Reducing Poverty Through Giving


Reducing poverty is the role of each person within society. It first starts at the individual level. Then the civic organisations and the Church each have their roles to play. The role of government is to create an environment – putting laws and welfare structures in place – to facilitate or encourage assisting the poor and vulnerable.

The number one reason for the perpetuation of poverty is that, as a people, we no longer give. There are certain blessings that can only come through giving. Being poor is not an excuse to not give (Luke 21: 1-4 and Mark 12: 41-44). The Lord speaks about the widow’s mite.

Giving reveals the state of our hearts and the level of our love, mercy and compassion. If every individual practises giving, poverty and crime would be reduced. It is interesting that oftentimes, the poor are more inclined to giving. So when God gives us wealth, favour and grace, it is so that we can extend our hands to others. There are people who have a great deal of goods, clothes, and food in abundance, while their neighbours are going to bed without food, clothing or even medication.

Jesus drew attention to the fact that the widow gave even in her state of poverty. A mite then was the smallest and lowest-value coin. So it was not the value of the coin that mattered, it was the sacrifice and the level of commitment to giving that was important to the Lord. It is imperative to note that we are not to give and then call attention to the fact that we gave. We must teach our children from an early age how to give. Psalm 41 reminds us that God will even heal you or raise you up from your sick bed as a result of your giving. People have even been resurrected from the dead as a result of their giving.


The law of gleaning (Leviticus 23: 22) was God’s welfare programme for those who did not own land and found themselves on hard times. They, according to the law, could sow the corner of the fields, and gather grain which they would then uses for food. Even our farmers and business people no longer practice giving from their harvest or their business profits. This is the reason why our farmers and businessmen are feeling the heat.

There are many within our nation also that will be spending millions in travelling expenses, despite the fact that there are so many forms of technology today that can allow them to host meetings online or engage in conference sessions. The money saved from travelling could be used to help the poor.

In order to reduce poverty, executive-level staff and politicians can donate a part of their salary to the poor, cutting down on their large entertainment packages.

Leviticus 19:10 reminds us that caring for the poor is a mandate from God – that includes strangers and aliens. Everybody must care for the poor! There are major organisations that make huge profits while people are sleeping right on their doorsteps without basic necessities. Banks have homes rotting away while people are sleeping on the streets. People have homes with several rooms they are not using, but find it hard to board a student.

Giving breaks famine

The number one criteria for breaking barrenness, famine and poverty is giving. In order to escape the oppressive systems of international lenders and to free the nation from further recurring interest, giving is the only way out. There are things also that those who are wealthy may need, that cannot be had or easily acquired by natural means, but can be received as they give.

Giving is the only thing that goes into your future, creates a harvest and shows us that we have conquered greed. When we give to the poor we lend to the Lord. So God promised that He would repay and give back to us with interest. God even outlined that people should not steal, but work to give to the poor (Ephesians 4:28). Even when we are putting on dinners and functions, we are required to give to those who cannot return the favour (Luke 14: 12-14).

God will judge nations with regard to giving, as giving is the only way out in this era. Many times we will pray without getting. This is as a result of our lack of giving. So it is time for us to start giving – poor or rich – regardless of your circumstances, and we will begin to see change and the reduction of poverty.

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As we prepare for the New Year, never mistake a blessing for the approval of God. The criteria for blessings as stated in Matthew 5:45 “…For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” God gives grace and favor on both evil and good, just and unjust.

But what now separates us is the approval of God. You can have a big bank account, husband or wife, mega or small church; even a title; but do you have God’s approval?

God’s Blessing Vs God’s Approval

Moses and the Children of Israel received the blessings of God. God told Moses not to strike the rock, but instead to speak to it and Moses disobeyed. Ultimately, while Moses and the people remained blessed, his actions disqualified him from crossing over. He did not get approval to cross over.

Ensure that in pursuing prosperity God always gets the honor and glory, and that we please Him. A man’s material blessing is not an indication that God is with him.

In order to know you have God’s approval, you can use the word of God as our guide. Additionally, as you pray and fast, His Holy Spirit will give you the instruction and tell you how to proceed. Any instruction God gives us, the result must and will give Him glory at all times, never man. Anything that gives man glory over God profanes His name and arouses His anger. So for example, where politicians, business people or John Q. Public want to bring changes without God it always brings them into a worse situation; because no man has the ability to please man, only God can do that. A man without God can be famous with man, but He will be unpopular with God and ultimately reap that reward.

