Word of Encouragement
Thoroughly equipped.... completely and wholly equipped for every good work. Not partially or incompletely.... not half way - but thoroughly supplied with what we need to do the works He has for us!
Let's believe this and see ourselves in Him, able to live out His destiny for us because we are completely supplied.
When an army goes out to fight, they better make sure they have an ample supply of everything they need to fight a good fight. God wants to make sure we have an ample supply, that we are thoroughly equipped for warfare in the heavenlies and for walking in the good works for which He has prepared us.
How has He equipped us? He's given us His Spirit, His Name, His Word, His armor, His Love and so much more!
Blessings this week as we use this arsenal to do the good works He's placed before us!
In His Love,
Destiny or Doom, Which do you prefer?
There is a lot of talk in the news today about negative current events. There are almost too many to list, but you probably already know that, and it is not my topic for today. Destiny is. Destiny can be defined as a design or appointment to a distinct purpose or end. It is the understanding of a preordained plan of God.
In the parable of the cost of being a disciple, Jesus reveals a principle of destiny. "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28). The principle I am referring to is seeing the end from the beginning. Before the world was made, Father God saw the completed project--the very day and hour and circumstances every generation has lived in and will live in up until and after the return of Jesus. (Pretty awesome I know, but He is God after all).
Our responsibility as disciples of Christ is to be destiny farmers using the implements of releasing, refreshing or refocusing destiny in our own lives and the lives of others. We release by maximizing opportunities for ourselves or others. We refresh with kind words of exhortation, and we refocus with loving words of correction. We are created in God’s image. He believes in destiny and so should we.
While on earth, Jesus came and demonstrated a portion of His destiny and the rest is coming to pass. The amazing part is that as the church, we are involved in our Lord’s destiny. Each one of us has a part to play in fulfilling His destiny, ushering in His return and sharing in the glory of His fulfilled destiny.
The bottom line: God’s plans (His Destiny) trumps negative headlines. Let’s stay on target and fulfill our individual and corporate destiny.
Isaiah 46:9-10 …for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure there.’
“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did."
This is a quote from the woman of Samaria who had met with Jesus at a well. During their conversation, it became apparent to her that she was speaking with the Messiah. After she had this encounter with Jesus, her natural reaction was to go tell the people in her town about what she experienced. The result of this simple action is recorded for us in verse 39 of the same chapter: And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” Many people’s lives were eternally changed because this woman shared with others about the encounter she had with Jesus!
Consider Andrew, the Apostle, and the influence he had on his brother, Peter. One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). (John 1:40, 41) Andrew issued an invitation and Peter responded – changing his life (and many other people’s lives) forever!
These are but two examples of the power of an invitation. An invitation doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. It doesn’t have to be verbose or greatly detailed. We must remember that God is working behind the scenes, even when a simple invitation is offered. Lives are changed through invitations.
God can use us in the same ways that the Samaritan woman and Andrew were used. We can invite people we know or those with whom we come into contact to visit New Life or come to a church-sponsored event. It doesn’t require that much – just some friendliness and, sometimes, a little bit of boldness. Who do you know who could benefit from an invitation from you to visit New Life?
This Sunday is Community Day in Newark. We have the opportunity to go there and mingle with people. We can engage in small talk with some and engage in real conversation with others. There will, undoubtedly, be opportunities to invite some folks to New Life (or even direct them to our website). Perhaps God has arranged a Divine appointment for you with someone in Newark on Sunday – an appointment that could change their life forever!
I encourage you to take an hour and come to Newark this Sunday afternoon. Our Worship Team will be on stage at 2:00 p.m. Come support them as they share God’s Word through song. You might find some people nearby with whom you can start a conversation!
To establish: to settle, make or fix firmly, to place on a permanent footing, to set up on a firm or permanent basis (the Free Dictionary).
Amidst persecution and tribulation, amidst deceivers' teachings, amidst chaos and despair, Paul exhorted the believers to stand strong and keep the faith.
