Category Archives: Walking with Christ

Salting the Water

2 Kings 2:19-22 (KJV)

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.

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.

The Lord sends Christians out to be the salt of the world. We are to season the world with the Word of God to make it a more productive and fruitful place.

In this passage we see how Elisha used salt to purify the unproductive water. The water, which was once unproductive, became a blessing to the people of Jericho after it was purified by the salt. In the same way, Christians are called to flavor the world with God’s Word to bless the world and make it a more useful place. Be the salt and enliven the world with God’s Word.

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Three Things

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It’s not too late. God still desires you. You can find your way back into His will. If you would do three things, God will bless you in three ways. If you become humble, seek God through prayer and turn away from sin, God will hear your prayers, forgive your sins and heal your soul. Turn back to the Lord and He will deliver you.

The Blessings of Good Behavior

Money Tunnel

1 Peter 3:13 – 16 (NIV)

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.  “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

If you were walking down a street and you noticed a person walking in front of you dropped a one hundred dollar bill onto the street, what would you do?  Would you pick up the money, track that person down and return it or would you pick up the money and put it in your pocket?  Surely, you could find a good use for that money.  One hundred dollars is nothing to sneeze at.  On the other hand, as Christians, the right thing to do would be to return that money to its rightful steward.  Taking that action would certainly qualify as a good deed.

Doing what is right is pleasing to God.  Blessings can be found through righteous behavior.  Those who desire to do what is good are protected by God.  He protects those whose acts are honorable.

As we strive to live righteously, we can expect the Evil One to challenge us.  However, Scripture tells us that we need not be frightened.  We do not need to fear what the Evil One might do because Jesus Christ has already conquered the world.  Therefore, no real harm can befall us from doing what is good.  Even while suffering, Christians are still privileged and blessed because of their relationship with God.

Christ provides us with the best model for how to continue to do good during difficult times.  Because Christ lives within us, we have access to His power that can overcome the afflictions of this world.  Continue to do good for God’s sake and pursue peace and harmony.  This pleases God and you will be blessed.

Don’t Go Back

Tree

1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put my childish ways behind me.

It has been noted that the human brain is not fully developed until the years of the early twenties.  For this reason, certain rights and privileges are not conferred until the age of 21.  When one turns 21, the brain is closer to becoming fully developed.  In our early twenties, our reasoning skills become sharper and our decision making capabilities improve.  We become wiser and more mature.  In contrast, during our teenage years, our decision making skills were less than reliable.  Because our brains were still developing, we may have made some questionable decisions that we look back on and wonder what we were thinking.

Similarly, when we first began our walk with Christ, our spiritual mind was also not fully developed.  We may have gone back and forth from trying to live right to falling back into sin to trying to live right again.  Our faith may have been fragile.  Just one hard trial may have been enough for us to turn away from God.  For a time, maybe we would not open our Bible, we would stop praying and possibly not even attend church.  Actions such as these are the result of spiritual immaturity that many Christians go through on their walk with Christ.

If we remain steadfast and hold on to our faith, we will grow and become stronger.  As we have more experiences with God, we will become more steady believers.  Time with God will help us to mature in our faith.

As 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, at some point we will put our childish ways behind us.  When we reach this point in our Christian development, we will fight back against sin, stay strong in faith when we endure trials and will seek God even when the circumstances of our lives try to keep us from doing so.

As we advance in our Christian walk, we will be better able to communicate with God through prayer.  We will be better able to encourage and minister to those in need.  We will also be better able to apply the Word of God to practical problems in our lives.

I believe that we will continuously grow in our walk with Christ.  For one, we are not perfect.  But just as human beings transition out of the teenage years into adulthood, believers should strive to increase and develop their faith.  As we mature in our faith, we should find that we will want to leave our past ways behind.  Our desire will be to grow closer to God and live in line with His Word.  As our relationship with God grows, how freely we will put our childish ways behind.