Everything a person does to get success, must first please God. It is not about a person’s agenda for a nation or a household, it is about God’s agenda – what He wants to accomplish; and there are many from time to time who will try to please man in the pursuit of prosperity, but in doing so they displease God. Please God and He will please everybody else.

In 2018, for those who want real success, begin to please God in your endeavors.


Undoubtedly, in 2018, there will be great opportunities for those who want to be restored regardless of what they have been through, but to get restored we must allow God to do that – we must trust Him.

There are many areas in our lives that we have chosen to lock away or build a wall around because we want to leave it untouched – maybe it is an area that is very painful or that we have become comfortable living with. Sadly, many of the things that we have suffered are connected to choices that God did not approve, and that led to pain, hurt and betrayal. Subsequently, some become embittered and unforgiving. But for restoration to come, there has to be repentance first. Then there will be restitution. So such a person will now need to make some things right, apologize to those they hurt, return anything they took that did not belong to them so that they can be restored.

Thereafter there will be revival and refreshing, and they will see the obstacles and hindrance move and there will be a new opportunity to move forward – in health, finance, relationships and all other areas. Furthermore there will be elevation/promotion. Full joy will be restored.

Your restoration is important, because as you are restored, other people, will then be restored. When Esther, Joseph, Ruth, Naomi and Job were restored, it impacted the lives of many others. Other people are waiting on your restoration. Don’t let anyone convince that there is a job shortage or money shortage. What we have is a distribution problem – often times the wrong people are in position and so they distribute to those of like mind. Never tell God how to restore you. The restoration of the four (4) lepers brought about the restoration of an entire city. (2 Kings 6 – 7) God is looking for people with faith to believe in Him. Always remember that faith demands action. You cannot have faith and sit in one place. When you move by faith, God always meets your faith. There are many Christians that put limits on God. Some even want to give up. Some are looking at things on the natural level – looking at their situations and believing that nothing can change.

With God all things are possible and if you believe it you will receive it.


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The Pain Behind The Mask

Many people hide behind a mask at one point or another in their lives. So that instead of revealing the emotional pain they are enduring, they put the ‘happy face’ mask on. For many others, they look good on the outside but are damaged on the inside – carrying years of pain, burdens, and rejection.

Many suffer silently and are afraid to trust anyone, and instead of confiding in someone, and sometimes because of their status in society, they prefer to portray the image of a perfect lifestyle.

I have come to the understanding that the higher up or the more popular/well-known a person is in society, the greater the suffering is in that respect, because they have fewer persons they can trust to confide in, and so they keep it in and suffer the pain silently. Some even resort to suicide, drugs, and alcohol.

Hurting people will often hide behind their position, possessions, sense of humour and will dress to get attention, compete; and some will even create controversy in order to get the attention and stay relevant in the minds of others because they are, in essence, crying out for help. Sadly, many of them are also the ones who influence our children and youth. They are what some would deem to be ‘damaged goods’ internally.

It is critical for society to begin creating an atmosphere for change if we truly want to see change occur – to bring healing and change, regardless of a person’s status. People’s behavioural patterns are often shaped by their experiences and oftentimes, there is a time the ‘volcano’ in them erupts and they spew on everyone around them. Some become cold as a result of their pain and treat others with very little respect, care, warmth, appreciation, or patience.




There are many reasons why persons behave in such a manner. For some, they were rejected by their parents or their parents showed preference to other siblings. For others, it is broken marriage, betrayal, personal adversity, absence of the father from the home, or lack of a good relationship with their mothers,

No one will achieve true wholesomeness, prosperity, and peace until true healing takes place.

There was a time when a simple thing such as hugging a person would bring healing to their soul. But now, because of the stigma attached to seeing two persons of the same gender hugging, there is no longer that freedom to do so. The Church needs to create that spirit-filled atmosphere to bring healing.

What do we want to see in our society on a daily basis? Do we want to see a positive, growing society? It means that people will need to begin showing affection to each other again – affection without ulterior motives.

Are we so busy on a daily basis that we are willing to neglect our families – whether pastor or politicians? Will you keep trying to save the world while your family is suffering, hurting and hiding behind a mask? You smile for the camera, but when you get home, husband and wife go to two different rooms. We show pretty pictures on social media when the opposite is true at home.




