Salt and Light to our World….Conservative

Salt and Light to our World….Conservative

Our world hates the person who loves Jesus and does what He has planned for their lives. I wonder why that is?

2 Tim 3:12 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

Part of living a godly life is to be “salt and light” to a lost world. To all believers or conservatives (born again) our Lord entrusts an awesome responsibility. So the question is, how is, how do our lives stack up to God’s expectations for us! And remember that being a ‘born again’ believer is not based on our worlds definition which is to have the name of Jesus in the church you attend and based on your good deeds and even your families religious tradition. It is based totally on Jesus sacrifice for our sins.

Gal 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

So, are you being salt and light today and what does that mean?

Luke 9:23 “And Jesus said unto them, if anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Me.”

When was the last time you denied yourself of some activity or worldly pleasure so you could perform a service for our Savior?

Isa 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way – walk in it’.”

Mat 5:13, 14 “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 earth; a city that is set on hill cannot be hidden.”

Salt lovingly calls sin as it is sin when our world calls it a disease or your right or whatever. Light also lovingly shares the Gospel to a lost world even when the majority of lost folks tell you to keep it to yourself and who are you to claim your Way to heaven is the only Way. So rate yourself from 1 to 10 on how well you feel you are doing with being salt and light to a dark and sinful world.

How did you do? I think I can safely say that everyone of us has room for much improvement. Especially in our materialistic and morally decaying country that sees the conservative CHRISTian as narrow-minded and dangerous.

It’s an ugly world with plenty of room to be the salt. Salt seasons our world or calls out sin for what it is. And of course if you wish to bring error and sin to the world’s attention you will need to study God’s word so you know God’s truths and absolutes. Yes, there are still and always will be absolutes in our world. The enemy is doing a great job of trying to make everything including sin gray and ok. And review your own life prior to reviewing the lives of others. That requires we deny ourselves or plan to read and study and now we are back to that nasty denial thing again. But we need to understand the blessings of serving are both in this world and out of this world when we are home with Jesus.

So, when was the last time you seasoned your world?

So, let’s get going………..the fields are truly white and waiting for the harvest!

Advertisements

The Ragman – The Price for my life…..

II Cor 5:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that
we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him!”

THE RAGMAN – The Price for my life…..

I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like
nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me
for.

Hush, child, hush, now, and I will tell it to you.

Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man,
handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an
old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in
a clear, tenor voice; “Rags!” Ah, the air was foul and the first light
filthy to be crossed by such sweet music.

“Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!”

“Now this is a wonder,” I thought to myself, for the man stood
six-feet-four, and His arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and
His eyes flashed intelligence. Could He find no better job than this, to
be a ragman in the inner city?

I followed Him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn’t
disappointed.

Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was
sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her
knees and elbows made a sad X. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was
breaking.

The Ragman stopped his cart. Quietly, He walked to the woman,
stepping around tin cans, dead toys, and Pampers. “Give me your rag,”
He said gently, “and I will give you another.”

He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and He
laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. She
blinked from the gift to the giver.

Then, as He began to pull the cart again, the Ragman did a
strange thing; He put her stained handkerchief to His own face; and then
He began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, His shoulders
shaking. Yet she was left without a tear.

“This is a wonder,” I breathed to myself, and I followed the
sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from mystery.

“Rags! Rags! New rags for old!”

In a little while, when the sky showed gray behind the roof tops
and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the
Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes
were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood ran down
her cheek.

Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity, and He
drew a lovely bonnet from his cart. “Give me your rag,” He said, tracing
His own line on her cheek, “and I will give you mine”.

The child could only gaze at Him while He loosened the bandage,
removed it, and tied it to His own head. The bonnet He set on hers. And
I gasped at what I saw; for with the bandage went the wound! Against His
brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood – His own!

“Rags! Rags! I take old rags!” cried the sobbing, bleeding,
strong, intelligent Ragman.

The sun hurt both the sky, now, and my eyes; the Ragman seemed
more and more to hurry.

“Are you going to work?” He asked a man who leaned against a
telephone pole. The man shook his head. The Ragman pressed him: “Do you
have a job?”

“Are you crazy?” sneered the other. He pulled away from the
pole, revealing the right sleeve of his jacket. He had no arm.

“So,” said the Ragman. “Give me your jacket, and I will give you
mine.”

Such quiet authority in his voice!

