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THE 💫 Condiment 💫

Now that we believe in The Lord Jesus Christ…that He is the risen Son of God; the Holy Spirit enters us, filling that once empty “God Space” in our very core.

HE comes with a particular piece of tableware. A salt shaker. An empty salt shaker.

We now have another choice to make. Will we be ” believers” in name only? Or will we continue on with Him…maturing, growing closer to Him, beginning to think…like Him? (For we are told that we are now the “salt of the earth.” What is the source of this salt that we are to carry with us? Where do we fill up? Well, He provides us with our daily allotment, through reading and immersing ourselves in the Book. In His word. In…The Word, which is Christ Himself.)

That decision also comes with an understanding that we will then be huge targets for Satan’s arrows. The adversary likes those who “believe” in name only, for they are no threat to him. But the ones who decide to fill that salt shaker can upset his apple cart, and so…we must be prepared to be on the receiving end of many trials and tribulations. (Depression. Illness. Family turmoil. To name a few.)

Having decided to move with Him, now we must get some salt into the shaker. It must be ground down and refined…the flakes small enough to pass through the little holes in the cap of that container. Those trials…those fits of sorrow…those life altering events…are the millstones that are grinding our salt supply into the proper form. The form that enables us to carry out the commandment to be salty saints!

When we first take in or ingest the Word…it must be utilized by our system in such a way as to make it usable for export. For changing that originally rough clump of salt into a sprinkable form of savor.

Salt is a purifier. A sanitizer. A preserver. (Think of salt cured hams…Southern style.) It heals. (Sore throat? Salt dissolved in hot water and gargled will often do the trick.) It is medicinal. (Thyroid problems? Iodine is mixed with salt to prevent one form of thyroid disease.) A regulator. A diuretic. We cannot live without salt. It is essential. But too much…is toxic. It must be measured out accordingly. (Are you talking to a baby believer? A few grains of salt is enough for him or her. A hardened un-believer? Perhaps a pouring…which will cause a sting. Salt…stings.)

In the sacrifices of the Temple, salt was a requirement.

Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

(We are now a living sacrifice since we have given over our bodies to The Lord. And as such…we must be….salted!)

Salt was an exchange item. Soldiers were often paid in salt. Do you know anyone who is “worth their weight in salt?”

It formed a covenant. In Jesus’ day, sharing a meal indicated a “salt covenant” between host and guest. While the guest stayed in the host’s home…his safety was guaranteed.

Think of this. The shepherds in the fields, guarding their flocks of sheep…were told that they would find the baby Jesus “swaddled and lying in a manger.” Swaddled new-borns…even the sacrificial lambs that were used for the Temple offerings (how appropriate!) were first, right after birth…salted. Rubbed all over with salt, thus cleansing and purifying them. Then they were wrapped in strips of material, keeping them still and warm.

Jesus Christ….was salted!

We cannot live without salt. It is life.

When we speak to a person who is steeped in un-belief…our very presence is an offense to them, for they know who we are. Our words..are like salt on an open wound to them, for…they sting! And they are supposed to sting. That open wound pain reminds them of who they are, and what they lack. Yet…there we are..gently yet persistently sprinkling that salt shaker all over them. We are commanded to do so.

When Elisha was told about the foul water in Jericho, he immediately asked for a “new” cruse; one just made by the potter… to contain salt that he would empty into the headwaters and so purify that river. Not only was the water made sweet…but the curse upon it was also lifted.

2Ki 2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

We, who are now new creatures in Christ, are those new cruses. Made by the Master Potter. And as such…we have a “whole lot of shakin'” to do. (With the proper discernment, of course!)

So, when in the throes of your trials..remember that your salt shaker is being filled. The salt is being refined and made pourable. The grain size..dependent on your reaction to each “millstone” event in your life. (Remember the ad…”When it rains, it pours…Morton Salt!”)

Even when enveloped in tears…allow the salt to pour out.

It is in our job description now to do so. Our “Employer” has given the command. We represent Him by being a salty saint. It is also the evidence to those around us…that we belong to Jesus Christ.

Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Have you left anyone 💫 thirsty 💫 lately?

Maranatha…

Louise

Mat 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.

(Notice that “if the salt has lost HIS savor”…it does not say “it’s savor…it says…”His savor.” More food for thought.)

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

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Sailing

In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul starts out on a perilous journey by sea.

He first warns the men surrounding him that the voyage will be beset with danger and “much damage” mainly because of the time of year that they are starting out. (Verse 10)

A soft Southerly wind lulls them into feeling safe; and so they set out, ignoring Paul’s admonition.

A tempest arises…the ship must be “lightened” by throwing their goods overboard. Hope is soon dashed as the storm worsens.