We need to see politicians take a week and publicly and genuinely compliment each other, or say the positive things they see in each other.

Media should now go into the communities and start bringing out the more positive news. We need to know what would lead a person to crime and violence so that we can see how to help them and others around us overcome that and live positively.

Companies should begin reaching out to the communities they serve. They should employ more people from the community, and go out and give more assistance to those communities.

The Church’s presence needs to be felt. For some, the building is present, but the members don’t even know one member of the community they serve.

We all need to go back to teaching our children the value and importance of being affectionate, and lead that action by example.

Change begins with us. Our actions change the climate and our atmosphere.

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Every Problem Has An Expiration Date – Declare Psalms 112 For Bankruptcy Or Serious Financial Woes

There are many going through hardships and facing problems from every direction. Many ask the question, ‘Why am I going through all this?’ We often go through problems but recognise that they pull out of us the hidden potential we didn’t realise was within us. We go through problems and testing, but these experiences can help to strengthen us, and allow us to help others.

Oftentimes, we don’t even remember God and His goodness until we are going through times of great difficulty. Many going through difficulty are giving up, and some are even committing suicide. Regardless of how big your problem may seem, recognise that every problem has an expiration date.

Your date can be today!

When you are going through problems, always focus on the problems from which the Lord has already delivered you. They are no longer problems, but victories. Remember the goodness and grace of God who brought you through those problems. If He has delivered you from the problems before, he will do it again.

Focus On Victory

Many times, the problems we go through are based on our purpose, our assignment and the vow(s) we have made. Sometimes, people become comfortable and don’t remember where they are coming from and God is trying to get our attention. Just remember, when going through the problems, don’t focus on the problem, instead focus on the victory. When we focus on the problem, the mountain becomes greater.

There is always a solution within the problems, and sometimes that solution is what will allow you to become greater. Speak to your problems daily. Speak positive words and outcomes. For example, thank God for the victory you anticipate. Always find scriptural basis to deal with the problem. So if it is a sickness you are facing, then declare Isaiah 53: 5.

If you are going through bankruptcy or serious financial woes, then declare Psalms 112.

If a door has been closed to you and you don’t know how to proceed, then declare Isaiah 43: 16.

Make and spend time with God and tell Him about the problems. Problems are a sign that God wants to get your attention. We are often too busy trying to do everything to survive, when God says we should seek Him first.

Maintaining a relationship with God is the key to success. Most countries and organisations are now failing. They have nothing new to download or to offer because they are spiritually bankrupt.

Many times we pray for promotion and blessing, but God wants depth. There are too many people in this world that have height without depth and that’s why there is a great falling.

Remember as II Corinthians 4: 16-18 reminds us:

16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Better Must Come

All we are going through is temporary. Our mind is being renewed and our inner man is being strengthened. Many times, people say they can’t live without another pay cheque; but they must remember that God is their first source, and God can allow you to live without a pay cheque and live better than before.

Problems are the gates for change. Job only realised who his true friends were in his time of great adversity. He was going through the problems, not because he was cursed, but because God was proving who was around him and who was with him.

One of people’s biggest fears in life is to lose things – your job, friends, family, status and position. Sometimes, you don’t even know who you really are until you lose something or someone close to you.

Remember, an eagle does not learn how to fly until the mother stirs up the nest, and even forces it out. The unjust servant did not know how good a negotiator and sales person he was until the boss planned to fire him. Sometimes, a person never knows who their Boaz or Ruth is until they get kicked out or hurt in a relationship.

Don’t commit suicide in the midst of the problem, it doesn’t solve the problem. You are using a permanent action for a temporary problem. Walk through it, you will come out! Greater is always ahead of you.

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Why Commit Suicide?

THE RECENT death of famous actor Robin Williams brings back into focus the levels of stress and depression that many go through, particularly (but not only) in the business profession, military, entertainment, and even pastoral/ministerial sectors. In other words, popular people on the front line!

The global economic system is now driving people into serious depression. Studies show that suicide rates are at extremely higher levels among males in comparison to females.

Oftentimes, people equate a happy face with being okay, and a sad or expressionless face with being down or depressed. It really takes discernment to recognise what is really happening in someone’s life.

