Devotions to God's Son Shiners!

Salt of the Earth
Hi Son Shiners!
Yesterday, I tried grilled chicken with spices. I did not put salt because I had other new seasonings I wanted to try. Guess what? It needed the salt! It was so bland it was not enjoyable. Salt is an important ingredient in most recipes.
            This made me think of so many areas we apply salt. Salt is important in our daily walk in life. Too much love or grace without correction or salt, spoils the child. Love and salt bring balance to relationships. Salt heals, salt preserves, salt cleanses; salt is good for you! Just as it is a necessary mineral for healthy living, it is a necessary element for a healthy spiritual life.
            The word says if salt loses its flavor it is good for nothing (Matthew 5:13). Salt is an element God created for our good. His exhortations are salt to our spirit, and they are good for us. We will focus on salt's benefits. Amen
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for the salt of your Word. It refreshes, nourishes, heals, and gives us direction. Your love is all-inclusive. Your love has built-in grace for our deliverance and salt for our guidance. Thank you, for taking us from the muck and darkness, and bringing us into your glorious hope and light. We want your gentle touch. Give salt for each season we are in that will purify and cleanse us.
            Abba let us be salt to others whose path’s we cross. May we be an open Bible that depicts love and grace, as well as salt and watering of your spirit. Create in us clean hands and a pure heart. In Jesus name we pray. All who agrees to say Amen
 
 
Hi son Shiners!
Salt is a preservative used to keep food longer. This is for our benefit. It protects the food from the elements of nature that would be harmful to us if we ate them, such as bacteria.
            We also have a means to preserve us and protect us from the elements in the spirit.  The Word of God tells us to daily put on the Armor of God and take up our weaponry. The armor prevents the enemy from penetrating our vital organs, thoughts and emotions, and keeps us on the narrow road. The elements we struggle against are “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). These are the bad bacteria that, if left unchecked, can raise havoc in our body, soul, and spirit.
            The salt we have to preserve our body, soul, and spirit is found as we “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17).
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us what we need for protection against the schemes, rulers, powers, and spirits of darkness. You give us what we need, but it is up to us to put it on! Help us to always remember to ger dressed in your armor. Just as we need naturel clothes for modesty, we need the armor for our power against your enemy and ours.
            In obedience we, stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, and the breastplate of righteousness in place.  We ready our feet with the gospel of peace. We take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And we take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God to cover our thoughts and speak your truth. In Jesus name we come prepared and preserved in the armor of God. All who agree to say Amen.



Hi Son Shiners!
Salt is a cleansing agent along with the preservative. I soak my lettuce in salted ice water to cleanse it, kill lettuce bugs, and make the leaves crisp to last longer. You can also make a scrubbing agent from salt and dish detergent to rub away stubborn foods from your dishes. Salt is useful for everyday healthy living.
 
            Jesus called Christians the “salt of the earth.” But he also warned, "… 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” (Matthew 5: 13). He was telling us to be a cleaning agent of love and truth. Watered down truth is like the salt that loses its flavor, it is good for nothing. But salt that is truth and love is a powerful agent the world needs. It is the light in the darkness.
            We can cleanse and love on someone at the same time. I want to be told if I am in error with the Word. That is love. I would wonder why in the world my friends did not tell me I had a twig of broccoli in my teeth as I stood up to speak. That is the same thing with a friend who is living in habitual sin and nobody speaks truth. God’s correction guides us into righteous living. It takes being salt to speak the difficult things. But remember, even if it stings for a moment, the effect you can make in someone’s life for eternity is worth it! It is worth your discomfort and the temporary pain it may cause the hearer.
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us enough to correct us and cleanse us from the daily grim of life. We know we are not of this world, but at times it does rub off on us! Thank you for brothers and sisters that invest in our spiritual growth and holiness by being salt to cleanse and heal. As others spoke to us, show us the appointments that are for each one praying this to speak truth to.
            Abba, your love is complete and thorough. It loves, guides, preserves, and cleanses to ensure we are walking in right standing with you! If we have an area that needs attention, we are blind to, please open our blind eyes. Give us ears to hear and a heart to perceive your correction and attention to every detail in our lives.
            We love you and appreciate those you put in our paths to hold us accountable. Bless them Lord, as they speak truth to others. Let their salt always be full of your love and grace in proportion to the need they counsel. In Jesus name we pray. All who agrees to say Amen.


Pass Over Lamb

Hi Son Shiners!
As we approach the Easter season, let’s meditate on the gift Jesus came to give every person. It is free for all ̶ although many will not accept it. Our participation with what He did is vital for salvation. We must receive his love offering to replace our sin. It is a beautiful exchange for us. His blood, his brokenness paid the price to erase our sins. He did the hard part! Let’s pray together for hearts to be prepared to receive this wonderful love offering. Everything from God is preceded by prayer. If you want your loved ones to understand this exchange and accept it, prayer is a vital part of the process.

