No one likes salt in their wounds or to stand in the light of another.

However neither were put into place to condemned, but bring about the healing.

The use of salt water can be traced back to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, all of whom used it to treat cuts, wounds, mouth sores and skin irritations.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

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With all our “fact finding” and “memes” we miss the beauty of the simple Truth.

Contending for the Faith

“Man is becoming as narrowly “practical” as the irrational animals. In lecturing to popular audiences I have repeatedly found it almost impossible to make them understand that I recommended Christianity because I thought its affirmations to be objectively true. They are simply not interested in the question of truth or falsehood. They only want to know if it will be comforting, or “inspiring,” or socially useful.”

— C.S. Lewis, from “Modern Man and His Categories of Thought,” Present Concerns

Love versus Lust

It’s often hard to tell the difference. Christian love versus Fish love.

Fish Love

“Young man, why are you eating that fish?”

“Because I love fish,” the young man answers.

“Oh, you love the fish. That’s why you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it. Don’t tell me you love the fish. You love yourself, and because the fish tastes good to you, therefore you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it.”

Story from Rabbi Abraham

The young man sought only to feed his own flesh.

For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

Love versus love of self…

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NIV

“When did we see you?” The righteous when seeing a need in others set out to meet that need. (Without thought) Love….

“When did we see you?” But the unrightous never see others at all. Fish love. The Love of self

But still a person’s got to eat right?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

When is God going to use me???

Some where in my Christian walk I became convinced that for God to use me I had to first become someone great.  You know like write an amazing Christian book or start a healing ministery.. But when I do look back on my life and see the times the Lord has used me I inevitably think,

Well that wasn’t me, it was you Lord.

It’s not false humility or anything just the facts…And I really think that’s how it’s supposed to work – Him working through us.  To God be the Glory!

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

Then I also remember the verses below in Matthew 25… I believe they are the results of changed heart, a heart that loves.

When His love becomes so natural to us, we don’t even realize He has been loving others through us.  ( I rhymed) hehehehehe. Anyway…

If we see that someone is thirsty we natural would offer them a drink. Right?

But maybe in this we find a clue…

“If we see”…Some saw the hungry, sick, lonely, ect ….while others did not.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

It seems too, that worrying less about myself  and “my doing” is really freeing me up to “see others” more.

And I LIKE THAT.

 

The Pride the bible warns us about?

I believe pride is the product of thinking like the world. The church speaks a lot about pride.  Enough so it has kept my head spinning for years.  But I think we have made it too complicated.  This morning I woke up and came to this simple conclusion.

Pride is simply believing you’re  better  than someone else. As soon as you find yourself looking down on another person for whatever reason that is pride. You’ll know because gossip, belittling, and accusing words soon follow.

When we really love, like the biblical love, we see others as our brothers and sisters. Equal and of great value. Every person having God given gifts, talents, and purpose.

If we believe that some people are important, than we must also believe others are unimportant.

A couple of my favorite verses on pride.

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not. 1 Cor. 4:7

The Pharisees’ Pride kept them from acknowledging and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They had the,  “I know better than God,”  kind of Pride.

I enjoy this story of the Pharisees and the blind man.  Jesus had opened the eyes of the blind man. Now they were questioning him.  As he was sharing his testimony, about Jesus, the Pharisee immediately started gossiping, belittling, and accusing him.  Followed by, “who are you to tell us.” And then they threw him out.

I’ve lived this myself, got the T-shirt in fact, and I am sure I am not the only one by simply sharing my testimony as we are instructed to do.

30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. John 9:30-34

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I have found that remembering my own sins is a great humbler. Praise God they have been washed away, but it helps me to remember we are all in the same boat.

 

No matter how much I change, you remain the same.

I can spend a lifetime healing, growing, and improving,

And I did and I have because you convinced me it was me.

but you remain the same. Then I realized I am not the one that is broken.

For by his stripes I have been healed.

I am just not of you.

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'” Matt 21:13

Who was Jesus talking to here?

My notes:

His words are directed at the temple religious leaders and the merchants – money changers – theives. People who sought personal gain by taking from God’s people.

Jesus was angry. We see that anger is not a sin, but anger is a reasonable response to sin.

The body of Christ, the Church, the temple, is to be a house of prayer.

Den of Thieves – They were there to get what they could from God’s people, and they were using religion to do it.

Jesus drove them out!

So Jesus made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:15-16

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

Also interesting to note John 2:18 goes on to says..

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

And we know Jesus has been give has all authority in heaven and on earth and He has no problem driving out our enemies. Those that seek to steal from God’s temple.