Overcoming Lust

28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:28 (NLT)

As I have promised I shall reveal the correct way of overcoming lust. In my previous article, I have explained that lust is bad. If you continue to entertain lust in your mind, your prosperity will be at stake. Therefore it is vital for us to overcome it once for all if we want to live the lives God wants us to live – prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.

What I am about to reveal to you is a direct revelation for God. I said this because I did not get it from any other sources. In other words, what you are about to read has never been preached in any churches nor has it been written in any books as far as I know it.

Let us begin. In the above verse, Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust, you have committed adultery. Obviously he was speaking from the perspective of a man. So, men should not look at a woman with lust. Please note that Jesus did not say men should not look women. There is nothing wrong with men looking at women and vice versa. In fact, men are supposed to be attracted to women. If you are a man and you are not attracted to women, you have a bigger problem. You are not normal. You should start praying and seek medical help.

So far, we have established that there is nothing wrong with men looking at women and women looking at men. God made beautiful women as a blessing to men and good-looking men as a blessing to women. We enjoy this blessing by looking at them with admiration, the same way we admire other beautiful sights. However, there are some pitfalls here.

First, we should not stare. Otherwise, we will appear as rude and will scare off the person we admire.

Secondly, we should not entertain lust in our minds when we are admiring those beautiful people. When we are in lust, we are creating an inner reality of a sexual relationship with this person without the permission of this person. This is a violation to this person and is very disrespectful. How can we showing disrespect and violate the person who we are supposed to be admiring? Having lust will only pollute the joy of this admiration.

How do we overcome this lust? I shall begin by telling what you should not do. If you are to ask a religious pastor or a theologian, they will tell you attempt in not lusting. That is the worst advice in the world. If you do not believe me try this experiment:

Select one day where you commit not to have a single thought of lust within the period of 24 hours. Make a conscious effort in continual reminders, use your strongest commitment and will power in not lusting. When you do that, I can assure you that you will lust more than usual. The stronger your commitment is, the more you will lust. Why is that so?

When confronted with this issue, theologians will undoubtedly come up with their own rubbish like your sinful nature, lack of faith, not committed enough, failure to confess all sins or other forms of theology which are basically nonsense.

Let me tell you the real reason. The phenomena of the stronger your commitment is in not lusting, the more you will lust, has nothing to do with the reasons provided by the theologians. It happens because you have violated the law of physics.

The law of physics is in operation here. Nature abhors vacuum. When you push out a thought (regardless of positive or negative) you are creating a vacuum in the space that was previously occupied by that thought. The law of physics demands that this space to be filled immediately. It does not care what type of thought will fill it. All it cares is this space to be filled. So the nearest thought (which happens to be the thought that you tried to push away) will come back in and fill its former space. Your attempt to remove this thought has failed because of the law of physics.

That is not all. When that thought fills back to its former space, it becomes a new thought. All things being equal, a new thought is stronger than an old thought. Think of this. If you have eaten an apple ten years ago and you just ate the same type of apple just now, you will surely remember the taste just now better than the one ten years ago. So, your attempt to prevent lust will end up strengthening the lust inside you.

Theologians have no answer to this. The only thing they can do is to continue to chant their theology, make you feel guilty and want you to put in more effort to stop the lusts. As explained earlier, the more effort you put in, the more lust you will have. Theologians know nothing about the law of physics.

Let me give you the answer now. Here is the magic formula:

We overcome lust by replacing them with another positive thought that brings equal or more joy but without the negative effect of lust.

I will illustrate this formula with an example.

You are a man and see a beautiful woman walking pass you. You look at her and you were attracted. You think she is attractive. Consider this. Who made her beautiful? The answer is God. God made this woman beautiful and he has planned for you to cross path with her. He must have loved you so much that he wants you to enjoy such a beautiful sight. Don’t you think you ought to thank him?

