Awake! – Part 11 – Salt

May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Mark 9:49-50

Indeed, everyone is going to be salted with fire. Salt is excellent, but if it loses its saltiness, how will you use it? So have salt in yourselves – that is, be at peace with each other.   

Matthew 5:11-16

How blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow Me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great – they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.  You are the salt of the land. But if the salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on.  You are light for the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, let your Light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.   

Before I get to the main thread of this blog, I wish to add a side note. I, myself, as well as many others who have shared with me have had to learn the difference between being persecuted and being rightfully called a hypocrite for speaking truth. To be slandered and lied about, and persecuted for speaking truth is done whether a person is righteous our not. The Truth, these days is out of favor.  I’ve spoken truth unkindly, God can still use the truth, but the consequence of being without love in the doing nonetheless was warranted. This was not persecution. Just because we speak truth to people or are what some may term “brutally honest” doesn’t mean we are glorifying the Father. There’s a huge difference. For those who feel justified in ignoring a truth because it came from someone less than lovingly or they didn’t in your opinion have “the right” to say it, don’t feel justified all the more by what I’ve just said. Yeshua IS Truth, and if it comes to you in any way, we are capable of applying the truth and separating it from the messenger. For in truth, none of us are qualified to speak it. We are all learning it at all times, we are all in various stages of absorbing it at all times, we are all disqualified to speak it based on our humanity alone. So what’s the difference? What makes us called to be salt and light, revealing truth, teaching truth, testifying to THE TRUTH? Simple – Yeshua’s righteousness alone, His love, His example. His call to follow Him, do as He did/does. 

 In my own process of learning, I found that if I have not been broken by a truth I’m so eager to share, I’m not qualified to share it. A quick look at my motive, then asking God to show me what I can’t see all of them, so He then shows me my motives, proves to be effective. If they are anything but to give God glory and show that it’s the goodness of God that brings repentance, if there’s even a little nudge inside that desires to show someone how wrong they are instead of the beauty of how trustworthy God is, my lips remain sealed. Adonai is serious about us being careful, setting a guard over our lips. As we look to Yeshua’s example we see what we are aiming for. He rebuked the religious leaders, he rebuked demons. He overturned tables in the temple, but this was not a teaching moment. He was passionately angry for what was being done in His Father’s house. We notice He never once spoke about it. He did it. End of story. When He taught truth, He didn’t interject His opinion, He spoke it  (the worth dying for truth) straight out, not shouting, not pounding it in a zillion times. When He repeated Himself, His audience was vastly different, in that, He was always speaking it for the first time to the majority of ears. When He “repeated” Himself to His disciples, usually the repeat was addressing a different aspect of a certain truth. To really understand what it means to speak truth to anyone we must all have spent some time at Yeshua’s feet, showing those truths have changed us first. For then, we learn the loving-kindness of Adonai in teaching and guiding us through all truth. Then when we are pressed upon the Lord to share it with others, our hearts are ever aware of our lack of qualification to teach it, our lack of control of its reception, and our lack of any origin of it from ourselves. So naturally we are more mindful of: “How will my words bring glory to You my Lord? Give me Your words, give me Your heart, Your amazing love.” 

I pray that will help clarify much as we move on. 😊

Here are some things salt is used for:

It preserves from corruption. 

It irritates and hurts wounds. 

It softens water and skin

Enhances flavor. 

Cleanses and purify’s.

It can also be corrosive.

It enables water to conduct electricity. 

Melts ice/keeps water from freezing. 

It is like an electrolyte.

It’s a bleaching agent. 

It was used in all the offerings, incense, and sacrifices. 

It can destroy, overcome, and over take. 

Babies used to be rubbed with it just after birth.

Without salt, no life would exist. 

As I studied this list I found it amazing. It’s dual nature. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with it (Gen. 19). Yet covenants were preserved with it (Numbers 18:17-19; 2 Chronicles 13). Elisha purified water with it (2 Kings 2:18-22). The Dead Sea was destroyed with it. Yet in Ezekiel 47, we see that God will restore it. In Jeremiah 17:5-8, we see it represents trust! To be salt we must be a living trust in action and word in Yeshua – all He said, did, does, and will do. 

Salt irritates wounds. Yet applied correctly it will heal them. The application is always our choice. Even if it’s “dumped” on us, we can still make use of it. If we are awake, we are salt. Every single thing on that list above applies in a spiritual sense as well as a physical. Notice the Matthew 5 verse. I suggest you read the whole chapter. So often that salt part is selected out of its context. Yet it’s sandwiched between blessed are you if you are persecuted and you are a light for a reason. What might that reason be? To be awake one must seek this answer for themselves. Every single word of Matthew 5 is showing us what salt and lights function is and how it is to be used. Every single word Yeshua said was perfectly applied as salt and light. (Not just in Matthew 5). If any of those words become empty or inapplicable to us, our salt will lose its flavor, our light will dim. Notice the first place we are to adopt the Truths is in our own lives. Too many people are good at preaching what they themselves are completely dead to. When our salt loses its flavor something dies in us to the truth and it spreads like a virus to those around us. We are doubly accountable in this case. It’s one thing to be naive, not knowing the truth, it’s another to reject it. To clarify without any fuzzy lines – on Judgement Day – there will be not one naive human being standing before the God who reveals Truth to all in order that they might be saved. All will have had the chance to reject or be reborn (changed, transformed in the Image of God) by Yeshua, The Way, The Truth, The Life.