When something is established, it cannot be easily removed. It is here to stay!! I also want to be fixed firmly and placed on a permanent footing. I want to be like the seedling of a big tree. When it gets planted, it takes root and gets established. It's here to stay.
I'm believing God to keep my faith, to keep me strong, no matter what may come. I'm believing God to protect and guard me from the schemes of the enemy. He cannot get me down or make me lose my faith!!! I thank God that He establishes and guards me daily. This is my declaration. This is my victory!! I challenge you to do the same.
In His Love,
In 1 Chronicles chapter 28 David says to his son Solomon, " Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished."
David must have known that at some point Solomon would start to become disenchanted with the great task before him, that he'd become afraid or discouraged. He told his son not to be because "the Lord God, my God, is with you." Can you see the image of an older David speaking to his son with this fatherly advice?
I'm often intrigued with people who as Christians are "waiting on the Lord" for direction, and who sit on the sidelines passively waiting for the voice of God to manifest and tell them to do something. Just to be clear, we need to be spending time listening to God's voice for guidance and direction daily. We need to spend time in worship and praise of our great King. The rest of the time we just need to "Do the Work."
For many of us, our jobs can sometimes be pretty tedious. We spend our days laboring over things that don't seem to matter for people who don't seem to care. Though there is a growing realization in business that we must change this experience, it's still a reality for most. We even see this sometimes in the church. David's words still resonate, "Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you."
Have you met people who somehow feel like they've done enough and now it's someone else's turn? We see it in the workplace and we also see it in many churches. Most of those people don't say it, but their lack of action speaks volumes and it hurts their organizations and it hurts them. The Great Commission didn't have a special clause at the end saying, "But if you're old or if you are overweight, or if you have asthma or other conditions you don't have to do these things." No, it basically says go, do the work.
Do we desire to see our communities thrive? Do the work. Do we want to see our church grow? Do the work. Do you have other things God has placed in your heart that haven't manifest yet? Do the work.
But I'm too tired. I'm too old. I'm not in shape. I don't have time. I love how it says in Colossians 3, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Do the work. This is what David was sharing with his dear son.
The inheritance promised in that verse could certainly be something we will get when we die and go to heaven, but maybe it's more than that. An inheritance is typically something someone else leaves you after they die! Do the work. Receive the inheritance. Yes, we'll inherit a place in the hereafter, but through Christ's death and resurrection we receive now too. The inheritance often comes in the form of personal satisfaction and in seeing the fruit of your labor. A prosperous community. A larger church. A vision manifest.
First Corinthians 15:58 puts it this way, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Let's be like the multitude of people in the Bible who lived to ripe old ages and never stopped working for the Lord. Most lived long lives in good health and continued to serve until their last breath. That's what I want for you and for me. Let's make a difference. Let's do the work.
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. (Matthew 5:14, 15)
Being the “light of the world” is a phrase found several times in Scripture. Jesus makes this statement about Himself (John 8:12; 9:5). The Church is referred to in this way, as referenced in Philippians 2:15, 16 – “. . . that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
Following Jesus means that we don’t think like the world thinks, see as the world sees, talk like the world talks, and act as the world acts. Jesus sets the standard by which we live, a standard of righteousness. We are called, equipped, and anointed to shine like lights to the world around us. The way we conduct our lives should be so refreshingly different that the people in the world are attracted to Jesus in us.
It seems as though now, more than ever, we need to let the light of Jesus shine through us. Many people are experiencing a depletion of hope and envision a bleak future. This is to be expected when people place their faith in things that are subject to change. As members of an unshakeable kingdom, our hope rests in the One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Because Jesus is our Hope, we can become dispensers of hope.
Our message is one of eternal encouragement. We do not fully know what our future holds, but we do know that God has provided a future and a hope for us! We function in His peace because He is our ultimate Source for everything – in this life and the life to come. This world needs to know the living Savior who loves them, died for them, and rose from the dead for them. We have the privilege of sharing this life-changing truth with people. May we shine more brightly than ever as we represent the Desire of all nations!