Start thanking God for blessing you with the sight of such a beautiful creation of his. Since God had planned for you to enjoy this beauty, he must have more beautiful things and experiences for you in time to come. Start believing and expecting more good things in your life. Use this experience to make your faith grow. Start to convince yourself that this incident is another indication that your prayers for more prosperity will manifest very soon. Your life is going to be very beautiful. When you think this way, you are effectively blocking the thought of lust in your mind and replace it with a positive thought.

What is next? It depends on whether you are single or married. If you are a single man, see yourself married to someone that beautiful and enjoy your life with her. If you are married, see your wife to be more beautiful than the woman you just saw.

In this example, you have turned an incident of crossing path with a beautiful woman into a catalyst in increasing your faith, your relationship with God and have a brighter outlook in life.

Next, we shall look at what should we do when we have lusted. When you have lusted, you should respond the same way as any other mental sins. Shake it off and move on. This is true repentance. Repentance means turn away and move on. It is not about beating yourself, feeling sorry and mourned for your sins as though God will be impressed by this pathetic act. The Book of Hebrew tells us that God promised not to remember our sins. When God promised something, he keeps it. So, God says he does not remember our sins, he does not remember our sins. Shake it off and move on.

The dumbest thing you can do is to try to mourn over it. Suppose that you have lusted for 5 minutes. Will you spend a full hour feeling sorry for it as a punishment? Think about it this way. Suppose you have lost $50 due to your negligence. Will you throw away another $600 to punish yourself? So, instead of losing $50, you have now lost a total of $650. This is a dumb thing to do and only theologians will subscribe to it.

I hope I have revealed to you the true formula of overcoming lust.

In the subsequent verses, Jesus talked about chopping off your hands and gorging out your eyes if they cause you to sin. I don’t see the necessity to explain them because I believe that even the most perverse church under the bondage of theology does not demand their members to do so. This marks the temporary end of my writings on Matthew 5.

I have a short announcement to make. I will take a few days break from this blog. The nearest date for my next article will probably be the 3rd of December because I will be taking 2 days leave from the beginning of next week to attend a course which I will use, to be rich. So, don’t be surprise when you don’t see new articles for the next few days. I need to get rich, you know.

So long for now and if you have time, please pray for me to succeed in learning what needs to be learn in this course so that I can achieve my first million within the next 2 years.

Bye.

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Introduction To Lust

27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’
28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:27-28 (NLT)

We have come to the subject of lust. I am sure all of us have this experience and it can be quite stimulating and enjoyable. Some of us may even have wonder on why would Jesus classify lust as sin. In this article, we shall study in depth.

If you have attended religious churches before, you will realize that their solution is very simple – don’t do it. Religious churches can never give us real solutions in life. All they know is to use hell to threaten their people to do what they want them to do. So, when it comes to the subject of lust, the theologians’ answer is, “You must not lust.” This basically sums up the entire theology, which is garbage.

In this article, I am going to accomplish something that no theology or religious church has ever done before. I will explain in detail what is lust, why it is bad for us and how to overcome it effectively. Here we go.

In Verse 37, Jesus recited the law that says ‘You must not commit adultery.’ Jesus also said that his mission was to accomplish the law. This means that after Jesus died and rose again, the law that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ is no longer applicable for Christians. We do not have to obey the law in not committing adultery. If adultery is good for us, we should all do it. However, the truth is adultery is bad for us. Today, we do not want to commit adultery because we do not want to do things that are bad for us.

Why would God consider adultery as bad? God is the engineer who made us. He did not design us to live in adultery. When he told us, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ he was not trying to pull rank on us. He does not want us to be harmed by adultery. Please note that God will never punish us for adultery. God will never give Aids to people who commit adultery just as God will never cause smokers to have lung cancers. Aids is caused by a form of virus that comes from apes. God was not the one responsible in transferring the virus. In short, God is not the pervert that the theologians described him to be.

Let me list down some of the side effects of adultery. They are:
1. Disease.
2. Family breakdown.
3. Poverty.