Most of the popular people often pretend that everything is OK, because they have to maintain a certain status or a certain persona in the presence of friends, colleagues, or those around them. Quite often, many readily receive from, but very few seek to give to, them the genuine care and even encouragement and true support they may need. Even fewer take the time to make that effort.

When persons fall on hard times, the very thought of being broke again – the fear of losing job, money or assets, loss of real estate – the fear of failure and the loss of friends are almost devastating and extremely discouraging. All these can drive a person into depression and suicidal thoughts. Many will start to take drugs and/or alcohol to escape the realities they face. However, that is no real solution because it does more harm than good in every way!


From a spiritual perspective, and from counselling with people who are struggling with depression and suicide, and those who fall on hard times, some may say they feel like they no longer belong to society. Others say they feel like a burden to their family, friends and to society. Others will say that because they are no longer in the limelight, their ‘friends’ don’t come around – especially those who were in high-ranking position and are then separated (let go) from the organisation. Some say persons they once worked with, pass them on the street as if they don’t know them! These are some of the things that drive them to the brink. They go through serious rejection.

On the flip side, there are those who, on the way up, push aside or step on some people and when faced with adversity, guilt, embarrassment and rejection overwhelm them.

I always encourage people to keep simple friends – those who are willing to stand with you in good and bad. Those are true friends!

People will come around you when you are climbing and walk away if you fall, and when hard times come people will see you as a burden, not as a blessing! Then you become the topic of their conversations! It is critical to have a spiritual foundation.


Everything in life has its ups and downs. No season remains the same. Every situation has an expiration date! Always remember Job! He lost all, but he recovered twice the loss! Whatever you have lost, there is always the potential for you to recover far more. Your latter days have the potential to be greater than the former (Job 42:12).

Whatever doors close, remember that greater doors can open. Remember, your life values far more than anything!

Committing suicide will not solve your problems! It will be the beginning of problems! There is nothing called rest in peace (RIP) when one commits suicide! Think about your loved ones! During your time of depression, don’t focus on yourself, focus on helping other people. It was when Job prayed for his friends that his breakthrough and relief took place. Suicide is an act of murder (Hebrews 10:26; Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20; Hebrews 13:5-6)! Committing suicide means you have rejected God’s love and God’s salvation.

Always remember that your struggle is a result of your purpose. Pray! Seek someone you confide in to speak with. Depression is a spirit (Isaiah 61:1-3). A simple thing such as praising or playing music that glorifies God can bring even immediate and positive change upon you.

You are a winner! You are not a loser! When problems come, all it is doing is revealing your capacity and potential and allowing you to see what is within you to come out! It is also revealing those who are true and genuine around you!

There are many who have lost everything and they have come back greater – Colonel Sanders (KFC founder); R.H. Macy had several failed businesses before the mega chain Macy’s became successful! Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job when he was interviewed for an engineer position. He was jobless for a long while but then he started making scooters of his own at his home, and with the encouragement of his neighbours he started his own business – thus, Honda today!

Don’t be afraid to start over.

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1. Ensure that the Church you will be a part of can identify what your calling is and can effectively prepare you for that walk. To do that you need a mentor not a friend. So, recognize that a good mentor is not one who will or is supposed to tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what you need to hear in order to allow you to grow spiritually and in every other area – whether you agree or not, whether you like what they say or not. Your goal is to grow in the Lord, so that you can fulfill the purpose on your life; not find to find friends who say what you say and agree with everything you say and vice versa. Remember 1 Corinthians 4: 15

2. Always be willing to learn and to accept correction. Regardless of all you know, there is always more to learn; and not everything you already know is the truth. Realize also that the mind that is logical, analytical and skeptical will never embrace faith as something that makes sense. Faith is not supposed to make sense. The bravest person is not the one who climbs on a 200-storey building or walks across a high-wire without a safety net; the bravest person is the one who chooses to believe in and serve the True, Living, Almighty and Incomparable God regardless of what everybody else says, and despite the fact that He is not visible to us – all while keeping their eyes focused on reaching the eternal goal. Remember John 3: 16 – 17 and Philippians 3: 12 – 14

3. Don’t ever let your focus shift from your relationship with the Lord God, to other Christians and what they are doing or are not doing in their walk with Jesus Christ. That is a distraction! Do what you need to do for God and be whom He said you are to be for Him; and to know that you must continue to spend time with Him, read His Word. Remember, 1 Corinthians 15: 58.

