Please Pass the Salt - Complete Bible Study Lesson pdf-Matthew 5:13-16

Please Pass the Salt - Matthew 5:13-16 - Life Application Bible Study #12 - Salt Shakin Sister - Barbara Chapmond Outreach & Ministry
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Question #16: How does all our study and learning of these verses give glory to my Father in Heaven?

Question #16: How does all our study and learning of these verses give glory to my Father in Heaven?

Thank you, Jesus, for this study!! We give you all the praise and glory!!

I have learned a lot about salt, in regards to the “actual substance” and how it’s used and what it is good for. Better than that, I have learned the many ways God speaks of it, in the spiritual realm, and how to apply it to my personal life.

I don’t know why it has taken me 10 years to do a study on these 4 verses, seeing they are the foundation verses to this entire outreach and ministry; God’s timing I suppose. He has a perfect plan and a perfect time for everything we do, we just need to learn to walk by faith and following His promptings, convictions, direction and guidance. We obtain all of this by studying His Word.

We need MapQuest or a map to give us directions to destinations we have never been to before, so is it with our daily walk with Jesus. We need a map, direction, and guidance to show us how to get where we need to go. The map is the Word of God.

The only way I can think of to end our study and give all the glory to Jesus is to go back to the Word and share some verses with you, some we can meditate upon and use as our Map Quest.

Blessins and thank you so much for taking this Salty Journey with me.                                  Don’t forget, you can download this entire study in pdf format from our website, “Pass the Salt, Share the News, Shake Some Salt”!www.saltshakinsister.simplesite.com

 

 

Psalm 96:1-9-Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

Psalm 96:4-9-For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;

Psalm 115:1-Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

Psalm 118:28-You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.

Psalm 34:3-O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

Psalm 69:30-I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 86:12-I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.

John 13:31-Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him;

John 14:13-"Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Psalm 99:9-Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.

Psalm 86:8-10-There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.

Isaiah 25:1-O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

Psalm 63:3-Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

Romans 16:27-to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:31-Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

Question # 14: Shine so others see your “good works” What are good works?

Question # 14: Shine so others see your “good works” What are good works?

 

I think we need to share some scriptures today; Faith without works is dead – Faith and works -they work hand in hand. 

Romans 10:17-18- So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

James 1:3-4-For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 2:14-24-Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead- What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, "Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well"—but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

18 Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds."19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

21 Don't you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

James 2:22-24- You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

James 2:24- Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

Question #15 – - Not a question – but a warning  “Beware of Pride”

 Check out our website www.saltshakinsister.simplesite.com for the Life Application Bible Study on Pride from the book of Philippians.

Question #13: Let light shine before others. What are some very simple ways of doing this?

Question #13: Let light shine before others. What are some very simple ways of doing this?

“Walk the talk”

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Jesus said in the John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” If you are a follower of Christ, I hope you realize how important it is for us to actively be a part of the harvest of souls in our generation. It is absolutely essential that we put our finest efforts into rescuing lives from destruction.

Let me suggest five simple ways you can begin to share your faith this week:

1. Begin by living your life consistently with what God has said in His Word.

Many people get tripped up in sharing their faith because they know their lifestyle is not what it needs to be. The solution to this is very simple: turn your entire life over to God completely. Do it now.

2. Begin to publicly identify yourself with Christ through social media.

Social media can provide a subtle approach to sharing your faith. Change your “religious views” on your profile to “Christian.” Once or twice a week consider posting a Bible verse on your timeline. Link to your church’s website or to other Christian websites on your timeline. Let friends know you are praying for them when they express a need.

3. Volunteer to serve in a ministry at your church on Sunday mornings.

God’s strategic plan for evangelizing this generation is through His Church. When you serve in any of the weekend church ministries, you are becoming a part of the evangelistic machine that changes lives forever. Don’t underestimate the value of changing diapers in the nursery at your church. By serving you are opening up opportunities for people to hear the Word and surrender to Christ. That is a big deal!

4. Keep something on your desk or counter at work that identifies you as a Christian.

I had a dear friend (who has now gone on to be with the Lord in Heaven) who kept his Bible on his desk even though he never read it during business hours. And he told me often of how that symbol brought many people to his office asking questions about his faith and asking for prayer for needs in their lives. I would suggest you do something like this to identify yourself in your office as a follower of Christ. This could mean putting a Bible on your desk or something as simple as setting a coffee mug with your church’s logo in some visible part of your office. Better yet, put candy in the mug for coworkers to swipe when they stop in to talk to you!

 

5. Invite someone to church this Sunday.

Research indicates that the majority of unchurched people would attend a church if they were simply invited. Don’t be bashful. Send a few text messages out to some friends right now to invite them to church! Then you can allow the entire church body to be a part of bringing them to Christ! I would suggest that you invite them to church and lunch right afterward. This will turn it into more of a relational event, and you can have a chance to see how they felt about the church service.

Some of Jesus’s last words are found in Matthew 28:19-20. In this passage we are commanded to go out and make disciples. And in Acts 1:8, Jesus promises us the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit to help us in that mission.

So then, in the power of the Holy Spirit, let’s tell the world of the joy we have in knowing Christ!

Chris Russell He currently pastors a church on the north side of Cincinnati. For more, visit Sensible Faith.

4 Simple Steps -From Billy Graham

To share the Gospel, you can follow these 4 simple steps:

1. Tell them about God’s plan—peace and life. God loves you and wants you to experience the peace and life He offers. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He has a plan for you.