In short, it is bad. Let me repeat. God will never punish people with diseases, family breakdown and poverty for committing adultery. Adultery is culprit that causes them, not God. God does not want us to commit adultery because he wants us to be healthy, rich and have strong families. So, if you want to live healthy, rich and have strong family, you should obey God. You should be faithful to your spouse and reject adultery.

We look at lust now. Lust is spiritual adultery. What is wrong with it? After all, you will not get disease from lust. Your family will not break if you have lust in your mind. In addition, you don’t have to spend a single cent when you are lusting especially when you have good imagination. It will not make you poor. In fact, it can be quite enjoyable. So, what is wrong with it?

In order to understand further, I will need to repeat what I have written about inner and outer realities. We have a physical reality outside us and a spiritual reality inside us. The law of nature dictates that both realities must match to reach equilibrium. There are 2 ways for equilibrium to happen.

The first way is to allow the physical reality to seep into your soul and become you inner reality. For example, you are living in a poor environment. No matter where you look, you see poverty. If you allow that to seep into your soul, you will believe that you are meant to be poor. You will be convinced that you are made, designed and called by God to be poor. At this stage, you have reached a state of equilibrium where your inner and outer realities matched perfectly. Your environment will be stable and remains unchanged. In other words, you will be poor forever.

Incidentally, this is the only type of equilibrium that the theologians and carnal minded Christians believe in. In their theological minds, if you are poor now, it means God wants you to be poor. If you are sick now, it means God wants you to be sick. They think the physical reality they are in, is the perfect manifestation of God’s will for them. So, if you are poor, don’t try to get rich. If you are sick, don’t try to get healthy. Jesus did not die poor at the Cross for you to get rich. Jesus did not take all you sickness and diseases at the Cross. As long as there is one Christian who is either poor or sick, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is false. God is a liar. Only theology is true. Welcome to the world of theology.

There is a second way to achieve this equilibrium. It is for the outer reality to be changed in accordance to the inner reality. If you choose to hold on to your inner reality even if it is the opposite from what you see around you, the environment around you will have to change and be transformed in accordance to the reality inside you. In this case, the outer reality will conform to the inner reality. This happens to be the way successful people lives. How does this work?

Let us get back to the same example. You may be very poor right now. Every direction you turn tells you that you are poor. Yet the Bible tells you that:
 At the Cross, Jesus died poor for you to live rich.
 God’s greatest wish is for you to prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.
 God will give you anything you ark for in prayer in Jesus’ name if you believe you receive.
 If God can give his Son for you, what else will he not give you?
 God is willing to give you exceedingly and abundantly above what you are to ask and hope for.
 The blessings of the Lord makes you rich and adds no sorrow in your life

How can you ever be poor? Despite the physical reality that is telling you that you are poor, you have made up your mind that you are rich in the inside. You may be physically poor but you are spiritually rich. As long as you hold on to your spiritual riches and refuse to allow the physical reality to seep into your soul, the law of nature will demand the physical reality to change to conform to your inner reality. In other words, you will soon be physically rich. The level of physical riches you can have will be in accordance to the level of spiritual riches you have build up inside you. So, if you want to have more physical riches, build up more spiritual riches inside you.

What has this got to do with lust? The second way of achieving equilibrium is not restricted in direction. When your inner reality is better than your outer reality, your external life will get better. However, if your inner reality is worse than your outer reality, your external life will get worse. When you entertain lust in your mind, you are creating a worse inner reality. You are committing inner sin.

The same law of nature will cause your physical environment to create the same sin physically. Your inner sin will become outer sin. Your spiritual adultery will manifest itself physically. That is not all. If physical adultery can cause you to be sick, poor and break your family physically, lust can cause the spiritual equivalent. If you hold on to your lust, your physical environment will conform to the spiritual equivalent. Equilibrium will still take place but this time in a negative way. The bottom line is, lust is bad.

The next question is how to overcome it? I will write about it in the next article.