The one armed man took off his jacket. So did the Ragman – and I
trembled at what I saw: for the Ragman’s arm stayed in the sleeve, and
when the other put it on he had two good arms, thick as tree limbs; but
the Ragman had only one.

“Go to work,” he said

After that he found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army
blanket, an old man hunched, wizened, and sick. He took that blanket and
wrapped it around himself, but for the> drunk He left new cloths.

And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. Though He was
weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at the forehead, pulling His
cart with one arm, stumbling for drunkenness, falling again and again,
exhausted, old, old, and sick, yet He with terrible speed. On spider’s
legs He skittered through the alleys of the City, this mile and the
next, until He came to its limits, and then He rushed beyond.

I wept to see the change in this man. I hurt to see his sorrow.
And yet I needed to see where He was going in such haste, perhaps to
know what drove Him so.

The little old Ragman – He came to a landfill. He came to the
garbage pits. And then I wanted to help Him in what He did, but I hung
back, hiding. He climbed a hill. Then He sighed. He lay down. He
pillowed his head on a handkerchief and a jacket. He covered his bones
with an army blanket. And He died.

Oh, how I cried to witness that death! I slumped in a junked car
and wailed and mourned as one who has no hope – because I had come to
love the Ragman. Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man,
and I cherished him; but he died. I sobbed myself to sleep.

I did not know – how could I know? – that I slept through Friday
night and Saturday and its night, too. But then, on Sunday morning, I
was awakened by violence.

Light – pure, hard, demanding light – slammed against my sour
face, and I blinked, and I looked, and I saw the last and the first
wonder of all. There was the Ragman, folding the blanket most carefully,
a scar on His forehead, but alive!!!! And, besides that, healthy! There
was no sign of sorrow nor of age and all the rags that he had gathered
shined for cleanliness.

Well, then I lowered my head and, trembling for all that I had
seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told him my name with shame,
for I was a sorry figure next to Him. Then I took off all my clothes in
that place, and I said to Him with dear yearning in my
voice: “Dress me.”

He dressed me. My Lord, He put new rags on me, and I am a wonder
because of Him.

The Ragman, the Ragman, the (my) Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 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.”

 II Cor 5:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that
we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him!”

Psalm 55:22a “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you…”

The first “I, me first” problem (sin)….

The first “I, me first” problem!!

Isa 14:13-15 “For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the North; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depth of the earth.” satan

The “I” problem is incurable when treated with human medications. There is only One Who is able to use the word “I” and not be guilty of the sin of pride. When He has the rightful place in our lives all things are possible through Him. Check your speech out today to see how many times you use the word “I”. It may be a real eye opener. And no the I problem (sin) is not a disease it is our choice.

There is an “I” that we should seek!!!! Joshua said it best.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites (insert your country, state and city), in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”…

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Mat 6:33a “But seek you first the kingdom of God….”

Have a great day and remember Who to focus on……….

Your Life Your Dash…..

Rom 14:11,12 “For it is written; ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Your Life Your Dash!

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years. (1934 -1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth…
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars…the house…the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile…
Remembering that this special dash
Will only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
With your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash

author unknown

James 4:14 “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time
and then vanishes away.”

Somebody Loves you…..

Somebody loves you…….

Scroll down quickly without stopping.  When you get to the end, someone will be desperately in love with you, the moment you stop scrolling.

This person may start calling you or talking to you, but you won’t hear from them if you’re not listening, or if you are too shy or proud to talk to them.

Ready?

Go!

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

So

So

So

So

So

So

So

Som

Som

Som

Som

Som

Som

Som

Some

Some

Some

Some

Some

Some

Some

Someo

Someo

Someo

Someo

Someo

Someo

Someon

Someon

Someon

Someon

Someon

Someon

Someone

Someone

Someone

Someone

Someone

Someone

Someone l

Someone l

Someone l

Someone l

Someone l

Someone l

Someone lo

Someone lo

Someone lo

Someone lo

Someone lo

Someone lo

Someone lov

Someone lov

Someone lov

Someone lov

Someone lov

Someone lov

Someone love

Someone love

Someone love

Someone love

Someone love

Someone love

Someone loves

Someone loves

Someone loves

Someone loves

Someone loves

Someone loves

Someone loves y

Someone loves y

Someone loves y

Someone loves y

Someone loves y

Someone loves y

Someone loves yo

Someone loves yo

Someone loves yo

Someone loves yo

Someone loves yo

Someone loves yo

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you

Someone loves you!!!!!!

