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Don't Lose That Salty Flavor
12/23/2008

Dont Lose That Salty Flavor
    
    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. Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)
    
    A couple of months ago, I had written devotional titled Please pass the salt. In this particular devotion, the focus was on being the salt that God called us to be.
    
    Jesus words were very clear when He stated that we are the salt of the earth. We, as Christian men and women, are to have an impact on the world. We should be affecting everything and anything we come in contact with. We see from Colossians that our speech should always be with grace, and seasoned with salt, or impact.
    And that our actions should have the same salt-like effect on others. We should be gracious, loving, kind and compassionate to those around us, as this too, will have an impact on others knowing the love of God.
    
    We can plainly see from the scriptures above, that when salt loses its saltiness, it is good for absolutely nothing! So if we are not speaking Gods truth, or our actions arent having an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God, then our Christian walk is worthless. Ouch!
    
    Jesus makes this even more abundantly clear in the following scriptures.
    
    Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:17-20 (NIV)
    
    So how can we, as Christian believers, lose our saltiness?
    
    It starts with complacency. We become complacent with our lives and the things that we have, and we then start to have a desire for more.
    
    James 4 confirms that it starts with our internal desires for what the world has to offer. We covet, coral and fight because we want material things. James tells us that we dont receive the things that we ask God for, because we ask with the wrong motives. So our love for the world becomes greater than our love for God. And He hates this so much that He actually refers to it as an adulterous affair.
    
    You adulterous people, dont you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4 (NIV)
    
    We are further warned to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (see James 1:27). And we are told not to love the world or anything in the world in 1 John 2:15. This passage goes on to tell us that if we love these things, then the love of the Father is not in us.
    
    This is why the Apostle Paul urges us to stop imitating what the world is doing and to feed our minds the things of God. When we do this, we become more like Him, and we have a sense and a desire to do His will, because we will know it clearly. Additionally we will be what He has called us to be, which is salt.
    
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
    
    Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to stay salty; be what God has called and created you to be. Lets make a change in this world. Were not just a bunch of religious fanatics hanging around until the rapture; were children of the God of creation, and we have been given power and abilities by God the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
    
    Shouldnt the world be able to see a difference in us?
    
    And shouldnt that difference have an effect on the world?
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus say about Christians that lose their saltiness?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to transform and renew your mind by reading His Word daily?
    
    APPLICATION: Stay in the Word! Keep praying and seeking to know Jesus better, and you will be what God has called you to be.
    
    Father, Thank You for transforming me Lord. Thank You for allowing me to be what You have determined. I choose to allow You to use me today in a mighty way. It is my desire to glorify You today in all that I do. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    
    
    

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