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“You are the salt of the earth … you are the light of the world.. let your light so shine before men..” Matt 5:13,14,16

Jesus commissioned believers in Him to be salt and light to the world.  He called all of us, that call ourselves Christians, to a higher level of living.  One that not just allows us to exit, living day to day in this world, but to a life that impacts those around us.  Jesus did not call us to an unattainable way of living but one that He knew would be possible if we gave ourselves 100% to the Father through Him. 

To be salt and light requires a change in ourselves and salvation in Jesus is the first step in that change process.  When we ask Him into our hearts, we make the decision to step out of the darkness and turn to walk in the light.  Jesus tells us in Matt. 5: 1-12 what we will look like as we walk as the light and salt to this world.  We will be “poor in spirit” (humble), “merciful”, “meek” (gentle), “seek after righteousness”, “pure in heart” and “peacemakers”.  Jesus knew that this higher level of moral and ethical living would not be possible on our own.  He let us know exactly what living for Him would require as well as what would happen once the decision was made.  The persecution would be great and yet He said “rejoice and be glad” when people persecute you, insult you and falsely accuse you because the reward will be great in Heaven. (v. 11,12)

As Christians our life is not our own.  We ask Jesus to not only be our Savior but our Lord.  We are to led a submitted life to the Lord and that means being salt and light.  If we allow our life to cease being that, then we become as Jesus says in verse 13: “good for nothing” in need of being “throw out and trampled by men”.

When I think about being a light for Jesus, I think about Corrie tin Boom.  She was a Dutch Holocaust survivor whose family was captured by the Nazis’ during WWII for being Jewish sympathizers.   After being captured, she and her sister (Betsie) ended up serving time in Ravensbruck concentration camp, a woman’s labor camp.  It was there that Corrie’s sister died.  Yet despite the hatred and evil that surrounded them, they still were a light for Jesus.  They held worship services in their barracks knowing that if they were found out it would be certain death.  Once Corrie was released, she continued a life for the Lord sharing with all that she encountered about His love.  She was a light in the darkness of that concentration camp.  Both her and her sister allowed their lights to shine in what, for all intensive purposes, appeared to be complete darkness.  On Betsis’ death bed, she told her sister “there is no pit so deep that He (God) is not deeper still.” No matter what we are walking through, He can use it and allow His light to shine through it.  We just have to have a made us mind that we will shine no matter what the circumstances are.

We are not asked to be salt and light, but we are commissioned to be. We are given an order from our Savior to affect our world.  We might be the only salt and light in our current situation.  Whether it be in our home, on our job, on the mission field, or in the market place, we MUST shone for Jesus.  This world is hurting.  They are turning to anything and everything to fill the hurt and loneliness of this world and yet they are not finding it.  But once they encounter the salt and light of Jesus, they will be changed.

If your light has failed or your salt has lost it’s savor, sin has entered into your heart.  Ask Holy Spirit to show you how and when it happened.  Wait on the answer and when you receive it, ask Jesus to forgive you.  Jesus called you to be His hand and feet, allow Him to use you to affect this world.

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“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Rms 6:23

As a Christian, I hear a lot about God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice for our sins.  It is the foundation and bedrock of our Christian faith, that Jesus saved us from our sins and through His crucifixion we can be saved.  But what about once we become saved?  Are we not to follow after Him and live a holy and righteous life?  Are we not to avoid sin and the appearance of sin at all cost?  And if we do sin, are we not suppose to repent and turn from our sinful ways?