Complete in Him
Complete: full, nothing lacking, mature, perfect, when everything needed is present.
I love the phrase above...."when everything needed is present.”
Think of the pine trees pictured. Everything needed for them to become the tall, magnificent trees they are, was present in the seed, in the DNA.
Conditions for proper growth allowed their majesty to be displayed! So it is with us.
God planted His DNA in us through Christ. The blueprint is in us and there is nothing lacking. We are entire and full in Him!
Focusing on our deficiencies, our lack and our imperfections will stunt our growth. Focusing on Him will promote growth, so that we can display His majesty!
Today think big, think tall, think "nothing lacking.” "I am COMPLETE in HIM!!”
In His Love,
Is somebody shooting holes in your blessings?
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
In context Jesus is describing Himself as a Shepherd who is guarding the sheep, guaranteeing protection for them. Next, He refers to the characteristics of a thief in general. Too many times we use this verse to ascribe some sort of authority to the devil. We say things like, “Well you know brother the devil has come to rob kill and destroy.” I don’t believe it was Jesus’s intention to undergird the authority of the devil in our life in any way when He said this. First, He was not speaking about the devil specifically and second, Jesus promised that He has come to give us abundant life. Abundant life!
Let’s examine Jesus’s words about a thief. The Greek word for thief is klepto. It gives a picture of someone who steals in secret like a pick pocket. The Greek word for kill is thuo which means to sacrifice, surrender, or give up something of value. The Greek word for destroy is apolluni which means wasted, trashed, or destroyed. The picture Jesus is painting is one of a thief who tries to steal secretly, get us to surrender, or convince us that what we have is worthless. However, this is what the Holy Spirit wants us to remember: the devil tries to shoot holes in our blessings but he must come to us for the bullets. Don’t give them to him by focusing on his cheap sneaky tactics instead of the glorious victory of Jesus, or by speaking words of doubt and unbelief instead of faith. Let’s focus on His promises, be mindful of the words we speak and live the abundant overcoming life!
Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on my throne, as I also have overcome and sat down with My Father on His throne.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)
In context, the writer of Hebrews just concluded some thoughts at the end of the first chapter. He pointed to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and is higher than and better than the angels. This thought is followed by what is written above – an emphasis on the importance of giving attention to what we’ve heard (been taught) so that we don’t drift away from it.
The first thing that arrests our attention is the reminder that we need to “pay the most careful attention to what we have heard.” We need to give serious thought, attention, and meditation to what we’re being taught. There are two elements to this – which probably overlap and are not mutually exclusive: (1) Pay attention to the content of what we’ve been taught; and (2) Consider what the Lord is saying to us through the content.
So, we need to ask ourselves, “What truth is the Lord emphasizing or bringing to my attention right now?” “What Scriptures speak about this truth?” “Do I understand the essence of this truth, its core meaning?” These questions help us focus on the content of the truth. Pursuing the answers to these inquiries should push us toward a deeper dive with the Lord into His Word and cause us to pause and give consideration to this truth in our lives.
Then we need to ask ourselves, “In what ways do I need to apply this in my life?” “How do I interact with this truth?” “What impact is this truth having in my life – and the lives of the people with whom I come into contact?” This is where we lean on the wisdom of God to help us apply what we’ve heard. It’s not enough to hear the truth – we need to know the truth! Knowing the truth comes through “hands-on” training and experience. Knowing the truth occurs in the nitty-gritty business of everyday life!
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we should pay attention to what we’ve heard so that we do not drift away. There are many ways that we can drift away, and there are “degrees” of drifting. Time and space do not permit a full exploration of this subject, but we will focus on one particular aspect of it. Drifting away occurs when we become so caught up in the temporary concerns of this life that we begin to lose sight of the things that are most important. When we drift away from God’s purposes, we’re in trouble.
