Daily Encouragement For Life 1.1.2013

Happy New Year!

Last night multitudes of people eagerly awaited the dropping of a glorified lantern at the stroke of midnight, and with it the ushering in of a new year in their local time zone.  May all those who eagerly await the coming of the King, and the better city He brings with Him  (Hebrews 13:13-14) have much more anticipation for the day of the Lord.  Let us abandon our resolution making fervor in favor of simply standing resolute upon the promises and foundation of The Lord Jesus Christ.  One of His promises is that He would send a helper (John 14:16-17), the Holy Spirit.

He is vital to our walk of faith this upcoming new year.  Without His help our mission to glorify Christ will crash and burn.

As we reflect on our sinful failures to glorify our Lord last year we fight the accuser of our souls and cling ever more to Jesus Christ, our mediator and ransom (1 Timothy 2:4-6).  We want to do better, and we know that we won’t do better this new year by simply exerting an increased portion of human effort.  Most Christians have already gotten sucked into the spirit shattering whirlpool of human attempts at holiness, the swirl is all too familiar: failure, self recrimination, and guilt.  Are you sick of that cycle?  Isaiah 2:22 says, Stop trusting in man who has but the breath of life in his nostrils, of what account is he?  Hope in God.

One aspect of my walk I am asking God’s help in this new year is the art and power of being what God says I am in Christ.  In Matthew 5:13 Jesus tells His listeners what they are, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (NASB)

Salt is an interesting substance.  In history it has been used as currency.  It has been a vital industry to nations.  It is a constant companion to many people’s meals.  It provides safe travel up stairs, across sidewalks, and over the roads of the frozen north lands.  While in South Sudan salt was indeed a faithful companion at meal time!

Despite what your Doctor may tell you, most would agree that the flavor of the human experience has been enhanced by salt.

For further study on salt in scripture I’m sure you’ll find this table from Bible teacher C. I. Scofield’s Study Bible helpful:

 

THE SYMBOLISM OF SALT IN SCRIPTURE

Salt has several symbolic meanings in the bible.

Salt represents judgment and desolation:

Lot’s wife destroyed and turns into pillar of salt                                                                                 Genesis 19:6

Conquered land sown with salt                                                                                                               Judges 9:45

Description of land if Israel disobeys God                                                                                           Deuteronomy 29:23

Description of a man who departs from God                                                                                      Jeremiah 17:6

Ezekiel’s vision of land not healed                                                                                                        Ezekiel 47:11

Judgment on Moab and Ammon                                                                                                           Zephaniah 2:9

Salt represents purification:

Used in making incense that is holy to the Lord                                                                               Exodus 30:35

Requirement to offer salt with sacrifices                                                                                              Leviticus 2:13

Elisha uses salt to purify the water of Jericho                                                                                    2 Kings 2:20-21

Newborns rubbed with salt                                                                                                                     Ezekiel 16:4

Salt used on sacrifices                                                                                                                              Ezekiel 43:24

Salt represents loyalty and covenant:

Covenant with the priests                                                                                                                        Numbers 18:19

Covenant with David                                                                                                                                2 Chronicles 13:5

Salt represents the Christian’s role in the world:

“You are the salt of the earth”                                                                                                                 Matthew 5:13

Salt is good                                                                                                                                                  Mark 9:50

Speech should be seasoned with salt                                                                                                   Colossians 4:6

 

What shall we resolve to for 2013?  To rest in the Grace of God, and to keep it salty for Christ’s Glory.

 

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