2. Share our problem—separation from God. Being at peace with God is not automatic. By nature, we are all separated from Him. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God is holy, but we are human and don’t measure up to His perfect standard. We are sinful, and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

3. Talk about God’s remedy—the cross. God’s love bridges the gap of separation between you and Him. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins. The Bible says, “‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24).

4. Our response—receive Christ. You cross the bridge into God’s family when you accept Christ’s free gift of salvation. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

To receive Christ, a person needs to do 4 things:   Admit you’re a sinner.  Ask forgiveness and be willing to turn away from your sins.    Believe that Christ died for you on the cross.  Receive Christ into your heart and life.

Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Here’s a prayer you can pray to receive Christ: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”

 

 

 

Question # 12-In the same way - (what same way)?

Question # 12-In the same way - (what same way)?

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

  1. What does the word “same” mean: -not different or other; identical; unchanged, of like kind, dimensions, or the like; not differing in character or in the quality; similar; like.

We see that the word “same” simply means to be identical to something, or not differing in character. The word character stands out as we look at this question and verse today. We need to have the same, like, identical character as Jesus, sharing our faith and love toward others in a consistent manner; not ashamed of Jesus nor what He has done and will do, for and within us.

This reminds me of a verse that was the foundation verse God gave me when I served in the children’s ministry; it was called KIDSTIME with Jesus. For about five years I was responsible for the children’s ministry and the name God gave me was KIDSTIME, and the verse was: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation”. That was probably 20 years ago, now look at what God has given me; Salt Shakin Sister Ministry. WOW, how things have changed!

I say the word “changed” yet we are talking about the word “same”.   I have changed as far as getting older, I have changed in the manner and outreach of sharing Jesus, yet I am sharing the “same” Jesus, the same faith, the same grace, the same message; just a different way and to a different age group (women instead of children).

So, we strive to walk in a Christ like manner, being consistent in our Christian lifestyle, imitating Jesus character to a world that is full of darkness and sin. (There are verses in the bible that tells us to imitate Jesus).

Walk in Grace and not Judgement; grace is what Jesus gave us, so we need to give it to others. The Holy Spirit is the one that convicts of sin and draws people unto Jesus, let Him do the convicting; all we’re responsible for, is to share Gods Word through our actions and words of faith.

 I have found over the years, and in my growth and walk with Jesus, what a heavy burden and load was taken off of me when I realized, all I do is share Jesus, plant the seeds (His word), then back off and let the Holy Spirit do His work; let Him deal with the person’s heart; it doesn’t matter what I think they should or shouldn’t do, leave that up to Jesus.

In the same manner – be like Jesus.

 

 

Question # 11: Putting a light on a stand and it gives light to all in the house – What does this mean to you personally?

Question # 11: Putting a light on a stand and it gives light to all in the house – What does this mean to you personally?

It means getting up every morning, making time for Jesus, praying, reading/studying Gods Word. It means filling up my “salt shaker heart” so when I go out into the world, walk out my daily routine, visit and work with people throughout the day, I have the Holy Spirit of God within me; protecting me, guiding me, giving me favor; providing me with wisdom and grace, then I can perform the things I need to accomplish.

 It means I have faith, that God will protect me throughout my day; I have asked Him to send His ministering angels to watch over me, all my loved ones, and home, even before I leave the drive way. When I have done all of this, then and only then, will I be able to “Put my light of Jesus on a stand that it will give light to all in the house”. Giving light to all the house means everywhere we go; all the places, all times, and with all people.

The verse says it gives light to all in the house – how is our walk in our homes? How do we act at home and how do we act and shine when outside the home? I can tell you, I have my moments and ongoing challenges, just like you. Thank God, we don’t live in glass houses and perfection is only something to be obtained, when we get to Heaven!  

You can’t give something you don’t have. You’ve heard the old saying; “What goes in is going to come out”. That small phrase would create many a teaching and sermons.

If you need to make some changes in your life, don’t procrastinate, start today. Create new habits which in turn, will extinguish the old ones. You must feast upon the fruit of the Holy Spirit to make changes in your life.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.  Do you see that LAST ONE? Put it in front of all the others, that’s what it’s going to take for you to make the necessary changes in your life.

One day at a time. Change won’t happen overnight and there will be many, many times you will feel like giving up and get so frustrated, you wonder “why bother”.  Stay in the word, get scriptures on issues that relate to your problems and “feast upon them”, memorize them, put them everywhere you can so God can give you the  help and strength along with guidance as you press forward to obey God and what He says; then and only then, can we be a “light in our home and world”.

Father, I come to you in Jesus name and ask you right now, to encourage and give hope and strength to whomever is reading this lesson today. Give them a heart that wants to do your will, and give them the courage to stand up and oftentimes alone for you. Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, you are my hope and daily grace, thank you! There are TWO words that excite me every day, and I receive many blessings and favor from them every day – “Obedience=Blessings”. AMEN

 

 

Question #10: Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket”, Why would anyone even do this?

Question #10:  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket”, Why would anyone even do this? 

                Why would WE do this? – (Sin, shame, fear, guilt, shyness, a heart that has drawn cold and away from God; one that needs to ask God for a BOLD witnessing spirit and attitude, then getting scriptures that would give them the strength and power, to be that light that never grows dim)

 Let’s go find some scriptures that will give us just that, power and strength to be that “light” today.

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Genesis 1:3-4

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. “Psalm 119:105

"And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night"
Exodus 13:21

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single; thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
Matthew 6:22-23

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness:
they know not at what they stumble. “Proverbs 4:18-19

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. “Matthew 5:14-16

"For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6

"O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. “Psalm 43:3  

"You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God, did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him."
1 Thessalonians 5:5-10

"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. “Isaiah 60:1-3

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

"For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." Psalm 36:9

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light"
Ephesians 5:8

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light"
1 Peter 2:9

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5

Remember this song?