4. Sometimes there are very painful experiences you will have as a Christian. Nothing exempts us from such circumstances, but having a relationship with God allows us to be confident in His capacity to turn things around and allows us to use what we have learnt to help others. Remember Philippians 4: 13.

5. Contrary to popular belief, God DOES NOT have to tell us everything; He DOES NOT have to explain Himself or His actions to us – He DOES NOT owe us an explanation on any issue. We owe Him our Trust, our Faith, our Service through Servanthood, WE owe Him our lives! So when He instructs, we move! You will know His voice – how He speaks to you, as you continually and consistently read His word and spend time with Him. Remember Isaiah 55: 9 and Proverbs 3: 5 – 7.

Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston

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Have Mercy On The Poor

Many times within the society, you will hear statements about growing the economy. We are told about goals and targets, but in the midst of growing an economy, the poor are not in the equation. They are long forgotten by politicians and business people, and even some global agencies that promise to deal with charity and such issues.

Oftentimes, the advisers themselves have no idea what it is to be poor. They simply make decisions, oblivious of the realities. Sometimes you will see statements made by various countries regarding poverty eradication. They even have international-level conferences where they discuss and make statements to those assembled, and based on the statements, you wonder if they know where they are living.

Decisions have been made to make the investors happy, while the poor are very unhappy. In fact, they are dying under pressure.

Sadly, the younger generation is drowning under debt, burdened by the weight of what the previous generations left behind. This is not a legacy, this is a yoke.

God showed me a vision where a group of politicians and investors were crossing a river. They were all excited at the prospect of new business deals, but in the midst of all that, the Lord showed that there were two generations. The older generation was trying to catch up, but they could not. While the young generation was in the river trying to cross, the politicians were trying to extend their hands in a simple gesture, but it was only for show.

They didn’t realise, however, that in crossing the river at the pace to grow the economy and please the investors, there were different levels of the riverbed and that the children were drowning; the only alternative was for the Church to step in and save them. The politicians and business people did not even realise what was happening. There are other meanings, however, that will be discussed in articles to come.

One cannot drive an economy at the pace of investors and international lenders. Even when the nation passes the test, the people are failing the test. If we want to see the economy grow, we must put plans and measures in place to rescue the poor.


One billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

In 2011, 165 million children under the age five were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

The World Food Programme says, “the poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty”. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

The Bible, specifically and strongly, outlines in Proverbs 31: 8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Take a look also at Proverbs 22: 22-23, Psalm 12:5, and Isaiah 10: 1-3, which is a very serious scripture.

No nation must have any laws or decrees that would bring any kind of oppression or further hardship on the poor. When God establishes a leader in office, God judges them based on the burdens borne by the poor of the nation. In fact, that is what defines one’s legacy or the duration of the administration; and when we focus on pleasing the investors and the poor are forgotten, then it brings serious consequences and curses over the nation.

The country urgently needs to revisit the economic policies that it is pursuing.

The Government needs to set up JA Monetary Fund for the Poor. This will assist the poor, for example, with basic items, furniture, education, burial, and health bills.

– It needs to provide nurses’ aides for seniors, especially for the disabled children and adults.

– Coordinate with the private sector to donate skimmed milk powder and diapers to the newborn babies of poor families.

– Have a flat rate on water for the poor.

– Reduce GCT.

– Increase the minimum wage.

– Restore and revamp the free zone.

– Build more shelters for the homeless.

– Have a flat rate for electricity in low-income areas.

– Give more support for farming, not only in promoting it as a viable means of income, but also in subsidising the cost of tools and equipment.

– Lower insurance rates for second-hand vehicles.

– Implement a no-tax policy for new companies for the first three years.

There is much more we can do for the poor, particularly if we want to see the next generation rise to meet the challenges and overcome them for the growth and development of the nation.

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By:  Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston


Matthew 5: 13 says:


“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”


God’s Word tells us that believers (in Him) are “the salt of the earth” and so, as Christians – as followers of Christ – we must recognize that in order to have its flavor, salt MUST go through one of two processes – Evaporation or Mining.