Drifting away is a gradual process. Drifting doesn’t just suddenly happen. It occurs hour by hour, day to day, week after week. Through time, we move away from where we used to be. We discover that we’re miles away from that all-important reference point in our lives. The remedy for drifting away is the first point mentioned in the Scripture – pay close attention to what we’ve heard.
As we give ourselves to God’s truth in our lives, we continue to grow and keep ourselves from drifting away. We cling to the Lord, knowing that His Word and His Spirit preserve us and empower us to release the gospel into the precious people around us!
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." - Revelation 3:20
I was attending my Uncle John’s funeral recently, listening to people reflect on his remarkable life. He was a newsman who started as a copy boy at sixteen and rose to be a co-founder and editor of USA Today. He personally knew Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Henry Kissinger and many other historic figures. He was the first American journalist asked to visit mainland China and was personally invited by Chairman Mao. He convinced Richard Nixon to speak at the Associated Press conference where Nixon gave his famous “I am not a thief” speech. John Quinn was a pretty impressive guy.
Though many of his professional accolades were mentioned at his funeral the majority of what was shared was about John’s strong faith and his love for people. John rarely missed attending church and for many years he attended daily services before work. He loved God. John also loved people. Much was said about how he made people feel when he was with them. You could be in a crowded room with John and he would make you feel like you were the only one there. He was a skilled listener who would inquire about the most mundane aspects of your life, listening and probing to understand your perspective thoroughly, then pausing to reflect before responding, usually with another question. This approach had the same affect on presidents as it did on kids planning a fishing trip. John cared. He built relationships.
As Christians our most important relationship is with God through Christ. Intimacy with Jesus is possible because of the finished work of Christ, His death and resurrection. Through repentance of our sins and through our confession of faith, we asked Christ to be our Savior and the Lord of our lives. But that was only part of the plan. The Creator of the universe desires more than our acknowledgement of His Lordship. God desires to have fellowship and be in relationship with you and me.
For many Christian churches their relationship with Christ never goes much further than a declaration of His sovereignty and an understanding of His life as depicted in the Gospels. They pray silent prayers and hope or believe in faith that God hears them. One of many things that differentiates New Life from most other churches is a belief in our ability to have a personal relationship with God. We encourage and actively participate in relationship with Jesus. We speak to Him and we listen to His voice. He comforts, He instructs, and He corrects us.
God is the original skilled listener. He is the perfect, loving father and we read about Him in our bibles to gain understanding, but we enjoy relationship with Him because of our ability to enter into His presence and have conversation together. Our relationship with Jesus is real and genuine. He cares deeply about the most mundane aspects of our lives. He listens to our heart cry and responds.
I’m not sure my Uncle had that kind of relationship with Christ, but I suspect his faithfulness over the years imparted this Godly quality into him and was a major reason for his success. Today, when you take time to pray, pay special attention to what Jesus is saying to you. Don’t respond right away, just reflect on what He is saying before replying or moving on. Recognize that at that moment you are the only person in the room with Him. Share a question or a need with Jesus, then wait for His response. Wait until you sense His word to you and reflect on what He’s saying. Pause before moving on or commenting back to Him. This is how relationships develop. Don’t worry if it feels a little awkward. This is a skill that must be developed and a skill that is foundational to building strong relationships. Psalm 5:3 speaks to this when it says,”In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
It strikes me that Uncle John lived his very successful life by developing and applying this simple technique over and over and over again. Be genuine and reflectively listen to others. As you do, the byproduct will be strong relationships with God and with the people you love.
In any given day, many things can irritate and annoy us, can frustrate and get us agitated.
Here are some examples.... and I know I'm not the only one ..... "I can't find my purse." "You were supposed to take care of that." "Oh no, look at all the weeds growing." "The lawnmower won't start." "The toast is burning." "I forgot to plug in my phone." You have your own list, I'm sure. In these small examples, I am faced with my forgetfulness, my weakness, the world's corruption, the weakness of others, etc.
But when we purpose to do what Paul tells the church at Ephesus in this scripture, joy has no choice but to BUBBLE UP on the inside and overtake us on the outside!!
