Believers Are Salt and Light. Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

What kind of light are we? Are we dull, or dim? Are we so bright that we are seen is a dark world, or are we so dim that we blend in with the darkness of a dark world? Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. We are seasoned with the Word of God, but how may we be seasoned if we are not studying it every day? We should be seasoned in and out of season with the Word of God; so that when we are asked what is the hope of our salvation, we will be ready to give an answer. We are like a city that is set on a hill, we cannot be hidden in a dark world, we stand out even in the darkness. Because we have Jesus living inside of us, He is seen in us, and His light is shown all around. His light breaks the darkness and brightens the way in this dark world that we live in. When we are doing the work of the Lord, people will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

If a basket has cracks or holes in it, and a light is put under it, the light beams comes out in all directions, it does not just shine in one place. Just like us, we cannot just stay in one place; the word of God must be spread to all of the ends of the earth, and when that happens I believe Jesus will be ready to return. Our nation is going through so many things, and our nation has gone through a lot since 9/11. We need Jesus to look on this nation from heaven and smile on us, but that will take a miracle. The world is a beautiful place, but because of sin, it became a very sinful place. We need the light of Jesus Christ to permeate this world, to make things right.

We need His love to lead and guide us when our hearts are hurting because of sin. We need Him to comfort us when we see all of the devastation that is going on all over the world. We need His love to be in out hearts when everything is tumbling down around us, and we just don’t have a place to turn, or to run to when all hell is breaking wide open. We need His strength when we are weak in our spirit, because of the warring that is going on with our spirit and our flesh. We need His peace when the enemy has beat us down with our past mistakes and failures. We need Him when our children are rebelling to do their own things, and turn from God. We need Him to hold us when we are falling apart. We need Him like we need our next breath, our next everything.

When we pray, let us not forget to ask Jesus to shine in us, through us, for us, and all around us. Most importantly of all, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO ASK HIM TO COME INTO YOUR HEART AND BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. Amen.

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John

John 1:1-In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word has always existed, we had not yet been born to know God, or know the Word. God created the world so that we would have somewhere to be born, and to learn about Him. Had God not created the world, there would be no place for us to live. God has always been, and He will always be even after this world has passed away. His Word will always stand forever.

John 1:2-The same was in the beginning with God.

This verse takes me back to Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. All things in this world was created by God, if it were not for God, nothing would have been made. Life would never have been created. God has power to speak things into being; HE spoke and it was. This explination resonates through verses 3-4.

John 1:4-In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Verse 4. All life is in God. HE is the ultimate light in all life. He is the light that shines in all men and women. It is His light that produces the love; His love that He wants all people to see. We are to be the lights that give hope to a lost and dieing world that does not know Jesus. Jesus is the light of the world, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Once we lived in darkness doing the deeds of the Devil, but now that we live in the light, and for the light, we no longer have to live for darkness, or live in darkness because the light who is Jesus Christ lives and shines in us.

Living in the darkness brings up strief, lust, false accusations, jealousy, envy, hate, murder, and all the things that are not of God, but of evil. When someone lives in darkness, their heart and soul is in darkness and they cannot comprehend nor see the light. The person doesn’t know how to live in love because it is not there. They cannot do something that they were not taught, and they cannot give what they don’t have. They listen to rubbish that is fed to them from those that are living in darkness themselves, so that is all they know. A person that calls themselves a Christian should know better than to listen to such things that are not of God. God is truth, and the Holy Spirit is truth, and Jesus is truth.

The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth. He will teach us the ways of God. He is there to comfort us when we lose someone we love, He is there to help us understand things that we don’t understand. There are times when God is silent and we don’t feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. We become uneasy, nervous, and afraid. It is in theses times that God wants us to pray evenmore, and trust Him eventhough we may not sometimes feel His presence.

We must know that God will never forsake us. He is always with us leading and guiding us, protecting us from danger , and harm. He is always watching over us through every storm of life that we go through. He is forever speaking to us through His Word, to our spirit with His still small voice. The love that God has for us will never fail.Human love does not always last, because human life and love isn’t forever. Humans hurt one another on a daily basis. He’ll never stop loving us because that is who He is.