I learnt that the simplest method of evaporating brine is solar evaporation, but this can only be done in hot, dry, sunny places. The brine – the salt water from the ocean or salt lake – is collected into shallow ponds and allowed to evaporate in the sun.  Evaporation means that it will go under the extreme heat of the sun and that heat is intensified because the brine is put in a shallow pool area so that evaporation takes place even faster.  Further to that, while in the process of evaporation, the insoluble impurities – those things that will not dissolve away, but will have to be found and literally pulled out of the salt – such as sand and clay and slightly soluble impurities such as calcium carbonate settle to the bottom as evaporation begins. The brine is pumped or moved by gravity flow to another pond where calcium sulfate settles out as evaporation continues. The remaining brine is moved to yet another pond where the salt settles out as evaporation proceeds.


I also learnt that Rock Salt is mined from underground. Sometimes pressure from deep inside the Earth forces up large masses of rock salt to form salt domes.  Once salt is detected, a drill is used to dig the area and dynamite placed in the holes.  Then the area is blasted and the rocks of salt fall to the ground crushed.  It is then collected/harvested and then brought in for further crushing.  After that, the salt is separated by particle size, and there is further purification so that the non-salt elements are removed to ensure that pure salt remains.



If we are going to be the Salt of the Earth as the Jesus Christ has instructed us to be, then we must yield to the process He allows us to go through.  There are some of us that will experience situations that are surface-level issues like protocol, how to deal with people at all levels, learning how to serve others well.  The shallow pool the salt water is put in for processing is out in the open where anyone can view it, and that represents how publicly exposed God can allow our situations to be.  But when the heat is added to the situation – when the situation intensifies, then our truths are revealed – our hearts, our attitudes, our fears, our weaknesses and our mindsets.  While all this is happening, many automatically begin to focus on the negatives we may see in the situation, and that is when we find out about our real selves.  It is at that point the enemy of our souls capitalizes on this exposure and uses it to guilt us into running away from the process; but God is saying to us, “Focus on being the pure salt I am causing you to be.”  God is only allowing your ‘insoluble impurities’ to be revealed, not to embarrass or destroy you, but to allow you to see what exists within you that would hinder you fulfilling your purpose and to remove it from you (if you let Him) so that you can be pure salt for His use – to flavor the earth!


Interestingly, like the Rock Salt domes, there are those of us that God has to drill, dig and blast into – the hurt, the pain, the rejection, the loneliness, the hopelessness, the depression, the anger, the bad memories, the continual doubting of His voice, the breaking and scarring of our hearts, our deepest (untold) fears, the negative mindset and stubborn will we have, and He has to allow us to go through what seems like a dynamite field sometimes to get us to where He need us to be.  Yet, even in all this, He is digging away at our hearts so that instead of a heart of stone – a hard heart, we have a heart of flesh that is pliable in His hands, and we learn how to love again and live again.  He digs away at our fears and our mindsets to build our faith and confidence and to allow us to experience Him fully and deeply and be pliable in His hands so that our purpose is fulfilled.  He is ultimately training us so that we will accomplish our earthly mission.


Revelation:  The salt has to be broken up – shattered to pieces – in order to be effectively used and to cover more ground.  In Genesis 19: 26, Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt, which means she became hardened, inactive, unusable and ultimately stuck in one place – frozen in the position of looking back.  We cannot allow ourselves to become pillars of salt.  If we keep looking back at the past and what we used to enjoy before the process began – if we don’t let go of the old us, old mindset, old attitudes – then we are positioning ourselves to become ineffective, unprocessed and unable to be used by God, and as a result we are aborting our own purpose.  We can’t look back and yearn for the old us and the old things when God is shaping a new and better you.  If we become pillars of salt then we become hard and unusable and we will be left behind.  We need to be broken to be used.


So instead of fighting Him on these things – instead of fighting with God through your processing/complaining about the process, He wants us to yield to the process He is allowing us to go through – because He knows what He is doing.  It is through this process that our spiritual muscles are built and we develop our trust and faith in God – our All-Powerful, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God!



In 2 Samuel 22: 35 the Lord says, “He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”  So when we come up against resistance against our purpose we must push back – with the Word of God and by following His instructions, and allow our spiritual muscles to be strengthened.


He says in Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  He knows how to get us to where He needs us to be for Him.


Ultimately, don’t stop going, doing or being for God and in God – our Creator.  You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 3).  Remember that you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved us (Romans 8: 37).  Know that ALL things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to HIS purpose! (Romans 8: 28)


So while the process seems like it’s breaking you down in every possible way, let it break you!  Don’t be afraid to be broken, because only then will the pure salt within you be revealed!



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