Jesus Teaches about Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. If salt loses its taste, how can it be made to taste like salt again? It is no good. It is thrown away and people walk on it. 14 You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that is on a mountain.

Matthew 5:13-14
Don't Give Up
Those who give up do so because they are living according to their own strength, according to what their natural eyes see, and according to what their emotions dictate.  The heart becomes heavy, love grows cold and the pressures of life overwhelm the natural man.

We often allow the news to determine our level of victory and joy.  That is a recipe for depression and hopelessness.  You and I cannot carry the sorrow of the world on our shoulders.  Jesus already did that!  

If you want to be a light in the darkness, you can’t look to the darkness for your energy.  You must plug into the infinite resources of God.  If you are born again, you have the Spirit of God within you.  You have access to His wisdom, His gifts, His provision, His peace and His joy.  He is the Source of life.  If you are unplugged from the Source you will eventually give up.  Life will overwhelm you.  

Surely the righteous man shall not be moved . . . He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is established; he shall not be afraid.  (Ps. 112)

Only when your heart is established in the Lord will you be able to live the abundant life.  Being established involves truly knowing Him, His ways and how the Kingdom works.  Make it your goal to become established in Kingdom living.  Only then will you have the energy to not give up.
borrowed from Barry Bennett

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