After two weeks of being thrown about by the wind and high seas, Paul addresses the crew and tells them to “be of good cheer” for “the Angel of The Lord” told him that no man would lose his life. That “God hath given thee (Paul) all them that sail with thee.” ***Notice the verb tense.***
All that sail with thee. Not all that **did** sail with thee, or all that **sailed** with thee..but all that SAIL with thee. ***Present tense.*** Now.

(There were 266 souls on board that ship. That number is equivalent to the number 5. ***2 + 6 = 8 + 6 = 14 = 1 + 4 = 5.*** The number 5 is the number of grace, as set forth in the scriptures.) Grace is given all who stay with Paul. Who do not jump ship. Paul tells the men who try to lower a life boat that if they DO leave that tempest tossed ship, that they will die. The men then cut the life boat ropes and stay with Paul.

He then advises them to “eat meat” for they have not eaten for two weeks at that point in time. And so, in the midst of the storm, the men receive meat and their strength is restored, as well as their hope of survival. (We, too are told that we need meat when struggling with the storms in our lives..that meat being provided to us as we read the Word of God and think upon it. Mull it over. Digest it. “Eat the book” as Daniel is told…it will be sweet on the tongue, and bitter in the stomach, as we begin to draw our sustenance from Him. As He gives us His strength while we face each trial and tribulation. As we apply those words to our very lives. The often…bitter truth.)

The crew rallies as their attitudes become changed and refreshed. They are “of good cheer” as they rid the ship of it’s baggage. After taking in this meat, their food…they “committed themselves to the sea” upping the sails and making for shore. They run aground. The fore- part of the ship is held fast. Stuck. The rear part is broken up. All who could swim are instructed to cast themselves into the sea and swim for it. The remaining grab boards, broken pieces of the ship…anything that would keep them afloat as they float towards land.

Paul tells them that no life will be lost of those who sail with him. All 266 aboard bear witness to his words; living to tell the tale. “They escaped all safe to land.”

Isn’t this Paul’s message even today, told us in his Epistles; when he says we will be judged by “his gospel” at the Bema Seat of Christ? That if we stay with him our lives will be saved?

Jesus Christ Himself told Paul “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness BOTH of these things which thou hast seen and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee. Delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles UNTO whom now I send thee.” Acts 20: 16-17 (Caps mine.)

His appointment was made after Christ arose. His instruction was different than that taught to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, who knew The Lord while He walked upon the earth. Only Paul teaches us who were once Gentiles, to follow him even as he follows Jesus Christ. Of course, this message also applies to the Jewish followers; as well as all believers in this age of grace. But Paul was sent specifically to the Gentiles, while Peter and his crew ministered to the believers in Jerusalem.

We can apply the lesson in Acts 27 to our situation in today’s world. Grace is given to those who believe and “stay” with Paul. Who follow Paul’s gospel. There are more than two or three witnesses found in scripture that attest to these words; this grace, this example which relates to the 266 saved and refers to the number 5 which pertains to grace.

There are 5 offerings in the Tabernacle in Leviticus. (These were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.)
5 women in Christ’s genealogy.
Romans 11: 5 and 6…grace is mentioned 5 times. Works…4 times. (4 is the number of the world.)
5 names of Jesus (Isaiah 9: 6)
5 “works of grace” (Romans )
5 senses in our bodies
5… Is also connected to death. There is no grace without a substitutionary death.

Oh…and those 14 days that the ship’s crew had fasted, until Paul told them to “be of good cheer” and to “eat meat”…equals 1+ 4 or….5.

It’s all about grace….and also…
Something for us…to “chew” upon, while He sets our faith-driven sails to follow the coordinates that will take us to the destination known only to Him.

