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Are You A Light Shiner?

Matthew 5:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

This actually could be Part 2 from my last Monday’s devotional. Jesus is telling the crowd and his disciples to be both salt and light. If you, up to this portion of Scripture in the Greek is says, “You and you alone are the light of the world.” 

As men, we are called to be in the shining business. We are lights in an unbelieving world. So you might be asking, “How do I let my light shine?” The answer is by living the Gospel. That means we live a separated, holy, Biblical life. This means we refuse to live worldly. That means we live a Spirit-filled life.

To be a light shiner for Jesus will require every man to step into action. You will have to make a conscious effort every morning. I often will make this prayer, “Jesus, put someone in my path that I can shed your light into their life.” Then be ready for the encounters.

Even today, as I was writing this devotional, I was sent out to return some props we used this past week. The women who owned the props said that her husband have Harleys. She said that her husband was not much on going to church. So, I invited her and her husband to join us on our Vital Bikers Couples Ride.

The action step was being aware of what she said with her circumstances and looking for an opportunity to shed light. The Holy Spirit is always willing to help those who walk in a Spirit-filled life.

Take action today, men, and be a Light Shiner.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Are You Salty?

Matthew 5:13 New International Version (NIV)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

We are currently doing a sermon series in our church called, “Who do you think you are?” The series pushes into identity of who we are. It is not about how others perceive us, but rather how our Lord sees us.

In Matthew 5, Jesus preaches one of his greatest sermons. It is called The Sermon of the Mount. Jesus speaks to the crowds who where gathering and to his twelve disciples. He talks about not who we are on the outside, but rather what is inside is what really counts.

He begins his teaching after the Beatitudes. He tells us we are salt. He says salt serves two purposes. The first is to enhance flavor. The second is to preserve.

When I think about my life as being salty, I ask, “Do I enhance someone to the Gospel?” My life should be one that creates enhancement. People should be drawn.

And secondly, “Is my life and my speech gracious to others?” “Do I create spice in such a way that others just want to hang out with me?” “Do they see Jesus in my words?”

I pray, today, that we all create a little more seasoning in life, and that we become ‘Salt Shakers’ for Jesus. Jesus called his men and the crowd to be salty. The same commissioning still occurs today.

Are you salty?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

I encourage all men to look at a summer calendar and make plans. Set specific dates for family outings, date nights, and fun things. Catch a ballgame, get out in God’s creation, or go to the county and state fairs. Set the calendar and make the plans happen.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Live In Your Hopes, Not Your Fears

Romans 12:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

What are your hopes and your dreams in life? Do you pursue them? Do you chase after them? All of these questions have been said. It is important that we keep them in front of us.

With hope come fear in most cases. We will hear doubts and fears from the enemy, the devil. It can come from people, family, and at times the ones closest to us. 

I can remember when the Lord place on my heart to step into full-time ministry. The enemy quickly brought up fears into my mind. These puts downs ran through my mind. You did not do very well in school. You stumble over your words when you speak. You have been divorced. Sometimes you spit when you are speaking fast and passionately. All of these ran through my mind, and I had fear and doubt.

Then the Holy Spirit reminded me He would help me overcome the fears, and I was to put my hope in Jesus Christ. I was told that I am the son of the living God, and with that will come position.

Being in full-time ministry is not easy. I thought there were challenges in the construction world. In ministry, the struggle is usually with people, yet Jesus has called me to feed and care for his sheep and to know them by name.

Men, there are always risks involved in anything you do. Live in your hopes. We serve a God who put that hope in your heart. Do not let fear distinguish your hopes and dreams in life. Put your hope in Jesus Christ.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Meet for Breakfast Once a Month This Summer

The Vital Men small groups will finish in April. We are asking that each location consider getting together once a month for breakfast or coffee through the summer to stay in touch. Keep watching our vitalministries.org web page for more information.

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