1 John 1:7

Being Salty

                                                                           Being Salty

Matthew 5:13 Lev 2:13 2Chron 13:5 Numbers 18:19 Ez 43:23 Gen 19:23 Luke 17:32 Mark 9:42 Col 4:2

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God has a to say about Salt! Salt was obtained from the dead sea in ancient times and put in pits and left in the sun until the water dried out of it and all that was left in the pit was salt. In ancient Israel just in our own history Salt was a vital part of their daily lives. But what did Jesus mean when he said be Salty?

                                                                 Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth…….

                            But if salt becomes “un-salty’ it is good for nothing but to be trampled ………

Have you ever met someone who is ‘Un-salty” in their Christian life?

 It is almost like they have been “neutralized.” When something is neutralized it has no effect.

When I had my teeth pulled the dentist recommended I gargle with salt water, after having more than one tooth pulled at a time. He said at my age, infection could kill me. I was swift to listen to his advice and marvelled how quickly I healed when I gargled with salt water.

Sometimes I think people need to swish the word of God around in their minds and hearts.

James says salty and fresh water can’t flow from the same fountain! They Can but if you try to

Be un-salty (not allowing the word of God to season you) soon everything you say will be of the earth and not the salty flavor that comes by living in the words of God.

Salt preserves, (rotting meat) salt heals in the sense of eliminating bacteria………

“If you lose your saltiness” you’ll be trampled……I’ve noticed this is true …..

When I begin to try and relate to people in my carnal mind or thinking I find I get trampled by more and more of the opinions of men, and lose my grip on the word of God

It’s nice to try to get along with others but “being mrs nice guy” has never served me well.

Have you ever been in a situation you try to compromise and leave God out of it? It gets messier and messier (and messier) the more you try to leave God out of it.

 People who want to play King of the Hill will never stop. Best to settle in our minds Jesus is Lord (once and for all) and let him be the boss.Light makes people in the dark angry (they want to stay there) Salt hurts those who have wounds. You don’t stop being salt just because someone won’t allow you to apply it.  What if I hadn’t listened to my Dentist when he said “You need salt” ……What then? Would I have died? Maybe……

We need to be and stay Salty…….

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Is it me, the devil, or a brain malfunction?

So, let’s be real here. 🙂 So often, when something is happening, we don’t know what to think as far as “Where this trial is coming from (or what is happening!).

I remember years ago, I was under a pastor that truly believed there was no merit in psychology What he saw (I think) is a mis-use of that profession at times, and even tho there ARE certain issues with the brain (malfunctioning) and there ARE mental illnesses or even damage to the cerebral cortex or neurons have been damaged (and so on) there are also other times a psychologist who will NOT acknowlege spiritual truths and principles have mis-diagnosed or make excuses for certain behaviors that should be addressed by God.

When someone gets diagnosed as “having anger issues” as if it’s a life long condition they cannot shake, something is wrong. I think this pastor saw this, and his focus was running off the devil, but he lacked knowlege in this particular area, at the time.

With that said, in my 33 years plus of following God (and following hard after him) I have seen in my own life, that sometimes, yes the devil is having a direct influence, and he needs to be chased off. How we do this is up to God.

There are times worship will run him off (true worship) or sometimes a person needs to say “get behind me satan” or satan “You have no place in my life so flee in Jesus’ name”

Other times, we are dealing with a person who (can be) angry, bitter, vengeful, spiteful, controlling (not a demon but in the habit of being in control). People can be envious, have a selfish ambition for power, or be simply mischievious.

IF we do not ask God “WHAT” Is going on (each and every time) and trust his Spirit To guide us (and renew our mind on his words) How can we possibly assess what is truly going on? God is the ultimate counsellor and when he sends you to help a person “HE WANTS TO EQUIP YOU FOR IT!”

Sometimes, people in the development stages of GIFTINGS Of the Spirit, have a day they are on target (God showing them something true) and the next day, it’s like “What happened?” (Because you know something is off in what they are saying to you!). Why does this happen?

Well, mostly it happens because people make mistakes while they are developing in God, just like children make mistakes when they are growing up. It’s how they learn!

Listen, I am here to say “don’t be so hard on yourself and others over their mistakes” (at least they tried!). I think it’s time we again need to learn to discern between a person who is growing (and made a mistake in the process) and a person who has malicious intent to harm us.