Your Anger Can Send You To Hell

21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’
22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT)

I suspect the above to another favorite passage to quote when the theologians want to convince us that we can go to hell even after we became Christians. As I have mentioned in earlier articles, religious churches have 2 different layers of the Gospel. The first layer is the evangelistic version that tells people that the moment they believed in Jesus, they are saved. They will go to heaven when they die.

This layer is strictly for non-Christians. Once you are a Christian, this layer is not applicable anymore. You have to obey everything that is written in the Bible. If you don’t, you will go to hell. Even Jesus cannot help you if you don’t obey him.

The above verses are among the rules you have to obey if you do not want to go to hell. You must not commit murder. The term “murder” is not limited to the physical act alone. If you are angry with someone or curse somebody, you will burn in hell regardless of your faith in Jesus. Are the theologians right? We shall look further in this article.

First of all, if the theologians are right, they will be the first ones who will burn in hell. They are the ones guilty of murders, both physically (think of the Inquisitors and Crusaders) and spiritually. Today, theologians are no longer committing physical murders because they do not have the powers they used to have but they are still committing spiritual murders through their angry slanders and condemnations on Christians who choose to obey God instead of theology. Therefore, if murder (physical and spiritual) can send people to hell, theologians will be there.

What does Jesus really means by his words in the above passage? He said that if we entertain angry thoughts in our minds on other people, we will be subjected to judgement, be brought before the court and are in danger of the fires of hell. Does that sound scary? However, that is not the full story. The full story is, when Jesus said those words, he had not died at the Cross. The people at that time did not have a Savior who paid for their sins. They had to bear the consequences of their own sins. So, they commit murders (physical and spiritual), they will be subjected to judgement, be brought before the court and are in danger of the fires of hell.

The good news is, Jesus’ works at the Cross, has changed everything. If we happen to commit the sin of murder, we must always remember that Jesus had paid for this sin at the Cross. Jesus had been “subjected to judgement, brought before the court and was in danger of the fires of hell” on our behalf. Therefore, Christians will not go to hell for murdering. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I hope I don’t have to elaborate that if you commit physical murder, the law in your country will get you. Jesus’ works at the Cross, is not recognized by the legal system in our respective countries.

So far so good but does this mean that Christians can commit spiritual murders as we please? The truth is no one can stop us from hating anyone but if we want to receive the abundant prosperity from God, we will not want to do that. Why not? Hate is a poison to our souls. It blocks our faith, which will in turn choke the flow of our prosperity. So, if you want to be rich, do not hate and if you want to be poor, hate as much as you can.

When we commit spiritual murders or hate someone, we will be focusing our thoughts and attention to the person who we hate. In doing so, we are not focusing on our faith for our prosperity. We are effectively sacrificing our prosperity for the sake of the people we don’t like. Isn’t that a dumb thing to do? Will you do that? I won’t. As for me, I am committed to allocate as much thinking time as I can on using my faith for my prosperity because I want to receive exceeding and abundant prosperity from God. Spiritual murders or hating people will reduce the thinking time I want to use for my prosperity and will result in the reduction to the exceeding and abundant prosperity that I will receive. I am not stupid.

So, if anyone is to offend me, I will forgive this person immediately. This means I will not waste my valuable thinking time on this person anymore. When I say “I forgive you.” my underlying message is “You are not worth my hate.”

Of course, forgiveness does not mean I will not take any action at all. If you try to steal from me or harm my family, I will take legal action on you. I will demand you to compensate me on all the losses you have caused plus interest but I will not do it with hate in my heart. I forgive you but I will still demand compensation (with a loving heart).

The above is an illustration on how Christians should live.

