Joyful Warriors Manifest as Salt and Light

The heathen rage glorifying their sin and filling the world with spiritual darkness. Many believers see the state of the world and mistakenly, enter into war with unbelieving sinners. Religious and political leaders create and use this misconception to isolate and control groups of people. (A people divided against one another are not likely to stand up against religious and political corruption.) Though we are called to wage war against sin, our battle is not with unbelieving sinners. We are to battle our own sin and stand up to sin within the ranks of believers. Jesus resisted His personal urge to sin to the point of death. Those of us who Name Him must also, ask ourselves what we are willing to die for and resist the sin that crouches within. As Jesus spoke truth to power when He confronted the Pharisees, the religious hierarchy of His day, believers must also, stand up to corrupted church leaders and professing believers who habitually practice sin. Believers who live as the heathen live and aid ear-tickling religious leaders in becoming rich and powerful, in Jesus Name can make no difference in a world governed by sin and death. It is those joyful warriors gaining victories with the sin in their own hearts, which manifest themselves as salt and light and thereby, preserve a society.

It isn’t secular heathens who are bringing on the fall of the western world. It isn’t homosexuals who have destroyed marriage and created fractured families. It is those believers who’ve chosen to follow the dark light of traditional religion rather than the true light of the world, Jesus, who have lost their preserving saltiness and allowed the enemy a strong foot-hold in the culture. It is believers who are complacent in pursuing pleasure, indulging themselves in sexual sin, pursuing material wealth, and wallowing in addictions who are responsible for the corruption over-running our civilization today. It is believers who count the blood of Christ as nothing more than a cloak for evil, who have tarnished Jesus’ Name and made God powerless in the minds of the heathen. There is no joy in disobedience and it is no wonder that so many modern church goers are sour rather than joyful. Sitting in comfortable chairs, in beautiful buildings, enjoying material wealth, they don’t realize that they are poor, blind, and naked before God. He sees every heart and every sinful action of those He called out of the world to serve His purpose. Those who remain true by resisting the sin within and obeying His commands will be preserved but those who have lost their savor by the unrepentant practice of sin, He will spit out of His mouth!

The world lies in sin and darkness filled with lost souls. Never has the need for salty, light-filled believers been so great. Jesus return is nearer than ever before and those believers caught in complacency will experience anguish, weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is sin that dims the light of Jesus living in our hearts and it is sin that leaves believers ineffective in preserving a culture. My prayer is for every Christian soldier to return to the true battlefield and diligently resist sin and stand up to those who name Jesus but tolerate and lead believers into sin for purposes of their own. May all true believers including me, look to Jesus for ourselves and follow only Him, in personal obedience. May each be transformed from complacent sinner/saint to joyful warrior manifesting as salt and light and lead the charge to revival. May we be found faithful when Jesus returns.

Edify Others and Spread Joy!

In the world created by men and women, a world founded upon sin, I find everything that tears people down. The worldly, glitzy, glitter of false promise fades with reality and leaves those who trusted in those promises broken. The world responds by continuing to promote destruction and condemning those who fail to obtain those empty promises. Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, wealth, and fame promise pleasure, a life of ease, and greatness but end in emptiness, suffering, and ridicule. People caught up in the same pursuits react to the failure of others with fear expressed in judgment. No one trapped within a lie and promoting lies wants to see the truth. Those broken by the reality of what the world offers are truth in living, breathing form and they are offensive to those living in denial. Judging others is the fearful practice of another false promise, that those broken are weak and the strong can’t be broken (this is human pride). Truth tells us that all are weak and fragile. Responding to people broken–down by the world, by crushing them further, does nothing to heal them. Maintaining the lie of human pride, which is the spirit of condemnation, only promotes the sins that threaten all and fills the world with evil. The personal destruction of others, through judgment, is the arch-enemy of the joy believers possess through faith in Jesus. The world is in the church and too often, believers respond to the sins of others by condemnation when the joyful, right response is edification.

The best this world, created by men and women, has to offer is gaiety but no joy. All that glitters but isn’t a diamond, delivers temporary elation that comes with moral abandon. When the evil that lives in every heart is released, there is the temporary rush of freedom-to-do-as-one-chooses and the feeling of godhood-power in self-direction, unrepressed. All gaiety withers when the natural consequences come pouring down. Persons shattered by sin don’t need more lies to soothe them; their only chance for healing is divine truth and honest reckoning. Divine truth as expressed in Jesus in sacrificial love is what all people blinded by the world and crushed by sin need to find their way out of dark-hopelessness and into the light of eternal life. All who are weak and broken need the love of Jesus and His true promises to mend their broken hearts and minds. God loves a broken and contrite heart and those suffering the consequences of being married to a life of moral abandon are ripe for salvation in Jesus. No one who upon comprehending the false promise of gaiety, will turn away from the opportunity to live a life of joy!

Edification is for believers because it isn’t possible to rebuild an unbeliever; as no one who denies Jesus can receive the eternal life He offers. Jesus is the cornerstone and without Him, no building or rebuilding can stand. Those who are broken, reach to Jesus by faith, and repent, should be gathered in by believers; and given the edifying love they need to construct a better, joyfully, abundant life. This act of divine love is the sign for all broken non-believers that Jesus saves and Jesus heals. It is God’s goodness that leads sinners to repentance and edification, not condemnation, is the mark of those who love as God loves. By the transforming power of edifying love, each believer is honed and becomes a fine stone Masterfully fitted into place, to complete the living temple of God.


1 Corinthians 13 & 14 1-5