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

I'm gonna take this light around the world and I'm gonna let it shine. I'm gonna take this light around the world and I'm gonna let it shine. I'm gonna take this light around the e world and I'm gonna  let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

I won't let anyone blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine. I won't let anyone blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine. I won't let anyone blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. (I think some songs were revised where it was sung like this: “I won’t let satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine” )

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Every day, every day, I'm going to let my little light shine.  Songwriters: SCOTT, STEPHEN H. / DP,

 Blessins' bfc

 

#9 Question: How does “A city set on a hill” relate to Salt Shakin’ Sister Ministry?

#9 Question: How does “A city set on a hill” relate to Salt Shakin’ Sister Ministry?

 

This is a blessin’ and joy from my heart to answer; God’s GRACE and FAVOR has allowed me to actually have the Salt Shakin’ Sister -Vintage Encouragement Room (in addition to our re-gifting cards, creations, websites, and teachings on YouTube) on a small hill off 2676 in Hondo, Texas –  A Christian Gift Shop Thank You Jesus!!!!!!!!!

I could go on for pages and pages and pages about what God is doing-thankful Thank you Jesus!   Amen and Amen   bfc

 

Question #8: How can “I” be a Light to the World?

Question #8: How can “I” be a Light to the World?

The answers to this question will be different for everyone that is studying these lessons. If you are pondering this question today, and you’re not sure what it is you need to do, don’t fret, God will show you.

Think about this question, ponder and meditate upon it today. Most of us, that have read the bible, know there are scriptures where Jesus tells us to be a “light” (shake some salt), we shared some of these verses in our last lesson.

If you happen to be a “newbie” in Jesus and haven’t learned how to spend quality time with Jesus yet, you can pray and talk to Him; ask Him what you are supposed to do to be a light. Don’t get impatient; there is so much going on in our lives, and God’s grace is so big, that He deals with us patiently and shows us things we need to do and change, as we can deal with them.

Our Heavenly Father doesn’t overwhelm us with convictions NOR does He condemn us when we fail Him, that is satan’s job. I always say, living under Gods divine grace is not a license to sin because of His forgiveness; when we really want to serve Jesus, and do His Will, we are not going to be “trying to get away with sinning”, we will be striving to be more like Him.

Once we know Jesus as our personal Savior, we are all responsible to share Jesus with others. Don’t fall into the worldly trap that sharing Jesus is just something the Pastor or Bible Teachers do; wrong! Let’s share a few scriptures.

Some good scriptures to look up when you want to study a little deeper:

Galatians 5:13  -  Romans 12:1 -  1 Samuel 12:24  -  Romans 7:6  -  John 12:26   Joshua 22:5  -  Romans 12:11  -  1 Chronicles 28:9  -  Matthew 23:11  -  Mark 10:45   2 Chronicles 15:7  -  Matthew 6:33 

We can be a light in the world by applying some of these simple words pulled from scriptures on next page: Go – Live – Share – Teach – Preach – Recognize others – Extend a helping hand – Give – Be openhanded – Love – Do good.

Sharing God’s Word, the gospel, testimonials, etc. 

14. Mark 16:15-16 And then he told them“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

15. Psalm 96:3-7 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. O nations of the world, recognize the LORD; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. 

 A godly woman

17. Proverbs 31:19-20 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.  

Give to people who ask

21. Luke 6:30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.

22. Deuteronomy 15:8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 

Even share with your enemies.

23. Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

24. Romans 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Please Pass the Salt - Matthew 5: 13-16 Message Version

13 "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14 "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. 15 If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. 16 Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.   (Message Version)

Question #7: What does light mean?

Question #7: What does light mean?

 

Definition from dictionary:

  1. visible radiation -luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light-"follow God's light"-sparkle, twinkle

(bfc - I like sparkle and twinkle – that’s what I want to do for Jesus~)!

Dictionaries - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Light                                         (Article from internet)

 

Light 

Light always involves the removal of darkness in the unfolding of biblical history and theology. The contrast of light and darkness is common to all of the words for "light" in both Old and New Testaments The literal contrast between metaphysical good and evil, God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers. The Bible entertains no thought that darkness is equal in power to God's light. God is the absolute Sovereign who rules over the darkness and the powers of evil.

Light Is Good. The importance of light and darkness is dramatically presented in the opening sentences of the biblical record. In response to the darkness that was over the surface of the deep ( Gen 1:2 ), God spoke and light came into being. Darkness and light are evocative words in Hebrew. Darkness evokes everything that is anti-God: the wicked ( Prov 2:13 ), judgment ( Exod 10:21 ), death ( Psalm 88:12 ). Light is the first of the Creator's works, manifesting the divine operation in a world that is darkness and chaos without it. While light is not itself divine, it is often used metaphorically for life ( Psalm 56:13 ), salvation ( Isa 9:2 ), the commandments ( Prov 6:23 ), and the divine presence of God ( Exod 10:23 ). In the first creative act, "God saw that the light was good" ( Gen 1:3 ).

Light symbolizes the holy God. Light signifies God's presence and favor ( Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; 2 Cor 4:6 ) in contrast to God's judgment ( Amos 5:18 ). Throughout the Old Testament light is regularly associated with God and his word, with salvation, with goodness, with truth, with life. The New Testament resonates with these themes, so that the holiness of God is presented in such a way that it is said that God "lives in unapproachable light" ( 1 Tim 6:16 ). God is light ( 1 John 1:5 ) and the Father of lights ( James 1:17 ) who dispels darkness.