Exceed The Righteousness Of The Theologians

20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Matthew 5:20 (NLT)

We have come to another verse, which is often used by the theologians to get us to doubt our salvation. In the above verse, Jesus warned his disciples that their righteousness must be better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees or they will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Religious churches love to use this verse to show us that we must be more righteous than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees. This means that we must do what they tell us to do like serving in the church, go for missions and give them money every time they ask for it. If we fail to obey their instructions, then we will not be saved. Coincidentally, such an important truth is never revealed in any evangelistic event. If you are not a Christian, you are saved by grace through faith but once you become a Christian, you must have better righteousness than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees or you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let us put aside their hypocrisy and look at the second part, which is supposed to be based on the above verse. We shall begin by understanding who were the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees Jesus mentioned above. In today’s term, they are called “theologians”. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees behaved exactly like the theologians of today.

Their main characteristic is the worship of theology. Only the rules matter to them. During Jesus’ days, the theologians did not care how much the people suffering as long as they did not break their rules like the Sabbath. When Jesus healed a lame man on Sabbath, they condemned Jesus for violating theology. It did not matter to them that a man was healed.

Today, we are facing the same situation with the theologians. When we preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have brought blessings to the people around us. The poor become rich, the sick become healthy and those who lived in failures achieved success. Do the theologians care? The answer is they don’t. The only thing that matters to them is that we have violated theology. According to theology, as long as there is one Christian who is poor, Jesus never died poor for us to live rich. As long as there is one Christian who is sick, Jesus never took our sicknesses and diseases at the Cross.

The “Jesus” that is approved by theology is a sadist. He loves to make people sick and poor for his glory. He glorifies in perversion and he expects us to receive his perversion with joy like a true masochist. In short, theology is the perversion of the truth.

When Jesus mentioned the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, he was referring to theology. We can never go to heaven through theology. The “righteousness” of theology will never save us.

We can only be save by true righteousness, which is better than the “righteousness” of theology. What is this righteousness? Let the Bible tells us.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)

True righteousness comes from faith in what Jesus had done at the Cross. True righteousness can never come from the lies of theology. So, if anyone is to quote Matthew 5:20 to you in the future, you should know how to answer that.

Jesus Had Accomplished The Purpose Of The Law

17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
Matthew 5:17 (NLT)

This is one of the verses that theologians are afraid of. If you have been to any of the religious churches long enough, you will find that they have at least two separate versions of the Gospel. When they are in the “evangelistic” mode, they will present the Gospel that says Jesus loves you and died for your sins. All you need to do is to believe in him and ask him to come into your life. You will then be saved and become a Christian.

However, once you become a Christian, you will hear a different “gospel”. You have to obey their laws, in particular the law of Moses like the 10 Commandments. If you don’t, God will no be happy with you and there is no limit on how much evil he can do to you. You will be presented to a God who is a sadist. He loves to do sadistic things on you. As a faithful Christian, you are to receive them with joy like a true masochist. After all, God is giving you the grace and mercy to share in the suffering of Jesus. If God can be so evil that he sent Jesus to die at the Cross, how much more evil can he do to you?

That is not all. If you still do not obey the law, you can even lose your salvation. God will cancel your salvation and you will go to hell.

Recently, someone introduced me to a crackpot preacher who had even invented a special twist to theology. It seems that, after you become a Christian and you do not behave in a specific way (which undoubtedly includes obeying the 10 Commandments), you have never believed in the first place. In other words, you have never been saved in the first place. The introducer even told me that believing in Jesus is not enough. You have to prove that you believed. If you cannot prove you believed, you have not believed. Of course, such a “profound truth” is conveniently left out in all evangelistic messages because the audience is “not ready for the truth.”

So, according to theology, if you are not breathing you are not dead. You had never been alive in the first place. If you are married and you do not behave like a married person, your marriage never existed.

The above illustrations show us that theologians can never accept the truth that we Christians are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. They must add more requirements to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They cannot understand the truth that the law (of Moses) is no longer applicable for Christians. They will tell us that Jesus had never abolished the law. That is true but they ignored the part, which says Jesus accomplished their purpose through his death at the Cross.

What does that mean? We shall find out in this article. In order to know how Jesus had accomplished the purpose of the law, let us look at the purpose of it.

