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Why You Salty? Have You Counted the Cost of Commitment to Jesus? Are You Willing and Able? What Cost Are You Counting?

Why You Salty JoaynnBoy, I tell you when you go to God and tell him all your troubles he is listening and will help you, if you let him. How do I know? Because yesterday I was on the brink of giving up, hanging by the thread on a “do me wrong” cliff and told God I no longer wanted to be a Christian. He laughed at me and said, “My dear child I understand but that will not change who I am.”

I cried out to God like I had never before because I was desperate and needed him. This morning he answered my prayers immediately. Forgive me for the long post. Can you relate?

For reasons I can never explain, I woke this morning with an instinct to read my Bible unlike months before when I didn’t have no desire whatsoever to read the word of God and He took me to the Book of Luke, chapter 14. So many answers to my questions were made available and God gave me a revelation! I finally figured out why I am having so much trouble in my spiritual walk and not understanding what it means to be a Christian.

While reading the Book of Luke chapter 14 I saw this question in the notes, “How salty are you?” and I asked myself, “Joy, why are you salty?” “Did you count the cost of commitment to Jesus?” No, I never did. I gave my life to him and never questioned the cost of what it took to be a follower of Christ.

“How salty are you?” My answer will astound you. I am salty but not in the way you would expect. I have been frustrated, mad, and irritated with myself and with God because it didn’t feel like he was with me while going through what felt like too many trials. I took my frustrations out on myself and starting looking at my past mistakes that are gone and I can do nothing about. I started having a pity party all by myself and wanted someone, anyone to feel sorry for me. Yesterday, I realized this was and will not work for me.

What do you know about salt? Well, salt loses its flavor when it becomes wet and then dries, leaving a tasteless residue. Much like us. When we blend in with the world and are in the world and not of it, we lose our saltiness and become worthless. This was me. For months I started losing myself in the process focusing on the wrong things and not the right things of God and couldn’t figure out why. I was miserable.

See, for months I have been in a downward spiral of emotions and feelings about life, the loss of my mother, and being a Christian. I found myself daily telling God, “I don’t want to be a Christian anymore because it’s too hard.” I chose to settle to average. I wasn’t willing to plan, sacrifice, and keep my commitment to Christ’s kingdom. I failed God daily in representing Christ in the world. I kept looking at why all the wrong things were happening in my life. I took my focus off God and started looking at my circumstances, heavily. While I know Jesus paid the price, I never looked at the cost of living my life as a believer.

Have you ever never counted the cost of your commitment to Christ? I have. I never counted the cost of what it takes to be a Christian. I just became one. I never counted the cost of what it takes to live a Christian life. I failed miserably at living one. I never counted the cost of what it takes to run a business. I had an idea and ran with it never estimating the cost to successfully run a business. I never counted the cost of what it takes to publish a book. I just wrote what took twelve years to publish but never imagine the cost, people, and things I would lose in the process. I never counted the cost of what it takes to suffer the consequences of my decisions. Simply put, I NEVER COUNTED THE COST of my life as a Christian!

God never said we would not have trouble. He said he would be with us and never leave us when we have trouble. It cost to be a follower of Christ. It will not be trouble-free. You are going to lose some things; friends, family, and material possessions. I lost all of these. Friends left me. I lost all my possessions and some family too. I met with disappointment. I survived it.

You may lose your social status, your financial standing or wealth. Lost that too. The people I thought would support my dreams didn’t and the ones I thought mattered failed me. You will have to give up control of some things; your time, your money, or your career. Gave that up too. Lost my job, my health was affected, and my money has been funny ever since. All for the cost of my commitment to Jesus.
Anything we do in life comes with a price, at a cost. But must we never forget, Jesus paid a hefty price when he gave his life and died on the cross for us that we may have eternal life. Now ain’t that love!!

Be blessed! – JD

Matthew 5:13-15 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” (ESV)

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New Levels, New Devils. You Already Know. Don’t Give Up. Persevere. Stay Prayerful

I Won't Quit JoaynnHave you ever been driven to do something you clearly knew God was leading you to do and the devil did everything in his power to destroy your faith? And somewhere in the back of your mind you begin to lose your faith, giving him too much control as you started to believe it’s not meant to be. But then God sends a ram in the bush to deliver you from what he clearly knows will be. When God says “It is done.” know “It is done.” Believe him.

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on what I find to be the next level God is taking me in my life where it concerns my spiritual walk, my business, friends, and family since traveling this long, challenging journey.

I have learned so many things along the way all while understanding God had to take me through questionable seasons and unexpected storms for reasons I may never understand. Removing things and people who clearly were not meant to go with me. Even the haters who couldn’t celebrate me and found it necessary to hurt and doubt me. Believe it or not, they blessed me.

Just because you finish one task, doesn’t mean you’re done. God’s purpose never ends. He always has more for you to do every day. You just have to be ready. With new levels come new devils. You already know. Don’t give up. Persevere. Stay prayerful.

I say this because a few weeks ago I created a new website for my business with much fear and trepidation because I didn’t have a clue as to what to do, thinking I needed someone to help me through it. But God said, my dear child, now is the time to travel this part of the journey alone, relying solely on me and your faith.

I listened, stepped out on faith, and followed his direction as he orchestrated my every move. Never once looking to gain a thing but to glorify Him in all my doing that I may fulfill his purpose.

Prosperity doesn’t mean monetary but is about growth; spiritually, mentally, and physically. As your soul prospers, so shall everything around you. Yes, there will be fear, doubt, anxiety, and even times you want to quit and give up. But as long as you have faith, with God, you can climb even the hardest mountains and make it to the top.

I have a feeling this year is going to be one of the best years of my life, in spite of all I’ve been through, especially with the loss of my mother two on November 2nd, two months ago. Blessings and miracles have already begun to make their way into my life, overflowing.

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next. I’m taking my blessings off the shelf, one by one. I’m believing God for miracles. What God has for me is for me. I will walk in my destiny. No man can curse what God has blessed. God I thank you for your faithfulness.

Never give up on your dreams. Keep trusting God. I did. Look at God! I can’t wait to share my new website with you all in the next few weeks. I hope you will be just as excited I am! Thanks for listening.

Be blessed! – JD

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (NIV)

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