We often have to start the song or melody by faith. In other words, we don't quite feel like doing it..... but I guarantee that once we start, it WILL come out!
When it does, it will release His power to overcome - it will center us again in Him - it will melt the ill feelings, and all that frustration I mentioned before.
Praise is one of the greatest weapons we have to use against the one who would like to keep us frustrated and annoyed all the time. Let's put him in his place by singing and making melodies to the Lord.
The JOY of the Lord is our strength and when we start the song, JOY COMES - STRENGTH COMES. And that's.... a WINNING combination!!!!
LOVE IN HIM,
Where is the God of Elijah?
2 Kings 2:13 Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
Imagine being a fish in the Jordan during the days of the prophets. I can only imagine what they were saying: Oh no here comes one of those prophets again! You go to the left and I will go the right and hopefully, we will see each other again when it’s all over.
God parted the waters for His people of old but He hasn’t departed from His purpose in Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”. This verse should be the heart cry of every Christian alive! The question for today is not where is the God of Elijah but where are the Elijah’s of God? The answer: every born again, Spirit-filled person is an Elijah of God. We carry not just the double portion but an infinite portion of the Glory of God because Jesus said Himself, “I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you.” John G. Lake said, “The secret of Christianity is not doing, the secret is being. It is being a possessor of the nature of Christ.” We are to become more and more aware that we are not looking for a mantle to fall upon us. Instead, as the church, we are the mantle our heavenly Father is dropping into a lost world for those yet to receive Him to pick up and see His Glory. We are the revivalists, we bear the light of Christ, we are a chosen generation.
Let’s go find some rivers to part!
Life can often be crazy. It’s complex, stressful and sometimes overwhelming because of all of the “stuff” that’s always going on around us. We appreciate people who can look at very complex issues and make them easy to understand. Solomon was one of those guys. He is still considered by many as the wisest man who ever lived. People came from all over the world to seek his wisdom and to gain understanding. Solomon made complex things simple.
Simple is defined as having only one or a few parts, easy to understand or not complicated.
When Solomon built the temple for God the plans received from God were amazingly detailed and very complex. The work to complete the temple involved thousands highly skilled craftsmen. It was completed without a single blueprint or fancy project planning software. Solomon managed to coordinate this major effort while running the kingdom. He kept it simple.
God sees things simply too. God’s wisdom is unlike the wisdom of man. In 1st Corinthians 3:19 it says, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He takes the wise in their own craftiness.’” This world thrives on complexity and avoids black and white, right and wrong answers, preferring countless shades of gray. People like gray.
Just a few years ago if you were applying to college you’d fill out an application and when asked about gender you had two options: male or female. Today many colleges give you additional choices. You can be male or female, transgender, trans sexual (man or woman), gender queer/gender non-conforming, or different identity. The latter is a pretty broad category as exemplified by Facebook where they’ve recently expanded the gender identity options to 71 choices (and many of us thought programming a VCR was complicated!).
After Solomon built this amazing temple the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Holy of Holies. What was in that Ark? Surely God would have vast amounts of information to give us about how to navigate this crazy, complex world successfully!
2nd Chronicles 5:10 says, “Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt.” Was that it? Did God have Solomon build this huge, complex, extravagant temple only to place at the heart of it a simple box with two tablets containing the Ten Commandments? Solomon explained that abiding by those ten rules reflects our end of the bargain in the covenant God made with man at Mount Sinai.
When he presented the completed temple Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and lifted his hands in prayer. He prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.”
It’s easy and simple. Walk before God in wholehearted devotion and follow these ten commands. Do this and God will show you unfailing love. Easy. Chose life, not death. Choose right, not wrong. Follow the light, not darkness. Simple.
Solomon’s temple was ornate and complex, but the heart of it was simple. The world around us is complex and confusing, but our lives can be at peace, knowing God will shower us in His love if we live our lives in wholehearted devotion and obey some simple rules. How much truer is this for those of us who have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and have been filled by His Holy Spirit!