Working in a secular environment, I have been blessed to work with both saved and unsaved people.  I say that I am blessed because I never want to live my life in a cocoon where those that I surround myself with are of the same belief and background.  I want to have discussions and not always see eye to eye with everyone that I encounter because that is what makes me a better person.  But I do believe that when I am around Christian we should share a belief system that is founded in the word of God.  And yet on a regular basis I am amazed at the number of times that God’s word is never even applied much less considered when problems, discusses, concerns, issues or basis disagreements occur.  It is possible that one reason is because many don’t even know what God’s word says about a certain issue or problem.  Or maybe, in the moment the urge to react worldly is stronger than our sense of right and wrong.  And listen I get it.  Lord knows that I have reacted in my flesh plenty of times only to really regret my actions.  But that does not change the fact that I am still required to apply God’s word to my situation and make it right.  God tells us that if we go to the alter and remember that we have an issue with our brother or sister, we are to leave the alter and make the issue right.  Matt:5:23-24

To willingly walk in sin, as a Christian, is telling God He is not at the center of your life.  And once the decision is made to follow after the flesh, it is not long before we are no longer walking after God but really after the world and satan himself.  I recently heard a pastor say “one step out of the light is in the shadows and two steps is in darkness.”  It is so easy to fall away from God.  The things of the world are so enticing.  We tell ourselves “everyone is doing it, so it’s no big deal.”  But it is a big deal to God.  I have spoke to many Christians who are sleeping with their boyfriend or girlfriend and as I listen to them there is not conviction.  It just not that big of a deal.  But God does not look at sin that way. God doesn’t give us a pass because it is what everyone else is doing.  The wages of sin are death.  God is clear, if we sin and don’t repent, we have separated ourselves from God.  I don’t say this to judge.  I say this because I don’t want anyone to stand before God on judgement day and hear “depart from me because I never knew you.” Matt 7:23

God did not create hell for us.  God loves us and He loves us so much that He wants us to walk clear of the things of satan and He made a way for us to do that.  But we have to make a choice.  We have to decide to walk away from sin, repent when we do sin and seek God for help daily to walk free from sin.

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and bleed but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Eph. 6:12

What if we as Christians looked at our daily battles with others as “spiritual battles” and not “fleshly battles”?  Would we react differently if we did?  I believe we most definitely would.  Unfortunately that is not how most of us react initially.

As Christians the enemy of our soul, Satan, wants to destroy us and the easiest way is to use our emotions to accomplish that goal.  Satan knows where to hit us for maximum impact and we fall for his trap more times than not.  I, myself, am not immune to his attacks and the most recent one came out of no where. I know God’s word, I understand spiritual warfare and more than anything I fully understand the daily battle that we as Christian can endure.  Despite all of that knowledge,  I failed to recognize the true enemy behind this recent battle.  I only saw the person that was speaking the words and it was not until much later that I realized that I was not “wrestling flesh and blood” , but an attack from the enemy.

I have to first preference what I am about to say with a disclaimer.  Non-Christians can only battle the enemy’s attacks in their flesh.  For most, they will not even recognize that the battle that they are in is from Satan.  They are walking in darkness because without Jesus they are not in light.  This might sound harsh, but the truth is that Jesus came into this world to set the captives free. (Luke 4;18) But in order to be set free, you have to ask Jesus into your heart.  Please don’t shoot the messenger, I have come to share God’s Word and His love, but you have to accept it first.  The only way to walk in that love is through His son, Jesus.  Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the light” and the only way to Him is if you accept God’s drawing to Him. (John 14:6, John 6:44) If you want to ask Jesus into your heart, please click on the “Accepting Jesus” tab on my site.

 For Christians, in order for us to effectively battle the attacks that Satan WILL send our way is through God’s weapons.  We are in a spiritual battle and using worldly weapons will only bring momentary satisfaction and in the end we will be no closer to victory than when the battle first began.  Arguing, cussing, hitting, yelling, acts of revenge, retaliation, anger are just a few of the worldly weapons that many Christian’s use to fight our earthly battles.  Using those weapons only bring about a victory for Satan.  God’s children never come out on the winning side when we use worldly means to fight.  Now let’s get real.  It is hard to not want to react in the flesh.  In the moment all we can think about is how wrong the other person is and what we want to do to them.  My advice, walk away.  Use the weapons that God has given each one of His children.  First prayer (especially in your prayer language), forgiveness, praise and finally love.  And if you don’t see the victory, GIVE IT TO THE LORD!

