Essential Ingredient

The purpose of salt is to enhance other flavors. It also balances sweetness and helps suppress other flavors, such as bitterness. Salt contains the element sodium, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body. 

YOU ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE BODY!

Don’t allow the world and people to make you lose your flavor.

You ARE the salt.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].” MATTHEW 5:13 AMP

I’m salty!

A Different Kind of Love

It is easy to be kind to the people who care for you and who love you, but what about the “other” people?

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What about the ones who challenge your vision and oppose your suggestions? What about those who propel their opinions of you on others, causing tension and division?

Being kind or showing love to someone who does not care for you is pretty difficult and quite frankly, frustrating. Jesus calls us to show love to all people, regardless of how they may treat us. He doesn’t say this will be easy, but He did ask that we would present our lives a living sacrifice to Him. This implies that regardless of how we feel about a situation or a person, we have the words of eternal life to impact our circle of acquaintances. Being a living sacrifice also means that we step outside of who we are, surrendering our mind, body and soul to the Lord to express a different kind of love – a love that some may have not experienced, but unknowingly long for.  Why? Because this kind of love is different but it is also a demonstration of the love Jesus expresses towards ungrateful, and unreasonable people who have rejected Him from birth and continue to reject Him on a larger scale. Can you imagine how that would feel- to be rejected from birth?

 

We cannot love people with our type of love because our type of love is selective, but when you love the people around you with His kind of love, they’ll notice.

Let us ask God to help us love people past their faults, the way that Jesus called us to love them.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” 1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

My God. My Father. My Deliverer.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Does it appear to not be enough time in the day? Does it seem as if one thing occurs after the other? With so much anguish, disease, hurt, distresses, brutalities, and inequalities, life can feel overbearing. Let’s not mention our own personal issues, geez.

I have often had many thoughts and emotions regarding the state of our country, school systems, and the future as it pertains to my children.

With so much going on, one can begin to wonder if God really cares. My desire today is to remind you that your Father is aware of everything that is going on, He cares, and He will bring comfort to your heart.

The God who heals, teaches, and delivers…is your FATHER!

In the midst of whatever you are facing, continue to recall this scripture to your mind and place it within the ventricles of your heart:

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” Psalms 34:19 NIV

Growth and Development

Self care is one of the buzz phrases used so often today. I am a firm believer in taking care of myself. In fact, to grow in any area, you must be able to reflect on who you are, where you are, and the direction you are going.

Just as a psychologist can provide a physical location that harbors feelings of safety and comfort, there should be a place where you can physically and mentally disconnect from the pressures of life and focus on what is important.

Oftentimes self-care is becomes distorted. We live in a society where we must personify perfection:

  • We wear makeup to cover the flaws in our skin, which gives the appearance of flawlessness.
  • We wear girdles and waist trainers to give the appearance of the perfect physical shape.
  • We wear high heels to give the appearance of confidence, beauty, and class.
  • We take countless pictures with our camera phones to capture the perfect pose to post on social media, but for what reason and for who?

Most would reply to this question by saying it is because they want to, but consider this: May be you saw someone else doing these things and thought it was cute or cool. I know when I saw my mom put on her heels, as a child I would go in her closet and pick out the shoes that I said would be mine when I became an adult. I would then ask if she would keep them so I could wear them. When Momma wore heels with her dress, she looked confident. Her legs looked more toned and lean. She just looked good!

Perhaps You saw someone do something and their appearance influenced you, insomuch that you decided to try out these ideals yourself, thinking it would lead to a better you or a better representation of you. 

The changes described are temporal. When I take off my platform wedges, I am still five-feet-six-inches tall, take it or leave it. When I unwrap that girdle from around my waist, sucking in the pounds acquired from being pregnant five times, everything falls back to its original shape. Honey, when I take off the eyeliner, my eyes return to their natural puffy state.

We do all this for a better representation of ourselves, but what have we done to our spirit to give a better representation of Jesus?

Anything Can Happen

What do you believe God for? Why do you believe God? If He could never grant the desires of your heart, would you still believe that He is in your best interest?

Just in case you forgot who HE is, God can do anything! Is it true that all things are possible? Yes! Only, if you believe.

Luke 1:37 (NKJV)
For with God nothing will be impossible.

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The life of Christian faith rests upon trusting God’s navigation system, which is the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Abraham had to trust that the divine instruction of God, to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, was not only the voice of God but the will of God (Hebrews 11:17-19). Abraham’s act of faith led to trust God with all the details of his life. Faith is not easy. Faith grows as the believer matures and grows in relationship with Jesus. Even the disciples, who witnessed the early ministry of Jesus struggled with faith, insomuch that Jesus asked where their faith was (Luke 8:25).

God created heaven and earth in six days. Please tell me why he can’t change your life in one?

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!

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Arise, Shine!

Isaiah 60:1  (NIV)
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!

It is Monday and most times, we would prefer to delay the rise and rest instead.

The scripture above is so powerful and I wanted to share it with you on today. Class is in session for a few moments.

First, the text does not say arise AND shine. The word “and” is a conjunction word. It is used to join words together. A comma is a punctuation mark and it separates words in a sentence.

A comma means you need to pause.

The word AND brings things together.

The definition of the word arise means to begin to exist; to begin at a source and shine means to give off light.

The use of the comma here is powerful, because sometimes we arise, but we do not shine. Sometimes we get up, but the oil is not flowing.

Let me make this clear. We give our lives to the Lord and then we just begin to exist. We lose our focus and our passion because of one not so good conversation, event, or experience. We lose our commitment to live a sacrificial life, well-pleasing to God that is holy and acceptable. Church is just church. Our light has somehow been dimmed. We have managed to allow the circumstances we face to dictate our praise, admiration, and faith.

Please do not forget who and where your source lies. God IS the source!

  • What are you arising to do?
  • What source will you begin at?
  • What source begins your day? Does prayer begin your day?
  • Do you begin your day with a heart of thanksgiving?
  • Do you worship the Lord in all His beauty and holiness?

Whose light are you giving off?

It’s time to arise.

The words Arise and Shine indicate a change from one position, to another. The good news is the change is good. Using them together suggests that there is an improved position. How do I know? Verse 2 in the same chapter says: For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Verse 1 is not given as a suggestion. It’s not a thought, it is not advice or an opinion. Arise, shine is a command. It is a command which implies that it can be done. Your light is important.

Arise, shine!

  • Lives can be transformed
  • Sinners can become saints
  • The downcast can be uplifted
  • Failure turns to success
  • Weeping turns to joy
  • Rich become humble
  • Sick can be healed
  • Abnormal situations can become customary

Arise, shine!

  • Your children need to see and know who you belie and trust.
  • Your family need to see your light.
  • Your neighborhood needs to know that the angel of the Lord covers your block, because the glory of the Lord shines round about you!

Arise, shine. God’s glory rests upon His children.

Shining is not an option here. If you arise, you have to shine. Get off the pause button (the comma) and shine your light!

Stay lit!

Greater is He

When times are hard.

When bills are overdue.

When decisions are looming.

When choices have to be made.

When you feel unqualified.

When others have disqualified you.

When everything around you appears to be falling apart…

God is greater!

He is greater than anyone or anything.

He is greater than your heart.

He is even greater than your thoughts.

When we allow His greatness to work through us, we become great in Him!

You are great, because He is!

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. I John 4:4 NKJV