Have you been stressed out? Are you struggling with the shades of gray the world is presenting to you? Do your options move you closer to God or further away? Will your choice bring life or will it result in death? Keep it simple. Choose life and God’s peace will flow into every situation. He keeps His covenant and shows unfailing love to all who walk before Him in wholehearted devotion. Simple.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)
As you know, this Scripture refers to one of the types of prayer that we can use – the Prayer of Agreement. The prayer of agreement is powerful when we know the will of God and invite another person (or people) to partner with us in prayer.
When we have a situation where we can release our faith in God’s Word, we simply enter the rest of faith and know that the desired result will manifest. Jesus has already done the work; we embrace the spiritual fact that He accomplished it and then we prepare to see it come to pass in the natural realm.
With this expectation in mind, we ask others to join with us – agreeing with us in prayer – as we contend in the realm of the Spirit in bringing the “answer” or “solution” into the natural realm. A powerful alliance in prayer is achieved when agreement – true agreement from the heart – takes place!
We are so fortunate to have an active Prayer Ministry that includes our Prayer Chain! It seems as though each week we have opportunities to pray for and with others. Some prayer requests involve intercession – we are praying on behalf of someone else. They may or may not be believers. There may be little information available about their situation. So we can pray in the Spirit, pray the Word, and intercede for them. Other prayer opportunities arise where we are joining with believers in prayer; their prayer “takes the lead” so to speak and we hook-up with them – agreeing for the will of God to become manifest.
Remember, the power in the prayer of agreement lies in the strength of agreement, not necessarily in the number of people praying. Sure – it’s great to have a good number of people praying. But the real power occurs through their agreement together – believing together, declaring the Word together as one, joining forces to bring into the natural that which already exists in the realm of the Spirit!
When I ask someone to agree with me in prayer, I usually let them know the outcome I expect and the Scripture(s) I am standing on. I’ll take the “lead prayer position” but I need the strength of others to join me. Then I rejoice in knowing that the will of God will be done! Praise God – victory is ours! Together, let’s embrace the privilege of joining with others in the prayer of agreement!
Here are 3 scriptures with powerful promises about giving:
"He who sows bountifully will reap bountifully." 2 Cor. 9:6B
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38
"Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness." II Cor. 9:10 NKJ
God will give seed to those who sow, to those who give, to those who disperse. He will multiply it. If we don't sow, we'll run out of seed. If we don't sow, He can't multiply. If we don't give, men can't give back to us, as it says in Luke 6:38.
Sow and we will reap.
Give and it will be given back.
What a great banking system... we give to meet needs AND then God gives back to meet our needs -over and above - so we can give again.
Don't you see it... wave upon wave upon wave upon wave...... Get it out there and it will return, but in greater measure!! WE CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE A VACATION FROM GIVING!!
Watch the waves this summer and be generous givers. It will pay off!!
Healing of the Water
1 Kings 2 The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.” 20 “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
Salt, it is essential to life as we know it. It is the only trace mineral that is found in every cell in the human body. It contains iodine that prevents hypothyroidism and helps bodies retain and balance fluids. Salt was once deemed so valuable that is was used as a currency and is probably where the saying “he is not worth his weight in salt” originated from.
In the above-referenced scripture, Elisha throws salt into the water and makes a powerful proclamation by the Spirit of God, “never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.” I can see some parallels here as to what the Father did for His creation. He sent Jesus to pour His life into the world to heal it from death and unproductivity, then Jesus commissioned us as believers to be the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) Yes, we as the church are to be the ones who have the life-saving and life-changing message that is keeping the whole of human society in balance. Jesus poured out His life for us and into us and now we are the salt shakers that He is using to flavor the world with His message of love and redemption. We are the preservative that is keeping this world from death and destruction. This is our assignment that we have been honored to fulfill.
Just as the water in the story has remained pure to this day, so too our assignment remains pure, undiminished and absolute, and our ability to fulfill it is guaranteed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life.
Let’s go shake some salt around!