How did my situation end?  It is in the Lord’s hands.

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“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corth. 12:9

     As a Christian, one of the first aspects (or dimensions) of God that we experience is His grace.  That grace is what opens the door for us to receive salvation from Jesus.  God’s word tells us “for by grace you have been saved” Eph 2:8  Is is also that same grace that helps us daily in our walk with the Lord.

     Throughout my Christian walk, I have often declared over myself “God’s grace is sufficient”.  Those words were spiritual weapons that stayed in my arsenal ready to be used at the first sign of a spiritual battle.  However, I never bothered to take the time to look up the rest of the scripture until just recently.

     Two years ago, God told me to take a job working with troubled youth in my youngest daughter’s school.  There was no doubt in my mind that God opened this door for me but I knew that I could only do it with His help.  Part of that help was to equip myself with scriptures.  So I went about placing scriptures on my desk and as God showed me new ones,  I would added them to my desk.  I knew that those scriptures would give me the tools I needed when troubled arose.  I thought my battles would only be with the students, never once thinking that those scriptures would also give me strength and guidance in dealing with the adults as well.  One day I learned that one of the woman at the school had a problem with me and was speaking half truths about my character.  To say I was upset would have been an understatement.  My first reaction was to confront her.  I wanted to call her out on what she was saying but God had another plan.  He placed a fellow believer in my path that prayed with me and told me to seek the Lord.  As I returned to my classroom, the first thing that my eyes fell upon was the scripture 2 Corth. 12:9 that was taped to my desk.  And instead of only focusing on the first part of that scripture, I read the entire scripture for the first time.  As I read it and reread it, the only thing that I keep hearing in my spirit was “my power is made perfect in weakness”.  The Lord wanted me to give Him my anger and allow myself to become weak in His presence.  Meaning that I gave up my right to be angry, I gave up my right to call her out, I gave up my right to “punish her” and through giving all of that to God I would be left with nothing but weakness.

As I slowly gave it all to Him, I felt like a fighter that had just finished 10 rounds with the world champion.  I had nothing left to give.  I sat at my desk overcome with emptiness and it was at that point that the Lord started to give me a love for the very one that had spoke so much against me.  It was no longer about what she said and who she said it to, it was about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit being in control.  As I become weak, God’s power was made perfect and He gave me the grace to see her through the love of my Savior Jesus.

What if we all became weak in the Lord?  What if we all gave our anger, our frustrations, our brokenness, our disappointments to the Lord and allowed Him to become strong.  I know that we would look at those that hurt us in a different light.  But most of all, I believe that the more we released ourselves to God, the more His grace would abound.  Let this be the day that you become weak in the Lord so that His power will be made strong in you.

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“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 NIV

Recently a popular Pastor and Christian recording artist, Kim Burrell, was excoriated in the media for a sermon she preached about the sin of homosexuality and the homosexual spirit.  After a video clip of a part of her sermon was released, she faced persecution and ridicule for what she said.   She lost her radio show, was dis-invited from appearing on a talk show, and was dropped from an awards program.  As I watched and listened to the persecution that she has endured I was reminded that when we walk after Jesus and proclaim His word, persecution and ridicule will follow.  Jesus Himself faced persecution from both believers and non believers during his life on this earth and the one thing that Jesus stood on was the words of His Father, God.  When the devil attacked Jesus, the weapon that He used to defeat him was the word of God.  That is why God’s word is called the rock.  It is what we stand on in the midst of the battle, and yet at times it can be hard to receive.  But despite how we perceive God’s word, it is still His word.

