Matthew 5:13-16 NIV

13 “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 underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Dear Believer,

There is a battle at hand for your home, for the heart of your children, and for the foundations of your community. Though the world would have you believe that you are fighting one another, the war that is raging is not fought amongst flesh and bone, but on the spiritual plane. For the world you are in is the dwelling place of Satan. This is not your home. You belong to the Kingdom of Heaven. Your life here is but a vapor in light of eternity. Thus, the time given is of deliberate craft for intentional and significant purpose. You must walk boldly on the path of righteousness because the battle is here and now. You are a participant in the army of the Lord sent to take ground for the Kingdom.

The high calling is to be as salt to a world looking to believe in its taste. For if the taste of the believer matches that of the world, if he watches what the world watches and celebrates what the world celebrates, then his salt has lost its zeal. That which has lost its flavor cannot stand against the monotony of the bland and tasteless. A mere sprinkle of salt brings to boldness the flavors amongst it. It is by the salt that all other flavors can be improved. To choose to dwell among the flavorless is to forfeit the worth of the Kingdom. The strength of a man is not found within his agreeability toward the tasteless but rather in his unwavering choice to season for the palate of the Kingdom. We were not created to stand on the sidelines and quietly shake our heads. We are called to declare boldly the truths of God.

However, one must take caution of the motives within the heart. For the only intent of calling another out should be to call him up. It is the responsibility of the believer to stand for truth because he has the cure, not merely because he desires to call out the disease. The ways of this world are broken, wicked, and tarnished. One cannot expect heaven out of decay. We ought not be surprised to see unsatiable thirst and discontentment. Though the troubles are certain, there is a well of living water calling to the malnourished soul. There is a God longing to bind the wounds and comfort the broken hearted.

Our adversary prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. His agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy all that the Lord has placed in the hands of His children. The Lord has given His servant talents and He calls him to steward them wisely. The enemy knows what God has given you and he knows that he cannot remove what God has willed for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He can, however, hold you captive in distraction, confusion, and fear until you forfeit it yourself. The enemy cannot defeat the believer because he is fighting from victory not for it, but the enemy does aim to outwit. For if he can overturn the thoughts of the believer to that of this world, then he will miss completely that which God aims to do through him. Your adversary plots for you to doubt whether God will do what He said and plagues your mind with offense and confusion towards yourself and those around you. If he can get you so focused on the praise of man that you cease to earnestly seek the praise of God, then you will create folly for yourself, worse yet, folly for those still entrenched in their own bondage. We are free in Christ Jesus, and His ways are truly superior to our own.

The work of spiritual warfare is pervasive. It cannot be separated from this world for this world belongs to our adversary (1 John 5:19). There is not a solitary circumstance in which the enemy quits vying to take your attention away from the truth of the Word of God. This is a battle the believer must be vigilant to prepare for and ready to fight in. He must be equipped with the Word of God. He must ingest every nutrient-dense grain of truth and sow it into the very soil of his soul. He must recite it and live by it; he must defend it and proclaim it, or otherwise fall victim to the schemes of his foe. The world is fixated on a constant clamoring for ease, but the Kingdom of God does not yield to comfortability. The way of the Lord is obedience, and the reward is life and life abundantly – not just for oneself, but for everyone entrusted to his care.

The power offered to man is to recognize his authority in Christ Jesus and use it. Folly to the man who spends so long asking the Lord why a circumstance has been placed in his hands when the value is in asking what He would have him do with it.

A man tortures his own body and spirt when he engages with that which is evil. He is like a light attracting a swarm of insects. As the door of sin is opened, the spiritual warfare swarms in. With just a crack, the enemy gains a foothold. Like a screen left open on a summer night, soon enough your home is full of insects seeking to devour the light. The insecurities, doubts, lies, and further temptations now reside until you reach for the swatter and eliminate them. We must fight spiritual warfare by refusing to allow it to take ground in our home. We must close the door to all that taints the spirt and defiles the mind. For a distracted mind leaves the spirit vulnerable to attack. Fix your eyes on the one true King and raise up a guard at the gates of your heart that he who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy may be unable to enter.

The same light that draws the attack of the enemy can be utilized to promote the Kingdom. This is because the attacks of the enemy swarm that which is most important to the calling of God. Do not be confused; we are indeed called to shut the door to the impudence of the enemy, but we are not called to hide the light. We are called to protect it. We must safeguard our hearts with the word of the Lord – with the truth that prevails and paves the path forward. We must live it out and proclaim it boldly and relentlessly. For the Bible says all that can be shaken will be shaken so that which cannot be shaken will stand (Hebrews 12:27). We must show those shattered by the quaking of the world that we are still standing firm in Christ. Not because we aim to condemn, but because we long for them to eat and drink of that which truly sustains.

We must be vigilant, brothers and sisters, to not give ground to the enemy in our own hearts. We must exercise great caution to not allow for another brother to stumble either. The conviction of our heart is to be that of the salt of the world and the light on the hill. A light is treasured because it reveals that which is veiled by the dark. Do not stumble about in the dark and question whether the light is good. For we know it is both necessary and true. You are called to be that which unveils darkness by a means of drawing others into the light. To seek the glory of man is to merely dream of light while you slumber in the darkness. Wake up to the calling of the Lord and shine the light of God unto evil. Take heed to start the task in your own heart. Do not pitch a tent and dwell amongst it. For we must pull others out and we cannot accomplish this if we are drowning alongside them!!  

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