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

Babyhood

Babyhood

Do you pray for the “Peace of Jerusalem” as we are commanded to do, knowing that by mouthing these words we are asking The Lord to hasten His return for us? And that the “hastened return” will, in fact..bring the coming Tribulation upon Israel and those who are not “taken up”…that God’s attention will once again be focused on His people, and on the final 7 years of their judgement?
For…peace will come to that city beloved of God only after their judgement is complete…after the Great Tribulation is ended. The bible tells us so.
And so..part of that prayer is asking Him to Rapture us and get those final scenes into play.
Thinking upon this…there are some of us who are perhaps just on the edge of becoming “more” than just a believer; that the decisive step will be ultimately denied them because the age of the church…of the mystery…will have come to an end.
These thoughts spring from selfish thoughts on the part of this writer…who was basically a baby in Christ for all of 70 years…at which time The Lord firmly stepped in and presented the topic of **Discipleship** to her consciousness. He did this by way of many and varied medical crises resulting in infirmities that demanded immediate and crucial surgeries…which in turn demanded increasing dependency upon HIM as each recovery stage was completed.
Up to that time, she thought she was quite fine, thank you…following all the religious requirements and being very satisfied with herself. Having been a strong person and able to take care of business throughout her life, what more could there be? A bible reading here and there; prayers offered irregularly…truly a dormant figure. Saved, yes. But that was it.
As the Holy Spirit revealed what had been previously hidden from her eyes..that a more intimate relationship with Christ is HIS desire…that a growing love should be taking place, much like in a developing courtship relationship; a deepening, richer commitment which then would create a need to switch from “milk” to “meat” in order to support this “growth spurt” in this person who had been spiritually stunted up to this point in time…a new way of life was entered into where self had to be put aside and the ability to totally rely on HIM for all things became the right thing to do. Looking only at HIM…talking to HIM…(prayer now is a constant conversation with Abba….our “Daddy”….someone once wrote that each morning begins by his making that first phone call to God…then placing the phone on his shoulder in order to keep the conversation going as he goes about the business of each day.)
That growing, deepening relationship with HIM demands a leaving behind of family, friends and perhaps even location…for God does “separate” us into HIM so that HIS will is accomplished. We are called out of religion. There is a price to pay. Our salvation…is free. A gift.
Our discipleship…costs us. In many ways. But we must abide in HIM.

Joh 8:31    Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

2Co 5:17    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We grapple with the fact that even those who were closest to us…when we were mere “babes” in the Body of Christ..now have turned their backs. And this…without our even uttering one word. (In this writer’s experience…she was told that she now is different. And when she took that “opening” to try and explain what caused the difference that they perceived..the scorn and derision began. We must expect this, and ask the Holy Spirit for the strength to stand firm.)
So be it. The bible tells us that this will happen, so all we can do is pray pray pray pray for those misled, unbelieving friends and relatives who are now in our past.
(As an aside; after one of many surgeries and with a successful rehab at home under way..while all these new revelations were spinning around in my mind….a dream occurred. In it, I was attending a christening. Cannot remember who was there…but it was crowded. A happy affair. The baby was dressed all in white, with a white frilly cap on her head. Someone handed this little one to me…I looked down at her: that little baby in the white frilly cap had an old, wrinkled face! What a shock! The face in that bonnet was mine! Truly…not a pretty baby! Awakening, I was puzzled. Then I began to laugh, for that aged baby in the dream represented a beginning to me. What a vivid picture! It was time to start all over again and devour the scriptures with newly found passion and delight. Getting the “meat” required now. It was time for that 70 year old baby to acknowledge her “Christening” and begin to grow into the next stage of spiritual life!)
Now, had the Rapture taken place prior to the above described events…this writer would have been taken up with no “rewards” to offer her Lord. Saved, but “by the skin of her teeth!” As if by fire!

1Co 3:15    If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

And so…now, along with the prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem another prayer is also sent up. That those who are waiting for whatever reason to take that next step…from infant to mature adult in Christ…that they will get a move on! That they will sense the urgency surrounding this move. For… “Today is the day of Salvation.”

2Co 6:2    (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Psa 122:6    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Pray that those who need to begin to partake in the enriched spiritual life that is theirs in Christ….will “get the lead out” and move ahead…trusting in The Lord….prepared for all consequences….finding their strength in HIM…reaching the end of themselves..relying on HIM for ALL things!
And at the same time…looking for our Blessed Hope.
Submit yourself to the rule of that “Royal House Guest” who dwells within you. Willingly allow HIM to expand HIS living space in HIS temple on earth…which just happens to be you and your body.
Follow our LORD….as a disciple. It can only be done in HIS strength. Submit yourself!
Maranatha….
Louise Hudson

Below are a few notes that might prove to be interesting as we travel along together…. each with slightly different gifts and experiences and placement in Christ’s own Body…of which HE is the Head!

******It might be good to stress several points just here. (1) Never was a believer brought into healthy spiritual maturity by means of pressure meetings and constant exhortation nor before he was prepared by the Spirit. (2) Healthy progress is based on the apprehension, understanding and appropriation of the truths in Christ that make for real growth. (3) The experiential aspect of all truth, and especially these so-called deeper truths, is closed to all but the needy heart. Until one is aware of his need to progress spiritually, he will never be brought beyond the birth truths—a mere babe in Christ. “Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ, the Messiah, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belongs to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works [dead formalism], and of the faith [by which you turned] to God” (Heb. 6:1, Amplified).
(“Principles of Spiritual Growth” by Miles Stanford)*****

****”God asks us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him (Rom. 12:1). Until we have done this there is nothing else we can do. Notice this exhortation comes after Romans six. There is a reason for this order—crucifixion comes before consecration Uncrucified self refuses to be consecrated. This is why so many people with all sincerity walk down the aisles again and again, consecrating uncrucified self to God” (H. Duncan).****