It would take a lifetime for us to learn how to love like that. I feel that it hurts God’s heart because we do not know how to really and truly and genuinely love someone as He wants us to.

My Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, Please help us to remain in the light of Your love. Help us to look to You for guidance and instructions concerning our lives. Please help us to know You more, and how to love one another as You have always loved us. Help us O, Lord, to seek Your face in all things from this time forth even until forevermore. All praise, glory, and honor, and thanksgiving belongs to You O, God, We love You. In Jesus name I pray and ask all of these things, Amen.

Continued Scripture from John:

John 17:3-Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, to whom You have sent.

John 10:10-The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full.

John 20:30-31-Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

Don’t forgt to spend some time with Jesus, He is waiting for you.

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Poured Out Like Water, Back in the Valley of Why?

Proverbs 22:6-train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

A mother is a person who takes care of her children from the moment she knows she is with child. She takes care of herself properly to ensure that her child is born healthy and strong. She reads good material to keep her spirit up, and she listens to soft music that is calming to her spirit. When time has come for her child to be born, there is pain like no other. After it is all said and done the pain is forgotten. A mother looks at her child with love in her eyes; she knows that it will never fail. She holds her child close to her heart to feel the heartbeat of her child that connects them forever.

She raises her child in the ways of the Lord. She teaches her child right from wrong. She hopes that her child will always remember what they have been taught. She talks to her child about life and the things that she wants for her child. After years has come and gone, and her child has grown up , she notice changes that ought not be so. She just wonders why. She doesn’t want to accept it! She hopes and prays that it is just a phase, and hope that it will soon pass away. She loves her child, but that lingering feeling of sadness never leaves her. She asks her child of certain things, but to no avail the truth isn’t told; those around her knew and saw the truth that she didn’t want to accept.

She asks herself, where did she go wrong, and what did she do wrong for all of this to happen. She doesn’t understand any of this at all. She is frustrated by this sudden truth. She does not know what to say, think, or what what to do anymore. She has so many questions as to how can this be? How and why did this happen? She poured into her child the Word of God!! Now she feels like she has wasted her time, only to be poured out like water on a dry and thirsty ground, but it just stays on the surface never receiving the water , so the ground is still dry, parched, and cracked.

She finds herself back in the “Valley of Why”?!? Why does things like this happen when a mother raises her child right? Why would a child turn to rebellion instead of doing what is right? Why would a child hurt their mother, father, sisters, and brothers by their wrongdoing?

It makes her feel as if what she done was not enough. It makes her question herself as a mother. It makes her feel empty and numb to the point that she cannot sleep. Her heart is just devastated! How can she accept such a thing as this? How does she deal with this kind of truth? How can she not have questions about this matter? Will things be the same? Will things be different?

She will love the same, she will not judge, but her heart cries out for the answers that plagues her. She knows that God has all of the answers to her questions. She knows He will answer in due time. So, for now, she will pray for strength and guidance, and she will forever love her child that she gave birth to, the child she raised. Who knows for how long due time will be? Only God, because certainly not she.

Jesus, in the Valley Alone, praying. It doesn’t hurt to be alone with the Father of all creation pouring out out hearts to Him. Amen.

Part One of Isaiah 45, Cyrus, God’s Instrument

In this part of Isaiah, God is telling us some very important things that He will do for us when we walk with Him. Cyrus was His instrument. When we think about it we are to. There are times when we feel like we have to take on paths in our lives that will lead us to the things that we want in our lives, but we want to do it without God. We cannot do anything without God. Without God,we will always run into brick walls.

In verse two, God tells Cyrus,”I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron”.

God will go before us and make all of the crooked places straight. He will make our walk smooth. There are always roads going in different directions that will try to take us off the path that we are traveling on. Those crooked paths are things that are not really important; they are destractions, such as the things of our past. We do not want to travel back down those roads. We must focus on the path that is set before us, and that path leads to life everlasting.

