND – Every piece is of Jesus. Our weapon is the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God).

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, (Jesus is the TRUTH)

and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Jesus is our righteousness)

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Jesus is the Prince of Peace)

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith (Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith)with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

and take the helmet of salvation, (Jesus is our salvation).

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Jesus is the Word of God).

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:14-18

Jesus Still Calms the Storms

Mark Chapter 4:35-41

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Storm

Jesus told the disciples that they were going to the other side and went to sleep.  Yet when the storm came, the disciples became upset and worried and even went as far as waking Jesus and suggesting that He might let them drown!

Jesus immediately got up and calmed the storm.

How sad He must have felt at their lack of trust and unbelief.  He had told them they were going to the other side, yet they allowed their fear in the circumstances to contradict what He had told them.  If only they had taken Him at His word!  If only they had rested with Him!

Now when I encounter one of life’s storms, I say to the Lord: “I know YOU are in the boat with me.”   Knowing the Lord is with me through my difficulties allows me to rest instead of falling into the trap of fear, panic and disbelief.  As I discussed in a previous blog, worrying is contrary to the Lord’s command.

The Lord knows our needs and He loves us.   Learning to completely and unreservedly trust Him, no matter how bad things look around us, may not be easy at first, but it’s wonderful once we are convinced.  Once we have learned to trust His promises, we can rest in Him, knowing He is there in the boat with us, without fail.  Our God who calmed the storm for the disciples will calm our hearts when we encounter any storm in this life.  He is always in the boat with us.

God Bless!

In a tiny cottage in a foreign country, God transforms the hearts and minds of a couple as he takes them through a wilderness experience.

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