I made a lot of mistakes in my life time, and I thank GOD for his willingness to forgive me and say “Get up Laura, Try again”

I can always forgive and love a person who stays humble who does not think “They have arrived” or “they are all that.” I can forgive those who don’t but let’s be honest: A person who is stuck in pride and refuses to grow is very hard to work with.

amen? Give them to Jesus, and move on…

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I am a Pastor

I am a Pastor! And an Evangelist, and I write books, so that makes me an author too. I am a leader, I am a worshipper and I can lead worship when needed. I’m a wife, a mom, and a grandma. I am a pet-owner, Home-owner and friend to many! Now say with me “by the Grace of God” I am anointed to do whatever He’s called me to do!

And guess what he has called you to do my friend?

Whatever he is placing in your life, He has called you to do that! It’s how you know!

And when he places it there you find, “you are good at it,” and you have a Passion for it too.

When there is a calling on your life, nobody can stop you! You Just have to go do it! Whatever it is!

Today I met with a Pastor of many years and he told me this (when I was seeking licensing through their church) “You are already a Pastor, you have stepped into the office.”

I am amazed by what he said to me today. I shouldn’t be but, I am.

He said “Yes I will cover you.”

Prior to that, another Pastor agreed to cover me.

Prior to that, God sent and Apostle and Prophet to cover me in prayer.

How Much more proof do I need? I am a Pastor! (and I do have a church) but right now, it happens to be a church made without hands. And that’s good with me! This great thing called the Body of Christ “world wide assembly” of the brethren, indeed is, a church made without hands. My Love to you all! Stay Salty! (More on that later) -:)

Laura Grace

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Big Brother Syndrome……..

Big Brother Syndrome (by Laura Grace)

So many in the church seem to have what I call “big brother syndrome.” They have been faithful, paid their tithes, took care of the windows, vaccuumed the carpets, cleaned the pews.

For years they have been faithful, bad weather or good weather rain or shine. They are always in church.

Many cannot fathom or even understand the hell on earth others have walked through! In the story of the prodigal son, (Luke 15) We see a startling picture of how God views “the lost child” that went astray. When the child returns to his Father (who has been watching the road for him to return) the older brother is aghast!

“I’ve been here this whole time” (he says)! He is horrified the Father wants to kill a fatted calf and put a ring on his sons’ finger! He feels HE deserves a big reward for being faithful!

His judgment shows “That brother of mine squandered his inheritance” He yells! “He doesn’t deserve a celebration!!”

The Father gently reminds him of the true meaning of life “Your brother who was dead now lives” He says……

He knows what the little brother has suffered. His money was stolen. His friends abandoned him. He ate hog food! 😢😢😢

Heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting. The Prodigal son had to be very humble to return.
He saw the error of his ways……

So His Father rejjoiced and threw a party!

Luke 15:10 ” Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Judging a matter, vs Judging

Judgement and Judging: Let’s talk about this:

In the bible, there are many references to Judging, and Judgement.

In Every day life, the word means to be able to come to a sensible conclusion about a matter. (Webster’s Dictionary)

We are all subject to Jury duty, where we would have to hear both sides and come to a ‘conclusion” as to whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime. Every day of our lives, we make “judgement calls.”

I had to make them while raising my kids. “No you cannot spend time with someone who (does this or that). I was not Judging them as in “pronouncing a sentence” or even saying if they MEANT to be the way they are!

God says not to hang out with hot-tempered people, he said not to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. He said not to listen to fools who do not fear God. Sound Judgemental?

To follow him means we HAVE TO Make some judgment calls as to what we will follow or not follow, or what we wil join ourselves with! It’s inescapable, if you want to follow Jesus.

I can remember refusing to go into a house where drugs were being celebrated and used (long ago) and being told i was Judgemental. So let’s get this straight………………….

The kind of Judging God hates is when you point out a stick in someone’s eye and you have a beam in your own! He hates the kind of Judgement where we limit who he can reach, or we fail to make what he calls “a righteous Judgement.”

Anytime we have a righteous standard based on God’s word and our conviction to follow and implement it, there are people who are going to “feel judged” but that is different from “being judged” and having a sentence imposed on us a result.

That kind of Judgement is for God alone to carry out. He said it is appointed for every man to die and then “the Judgement”

God will Judge us and does make Judgement calls all the time concerning US. He can decide if we get mercy or we are accountable. The church is supposed to judge whether a matter is right or wrong. For example, even a prophetic word given, the others are to hold that person accountable…..

