Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Salt of the Earth

About a month ago I went on a fact finding mission about salt, and what I have discovered has been nothing short of a renewing in thought about refined and unrefined salt. I wrote a post on it on my second blog, Its Your Journey titled Is Table Salt Giving Salt a Bad Name?
Here’s the rundown; refined salt, also known as table salt or “purified” salt has been processed to strip the salt of it’s natural minerals, leaving only sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is known to be aggressive without its natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium and other minerals found in unrefined salt. Needless to say sodium chloride taken in large amounts has led to the belief that salt is bad and should be limited or removed completely from our diets.
The truth of the matter is salt in its wholesomeness is the very essence of life without it, we would not be able to function or think. Salt, unrefined, is what hydrates a body, taken with water it is the perfect balance of hydration. As a matter of fact our blood and tears have a salty solution in them. Salt is GOOD and vital for life.
With an enlightened mind, I’m reading Mark 9:50 with new eyes…
Salt 217 [is] good 2570: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost 1096his saltness 358, wherewith 1722 5101 will ye season 741 it 846? Have2192 salt 217 in 1722 yourselves 1438, and 2532 have peace 1514 one240 0 with 1722 another 240.
Because salt was considered a bad thing scriptures that spoke to the goodness of salt was disconnected to the reality I thought I understood.
Salt refined has literally lost its “saltness”, in other words it’s worth. To use it is unhealthy, even dangerous at best. It’s good for nothing.
I chuckle a little when I write this because, I decided to switch to sea salt a few years back, because I figured then, that “natural” was better than table salt. So I haven’t used table salt in quite a few years. However, my husband has been buying table salt during the cold winter months to defrost our sidewalks and driveways. We figured, it was cheap, only 33 cents at Wal-Mart, and left behind very little mess. We definitely weren’t going to use it for our food, so why not use it for our driveway?
I will be blogging a bit more about this subject as let my newfound knowledge soak in :)
Let me leave you with these scriptures about salt. Leave a comment if you will as the Spirit moves you to!
Ye 5210 are 2075 the salt 217 of the earth 1093: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost his savour 3471 , wherewith 1722 5101 shall it be salted 233 ? it is thenceforth 2089 good 2480 for 1519 nothing 3762, but 1508 to be cast 906 out 1854, and 2532 to be trodden under foot2662 of 5259 men 444. – Matthew 5:13
Salt 217 [is] good 2570: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost his savour 3471 , wherewith 1722 5101 shall it be seasoned 741 ? – Luke 14:34
Let your 5216 speech 3056 [be] alway 3842 with 1722 grace 5485, seasoned 741 with salt 217, that ye may know 1492 how 4459 ye 5209ought 1163 to answer 611 every 1538 man 1520. – Colosians 4:6
Author’s Note:
The subscripts in scripture are numbers to the Greek Lexicon. For references on refined vs. unrefined salt, please see my post on Its Your Journey or click on the link at the beginning of the post. God Bless :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New to Spirit! Deaf Ministry Page!

A few years back I posted the "Light of the World Series" I discovered on YouTube. The clips are in American Sign Language and are captioned for the convenience of those who do not know ASL. (With exception to the "short clip", which I will translate in the future)

I have complied all the links on this page and a little extra. Please do take a moment to check it out. It is compelling at the most. Do let me know if any links seem to be broken, missing or repeats of another link.

Thank you for visiting "In Spirit & In Truth"! God bless and keep you!

(The pictures spell LOVE)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Myths of Today’s Christian Culture – Sin

Truly, it is irresponsible for anyone who confesses belief in Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the power of His blood which give us remission of sin to ignore the extremely divided state in which today’s Christian culture resides.
As it stands today, many denominations with preferred teachings preach and confuse a gospel that is not recognizable have rendered it un-relatable to those who have yet to receive Christ as the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
While there are a vast conglomerate of churches of all varieties, they all have one thing in common, legalism. Legalism is the act/belief that physical behaviors lead to salvation and/or righteousness. Some examples may be; church attendance as as condition for salvation. Tithing, fasting, keeping of certain days, be it the Sabbath or other days, as a condition of salvation.  Some of you may know, I was a member of the World Wide Church of God (WCG). We believed we were the true church of God and kept Jewish holidays (Days of Unleavened Bread, i.e. Passover, Pentecost etc. ) as mandatory observance days.  Anyone, who did not observe these days were deemed to hell. This attitude lessened prior to doctrinal changes in 1995, but was real nonetheless.
The common thread of legalism in Today’s Christian Culture is extremely telling of how Christians in this climate view sin.What has made the Gospel irrelevant to unbelievers is the widely accepted perception of sin as physical condition, in which it is corrected by physical means...legalism. In this way, Christians, at large promote, moralistic and “right living” actions as an avenue to “correct” sin or to be seem “right” and saved in God’s eyes. This “gospel” is typically promoted to unbelievers whose see such a “gospel” as unrealistic and burdensome as they assess their humanistic ability to be “right'” by physical means. Be it tithing, fasting, church attending or even bible studying. This “gospel” which focuses on behaviors as a measure of righteousness and salvation. Automatically, it includes condemnation and hypocrisy with it…the two very things Christ spoke out against.