God’s word is the believer’s manual.  It give us strength, direction, assurance, and so much more.  I don’t expect nonbeliever’s to understand this concept.  Nonbeliever are not applying the principles that God lays out in His word to their life and that is there choice.  However, to be “shocked and dismayed” that a Christian stands on all of God’s word should also not come as a surprise to the nonbeliever.  I know that there are things in God’s word that many will not want to hear and at times I don’t want to hear them myself.  But I know that because God loves me, I need to hear what He has to say.  I want God’s will for my life and desiring that means I have to allow God’s word to renew me and  that I have to take a stand for what God stands for.  Persecution will come with that stand and as hard as it is, I have to be willing to face it.  After all, it is not me that people will be fighting against but rather God and His word.  And know one thing believers, that through it all Jesus will always be there.  Seek a godly life and declare God’s word, He gave it to us because He knew we would need it.  Be blessed.

That is Tuesday’s Truth.  Each Tuesday, as God allows, I will share a word of truth from God’s word.  God says that if we will “not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of our minds, .. that we will know what is the will of God for us”. 

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Walking after Jesus requires less of us and more of Him.  It sounds so simple, “less of us, more of Him” but implementing those words into actions requires work.  We as humans want to be in control and the thought of giving that control over to anyone, including Jesus can at times be very difficult.  When we come to Jesus as sinners, we ask Him to forgive our sins so that we can walk with Him on this earth and live with Him in Heaven after this life.  But salvation is also about us giving our life to Jesus so that He can be in control.  Yes, it is a process, but the longer we walk with Him the more of ourselves we are to give to Him.  That means that our journey of salvation requires us to give more and more of our control over to Him.  We still make decisions and choices but instead of leaning on our own understanding we are to lean upon understanding from the Lord.   Think about the decisions that we make for our life:  where do we live, who do we date, where do we work, what do we do with our money, how do we raise our children, etc.  Life is full of decisions and when we ask Jesus into our hearts, we are no longer making those decisions with only our own desires to consider.

We all like to be in control, I myself struggle with wanting to be in control.  I want what I want when I want it, but living that way will only last so long with Jesus.  The longer I walk with Him, the more I realize that I have to give myself over to Him.  Why because God has a plan for my life and only after I give myself over to Him will I walk fully in that plan.  It sounds so easy on paper but walking it out on a daily basis can be a true struggle.  It has been for me and many others I dare say. Why, because it means letting go.

William McDowell wrote a song several years ago called “I Give Myself Away.”  In the song, the writer sings about giving himself away to be used by God. One of the bridges in the song goes, “my life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself, I give myself away.”  That is what salvation is about, saying to God, through His son Jesus, that our life is now His.

The first step to allowing God to be in control of your life is to trust Him.  For many that can be difficult because of past hurts and woundings from others that betrayed that trust.  Start by ask Holy Spirit to help you to forgive those that betrayed your trust.  Give the hurt and pain that they caused you to Jesus.  Take your time, for many the hurt can be very deep. If this step is to painful to do on your own, seek out a prayer partner or a pastor that can help.  I myself reached out to an Inner Healing and Deliverance Pastor. I just got tired of seeing God through the eyes of those that hurt me.  I was tired of fighting the same fight and never seeing results.  And please don’t be so prideful that you don’t ask for help when you need it.  Even Jesus wanted others to pray for Him.  And know that no wound is too deep for Jesus to heal.

Next, know that God will not do to you what man has done.  To allow someone to be in control of your life means that you have to trust them.  This process might mean that minute by minute you have to give your will over to God’s and that is OK because slowly it will become automatic.

Living a life fully sold out to God is possible, but it means walking free from everything that would stand in the way of allowing God to be in control.  On this Independence day, make a decision to live a life totally dependent on God.  Liberate yourself from everything that has stood in the way of you leaning and trusting fully in God.  Let today be your day of Independence from past hurts, pains and woundings that have stood in the way of God being in full control of your life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3”5-6)

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In today’s world we do not have to look far to see someone that has more than we have.  Or someone that looks better than we look.  Or someone that seems to have few or no problems.  But I am here to tell you stop looking at others and keep your focus on the Lord.