1 Corinthians and especially Chapter 5 talks about all this.

“Father, Help us undertand what you mean in your word when you say “Judge not.” But then tell us the least of us can judge a matter.” Give us understanding Father, so we may learn your ways…in Jesus’ name, amen

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Walking in the Light

Walking with Jesus is a rich, vibrant, life-giving, satisfying experience. It’s something I will not give up for anyone.

There are many who will never “Darken” or I should say, “enlighten” the doors of a church, because they know this, and the light they walk in is continually put down, by those who think they know better.

What I am saying is never going to be popular with the religious crowd. Those who take pride in their church attendace, rather than rejocing in their walk with Jesus,
can never comprehened the depths and riches of God’s love.

Why? Because he gives grace to the humble.

Growing is not ‘surviving’ and just “getting throug something” by the skin of your teeth. It involves getting to know Jesus in a deeper and deeper way, through every single trial and Joy.

Growing is understanding how to live in the light of Jesus, and that light involves full exposure of every bit of darkness within us.

While we undersand we are loved and cherished by Jesus, we also understand the more light of his truth we allow into our hearts, that much more of him, will be seen.

We can have as much of him as we want, or we can choose to only allow a thimble-full of HIM to live withiin us.

Everything he said in is his word IS LOVE! WE must adapt to him, not the other way around! He changes for no one!

” This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1-8

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Potatoes and Gravy!

The bible talks about the sincere “Milk of the Word” that as for those not ready for meat. What does that mean? Some concepts in the bible are hard for people to swallow (or even chew). It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you, You just aren’t ready for it yet.

My daughter started wanting more than milk, so I gave her rice cereal, and soon that wasn’t keeping her full, so I gave her potatoes and gravy. I only gave her a few bites to make sure it wouldn’t make her sick, but then when I saw she ate it and was happy (and slept good) It was added to her menu!

One day when she got older, she started really liking steak! the word of God is food to our souls (God said so) and was never meant to be a thing we use to “Lord over others.”

It’s my aim (and goal) to write messages and books that are food to the soul! For some this is hard to grasp, they want power scriptures or magic wands. I tried to get around growing and curtail God’s plan for me at one time, it didn’t go too well! In My daily life, I was always aware of my “need to Grow’ and be able to handle EVERY aspect of life with his help!

The only way this can really happen is if we grow in Grace and the knowledge of him (In every area) otherwise we end up “spiritually dysfunctional” and it’s not Gods’ best for us!

Others can see it, and don’t want to tell us. We know it and often don’t wish to deal with it becasue we think we are grown ups now. This link takes you to my book it’s a rock bottom price so you can afford it. I make about .40 a copy. 

Love you all! Laura Grace, Author Grace to grow And this text is revised and contains a study guide. 

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Hebrews 5:12

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Let’s Talk about Injustice ……..

InJustice! Let’s talk about this for a minute……by Laura Grace

It happens all the time! In big ways, in small ways, and even in life-threatening ways. I just talked to a friend having a terrible injustice issue, and I know some more as well, right now who are battliing horrible injustice issues. Not fair, they didn’t deserve this, and I’m sorry, but just saying “love your Judas” doesn’t help them recover, nor pick of the pieces of “INJUSTICE”

I”m dealing with some right now in my own life, some of it has cost us thousands of dollars and the people who do this just “go on their merry way” Why do we love superhero’s so much? Why are we drawn to those movies? I say mostly, we love Justice!

Did you know in my 33 years of serving God, when I asked people why they are hesitant to serve him, they begin to talk about injustice! Horrible things that happend and “Where was God?” Is what they say to me and “Why did he let this happen?”

And another one “Why do they get away with it?” God’s justice for you is YOU get to be okay! HE will take care of you! HE will hear your prayers when you forgive and I just said this the other day as I was struggling to forgive another injustice…..

Lord my unforgiveness changes NOTHING but I do know if I forgive it wil clear MY soul of anger so I can hear from you! Not only that it opens the door for you to save them…….”

We all want to see our enemies defeated, but I wil tell you something……#1 THEY WILL BE and #2 YOU may have to change (and let it go) before it ever happens. Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit because they were Jealous……

Abel was killed for his walk with God (Jealousy again) And his blood cried out from the ground! Joseph was put in charge of all the goods to feed people and said “What you meant for evil God turned it for my good” and he forgave and fed them “revealing God’s GLORY!!” ……

Our superhero’s are nothing compared to God and his power. Super hero’s save lives GOD SAVES SOULS for all eternity! What if your forgiveness and mercy to pray for your enemy saved their soul? IS it worth it! I would say yes, it is…….