Heavenly Father, as we look to the cross and the sacrifice Jesus made as he lay his life down, we are humbled by the LOVE that was the driving force. His love for you, and your love for us. How can we not share such a beautiful exchange with those we love?
Abba, where fear holds us back, we stand today in the power of your Spirit. We bind fear and intimidation in Jesus name. And we lose faith and courage to stand for the Gospel and share "the kingdom of God is at hand" with others. It is our commission as a Believer to do so! Guide us by the Spirit of Truth how to pray for those we will witness to so their hearts are prepared to hear. In Jesus name we pray. All who agrees to say Amen. 


Hi Son Shiners,
God distinguished the Israelite children from the Egyptians when Moses was sent to bring them from captivity. The night all the firstborn were to be killed, God told the Israelites to mark the doorpost with blood from a perfect lamb to identify the homes of the children of God from the Egyptian homes. When the spirit of death saw the blood, it passed over that home without taking a life. (Exodus 12)
                In the same way, Jesus is Passover blood applied to the heart of believers. This blood distinguishes them as forgiven by the Father. With sin atoned for, Satan no longer has any hold. Amen. The reason for the Passover Lamb was and is because God loves us so much, he does not want to be separated from his children. (Matthew 26, Luke 22, John 18) He sent Moses to bring his children from bondage into the Promised Land to worship him. He sent Jesus to bring us from bondage so we can one day go to the promised homes in heaven. The big difference being, we can and should worship him right where we are! Jesus made the way for us to fellowship with our Abba right here, right now.
                God loves us so much, he invites us to come. He wants us to invite others to come too! This is not an exclusive invitation. Moses was sent to the whole nation. Jesus was sent to the whole world! His love is so immense it is enough for all who will say “Yes” to his invitation.
Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29, 1 Peter 2:18-19

Heavenly Father, thank you for the Passover Lamb. Thank you, for providing the way for our sanctification and restoration to you. We worship you as our God and King. You alone are holy and righteous and deserve all praise.
Abba give us discernment to understand your love and devotion towards us. You gave us your all, and still you woo us to yourself. Abba make straight the path you would have each of us walk. We are your disciples. Open doors of ministry for your glory. In Jesus name we pray. All who agree to say Amen.



Hi Son Shiners!
The Passover Lamb lay his body down as an offering for our bodies to be made whole. Jesus called his body the Bread of Life when he instituted Communion with those he celebrated the Passover with the night before his arrest. He offered himself that we not hunger. Only the bread from him satisfies the spirit man’s hunger for righteousness.
                His love was so giving he got on his knees and washed the feet of his disciples. His love was shown so freely by actions it cannot be disputed. He wants us to do the same. He declared, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18, NIV.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the Bread of Life. Thank you, for the body that took the penalty we owed. Help us to love others sacrificially as he did. He loved the sinner and those who followed him. He died for his disciples and those who spit in his face, flogged him, and denied his deity.
 Abba let our love for you be so embedded that we love others with your love without even thinking about it. Let it just be who we are as it was with Jesus. Help us to draw others into your grace by the love they see from you through us. Make us lights that serve in darkness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Isaiah 53, John 6:27-35, John 6:51, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 26:14-19, Matthew 26:26-28.


Hi Son Shiners!
Jesus also came to quech a thirst that is only satisfied by his Spirit. He is the living water that will fill us and cleasne us all at the same time. His body dripped blood when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for the “cup to pass from him.” I find it interesting that he used the term “cup.” A cup contains the fluid our bodies need to survive. We will die more qickly from thirst than lack of food.
                Blood was a necessary element to cleanse sin. Jesus’ blood being 100% pure was able to settle that debt once and for all. Looking at Communion again, he told the disciples to take the cup and drink his blood. We don’t literally drink his blood, but it is an important symbolism for us to take the cup that he took and drink from it. We drink for cleansing, purification, healing, satisfaction, provision. -All we need is wrapped up in the cup of grace that is available because of his freewill offering on our behalf. That is love.
                He put his Father’s will before his own. He put us before his physical, mental, and emotional satisfaction. He was so earnest in this fight against the flesh, he sweat blood. Have you ever loved someone so much you fought your own flesh to be there for them with this intensity? I know I have not.
                On the cross, after all requirements was satisfied, the spear pierced his side. Blood mixed with water streamed from his body as a testimony to his death. But we know what happened three days later, He rose from the grave! The penalty of sin was satisfied. We take his “blood” in Communion and remember. We remember he is the living water as well as the blood sacrifice. His blood mixed with water is our Resurrection hope of life eternal with him! That makes me want to shout hallelujah!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the blood. Thank you for the Spirit and water that refreshes us daily. Your grace towards us is only love. Thank you for removing your wrath by the blood of the Lamb. Thank you for quenching our thirst with the blood-water mixture that cleansed, delivered, and reconciled us to your love. You never stopped loving us. Thank you, that we can come near because of the blood.
                Help us to share this love with others. Help us to be vessels of hope and life to others. As someone prayed and ministered truth to us, guide us to the divine appointments for us to pray for and minister your love and mercy to. In Jesus name we pray. All who agrees to say Amen.