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SALT OF THE EARTH

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SALT OF THE EARTH

Matthew 5:13 NKJV
“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.”

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out. Many times it was used for coating pathways. As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Like salt, purity (not being mixed with anything) helps us to maintain our flavor. When mixed with the things of the world we loose our flavor and are no longer good for what we were intended for. According to the above verse, when we loose our flavor we are good for nothing. God is serious about our purity and commitment.

Luke 9:62 NKJV
“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to season each other and to preserve the lost.

SEASONING
A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful). As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

PRESERVATIVE
Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

Psalm 36:6 NKJV
“Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.”

Psalm 121 NKJV
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills –
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keep you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in.
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10 NKJV
‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. When we invest our lives in advancing the kingdom of God we will be rewarded.

Dear Father,
Thank-you that I have been preserved from the evil things of this world and from the things to come. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be the salt that You have called me to be. Help me to maintain purity and commitment. Don’t allow me to look back, but to continue to look forward.
May I affect those around me in a positive way and stir up good in others. Help me to invest my life in advancing Your kingdom.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Inheritance and Responsibilities

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Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ.

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Colossians 1:12

Matthew 5:16

Colossians 1:12

Matthew 5:16

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:14-16

Matthew 5:14

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:15

Matthew 5:13-16

Hebrews 10:24-25

Revelation 3:10

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Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. We can do this by letting our lights shine for Jesus.

Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us.

There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

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Reflective Light

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation so that they would be able to shine like stars, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of seeing in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

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Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15 NKJV

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

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Creating A Thirst

Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV

“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.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to season each other and to preserve the lost.

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out.

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Seasoning

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful).

As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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Preservative

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10 NKJV

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

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Review

1. Christians have a __________________________ to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

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2. Everything we do and say should ___________________ people to God.

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3. How can you point others to God?

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4. What is light?

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5. God has given each of us _______________ that can be used to point people to Him.

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6. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

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7. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot ______________ Jesus.

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8. We should never hide what God has done for us. Why?

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9. _________________________________ must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

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10. Light brings ______________________________ or shows the way.

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11.We must make sure that nothing comes __________________________ us and the light of Jesus Christ.

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12. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the _______________ of the Lamb and the ___________ of our testimony.

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13. As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a ___________________ way.

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14. We should stir up ____________ in others.

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You Are Salt And Light

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Matthew 5:13-16  NKJV    

“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. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I. SALT OF THE EARTH

Matthew 5:13  NKJV    

“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.”

          In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out. Many times it was used for coating pathways. As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Like salt, purity (not being mixed with anything) helps us to maintain our flavor. When mixed with the things of the world we loose our flavor and are no longer good for what we were intended for. According to the above verse, when we loose our flavor we are good for nothing. God is serious about our purity and commitment.

Luke 9:62  NKJV   

  “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

          Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to “season” each other and to preserve the lost.

A. Seasoning –

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt  gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful). As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25  NKJV    

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

B. Preservative –

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

Psalm 36:6  NKJV   

  “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.”

Psalm 121  NKJV   

  “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – 

From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;

He who keep you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel

Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;

He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in.

From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

              As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10  NKJV   

  ‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

         Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. When we invest our lives in advancing the kingdom of God we will be rewarded.

     

II. LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

            Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Colossians 1:12  NKJV   

  “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

          With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV  

   “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

          The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

III. LIGHT TO THE HOUSE

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the house also.

Matthew 5:15  NKJV  

   “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

          Light indicates deliverance from darkness.  Each Christian has been delivered from darkness. Each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

CONCLUSION:

Matthew 5:16  NKJV  

   “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

              Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us (fleshly man), they should see Jesus living in us.  Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ). There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the salt and the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God.

Bulldog Desperation – Being A Bulldog For God

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          When we hear the word bulldog the first thing that comes to mind is a little dog with a smashed in face – a dog that when it bites into something  it won’t let go. While that first thought has some truth to it, there is more to a bulldog than meets the eye. In the past, I always thought of a bulldog as an ugly, mean little dog. To a breeder, someone who knows all about bulldogs, that is far from the truth. I found ten things that breeders look for in the character and attitude of a bulldog. As I read over these things, I thought that it would be wonderful to have a church full of spiritual bulldogs. People that have bulldog desperation for the presence of God.