So Father, we have not resisted to the point of shedding our blood and I pray mercy on my enemies right now and those who have wronged me! Because I know Father you saw it all and YOU WILL bring Justice, whatever that means or whatever it looks like to you! If It means their soul is saved, I say HALLELUIAH! and amen.

-Laura Grace

PS “vengeance is mine I will repay” says the Lord! He may repay by blessing you so much they just say wow why was I not able to destroy them? 

Upset about injustice? Me too sometimes!
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Peace!

The words (of Jesus) “Let not your heart be troubled” are still valid today. (John 14:27)

Did he ask us to have troubled hearts over this disease or the supposed government conspiricies that go with it? Did he ask us to worry and be all worked up? No, Again!

Why Have Peace? Even 911 operators are expected to stay calm! Why? Because if you are upset along with everyone else, you cannot help anyone (for starters) and in fact, you might even cause more harm! Peace does not mean to not take action!

The Peace of God works with his wisdom, his righteousness and everything else that is of God! All of his attributes are in agreement! So, be at rest, be at Peace, be in His Wisdom…

Anger, Fear and all these things of the flesh will not help you make wise decisions in God! Get rid of those things (praying for his help) and you will fare better in being led by God’s spirit. -Laura Grace

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Burying the Hatchet…….by Laura Grace

Burying the Hatchet, and the Eye of the Needle

A long time ago, when I lived in a housing unit in Washington State, I prayed and decided I was going to “bury the hatchet” about some things that happened in the past, things that had hurt me deeply, things I didn’t understand, and it was messing with my soul life. I knew, because these hurts kept coming up and tripping me up, time and time again. I struggled tounderstand (this other person) who had such a significant impact on my life, and I could not for the life of me, understand her! I had this journal where I had witten down all my feelings and also her supposed treachery toward me.

Oh these feelings were real! I did blame “Her’ for a lot of my woes and problems, and lack of ability to overcome. 


I said this prayer; “Father I forgive her, and I want to bury the hatchet now, and not leave the handle sticking up!” I had heard a sermon on how sometimes we bury the hatchet, but the handle is still sticking out of the ground, and we pull it back out and our decision to forgive seems undone, as if we didn’t really forgive at all!

I prayed and buried the journals that day, having an actual funeral service of sorts, and saying Father “I mean it” I don’t want to remember this stuff anymore.”

The funny thing is, I still do remember, but the anger associated with that person is gone, and I am able to love her now, and see her through a new set of eyes. I would dare to say, I see her through the eyes of Jesus now. Do I see her faults? Well, yes I do! I do not take it personally anymore, the things that happened in the past. I see she did not do it on purpose! That is the work of Jesus, my friend. 


Years later, I find myself always crying about my broken dreams. Fast forward to 10 years later, I am asking God about all the things he promised me, the things I had prayed for, and said now, “I have “prayed and believed” for these things for years Father, it’s hurting me it’s not coming to pass.” One was a home of my own, something I stood in faith for for many years, as well as a few other key things I had prayed for. I wrote them down, God led me to make this paper with little tombstones on it, and I wrote the things I’d believed for on the miniature tombstones!!! 


I know this sounds a bit bizarre, but I actualy had a funeral service over that too, and laid it all to rest in his arms. The scripture was “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle” than for a rich man to enter heaven. While i wasn’t rich, I had a pretty healthy ability to dream. 


I needed to give these dreams to God, and let go of them, not allowing them to keep me from entering further into his Kingdom. You see? After I did this, I had tremendous peace I had put it all into his hands. I just knew, deep down, he knew how important these (10) things were to me, and in putting it into his hands for safe keeping, these dreams were safer than they ever were when I was fervently praying about them.

Every single one of those prayers has been answered. Every one! EmojiOne was a house of my own, that has happened twice now. I can remember when it looked impossible………

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Another is a 12-string guitar we found (by God’s leading) and I am playing that guitar to this day! That happened in 2003. I prayed for that guitar since the early 90’s……
I hope this little testimony blessed you today! Remember that God’s ways are not our ways, and his timing is not our timing. We can trust him with our dreams, and we can trust him with ourselves! He is “trustworthy” but we won’t know that until we surrender things to him.
 

with love and blessings, Laura Grace Author Page: amazon.com/author/lauragrace