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Jesus called His followers to be “salt and light”.  As salt, we are to act as a
preservative, penetrating the culture to help sustain what is good and right. 
As light, we are to counter the darkness and bring forth truth and righteousness
to bear.  Jesus said that we are salt and light, but He warned against losing our
saltiness and hiding our light (Matthew 5:13-20).  Here are two safeguards to prevent
this from happening:

Salt as a seasoning is useless unless it is in contact with food and mixed into it. 
Jesus calls us to “flavor” society in His name through close involvement with people.
Light is meant to be visible.  Secret believers need to come out of hiding and be known
as disciples.  Their profession of faith must become self-evident through their good works.

“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.  Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” 
(Matthew 5:13-16).

SALT
Salt is used to preserve, season, cure, or save for future use.  It changes everything
that it touches!  Hence, a salty Christian makes others thirsty for Jesus –  the water
of life.  Salt can be thought of as a fertilizer to promote growth and development, it
is used to purify, it is used to correct to improve conditions in its surrounding, and
it is used as a laxative to clean up messes around it.

LIGHT
Light is defined as something that makes things visible or affords illumination.  Without
the light of God’s spirit, we will be in the dark about God’s Word.  The scriptures
characterize light in many different forms, for example:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon
the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God
saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness”  
(Genesis 1:1-4).

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth
me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”  (John 8:12).

“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 3:19-21).

The Colors of Light

White – the white light contains all colors.

Red – the color of intense, physical energy.  When you need a powerful burst of energy,
imagine red or look at something red.

Orange – the next color in the spectrum.  It is a color of energy, too, but a quieter,
more sustaining energy; a more enduring strength. 

Yellow – the color of the mind – joyful, purifying, mental energy.  It is the color of
lemons, smiley faces (buttons), and dishwashing detergent.  Yellow light brings clarity. 
The thing we most often associate with yellow is the sun.

Green – the color of healing and the color of learning; brilliant, emerald green
(See Psalm 23 – Appendix B).  Healing and learning are active processes.  When you think
of green, think of actively healing yourself, through physical action and through active
visualizations.  Think of vigorously learning all you can about yourself and your life.

Blue – a color of spirit, calm, and peace.  As the sun is yellow and usually associated
with sunny thoughts, so the sky is high and blue, and the sea is deep and blue.

Purple – the color of royalty – the inner royalty that is the true you and the outer
royalty of the Divine.  Use purple when you want to feel cloaked in the grand, magnificent,
noble, majestic, and a stately presence within you.

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Welcome to Black History Month 2008!

It was quite refreshing to watch Senator Obama on January 31st successfully debate (again) for the position of President of the United States of America. I marvel as I watch God use him for such a time like this in American, and world, history. This is his season. While our country assumed that Mrs. Clinton would be the clear choice as the Democratic candidate for this high office, Senator Obama has heads turning!

He is yet another shining example of how God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:16 – KJV)

With eleven months to go in 2008, let your light shine before men so that others will clearly know that our Heavenly Father is in control of all things. Further, as his representatives in the earth, we are the catalysts for change, as Senator Obama has articulated from the very beginning.

Enjoy God’s blessings!

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