I. Bulldogs have a loving disposition.

Disposition is one’s habitual way of acting toward others or of thinking about things; one’s nature or tendencies. Bulldogs act in a loving way toward others. They have a loving way in which they think about things. Their very nature exhibits love. As a refection of Christ, we too should have a loving disposition. Our very nature should exhibit love. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have a loving disposition.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8  NKJV    

“Love suffers long and is kind: love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…”

          The way we think about things (and the way we think about God) should be different than the way the world thinks. We should have a loving way in which we think about things and people.

John 13:34-35  NKJV    

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

          We should show the love of Christ in everything that we do and say. When people look at us our very disposition should show that we are disciples of Christ.

1 John 4:7  NKJV     

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

          Our very nature will show if we really know God or not. If you are truly born again you will habitually show the love of God.

II. Bulldogs have great stability.

Stability is being fixed in position; firmness, permanence, steadfastness of character, purpose. Stability is having the ability to maintain or to return to an original position. Bulldogs have great steadfastness in their character and purpose. They have a great ability to maintain their position.

2 Peter 10:14  NKJV    

“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be steadfast in our service, in our faith, in our growth in Christ, and in our perseverance.

Steadfast: firm of purpose; loyal and unwavering; firmly fixed; not moving or changing.

A) Steadfastness in service

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV    

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

          We should press on to fulfill God’s calling on our lives. Every believer is called by God to minister to Him, then to the saints, then to the world. Every person bought by the blood of Jesus Christ is called by God, every person has a ministry. Ministry can be wearing on your body, soul and spirit. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to work (minister) through us. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us we will not grow weary in well doing.

2 Thessalonians 3:13  NKJV    

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

B) Steadfastness in our faith.

Colossians 2:5  NKJV    

“For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and steadfastness of your faith in Christ.”

         Things of this world and things of the enemy should not shake our faith. We, as Christians, have a solid foundation. We have Jesus as our cornerstone.

1 Peter 5:9  NKJV   

  “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

         When we are steadfast in our faith we are stable. True victory comes when we are steadfast in our faith and remain committed to God no matter what we are facing (in all situations). We are not easily disturbed or likely to fall apart when trouble comes our way. Stability is a sign of maturity.

C ) Steadfastness in growing in Christ.

2 Peter 3:18  NKJV    

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”

1 Thessalonians 3:11-14  NKJV    

“Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”

          It is important that we grow (mature) individually and as a body. If we remain “children” we are vulnerable and gullible.

Vulnerable: can be wounded or injured easily; open to attacks; sensitive to criticism, temptations, influences.

Gullible: easily deceived or cheated.

          Many new believers are drawn away from the faith when they do not mature (grow) properly. Also there are some churches that close their doors because they refused to grow (spiritually). When proper growth is not taking place in a believer’s life (or church) they are injured easily, open to attacks, sensitive to criticism, temptations and influences.

Ephesians 10:14-16  NKJV    

“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

          We should mature in all aspects of our relationship with Christ. Maturity comes from practice. You must practice (put in action) what you are taught.

Hebrews 5:12-14  NKJV   

  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

D)  Steadfastness in perseverance

God has commanded us to stick to our calling in Christ Jesus. We are to hold fast to the things of God that we have been taught.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV    

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

Perseverance: sticking to a purpose or an aim; tenacity.

Tenacity: firmness in holding fast; stubbornness; persistence; ability to remember; firmness in holding together; toughness.

Endurance: power to last and to withstand hard wear; power to put up with.

          When facing trials, tribulations (hardships, suffering, distress) or desperate situations, we must not give up or give in. We must stand firm in our faith and persevere. We must remember what God has told us and stand firm on His Word.

Romans 5:3-4  NKJV    

“And not only that, but w also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

          We are counted as blessed (enjoy the favor of the Lord) when we endure what God has allowed to come against us.

