The Daily Nugget
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Matthew 5:13 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.
The Lord Jesus uses many comparisons throughout the Word when He is referring to the ferverence of our witness. It is important that we keep our witness clean and holy that we may present Jesus as the powerful Saviour. If we allow the dirt of this world to mar our witness then we are making Jesus look bad. A marred witness cannot show the miraculous works of the Lord Jesus as a clean and respectable witness can. In our verse the Lord compares our witness to salt. He says we are the salt of the world. Now salt is a vital ingredient of life. It is used to preserve many foods. There is not anything more wonderful for breakfast than a slice of salt cured ham. Without the salt the ham would ruin. Salt is used for flavor. Oh how bland green beans and blackeyed peas are without a layer of salt capping them. Our witness is the same way friend. If we are filled with the Lord Jesus and His influences then we will be as salt everywhere we go. The Him in us will add flavor everywhere we go. And might I say the power within us will be spread to preserve many. We could go on and on about the comparisons of salt, but the important thing we must realize here is that we are a vital ingredient of the Lord’s daily distribution of grace. And not only to lost sinners but also to the saints. You may cross paths today with a saint who needs encouraging from life’s troubles. Just sprinkle a little of the saltiness of Jesus on them and allow the Lord to lift them in joy. We may even possibly run across a lost sinner today and the saltiness of the Lord Jesus in us may just sprinkle over in the wounds of their sin and cause the burning of conviction. Amen! Dear friend stay salty! How do we stay salty? Well salt looses its saltiness from too much exposure to the elements. If the salt container is left open to the elements of the outside world it will become bland and loose its effect. Over exposure to the wickedness of this world will cause us to become bland. Stay clean my friend. Don’t become too exposed to the world’s elements of sin. Stay salty! Amen.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Luke 19:8-10 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
I want to discuss a subject for a bit this morning that much of the religious society has omitted and forgotten about. It is “conviction”. Holy Ghost conviction is a must, must, must ingredient in the Christians life that wishes to live successfully for Christ. Here in our verses we see a worldly man who lived his life for himself. He was a selfish man and a religious man. Many today are only carrying out the codes of man religion and living for themselves. If they are saved they are deaf of the voice of God. Many are stingy, self- righteous Pharisees. This man in our scripture was that way until personal conviction set in. Now obviously, Jesus convicts him in person because Jesus was still here in person. He convicts us today in Spirit because He is here in Spirit. His voice is a voice that a true Christ seeking Christian cannot avoid. Jesus convicts us personally. He specifically spoke personally to Zacchaeus. I bless His name for personally speaking to me! He also spoke particularly. He gave specific directions to him. He also gives us specific directions. Do we attempt to hear them? Do we even have a desire to hear them? Or are we selfish and too self-righteous to hear Him?? If Zacchaeus would have decided to ignore that voice that day then he would have continued in his miserable state of discontent. Many today are living a discontented life because they refuse to do what God said to do. They are too selfish and self-righteous to hear His direction. This type person will live each day trying to convince those around them that they are living in God’s will. When in reality they are miserable. Lastly, His convicting voice is powerful. By this I mean His voice is distinguished above all others. We claim we can’t hear Him at times, but we can hear Him. The issue is that we have so many other worldly voices between here and there that we are having a hard time separating what He said. Take time to get alone to hear Him clearly. The scripture says that Zacchaeus wanted to see Him and what He really was about so badly that He climbed up in the tree above all the commotion so that He could see and hear better. And He did! Jesus stopped and spoke to Him personally, particularly and powerfully. Amen! He is also speaking to us. Take time today to get alone so that all this worldly commotion does not distract you. Amen