Proverbs 11:11… “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked” (KJV). Cities are blessed when the upright are there. The word “blessing” means the act of declaring good upon another person, creating in others the ability to prosper, or speaking that which brings life to another. Once a blessing is given it cannot be taken back. Blessing has the power to bring things to pass. Proverbs 11:25… “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (NIV). Be upright and you will be a joy to your city.
Matthew 5:13… “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (KJV). Often when we read this verse, our focus is on the salt–we are the salt and the world needs us. However, I want to deal with the saltshaker. The shaker is made to hold the salt. The Holy Spirit is the saltshaker and He wants you to be shaken out. You also can be a saltshaker; you are full of “salt,” and unless the salt is shaken out it will harden. Salt is used to preserve and give flavor to food. Salt does not serve its purpose by staying in the shaker. Your Christian life is of no use unless you use it to flavor the world. Saltshakers are usually on the kitchen table or counter. Get rid of the notion that your purpose is to be on the church platform. Use the deposit that is within you to flavor those are around you and who need you. Shakers have only one purpose, to hold the salt that is to be used to flavor the food. Don’t focus on the vessel. The shaker does not create the salt; it holds the salt. If it holds the salt too long, the flavor is lost and it clumps up. A good thing to remember is, “How does the food taste when I salt it?” Salt is best when it is shaken out fresh. Often in the church, we hold fresh works of the Spirit within us, never releasing the deposit that God put in us. There are many sitting in the pews who need to be shaken and poured out. The more you pour out the salt, the quicker you refill it. Trust Jesus and trust the Holy Spirit to fill up your life. The salt that is within you needs to flow out.
Psalm 31:24… “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord” (KJV). I am reminded of an old story. A man stood to watch a ball game between two young teams. As he watched, he asked a young lad, “What’s the score?” The young fellow replied, “We are behind 18 to nothing.” The man said, “I must say, you don’t look discouraged.” “Discouraged?” the young lad said. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t had our turn to bat yet.”
When the army of Israel faced Goliath, David may have thought, “I haven’t had my turn yet.” David won that day. When the disciples saw 5,000 people, they were ready to turn the people away. Jesus may have thought, “I haven’t had my turn yet.” Five thousand were fed that day. The angry mob had Pilate seal the tomb where Jesus was buried, but God may have said, “I haven’t had my turn yet.” Jesus rose again.
It seems these days that the devil is up to bat and scoring through sickness, evil, wars, and destructions of all kinds. Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18, KJV). Are you running behind in your life, in finances, in health issues, in promotions and success? Be of good courage; the Lord is “coming to bat.” Be of good courage, He will strengthen your heart. Trust in Him.
In Matthew 23:24, Jesus accused the Pharisees of straining at gnats and swallowing camels when they opposed Him. Many people are troubled with little things, always picking at this and that and finding fault. At the same time, they pay little attention to great matters such as witnessing Christ to our generation. When Jesus preached and healed, He didn’t follow the Pharisees’ rulebook. Neither should we.
Pastor George Belobaba
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