There may be obsticles in our way but God will break them down. It doesn’t matter what kind of materials it is made out of. God created every stone , material, and every element, there is nothing that He cannot, or will not break down concerning His children. God is a Mighty God. He is strong and victorious in all that He does.

When you feel yourself becoming anxious because you do not know what path to take, turn to Jesus, He will always lead you in the right direction in all circumstances. No matter what the situation is in your life, you can always count on Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will hold your hand all of the way home. He will be there for you whenever you need Him. He is our Father! Not only is God our Father, He is our best friend! He will be there through the good and bad times. He doesn’t just want us to call on Him in the bad times, but in the good times as well. He wants to commune with us; have a relationship with us, He is our family! He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. He looks at us with love in His eyes on a daily basis; not just sometimes but all of the time. Is it so hard for us to remember that? When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we are looking at His reflection. We are created in His image, He is beautiful and so are we. When He created us, He created masterpieces. There is not one person that is the same in the whole world. We are all unique in our own way, but most of all we are His! He loves us all just the same, there is no respect of persons, He treats us all the same. He loves us all the same. What He does for one he does for another. He is a good Father!

When we looking at Jesus, we are looking at our loving Father. He hung, bled, and died just for us. He is everything and more. He is the Greatest Love of All! Please consider making Him your personal Lord and Savior. It will be the greatest decision you could ever make in your life. All praises be to our God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come. May His blessings be upon you, and I bless you in the name of our Lord. Amen.

The vine and the Branches

Jesus is The True Vine. He tells us this in John chapter 15. This is what Jesus said in verse one. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Now, Jesus is telling us that the Father is the creator of all things, and He is the offspring of His Father. Jesus is the King, and the Son of the Living God. The vinedresser is the one that takes care of everything concerning the vine. God the Father is the vinedresser. He cultivates the vine so that it remains strong, and when everything is grown and ready for harvest the fruit of the vine is healthy and good as it should be.

Vinedresser-A person who tends or cultivates vines, especially grapevines. A worker of the soil, husbandman, farm-laborer, vinedresser. In verse two, Jesus tells us that,”Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

In order for a tree to bear fruit, it has to be pruned, all of the dead limbs must be cut away so that the branches can continue to grow like it should, but when it is not producing like it should after it has been pruned and not bearing fruit, it is cut off and thrown into the fire to be burned. When we stay connected to Jesus, we will bear fruit, but if we do not stay connected to Jesus we will not bear fruit. All of our substance comes from the Lord, and without Him we will die just like a branch that is not producing fruit.

In verse three, Jesus tells us that we are already clean because of the word that has been spoken to us. God’s Word is a cleanser to our souls. Without His Word we would still be spotted and stained with sin and shame. We would not be forgiven of all of our wrongs, and we would have to die in all of our sins being separated from God forever. In verse four, Jesus tells us,”Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” We must abide in Jesus, and He will abide in us. Apart from Him we cannot grow and be strong. We must abide in Him, He is our nourishment. Our souls are watered by the word of God. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches, and God is the Potter and we are the clay. When we abide in Him, He will shape us and make us, and mold us into the people He wants us to be to bring more souls to the Kingdom of God. We draw our strength from Him just as a tree draws strength from the roots to keep it standing. We must be rooted and grounded in the Word of our Father that we may grow thereby. We are all ashes before Him, a vapor in the wind. We are here one minute, and the next minute we are gone. We do not belong to ourselves, we belong to Him; so therefore we must abide in Him so He will abide in us. Without Him, we would not exist and have our being, just as a tree cannot grow without nourishment, we cannot grow without Him.

In verse seven, Jesus tells us,”If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it will be done for you. When we obey the words of Jesus, we can ask for whatever we desire and it will be done for us! How amazingly awesome is that? It is that simple. We just have to obey God. We are His children. He wants to give us the desires of our heart. He wants us to be happy and full of joy everyday. What is most important is that we should be happy in Jesus. Material things pass away, they don’t last long, but the Word of God will stand forever. His Word is from everlasting to everlasting, and it will never change.