 Paul concurs as he harks back to the creation account: "For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, ' make his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" ( 2 Cor 4:6 ). Through the Word of God light came into existence ( Gen 1:1-3 ), and through the revelation of God in Jesus Christ the Word brought light to humanity.

The Light of Salvation and Life for Believers Those responding to the light are ushered into the sphere of life in which darkness is dispelled. Salvation brings light to those in darkness ( Job 22:28 ; Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; Matt 4:15-16 ). Jesus Christ is life-giving light, in whom is life ( John 1:4 ), and those who follow him "will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" ( John 8:12 ). Believers are "sons of light" ( John 12:36 ; Eph 5:8 ; 1 Thess 5:5 ).

Light possesses powers essential to true life. Hence "to be in the light" means simply "to live “both life eternal and life temporal. The one who has come into the light of Jesus Christ is brought into the ethical life characterized by light (cf. Luke 16:8 ; John 3:19-21 ; 12:36 ; 2 Cor 6:14 ; Col 1:12-14 ; 1 Thess 5:5 ; 1 Peter 2:9 ). The godly person enjoys the light of life in the present age ( 1 Jo 2:10 ). Paul intentionally contrasts the old life in darkness with new life in the light in Christ Jesus ( Eph 4:17-24 ).

Although Satan can disguise himself as "an angel of light, " Christians live in the true light of salvation, laying aside the deeds of darkness and putting on the protective "armor of light" ( Rom 13:12 ). The revealed will of God provides light to the heart, soul, and mind of humanity, providing guidance in a dark world ( Psalm 19:7-10 ; Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:130 ). A stark contrast will characterize the old life and the new:

"For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true" ( Eph 5:8-9 ). The truly Christian life is a life of light.

A Light to the World. God is light, who dispels the darkness of this world. Jesus came as the light of the world, breaking through the darkness of sin by his work on the cross. It follows that believers are a light to the world as well. Jesus describes his disciples as light and light-bearers ( Matt 5:14-16 ). All those who have entered into the light now bear responsibility as missionaries of Christ, shining out as "lights in a dark world" with the light of God himself ( Php 2:15 ).

Michael J. Wilkins

Question #6- What does it mean to be trampled under foot?

Question #6: What does this portion of verse mean: “It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet”?

 

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.

Footnote from article we shared in previous lesson: This is something to pray about. Could it be that one of the sure signs we have lost our saltiness is not only that we have “made ourselves friends of the world”, but that we have allowed ourselves to be pulled into “the world” enough to be trampled underfoot by men  which in turn has rendered us ineffective?

This morning, I am sitting here staring at this verse and wondering, what are we going to share? How do I “apply” this to my personal life? Now, I am answering a question with a question.

Have you ever looked at something or listened to something so long, that you just have to back off and shut everything down for a while, and come back later? That is “almost” where I’m at this morning. When you take 3 small verses as we have in this study: “Please Pass the Salt”, there is so much information, your mind an go into overload.

Ok, enough rambling on, now I am ready to share what this means to me and how it applies to my personal and daily walk with my Jesus.

“No longer good for anything, but to be trampled out and underfoot” – that’s how I feel if I get too far away from my Jesus! When we are in communion with Jesus, in prayer and bible study and Christian Church Fellowship, we are continuously filling our salt shakers with SALT.

When we move away from that sweet relationship with Jesus, our salt shakers get empty and then our lives get dried up and we become ineffective for sharing our faith and the grace of Jesus.

  

When we are “out of sorts”, out of the will of God, and start walking in the flesh, so to speak, we will get trampled on by satan! He will draw us into things that are not good for us, and even take us back into that old lifestyle we lived prior our acceptance of Jesus as our personal Savior. He binds us up and tramples all over us with guilt, unforgiveness, anger, resentment, jealousy, addictive substances and more, you get the message I’m sure.

We don’t have to stay trodden down and trampled under satans feet! This reminds me of that song we sing in church where we sing about stomping satan under our feet.

Enemy's Camp, Can You Believe, Look What The Lord Has Done !

I went to the enemy’s camp

And I took back what he stole from me

Took back what he stole from me,

He’s under my feet

He’s under my feet

He’s under my feet

Satan is under my feet.

Can you believe what the Lord has done in me,?

What the Lord has done in me?

He saved me

And set my feet on solid ground!

Look what the Lord has done for me!

 

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Question #5-How can salt be made Salty again?

Question #5 – How would salt be made salty again?

(Live in peace with each other-keep a right attitude-walk in the fruits of the Holy Spirit)

 Let’s take time out and re post the scriptures that pertain to salt that were shared in one of our earlier lessons. Read and re-read these verses a couple of times, then we’ll come back and share what the Holy Spirit has to say.

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I’ve only read the verse once as of now, but I am seeing that we need to go back and share the “complete” scripture references, as some of them are just giving us a portion of the actual scripture, because initially we were only looking at the “salt” portion of each verse.    So, go back and read them a second time now with the “full” scripture references.

 

  

Cross References Salt Scriptures:

Job 6:6
Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Mark 9:50
Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, with which will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Luke 14:34
Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his flavor, with which shall it be seasoned?


Hebrews 10:29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden underfoot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, with which he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace?

 

 

 

Hebrews 6:4-6

4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

(Message Version: 4 Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit5 once they've personally experienced the sheer goodness of God's Word and the powers breaking in on us - 6 if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can't start over as if nothing happened. That's impossible. Why, they've re-crucified Jesus! They've repudiated him in public!)