An interesting note: there such a thing as ‘smelling or waking salts’. You know, we’ve all seen them used in movies. Salts that awaken. In order to be changed into the glory of His likeness, one must first be awakened. These salts irritate. They snap someone out of one state into another. It’s offensive – hence why Yeshua said “blessed is anyone not offended by Me”. (Matthew 11:6) Who can argue that it’s much better to be open to Truth, no matter how hard, than to be offended (defensive) by it? 

Now notice how interesting the verses in Mark 9:49-50 are? Salted with fire? What is Yeshua saying here? Then it ends by suggesting that our saltiness will produce peace among people? These are very strange references. When considering the main by-product of saltiness in this day and age will be persecution. So what peace is Yeshua referring to here? It seems to contradict itself. Let me assure you He does not, yet again for this to be understood, one must seek Him for the clarity of the meaning here for themselves. Begin with every scripture from Genesis to Revelation where salt is mentioned. The Beginning and the End is where answers are found and Yeshua is both! 

There are four covenants Yahweh’s people can enter into. One is called the Salt covenant. Seek out and study these, you’ll begin to understand salt in a whole new light – pun intended. 

I hope I’ve raised curiosity here, caused a thirst or hunger to seek Yeshua and His Word for yourself. I wonder often, if we wouldn’t be more effective, not giving all the answers, but sending out questions that seek to be answered? For some this may be a smelling salt, for others flavor, for others cleansing, for others a bleaching agent, and yes, for some corrosive, irritating, even destructive (to all things evil). We are just told to be salt, God directs the function of it. We can be absolutely sure of His heart to love and save. An interesting note: it takes salt to make light 😉! 

✡ May the Bread of Life be salted with your tears of joy and sorrow for those who suffer from lack of salt, may His glory be the treasure we seek every day in ourselves and the world around us! His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!  Grace and peace be yours in full measure in Yeshua the Messiah.   

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What Love Reveals about Self-Loathing – Part 1

May 6, 2015 at 1:55 am (Mile Stones, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I’m the kind of gal that doesn’t do well with the concept of someone or something being “too far gone”. Cause I know, I know it deep down and deep within – the Creator of all things, all Life can do anything. He can melt the hardest of hearts and likewise take the softest heart and turn it space rock hard. I also know, He doesn’t see the two as opposites like I do. If He does one with nothing but love in mind, He does the other with the same love. Love, as in the Person, God, Yahweh, the Great I Am, Father of Yeshua (Jesus), Abba to all, Beginning, End – Love. Love is, God is… 1 Corinthians 13. It’s His character, His autobiography, His personality portfolio, His method of operation, His beginning, His end, God is love. There is no such thing apart from Him. If you see it, and say it’s love – there He is. I’m driving the point hard. It’s because it’s never really driven in hard enough, I think.

People say to other people,

“God loves you.”

It’s cliche, and ninety percent of the time, at best we respond with a good deal of gratitude and relief, at worst – most of us – if we’re honest – don’t know how to hear beyond the screams of self-loathing. For this is the voice that seeks to “teach us” what love is, and does from the moment we take our first breath for Love. This putrid evil disguised as love, who is the leader of the armies against heaven. Thus each and every human beings’ enemy for the length of their life, as well, in the fallen world, waiting and groaning for her Warrior Creator to come again and cast the enemy out for good.

So I’m watching a show about a horse trainer and out comes this horse. This horse is dreadful, it hasn’t been abused as in kicked and starved, it has simply been treated like a hard luck case from colthood, pampered and felt sorry for, until finally he had to be put off by himself – full of self-loathing. The trainer was known for his miraculous ways with the most awful of cases. Everyone is thinking “Now we get to see what this trainer is made of.” Yet in the end, the horse gets put down. I was angry, disappointed and felt some deep sense of injustice. I’m sure the trainer had some sorting to do too. Not because of ego, but because his heart understood all too well the lot of such a creature and wished just a little bit that he was the god with horses everyone made him out to be.

This series will be a hard one for me. I’m giving up a habit that I literally have been doing my whole life. I’m about five days in, and the mirror reflects what the habit has been covering up for so long. A self loathing I didn’t (and still don’t) think was possible deep down inside for one who knows and walks with Love Himself. It seems like an impossibility. Today Love (Adonai) showed me, hatred and self loathing are not the same. Self loathing left unloved and unchanged will inevitably become hatred though. Hence the reason, God is Love. The truth of all things gets a jolt when God moves in to teach. Trust and love are the same coin in heaven. Here on earth we think they are two separate things. Matters of the heart and soul in God’s economy are paramount. Life outside those realities is as insignificant as the weather. Rain or shine, life goes on. Looks are deceiving, one can look alive and living on the surface and be dead bones inside. Only the breath of the Living Savior can breathe life back into the interior world of death called self-loathing.

This series is for those out there that know the pain of this hellish compatriot. Those who know the touch and call of the Messiah, yet still feel this thorn in the flesh on a regular basis. I believe Adonai wants to breathe into us a new Love. Not that anything about Him is old, as in not sufficient or worn out, but that truly He is like the mercies He promises, new every morning. Perfect Love cast out fear. At the heart of every hurt, habit, hangup, or blemish within is – fear like a companion sent to bare us up to Love Himself. Indeed all things that don’t hang on the tree of Life, are inevitably turned to face it and recognize itself in its intended form, before the voice of the enemy twisted it and we took it in and it became the opposite of what was intended. Hence why the scripture is true

All things work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to His proposes.” – Romans 8:28

So what is the difference between self-loathing and hatred?

Isn’t self-loathing akin to the “denying of one’s self” that’s spoken of in scripture?

Is it possible to loath ones self and still love God? Accept the Son, follow Him, and still loath one self?

What exactly does it mean? “Perfect love cast out fear”?

These are the questions I will be pursuing, as He is pursuing me from within them.

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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