It is so easy to look at someone else and see yourself as less than.  That is the whole trick of the enemy, to make you feel as though you are less than everyone around you.  If satan is successful in making you believe that lie, than you will never become who you are supposed to be.

I have struggled for years comparing myself to others and somehow I always find myself coming up on the short end.  The conversation usually goes something like:  “they have more money than you, or they look better than you, or they don’t have the struggles that you have.”  Could some of these statements be true?  Yes, but whether they are true or not is not my concern.  God wants me to keep my eyes on Him and that is what He wants all of us to do.

Imagine if each one of us grasped the reality that we are truly “uniquely made” (Psalms 139:14).  We would no longer run to this doctors to have this thing nipped and that doctor to have that thing tucked.  We would not look at fashion magazines and then go on a 10 day juice fast so that our thighs looked like “so and so.”  I not saying that we should not want to be the best “me” that we can be, but what I am saying is love who you are.

Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me of John the Baptist.  The bible says that he was the “for runner of Jesus” and yet he looked and acted nothing like you would imagine.  John the Baptist was a “wilderness man,” a man who from childhood had lived “in the wilderness until the day he was revealed to Israel” (Luke 1:80).  He was a man whose raiment was made of “camel’s hair, and had a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.” (Matt 3:4).  He oblivious was not trying to keep up with the “Joneses”, he was doing and being exactly what God had intended.

God wants each of us to find our worth in Him and not in the world.  If you find yourself looking at others and finding yourself less than, then it is time to refocus your eyes on the one that uniquely made you.

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I had a pastor that preached a sermon one time and he said “God will offend your flesh to save your spirit.”  Man what a deep revelation. It really brings tears to my eyes.  We have a father in heaven that loves us so much that He will not allow us to continue to live in our sin and thus end up in hell.  I want you to pause for just a second and let that sink in.  God loves you!  His love is so unmeasurable that He will do whatever must be done to save your spirit.  I don’t know about you but that realization is beyond huge.  To have someone that would move mountains to ensure that I have an eternity with Him.  Man that is love.

We think that love covers up sin or love overlooks sin, but that is a lie.  True love tells us the things that we don’t want to hear.  True love sacrifices so that the one that is loved can be set free.  That is what God did when He sent His son, Jesus.  He demonstrated His true love for us, by sacrificing His most precious thing, His son.  God’s love at times can be painful, Jesus’ death is the perfect example of that.  But in the end, the pain of true love is worth all of the suffering because the victory is eternal.

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Jesus knows the heart of a man. He looks past what the natural eye sees and sees into the inner depth of who we are. Jesus doesn’t see color, or wealth. He doesn’t see the fancy clothes we wear or the airs that we try and put on to make ourselves feel important. He sees past all of that and sees the very thing that makes us who we are and He is calling each one of us to embrace that reality and walk the road that we are called to walk.

In order to walk that road, we must learn to love ourselves. If you find your love for yourself in the value and worth of what others say about you, then you will forever fail to truly love You. Why? Because in man’s eyes you will never be good enough. You will never measure up to the expectations that man will place on you. You will never love yourself if the standard that you use is man’s measurements and not God’s.

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Most people might think life’s pretty dull on an old dirt road, but I am here to tell you most people would be 100% wrong. This story begins on just such a road and there are no dull parts to this story, definitely moments of uncertainty and maybe a little fear, but dull, most certainly not.

I am starting to realize that some of the greatest spiritual victories have taken place on old dirt roads. Paul, Mary, Abraham, Moses, each one of their stories involved a road that started out in apparently tragedy but ended in everlasting victory. I would imagine that those traveling on such a road were not feeling victorious during their long dusty walk but God’s word tells us to “kept the faith, finish the course and fight the good fight(2 Tim 4:7). That is my clarion call for writing this article, “Fight the good fight and finish the race!”

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