 BFC-JESUS DIED ONCE AND FOR ALL OF US, HE IS ALIVE AND WELL AND WE ARE SAVED AND KEPT BY HIS GRACE, BUT WE MUST ANSWER ON JUDGEMENT DAY FOR OUR SINS AND REJECTION AND / OR ABUSE OF HIS SAVING GRACE!

 The following article was copied from a message I felt worthy of sharing in our lesson. This is a controversial verse (as many can be) and we are not here to argue or debate Gods Word. You need to search your heart and soul and PRAY to Jesus;  be sure your heart is in the hands of Jesus and move forward each and every day to serve Him faithfully, with all your heart, soul and mind.

Does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean we can lose our salvation?

 

Question: "Does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean we can lose our salvation?"

Answer: 
Hebrews 6:4-6 states, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” This is one of the Bible’s most difficult passages to interpret, but one thing is clear—it does not teach that we can lose our salvation. There are two valid ways of looking at these verses:


One interpretation holds that this passage is written not about Christians but about unbelievers who are convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. They are intellectually persuaded but spiritually uncommitted.


According to this interpretation, the phrase “once enlightened” (verse 4) refers to some level of instruction in biblical truth. However, understanding the words of scripture is not the same as being regenerated by the Holy Spirit. For example, John 1:9 describes Jesus, the “true Light,” giving light “to every man”; but this cannot mean the light of salvation, because not every man is saved. Through God’s sovereign power, every man has enough light to be held responsible. This light either leads to the complete acceptance of Jesus Christ or produces condemnation in those who reject such light.

 The people described in Hebrews 6:4-6 are of the latter group—unbelievers who have been exposed to God’s redemptive truth and perhaps have made a profession of faith, but have not exercised genuine saving faith.


This interpretation also sees the phrase “tasted the heavenly gift” (Hebrews 6:9) as referring to a momentary experience, akin to Jesus’ “tasting” death (Hebrews 2:9). This brief experience with the heavenly gift is not seen as equivalent to salvation; rather, it is likened to the second and third soils in Jesus’ parable (Matthew 13:3-23), which describes people who receive the truth of the gospel but are not truly saved.

Finally, this interpretation sees the “falling away” (Hebrews 6:6) as a reference to those who have tasted the truth but, not having come all the way to faith, fall away from even the revelation they have been given. The tasting of truth is not enough to keep them from falling away from it. They must come all the way to Christ in complete repentance and faith; otherwise, they in effect re-crucify Christ and treat Him contemptuously. Those who sin against Christ in such a way have no hope of restoration or forgiveness because they reject Him with full knowledge and conscious experience. They have concluded that Jesus should have been crucified, and they stand with His enemies. It is impossible to renew such to repentance.

The other interpretation holds that this passage is written about Christians, and that the phrases “partakers of the Holy Ghost,” “enlightened,” and “tasted of the heavenly gift” are all descriptions of true believers.

According to this interpretation, the key word in the passage is if (verse 6). The writer of Hebrews is setting up a hypothetical statement: “IF a Christian were to fall away . . .” The point being made is that it would be impossible (IF a Christian fall away) to renew salvation. That’s because Christ died once for sin (Hebrews 9:28), and if His sacrifice is insufficient, then there’s no hope at all.

The passage, therefore, presents an argument based on a false premise (that a true Christian can fall away) and follows it to its senseless conclusion (that Jesus would have to be sacrificed again and again). The absurdity of the conclusion points up the impossibility of the original assumption.

Both of these interpretations support the security of the believer in Christ. The first interpretation presents unbelievers rejecting Christ and thereby losing their chance of salvation; the second interpretation presents the very idea of believers losing salvation as impossible. Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that salvation is eternal (John 10:27-29Romans 8:3538-39Philippians 1:61 Peter 1:4-5), and Hebrews 6:4-6 confirms that doctrine.

Matthew: 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot .                                                                                                                                            

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mark 9:49-50

49 "For everyone will be tested with fire. 50 Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other."

Luke 14:34-35

34 "Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!" (Message Version: 34 "Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it's useless, good for nothing. "Are you listening to this? Really listening?")

2 Peter 2:20-22

20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.

(Message Version: 20 If they've escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they're worse than if they had never left.  21 Better not to have started out on the straight road to God than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command.)

Question #4 -How does salt lose its saltiness?

Question #4 -How does salt lose its saltiness?

Can salt lose its saltiness? 

Common salt comprises a very stable, simple chemical compound called sodium chloride, which has a salty flavor. As table salt, it typically also contains minor amounts of additives to keep it free-flowing.

As it is so chemically stable, sodium chloride will not lose its saltiness, even after being stored dry for many years. However, there are ways in which salt may appear to lose its saltiness.

Historically, salt has been obtained from crude sources such as salt marshes, and minerals such as rock salt. This contains the stable sodium chloride plus other components. Sodium chloride is readily water-soluble, so if this crude salt were exposed to condensation or rain water, the sodium chloride could be dissolved and removed, and the salt could in effect lose its saltiness.

Also, the salty flavor is detected by our sense of taste. If there were a physiological change in the functioning of our taste buds, salt consumed may no longer taste the same, but this would not be due to any inherent change in the salt itself.

In summary, salt, i.e. sodium chloride, is a very stable material which retains its properties when stored dry. 

Are You Salt That Has Lost Its Flavor? By Geri McGhee (c) copyright 2005 “In today’s world, the Church needs the qualities of salt. To the Christian of today, Jesus tells us to be the “salt of the earth.” In fact, in Matthew 5:13, He says, “You are the salt of the earth.” SALT IN THE SALTSHAKER IS OF NO VALUE It is effective only when it goes out of the shaker. Each Christian must position themselves in their God-directed place, being witness to Jesus Christ by word and walk, where they live and work and study

. Christians must be people of the utmost personal integrity. SALT PRESERVES Civilization thus far has been saved from destruction by the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians. Without the Holy Spirit’s influence of these “salty” believers, civilization does not climb upward, but goes downward as we are now seeing with the daily decaying of the society we live in.