The love you have just discovered is the love that Jesus has for you. If you feel like you are empty inside, like no one cares for you, or like no matter what you do there is always something missing in your life, imagine this:

A God so powerful that he created everything, including yourself, came down from His perfect heaven into this sinful world.  A world where His own creations would soon put Him to death. He came here knowing that, but still came for us, and died for us while we were still sinners.  He died for our sins so that we don’t have to.  He loves you more than anyone else can, and He wants you to love him, too. That’s all I have for you, except to tell you that Jesus loved you before you read this letter, and will never stop loving you, even if you don’t love Him in return.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have life everlasting.

No greater love than God’s exists. It is unconditional. In our sinful state

God loves us that much…………………….

Which Church Denomination should I attend….

Hebrews 10:25 ” not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Which Church Denomination should I attend…..?

Most Religions are manmade. Did you know that none of the denominations you hear of today are ever mentioned by name in the Bible? The early CHRISTian Church is called “The Way” but the current major denominations you and I know of are not mentioned in scripture.

Having said that I do want to say that Jesus does mention His worldwide Church and the importance of placing yourself and your family under a doctrinally sound local church. The structure of the church is actually designed by God in the Bible. Sadly the reasons that many use to choose a local church have nothing or very little at best to do with sound doctrine from the Bible. Many times people choose a church based on the size of the congregation or newness of the church building or the programs it has available to every member of the family or where their family has traditionally attended. While those items offer value they are not the reason Jesus wants to place you and your family in a local church.

Doctrine very seldom receives much or enough value in the decision making process of where should I and my family fellowship. Nor does the decision take into account that maybe the reason a program is missing is because I have not yet started to serve using my spiritual gift(s). Maybe that church that is missing something is exactly where I am to be…………so that it is not lacking that ministry. What a change of the thought in the decision making process. As God reminds us in Isaiah 55:8 His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts so we dare not depend on what we think is best while not seeking God’s wisdom.

We are by nature a selfish people and it carries over into our decision making as to where we are to fellowship. What matters to Jesus is that the decision must be based on where He wants us to serve not where am I most comfortable.

First and foremost in our local church selection process is what a churches doctrine is. The cornerstone of doctrine is “what must I do to be saved?” False religions teach a doctrine of works plus Jesus for salvation. Some teach works plus some human name other than Jesus as a means of salvation. Check out (Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”) on that one.  Many have the name of Jesus in their church but attach works such as Church Membership, Attendance, Giving, Baptism, etc to the Gospel to be saved or  ‘born again’ (John 3:3). Attaching anything or any activity to Jesus sacrifice for our salvation means His death was not sufficient and as scripture says is, “another Jesus and another Gospel”. It is not of God.

Gal 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

Jesus made one Church. To be a member you must…

John 3:3 “For truly I say unto you, unless a man is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

 John 14:6 “And Jesus said unto them, I am THE WAY, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father, BUT BY ME.”

Our first requirement is to align with a local church that is professing the Gospel with sound doctrine and then to let the Holy Spirit use us with the spiritual gift(s) He has given us in that setting. Once again the local church must be doctrinally sound and they will probably be in need of the area closest to our hearts during the search. And we must use the correct motive for serving there and that motive is to serve Jesus.

Luke 22:26, 27 “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”

So, what is the doctrine of your church and more importantly what are you and your family trusting in and being taught? And is your focus on where you fellowship to be entertained or to serve?

Running from it will not work….

Running from it will not Work

All ‘born again’ believers have a ministry that Jesus would have us perform for His name and His Church. If you are a ‘born again’ believer do you understand what your mission is? It took me a while after being ‘born again’ to say yes to Jesus that I would serve Him. Even then I was not sure exactly what that meant but based on scripture I did understand that He has a mission for all of us. So after much holding back I presented myself to His service as Romans 12:1 notes.

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.”

To help us understand that we cannot run from God’s service let’s look at one of scriptures examples of holding out.  Jonah was given a ministry to perform but his desires and pride got in the way. You can run but you cannot hide from the Lord! Just ask Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-4 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. BUT JONAH rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.

Jonah 1:17 “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.

It’s never too late to repent. Jonah waited until his trials forced him to.

Jonah 2:1 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish.

It’s never too late to surrender your life to serving God.

Jonah 2:9a “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving…”

Jonah 3:3a “So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord.”

 

Isn’t it great how longsuffering and patient our God is????

 

Have a great day in the service of the King and don’t wait to be nudged or should I say swallowed………..