19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
Galatians 3:19 (NLT)

The law was never designed to make us holy. It was designed to show us sins. Its purpose was to show us how much we need Jesus. The law will last only until the coming of the child who was promised. Jesus was the child who was promised. In other words, the law of Moses which include the 10 Commandments should no longer exists in the hearts of believers after Jesus died at the Cross. Any believer, who defies this rule has committed blasphemy. This includes the theologians.

Christians should live our lives based on the truths in Matthew 5:17 and Galatians 3:19. We should no longer focus on trying to obey the law. If we do that, we are behaving as though Jesus had never died at the Cross. That is blasphemy. Instead, our lives should be forward-looking. We are to live our lives with positive expectations of good things happening to us.

We live holy lives because we are holy. We are holy because God made us holy the moment we believed in Jesus (and we don’t have to prove our beliefs by pretending to live holy.)

So, do not allow yourself to fall into the lies of theology that tells you that you have to do certain things, obey certain laws or live certain ways to prove that you have believed in Jesus and are saved. It is your decision that you have believed. Once you have believed and received Jesus into your life, you are saved. Your salvation is final. No one can change that. Never allow the lies of theology to cause you to doubt the faithfulness of God.

Light Of The World

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

In the previous article, we have found out what it means to be the salt of the earth. Our role as salt is to preserve the world and keep the people alive as long as we can in order to buy time for them to get to know Jesus. It is a defensive role. Salt can only keep food from decaying. It cannot make the food to be fresher.

This time, we are going for the offensive. Jesus called us to be the light of the world. Light cannot be hidden. Light does not stay still. If you are a light, you cannot help but shine. Shining is your nature. This is why Jesus said a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. The moment we have received Jesus into your heart, we are on higher ground. We are like a city on a hill. Our role is to shine.

Does this means every Christian is shining? The answer is no. In Verse 15, Jesus tells us that not all lamps are place on the lamp stand. However some lamps are under baskets. What exactly are baskets in this case? In this scenario, the baskets are outside the lamp. They are not a part of the lamp. It represents our external environment. You are effectively covering your lamp under the basket when you allow the negative situation around you to occupy your mind.

As Christians, we may be in the world but we are not of the world. We may be in the midst of a recession, plague or any other bad situation, but we do not have to let them get into our minds. No matter how bad the situation appears to be, our rightful place is the lamp stand. The lamp stand represents our faith. We choose to believe that God wants us rich even if we are in the midst of a recession. We choose to believe that God wants us healthy even if we are in the middle of a plague. We choose to believe that God wants us to be successful even if we are in the pit of failure. We are lamps on the lamp stands.

The moment you let go of your faith and dwell in negative thoughts, you are effectively having a basket over you. You will be no different from the rest of the world. This is not God’s will for you.

Our roles as the light of the world means we are to shine so brightly that we bring light to the people around us.

What does shining means? Jesus answered that in Verse 16. We shine through our good deeds. Our good deeds must be so obvious that everyone can see them. They will be so impressed that they will even praise our heavenly Father. Who are these people who sees our good deeds and praise our heavenly Father? Jesus used the term “everyone”. This means all people, Christians and non-Christians alike.

What type of good deeds? In order for people who are not Christians to be impressed by them, our deeds must be physical. They must be clear, can be seen, heard, touched and proven. Jesus cannot be referring to some religious rituals, praying, fasting, reading the Bible or anything that the world does not care.

Therefore, the good deeds that we are supposed to shine through must be about extending prosperity to the people around us. There is no other alternative answer. Christians are called by God to extend prosperity to the people around us. This means, we are to help people to get rich, healed and achieve success in the areas they want to be successful in. Please note the definition of “good deeds” is based on the desire of the world and the world does not believe in the Vow Of Poverty. We do not impress them into praising our heavenly Father by helping them to be poor and sick. We impress them into praising our heavenly Father by helping them to be rich and healthy.