 SALT PURIFIES Salt eliminates decay and stops the impurities that lay siege to all things on earth. Without the purifying influence of the Church; society does not become more pure, it becomes more impure. The church is the salt God uses to purify society. SALT PRODUCES THIRST Christians need to live in such a way so as to make people thirst to know God. Matthew 5:13, it says, “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 (to throw or cast out) and trampled (to tread down) by men.”

SALT LOSES IT SALTINESS BY BEING MIXED WITH SOIL, EVEN THOUGH IT IS STILL SALT, IT CANNOT BE USED. When Christians live too close to the world, they lose their power to help and to heal, to be a witness and win the lost to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is sad to say that today in most places, one cannot tell a church member from a lost person.

 The Scriptures warn us that loving the world makes us an enemy of God. 1John 2:16 goes on to say, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” It is only when the believer surrenders their life to Jesus Christ, will they be the salt that God wants them to be. John 15:5 says“...apart from me you can do nothing.” 

 This is something to pray about. Could it be that one of the sure signs we have lost our saltiness is not only that we have “made ourselves friends of the world”, but that we have allowed ourselves to be pulled into “the world” enough to actually be trampled underfoot by men – which in turn has rendered us ineffective? Or consider this:

 Do you physically crave salty foods all the time? Perhaps your desire for all that extra salt could be directly related to your feeling “ineffective, tasteless and lacking salt”. SALT ENHANCES, SEASONS, FLAVORS, PRESERVES AND HEALS Is your life enhancing, seasoning, flavoring, preserving and healing others? By Geri McGhee (c) copyright 2005 Bottom of Form

 

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Question #3 – What is Salt used for?

Question #3 – What is Salt used for?

S.A.L.T.- This is our foundation Acronym created from  Matthew 5:13-16 for our Salt Shakin Sister Outreach & Ministry.

 

S        sprinkle some salt -Gods Word

A       around; be a

L        light to others; help show the way

T        touch others with Gods love and

           kindness. Be blessed and be a 

           blessing today.  

          

"Good Salt" comes from knowing Gods Word, "Sprinkle" some salt (Word of God) around today.

"Lack of Salt" - How can you "sprinkle" salt, (share Gods Word) on others, if your

 "salt shaker" is empty????

 Shakin Salt and Sharing Jesus through Gods Word and Creation Crafts

 

WARNING; TODAY IS A LITTLE LENGHTY FOR READING. BLESSINS -BFC

 

Research results from the Internet as follows:

Salt is the most effective, readily available, and economical highway deicer in use today and accounts for 8% of all salt production. In paper making salt is used to manufacture caustic soda and chlorine. Caustic soda is used to process wood fibers and chlorine is used to bleach the pulp.  

Clear flower residue in a vase

Once your beautiful bouquet is gone, the souvenir it leaves behind is not the kind of reminder you want: deposits of minerals on the vase interior. Reach inside the vase, rub the offending ring of deposits with salt, then wash with soapy water. If your hand won’t fit inside, fill the vase with a strong solution of salt and water, shake it or brush gently with a bottle brush, then wash. This should clear away the residue.

Clean artificial flowers

You can quickly freshen up artificial flowers — whether they are authentic silk ones or the more common nylon variety — by placing them in a paper bag with 1/4 cup salt. Give the bag a few gentle shakes, and your flowers will emerge as clean as the day you bought them.

Hold artificial flowers in place

Salt is a great medium for keeping artificial flowers in the arrangement you want. Fill a vase or other container with salt, add a little cold water, and arrange your artificial flowers. The salt will solidify, and the flowers will stay put.

Keep wicker looking new

Wicker furniture can yellow with age and exposure to the sun and elements. To keep your wicker natural-looking, scrub it with a stiff brush dipped in warm salt water. Let the piece dry in the sun. Repeat this process every year or every other year.

Give brooms a long life

A new straw broom will last longer if you soak its bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water. After about 20 minutes, remove the broom and let it dry.

Ease fireplace cleanup

When you’re ready to turn in for the night but the fire is still glowing in the hearth, douse the flames with salt. The fire will burn out more quickly, so you’ll wind up with less soot than if you let it smolder. Cleanup is easier, too, because the salt helps the ashes and residue gather into easy sweepings.

Make your own brass and copper polish

When exposure to the elements dulls brass or copper items, there’s no need to buy expensive cleaning products. To shine your candlesticks or remove green tarnish from copper pots, make a paste by mixing equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar. Use a soft cloth to rub this over the item, then rinse with warm, soapy water and buff back to its original shine.

Clean grease stains from rugs

Did that football-watching couch potato knock his greasy nachos onto your nice white carpet? Before you kill him, mix up 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain, being careful to rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap.

Remove watermarks from wood

Watermarks left from glasses or bottles on a wood table really stand out. Make them disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone. Restore the luster of your wood with furniture polish.

Restore a sponge

Hand sponges and mop sponges usually get grungy beyond use long before they are really worn out. To restore sponges to a pristine state, soak them overnight in a solution of about 1/4 cup salt per quart (liter) of water.