In verse eight, Jesus tells us,”By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. If we do what Jesus say, we are His disciples. I know sometimes it is hard being a Christian because of all of the things that Christians have to go through in certain places in the world, but we always come out on top no matter what the case may be. Even when Christians are being persicuted, we still stand strong. Why? Because we have Jesus on our side, and if we did not have Him on our side where would we be? We would be in a bad situation without Him.

Love and Joy Perfected

Jesus tells us in verse nine,”As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. In verse ten, Jesus tells us,”If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” In verse eleven, Jesus tells us,”These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, anad that your joy may be full.

Jesus is telling us to obey God, keep the commandments, abide in Him, have joy, and abide in His love. What a wonderful Savior. He is everything to me. He is the best, and greatest Father that anyone could ever hope for in this world. His love that He has for us will never fail. He will love us until our dieing day and even when we get to heaven. How marvelous is the love that He showers on His children. Take some time just to thank Him and tell Him just how much He means to you. Tell Him how much you love Him, and how thankful you are to have Him in your life. He is waiting to hear from you. May God bless all of His children, and the United States of America. Amen.

Prayer

As I was reading this blessed day, I began to think about Prayer. Prayer is the one thing that we can all do to spread the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dieing world. When we pray, we are talking to God directly. We are making our petitions known to Him. When we pray, it changes things that we may not even see, but it is being done in the Spirit that it may manifest here on earth. Prayer changes things; not only does it change things, but prayer can and will change a person if they want to be changed. Prayer makes things happen that we never ever thought would happen. God listens to all of our prayers, He may not answer them when we want Him to, but He does in His own time. He may say yes, no, maybe, or in due time. We just keep on praying and waiting and having faith that we will hear from Him.

There are people in this world that does not know what prayer is, or what faith is. Because there are so many different religions, people believe how they want to believe, and who they want to believe in. God gives us free will to make our own decisions. We make our own choices, but do we get it right all of the time? No we do not. We make mistakes everyday, we are human beings. We all need prayer at some point in our lives, if not everyday. We go through things that we have no control of, so we need prayer to help us make it through whatever situation we are in. Jesus prayed for us in the garden before He was arrested. It is wonderful to know that we have a Savior who prayed for all of us before we were even born. That is powerful prayer! How amazing it is to know that the King of Kings prayed for all of us! That is why prayer is important. Jesus prayed, so we should pray to.

In the quiet times when everything is still, just take time to pray for someone. Thank God for His amazingly, wonderful gift of prayer. All praises be to God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come. Amen.

Salvation and Deliverance

Salvation-Being “saved” among Christians(see also Christian); salvation is freedom from the effects of the Fall of man. This freedom comes through faith in Jesus, who is called in the New Testament “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”.

Deliverance-In Christianity, deliverance refers to the activity of cleansing a person of demons and evil spirits in order to address problems manifesting in their life as a result of the presence of said entities and the root causes of their authority to oppress the person.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ , our Lord and Savior, who was and is and is to come. Glory to God in the highest!!

We all have been delivered from the clutches of hell and death because of what Jesus Christ came to do for us. Had He not came to deliver us, we would still be in sin and shame. He came and set us free that we may live again in heaven with Him for all eternity. Salvation is free because of Jesus, we were bought at a price that cannot ever be repaid by us.

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but they shall have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned ; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Scriptures on Deliverance

Genesis 45:7-“And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Psalm 32:7-You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

Luke 4:18-19-The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted”. To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord“.

Hebrews 11:35-Women received their dead raised to life again.Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

We will all need to be delivered from something sometime in our lives, but Jesus is the only one that can bring and give us true deliverance from every circumstance in our lives. We have Him to stand in the gap for us when there are things that the Devil is trying to throw at us; Jesus turns it around and uses it for our good. There is not anything that He cannot do. He delivers us from all of our sins, sickness, shame, and other things that we go through. Not only is He our deliverer, most of all He is our King and Savior forever. His Kingdom will never end. His Kingdom is from generation to generation, and His Word will stand forever.

Keep reading the Word of God that He may show you all of the wonderful things out of His Word that will enrich the lives of all believers. Amen. All praise be to our God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come. Amen.