In order to do that, we have to be rich, healthy and successful in our chosen area as well. This is the same requirement for being the salt of the earth. The only difference is, as the light, we go for the offensive. Instead of helping the poor to stay alive, we help them to get rich. Instead of providing food for those who are starving, we help them to produce their own food. Instead of helping the sick to stay alive and suffer less, we help them to get rid of their disease once for all. This is offensive.

Jesus called us to be the light of the world. Are you in? As for me and my household, we are.

Salt Of The Earth

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. Salt is supposed to be salty. What happens when salt loses its saltiness? In Jesus days, their salt was not as pure as what we have today. Salt in those days consisted of many impurities. Therefore even when the actual salt is gone, you can still see some grains in it but those grains have no salt in it anymore. Those remains cannot be used as salt anymore and has to be thrown away.

The main function of salt in every civilization is to preserve food. It was very important in days before the invention of refrigeration. Salt prevents decay. When Jesus calls us the salt of the earth, he is expecting us to behave like one. We, Christians have a function in preserving the world around us as long as we are around. What does this means and how are we supposed to do that? This is the topic in this article.

I don’t think I need to remind anyone of you that the world we are living in is in a mess. We had a great economic boom not too long ago but suddenly everything is down again. Those seemingly invincible global financial institutions are collapsing one by one and need their respective governments to bail them out using tax payer’s money. They have dragged the whole world down with them. We are supposed to be in the worst recession since 1929.

On the health front, we have new diseases appearing. Recently we have poor businessmen trying to get rich by adding melanin into their dairy products. Even terrorism is still at large.

The news tells us that the future is doom and gloom.

So, what is going to happen from now on? Is there any more hope for the future? The answer is yes, as long as the salt of the earth is still salty. That is us. Our role as Christians in this world is not limited to gaining prosperity for ourselves. If God is only interested in us Christians getting rich, he would have sent us directly to heaven because there are more riches there. God also expects us to represent him on earth to preserve this world in order to give the people more time to turn to Jesus and be saved.

What are we supposed to do to preserve this world? We are to be like salt. Salt kills the germs in food. The salt itself does not have germs in it. Likewise, for us Christians. We may be in the world but we are not of the world. We have the blessings of God in us. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Just because we are physically living in an economic recession, it does not mean we have to take in the recession into us and let it affect our minds, causing us to lose hopes. The same goes to any bad situation we are in. We have the power to keep the bad situation from entering our minds. We choose to think positive even in the negative environment. Like salt, we do not allow germs to grow inside us.

We guard our hearts and minds against the intrusion of negative thoughts. We commit ourselves to think positive. We think thoughts of prosperity in the midst of recession, thoughts of health in the middle of a plague and thoughts of success in the pit of failure. No matter what bad things that are happening right now, they will never get into our hearts and minds because we are salt.

Salt does not only prevent germs from growing inside it. It also has the ability to kill the germs outside it. When you put salt on meat, the salt will kill the germs on the meat, thus preventing the meat from decaying. So, as the salt of the earth, it is also our role to prevent or slow down the decay of this world. How are we going to do that?

First, we can pray. Prayers work when they are prayed with faith. We need to build up our faith and pray against all the negative events that are causing people around the world to suffer poverty, sickness and all forms of hopeless. So, when you pray, don’t just limit your prayers to yourself and your immediate family. Take some time to pray for rest the world.

Next, we need to fill in the gap and provide what is lacking. Let me give you an example. Currently we are in a global recession. Companies are laying off their employees. There are lesser job opportunities for the people. What can we as the salt of the earth do to help them? They need jobs with stable income. So, let us provide them with jobs with stable income.

If you happen to be a rich Christian with a strong business base, this should not be a problem to you. However, Christians who are poor or not rich enough are not able to do that. Does this means Matthew 5:13 is not for those us who are not rich? The answer is no. Whe13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. Salt is supposed to be salty. What happens when salt loses its saltiness? In Jesus days, their salt was not as pure as what we have today. Salt in those days consisted of many impurities. Therefore even when the actual salt is gone, you can still see some grains in it but those grains have no salt in it anymore. Those remains cannot be used as salt anymore and has to be thrown away.