Relieve stings, bites, and poison ivy

Salt works well to lessen the pain of bee stings, bug bites, and poison ivy:

  • Stung by a bee? Immediately wet the sting and cover with salt. It will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling. Of course, if you are allergic to bee stings, you should get immediate medical attention.
  • For relief from the itching of mosquito and chigger bites, soak the area in salt water, then apply a coating of lard or vegetable oil.
  • When poison ivy erupts, relieve the itching by soaking in hot salt water. If the case is very unfortunate, you might want to immerse yourself in a tub full of salt water.
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Keep windows and windshields frost-free 

As you probably know, salt greatly decreases the temperature at which ice freezes. You can use this fact to keep the windows in your home frost-free by wiping them with a sponge dipped in salt water, then letting them dry. In the winter, keep a small cloth bag of salt in your car. When the windshield and other windows are wet, rub them with the bag. The next time you go out to your car, the windows won’t be covered with ice or snow.

Deodorize your sneakers

Sneakers and other canvas shoes can get pretty smelly, especially if you wear them without socks in the summertime. Knock down the odor and soak up the moisture by occasionally sprinkling a little salt in your canvas shoes.

Clean your fish tank

To remove mineral deposits from hard water in your fish tank, rub the inside of the tank with salt, then rinse the tank well before reinstalling the fish. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.

End the ant parade

If ants are beating a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier

The many uses of Salt

Most people probably think of salt as simply a white granular food seasoning. In fact, only 6% of all salt manufactured goes into food. Apparently, we use salt in more than 14,000 different ways from the making of products as varied as plastic, paper, glass, polyester, rubber and fertilizers to household bleach, soaps, detergents and dyes.

Everyone uses salt, directly or indirectly. 

Water Conditioning-Red-12%

Food Grade Salt-Green-6%

Agriculture-Yellow-6%

Highway Deicing-Orange-8%

Industrial Chemicals-Blue-68%

Question #2 -What is salt made of?

Our Second Question:  2. What is salt made from?

 BFC- I feel like I’m in school again, doing a science research paper on “salt”. I had no idea this study of Matthew 5:13-16 would teach me the pros and cons on salt, how It’s made, and in the middle of all the research statements we found, we also found some information that would “preach and teach” Godly principles, Life Application Wisdom.      Way cool-  I so love this!

Salt Mining-  Salt is present in the rocky under layers of the Earth's surface and can be extracted through mining.

 Salt is more than just a grouping of letters found on the periodic table or a commodity bought and sold on the international market it is a life substance essential to the proper functioning of the human body.

Salt- Gods Word is Salt and we are the Salt of the earth if we use the salt/Gods word to guide and help us in this life’s journey. You notice in the statement above it says; “it can be extracted through mining”. That means we must read – dig into the word, extract from it – then and only then will we reap the benefits / wisdom and truths from it.

God’s Word won’t do us any good if we just have that large bible sitting on our coffee table for decoration or putting pressed flowers inside the pages, thus never reading it. It will require some “labor and time” on our part to dig in, hear, and receive what God has for us. We do our part and He will do His.

God’s Word is a “life substance that is essential to the proper functioning of our human body, soul and spirit”.

 

 Research Time:

Salt (NaCl) is a natural mineral made up of white cube-shaped crystals composed of two elements, sodium and chlorine. It is translucent, colorless, odorless (officially, though we think you can smell the freshness of the sea in one of our boxes) and has a distinctive and characteristic taste.

Salt production is one of the oldest chemical practices performed by man. Salt is produced naturally when sea water evaporates, but the process can easily be reproduced to create a higher yield. Although some salt is still produced using ancient methods, new, faster, and less expensive methods have been developed. Depending on the source of the salt and the method used to create it, the end product will have differing flavors and textures.   Today there are two main methods for obtaining salt, evaporation from sea water and mining salt from the earth. Most common table salts and salts used for industrial purposes are obtained through mining, while specialty or salts are still produced via evaporation of sea water.

Sea Salt

Salt accounts for about 3.5% of the world's oceans and is naturally produced when shallow ponds and bays dry up in the sun and wind. Large salt crystals are left behind where the salty water once was. When producing sea salt on an industrial scale, sea water is placed in large "concentrating ponds" to allow efficient evaporation from the sun and wind. Manufacturing of sea salt can only be performed in areas with low rainfall in order for enough time to pass for evaporation. For this reason, salt is often produced in dry climates such as the Mediterranean and Australia. 

  Sea salt is also produced on a much smaller scale and by ancient, skilled methods. Fleur is an example of such an artisan salt that is still, to this day, produced by ancient methods. This light, flaky salt is produced in small ponds in France and is only made during the summer months of May to September.

**Salt Mining**

Salt is present in the rocky under layers of the Earth's surface and can be extracted through mining. These large deposits of salt are the result of ancient underground waterways that have long since dried up.

Rock salt is extracted through dynamite, similar in fashion to the mining of any other mineral. Once it is brought to the Earth's surface, it is crushed and used for industrial and other non-food purposes. This type of salt contains many minerals.

Hydraulic mining of salt involves pumping water below the Earth's surface to dissolve salt deposits and create a salt brine.

 

What do salt crystals look like?

Sodium chloride crystals are cubic in form. Table salt consists of tiny cubes tightly bound together through ionic bonding of the sodium and chloride ions.   Salt varies in color from colorless when pure, to white, gray or brownish, which is typical of rock salt (halite). Chemically, salt is 60.663% elemental chlorine (Cl) and 39.337% sodium (Na).

The worlds’ top five producers according to the United States Geologic Survey are China, the United States, India, Germany, and Australia but salt production can be found on every continent from the furthest reaches of Eritrea to Indonesia and Peru to Madagascar. Salt is more than just a grouping of letters found on the periodic table or a commodity bought and sold on the international market it is a life substance essential to the proper functioning of the human body.