Sin, A Condition of One’s Spirit

It is by this perception that the Christian culture has created a system of institutionalized churches that caters to this understanding of sin, implementing a variety of legalistic worship styles/routine to pacify guilt or one’s need to be righteous in God’s eyes.
The fact is this, sin, in its pure, singular form, is not a physical, but a spiritual condition. Jesus describes sin as this…
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me; – John 16:7-9
Sin is unbelief. It originates from the inward parts of a person, in thought (mind) and desire (heart). Unbelief is a departure from the Living God.
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. – Hebrews 3:8-12
Take note that the people spoken about in this passage are those who the Lord miraculously delivered from Egypt. They considered themselves God’s people. Departing from God in thought and desire manifests itself in behavior and speech.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. – Matthew 12:35
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. – Luke 6:43-45

SinFUL, A Manifestation of One’s Spiritual Condition

No one can doubt that our utmost desires, be they right or wrong, motivates and dictates our actions and speech. Hide it as you will, they will always reveal itself in some way, shape or form. It is by this basic principle we can confirm the teaching of Christ that the heart, dictated by departure, is where sin (singular) originates.
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: – Isaiah 29:13
Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. – Jeremiah 9:8
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. – Ezekiel 33:31
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. – Matthew 15:9
As sin originates from a departed heart, it is this event that defiles a person…
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
…and the result of a departed heart are manifestations or evidence of itself Christ lists in verse19.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: – Matthew 15:18-19

The Erroneous Perception of Sin Destroys the Integrity of the Gospel 

Herein lies the problem. The Christian culture transposes the manifestations of sin for the sin itself (departed heart/unbelief) and has established legalism in various forms to combat, if not pacify, one’s guilt in attitudes/behavior. Legalistic behavior can be ANYTHING that contributes to the belief that physical actions as opposed to spiritual actions corrects a person’s righteousness in God’s eyes. This perception has destroyed the integrity of the Gospel. For it is a Gospel that Christ neither preached, nor sacrificed for.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – John 3:16-21
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light…” it is HERE in which Christ explains the condemnation of man. The light, which is Christ and His holy mission (Gospel) exposes the truth of one’s heart by their rejection of the light, their rejection is evidence of their spiritual condition.
Revisiting the Gospels in the Word, we see the only condemnation Christ gave was not to adulteresses and thieves, but to the Pharisees who considered themselves righteous and holy in lineage and legalistic behaviors. 
Because the wages (consequence) of sin (departure from God) is death, (Romans 6:23) without blood, there is no remission for sin. (Matt. 26:8, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:22)So the Lord offered up His only Son as an atonement for sin (Romans 5:11). Christ’s sacrifice was not only an act of supreme love, but it was the final and only way one could be received and seen right in the eyes of God. Let me be clear, believing that Christ of Nazareth was the Son of God is one thing, but accepting his atonement for the remission of our sin, as FINAL is what is meant by “believeth on Him”. It is what is meant by FAITH. It is only by this act of Christ’s offering of his Body by which we are sanctified, NOT through any physical act on our part. (Hebrews 10:10)

The Power of the Holy Spirit of The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Now this phenomenon of FAITH ushers in the blessing of the Spirit, not any Spirit, but the HOLY Spirit, the Spirit of God Himself. By it, we grow in knowledge of Him, as we grow in a reconciled relationship with Him, we become whole, we have peace with Him and ourselves.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5:1 -5
Lip service may be given to the power of the Holy Spirit today, but it is clear by a divided Christian culture that shares a systematic model of legalism that their message is that the Holy Spirit is not enough to change a person’s condition of sin. The truth is, it is ONLY by the power of the Spirit, in FAITH, can the heart evolve and thrive from its isolated and condemned state! From the mouth of Christ He speaks…
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63
The Hebrew/Greek Lexicon’s number for the word “quicken” is G2227. The English equivalent of that is “quicken, give life, make alive”. We who are (were) dead in sin can only be revived with life by the Holy Spirit! And if we walk after the spirit (Romans 8:1-2) the manifestations of that are evident and real!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Yes, impossible, in other words, it cannot be done. Why?? Faith is representative of a heart that has ACCEPTED it’s exposure to the light. It is representative of a heart that has ACCEPTED Christ, the Son of God, His work at the cross as TRUTH and final. Without faith, there is no humility, no understanding of God’s order by which He sent His only begotten Son to establish. In essence, there is NO GOSPEL. What you have without faith, is self righteousness and acts that hide a hard and false heart. What you have is pride by which is impenetrable by a Holy Spirit that cannot lead it. Finally, without faith, one is left to the devices and leading of their own “wisdom”, fatally flawed and further cements our separation from Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Truly the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a powerful Spirit, in which ALL things were made! How intelligent and wise is a God who can fix what was broken, by restoring a heart unto Himself that has confessed a genuine confession of belief on what His Son has done was was the only method of salvation and righteousness ever needed?
If Christians do not understand even the basics of sin, how can they understand and relay the power of the life-transforming Good News? By the evidence of division, doctrines, legalism followed by condemnation of “sinners” and hypocrisy that they do not.
What they can do is repent while there is time! Recognize and identify the truth of the Gospel by faith!
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. – Romans 13:11