Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife - I Am The Salt - 7
The key portions we are looking at today come from these verses: "But if the salt have lost his savour" Matthew 5:13b; "But if the salt have lost his saltness" Mark 9:50b; "But if the salt have lost his savour" Luke 14:34.
Just like a monster in Sc-Fi (Science Fiction) movie sucks all the salt out of it's victim, John 10:10 tells us "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
The question to ask first is "why" does the thief do that? In the Sc-Fi movie, the monster desperately needs salt to live and a lot of it. When all the salt is removed from the victim, death is instantaneous.
The thief knows he can stop a Christian totally from being who he or she is supposed to be once he sucks the salt out.
The "how" is in Mark 4 about the parable Jesus told about the sower. To include all the verses here would make this a very long post. So let's just look at the explanation of that parable Jesus gave privately to His disciples. Mark 4:14-19 "The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful."
We are warned in 2 Corinthians 2:11 with a strong warning. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
We cannot allow satan to steal the salt that is in us. We must not only be aware of his devices, but we also must avoid them.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am.
Linda L Culbreth