 Sea Salt

Unrefined and unadulterated sea salt is not harmful in moderate amounts. Its benefits over table salt contrasts the immense differences between God's engineering and man's. The human body requires a certain amount of sodium for optimum health, and we could not live without it.  (BFC- No matter what salt we choose, it is still recommended we only take in 6 grams of salt, which is only teaspoon of salt per day – that would include all the salt that’s already processed in the packaged and canned foods we eat, therefore- put the salt shaker down-go for natural spices and herbs)

Sea salt is one of the few sources for safe copper ingestion, and copper helps the body to form new arteries whenever the main arteries become too clogged. Small quantities of sea salt will actually lower the blood pressure of most individuals, because it provides the trace minerals that aid with blood pressure regulation. It can only stabilize the blood pressure when the industry-depleted salts are removed from the diet.

Table Salt

The more common "refined" table salts have been stripped of their minerals during processing, which manufacturers then sell to supplement companies. It makes the unmistakable point that the producers of table salts are intentionally stripping what they know to be the most nutritious part of the salt, and increasing profits by malnourishing their own customers.

 Table salt has all of its minerals removed, which would otherwise help to balance the blood pressure. Consequently, table salt causes gross blood pressure fluctuations, instead of stabilizing it. This well-known danger has created an entire industry of "low sodium" foods.

Processed foods are very high in sodium, but it is always in the form of table salt, artificial flavors, or flavor enhancers Contrary to popular belief, table salt is not just sodium chloride. It also contains additives that are designed to make it more free-flowing

Fake Sea Salts

Some companies sell bright white salts that are labeled as "sea salt", but they have had all of their minerals removed, just like table salt. It is the minerals that give real sea salt an off-white color. Depending on where it originates, real sea salt will be either gray or slightly pink. Salt that contains saltwater minerals is never bright white. Most of the sea salt that is available at major retailers is just as mineral depleted as table salt. These alleged sea salts sometimes contain anti-caking agents too, because they are produced by the same despicable companies that produce table salt. The reputable sea salt companies that we have investigated do not use any anti-caking agents or other impurities. 

Shakin Salt and Sowing Seeds

Means - Growth in us and fruit from our labor, which the end result = souls saved and encouraged by the Jesus in you and I. thankful! bfc 

Prepare Your Soil using Salt-Gods Holy Word

Question #1 What is Salt?

Question #1

1. What is salt?  Food can be very dull and lack flavor without it, that’s for sure! Salt adds zest and flavor to our food. Salt comes in many forms and colors and is manufactured by many companies. Salt, like so many things in life, if used to extremities can be bad for us. 

Article from the Internet on too much salt: Organizers of National Salt Awareness Day warns people that high salt consumption (more than 6g per day) can lead to high blood pressure which can then lead to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis and asthma. Salt has also been linked to stomach cancer. Salt is a commonly already present in many foods such as anchovies, salted nuts, packaged soups, sauces, breads, cereals and readymade meals. Salt alternatives for cooking include spices such as curry powders, mustard powder, lemon juice, lime juice, red wine, white wine, cider, beer, onions, garlic, shallots, ginger and chilies just to mention a few. 

Let’s get back to the “spiritual aspect” of our lesson. Salt is good and bad; now that we understand this, lets learn how to apply these truths. 

If we are to be the Salt of the Earth – Christians, Christ followers, Women of Godly Character, how do we accomplish this? Food without the right amount of salt is dull, and so is our life without Jesus. I set here and ponder our subject this morning and my mind is racing all over the place! This one small question could turn into a book all by itself. 

In today’s lesson, we are referring to “salt” as Gods Word – being full of God’s Word gives us zest, encouragement, direction, hope, grace, love, forgiveness, favor, wisdom and so much more. We can never get too much of Gods Salt- it’s the best thing for our mind, body and soul and we don’t want any “substitutes or alternatives”.  God’s Word is truth, reliable and the Real Thing. Studying the Word is what changes us and helps us to “become” women of Godly Character – one day at a time.

  In our beginning paragraph, today, we mentioned that “Salt comes in many forms and colors”; we are blessed in this day and time to find various Bible versions. You can find one that you understand and stay with it, I prefer the NIV and the NKJV. This is another one of those things you need to be careful about, there are so many different versions, that there are some that you do not need to be reading; pray about which bible you choose, and if in doubt, find a Christian Teacher or Pastor, someone you trust to give you some guidance in choosing the right bible. 

Fill up your Salt Shaker Today!

Study out the Salt Shakin Sister Foundation Verses: Matthew 5:13-16

Study out the Salt Shakin Sister Foundation Verses: Matthew 5:13-16

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. (4 times salt)

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (4 times light)

 

  1. What is salt?
  2. What is salt made from?
  3. What is salt used for?
  4. How does salt lose its saltiness?
  5. How would salt be made salty again?
  6. What does this portion of verse mean: “It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet”?
  7. What does light mean?
  8. How can I be a light to the world?

11.How does “A city set on a hill” relate to Salt Shakin Sister Ministry?

12.“#15 – Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket”, Why would anyone even do this?

13.Putting a light on a stand and it gives light to all in the house – expound on this verse?

14.16-In the same way (what same way)?

15.Let light shine before others. What are some very simple ways of doing this? You don’t have to be a minister, or teacher, just an employee, housewife, stay at home mom.

16.Shine so others see your “good works” What are good works?

17.(Beware of PRIDE)

18.How does all of our study and learning of these verses give glory to my Father in Heaven?

See ya later - gonna study out our ministry foundation verse. blessin's bfc

(We are still working on Colossians)