Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Seasoned with Salt"

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" (Colossians 4:6).

Just as salt is a vital part of our lives, so are Christians to the community, nation and world.

When God was prepared to rain fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot lived, Abraham asked if He would spare the cities if there were fifty righteous people living there. Abraham kept lowering the number until he asked God if He would spare the cities for ten righteous people. God agreed. But there were not even ten righteous people in the cities. (Study Genesis 18:20-33; 19:1-26.)

Salt seasons food just as the Word of God seasons us and our Christian walk. As we go through life, we are thrown so many things that hurt us, anger us, cause unforgiveness, and bitterness. God gave us his word to bring healing to our hearts and teach us that forgiveness first came from Him through the life of His one and only Son Jesus Christ. But how can we know this if we don't sit down to season our hearts and minds with His Word.

Did you know that Salt is a preservative? We can preserve life by sharing our testimonies with others. Even if your Salvation is the only testimony you have right now, it's more than enough to preserve the life of those who the enemy is trying to take by leading them away from God.

Did you know Salt has healing qualities? When you have a cut or sore, one of the best things to cleanse and heal it is salt water. Growing up in Florida and practically living at the beach each weekend, I heard this a lot. And it actually worked. Even for pimples.. I know gross.. :o)

Did you know Salt also softens and conditions water? The bible says "A gentle answer turns away wrath" and "Raise up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it" and so many more verses that encourage us, strengthen us giving us hope and faith for the future of our families and our own lives. When hard times come, the Word supplies the answers that we need to keep our hearts tender towards our loved ones and keeps our worries and stresses at bay.

Because of special diets, some people cannot eat salt. They must use salt substitute. This restriction creates no problem for us, but to substitute "religion" for "Christianity" is to offer a "substitute" for the real thing.

It is important that we do not lose our testimony. Matthew 5:13 says, "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 by men."

We influence others with the Salt of our thoughts and hearts. Have you lost your taste for God and his word? What are you seasoning yourself with? Books on things that don't edify you or Gods word with in you. TV programs meant to divide our home and relationship with our children. Sites on the internet that kill the love you have for your spouse. Everything we take in season's us in good ways a bad ways. It's up to us what we seasons we choose.

Our Christian lives and witness are very important. Our homes, churches, communities and the world should be better because of our influence.

You have been Salted!!

Love, Cherie

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Being of Service

Jacksonville's SALT will be participating in the annual, Mother Daughter Prayer Brunch.