The main function of salt in every civilization is to preserve food. It was very important in days before the invention of refrigeration. Salt prevents decay. When Jesus calls us the salt of the earth, he is expecting us to behave like one. We, Christians have a function in preserving the world around us as long as we are around. What does this means and how are we supposed to do that? This is the topic in this article.

I don’t think I need to remind anyone of you that the world we are living in is in a mess. We had a great economic boom not too long ago but suddenly everything is down again. Those seemingly invincible global financial institutions are collapsing one by one and need their respective governments to bail them out using tax payer’s money. They have dragged the whole world down with them. We are supposed to be in the worst recession since 1929.

On the health front, we have new diseases appearing. Recently we have poor businessmen trying to get rich by adding melanin into their dairy products. Even terrorism is still at large.

The news tells us that the future is doom and gloom.

So, what is going to happen from now on? Is there any more hope for the future? The answer is yes, as long as the salt of the earth is still salty. That is us. Our role as Christians in this world is not limited to gaining prosperity for ourselves. If God is only interested in us Christians getting rich, he would have sent us directly to heaven because there are more riches there. God also expects us to represent him on earth to preserve this world in order to give the people more time to turn to Jesus and be saved.

What are we supposed to do to preserve this world? We are to be like salt. Salt kills the germs in food. The salt itself does not have germs in it. Likewise, for us Christians. We may be in the world but we are not of the world. We have the blessings of God in us. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Just because we are physically living in an economic recession, it does not mean we have to take in the recession into us and let it affect our minds, causing us to lose hopes. The same goes to any bad situation we are in. We have the power to keep the bad situation from entering our minds. We choose to think positive even in the negative environment. Like salt, we do not allow germs to grow inside us.

We guard our hearts and minds against the intrusion of negative thoughts. We commit ourselves to think positive. We think thoughts of prosperity in the midst of recession, thoughts of health in the middle of a plague and thoughts of success in the pit of failure. No matter what bad things that are happening right now, they will never get into our hearts and minds because we are salt.

Salt does not only prevent germs from growing inside it. It also has the ability to kill the germs outside it. When you put salt on meat, the salt will kill the germs on the meat, thus preventing the meat from decaying. So, as the salt of the earth, it is also our role to prevent or slow down the decay of this world. How are we going to do that?

First, we can pray. Prayers work when they are prayed with faith. We need to build up our faith and pray against all the negative events that are causing people around the world to suffer poverty, sickness and all forms of hopeless. So, when you pray, don’t just limit your prayers to yourself and your immediate family. Take some time to pray for rest the world.

Next, we need to fill in the gap and provide what is lacking. Let me give you an example. Currently we are in a global recession. Companies are laying off their employees. There are lesser job opportunities for the people. What can we as the salt of the earth do to help them? They need jobs with stable income. So, let us provide them with jobs with stable income.

If you happen to be a rich Christian with a strong business base, this should not be a problem to you. However, Christians who are poor or not rich enough are not able to do that. Does this means Matthew 5:13 is not for those us who are not rich? The answer is no. When Jesus said the word “you”, he was referring to believers, which must include all Christians, both rich and poor?

The question remains. How are poor Christians supposed to provide jobs for others? The answer is, poor Christians must be poor no more. If you are a poor Christian, it is time to give up your poverty and receive the prosperity God wants you to have. There is no other way out. Getting rich is not an option for Christians who choose to obey God. It is our responsibility to get rich so that we can be the salt of the earth.

It is only through our riches that we can function like salt. We need to provide whatever needed to slow down the decay of this world.
 If people are out of jobs, we provide jobs.
 If people are starving, we provide food.
 If people are homeless, we provide shelters.
 If people are sick, we provide health.

In short, as the salt of the earth, we provide what is lacking in this world.