James 5:11  NKJV    

“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

III. Bulldogs are full of vigor.

Vigor is active strength or force, healthy energy or power. Bulldogs are full of vigor. They are strong and active. They are energetic and forceful. When a bulldog encounters a fight (war) it wages a vigorous war against the enemy.

Isaiah 59:19  NKJV    

“So shall they fear

The name of the Lord from the west,

And His glory from the rising of the sun;

When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be full of vigor.   When the enemy comes against us the Lord will judge the enemy (person or thing). He will wage war against the enemy. Our part is to be full of the power of the Holy Spirit, and He will help us stand firm in the face of the enemy. He has armed us with strength for the battle.

Psalm 18:39  NKJV    

“For You have armed me with strength for the battle;

You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.”

          The battles that we go through do not belong to us. They belong to the Lord. We should not try to fight the battle for God.

1 Samuel 17:47  NKJV    

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.

           Unlike a bulldog, our vigor (strength, force, power) does not come from the physical. It is supernatural. It only comes from the Spirit of God.

Zechariah 4:6b  NKJV   

  “ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” 

Philippians 4:13  NKJV   

  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

IV. Bulldogs have great strength.

Strength is quality of being strong; power; force. Strength is the power to resist force, degree of intensity, something that makes you strong; support. A bulldog is strong, powerful and forceful. It has the power to resist force. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have great strength. We must rely on God’s power for our strength. God’s power is limitless. The resurrection of Jesus from the grave was an example of God’s power.

Ephesians 1:19-20  NKJV    

“And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”

          When, not if,  the enemy comes against us we must stay strong. We must stand fast under pressure.

James 1:2-4  NKJV    

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

        Believer’s have the power of Christ in them. That power is greater than any other, therefore we are able to resist whatever the enemy attacks us with.

1 John 4:4  NKJV    

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

V. Bulldogs are equable.

Equable is changing little; uniform; even. When something is even it is not easily disturbed or angered, it remains calm. Even can also mean something that is fair or impartial.

Calm: not stirred up; quiet; still; not excited; peaceful.

          A bulldog’s disposition and temperament changes little. It is not easily disturbed or angered, it remains calm.

Malachi 3:6  NKJV

“For I am the Lord, I do not change..”

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be equable.  God does not change. His mercy toward us is continuous (it never ends). He is fair and He is impartial. He does not show favor to one person over another.

Acts 10:34  NKJV    

“ Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.’ ”

          God is fair and just. God loves us very much and He is not easily disturbed or provoked.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  NKJV   

  “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

          We should be not given to change. Our disposition and temperament should vary little (be even). We should not be easily disturbed or angered, but remain calm.

Proverbs 24:21  NKJV    

“My son, fear the Lord and the king;

Do not associate with those given to change.”

          As followers of Christ, we too, should be fair and impartial. God requires for us to show absolute fairness in all aspects of our lives. There is to be no partiality (favoritism) in our lives.

James 2:8-9  NKJV    

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scriptures, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

VI. Bulldogs are kind.

Kind means doing good rather than harm; friendly. Kind also means a gentle, gracious, sympathetic, considerate attitude toward others. The attitude is genuine, natural and sincere. A bulldog is genuinely kind. It’s kindness is natural and sincere.

Friendly : on good terms; not hostile; wanting to be a friend; supporting.

Gentle : not severe, rough or violent; not harsh or extreme; easily managed; having or showing good manners; polite.

Gracious : pleasant and kindly; courteous; merciful.

Sympathetic : having or showing kind feelings toward others; sympathizing; agreeing; enjoying the same things and getting along well together; harmonious; agreeable.

Considerate : thoughtful of others and their feelings.

Ephesians 4:32  NKJV    

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

         As the body of Christ, we should strive to be genuinely kind. The kindness that is shown must be natural (instinctive) and sincere (honest), free from pretense or deceit. We are to be friendly, gentle, gracious, sympathetic, and considerate toward others. Even to the unthankful. God, Himself, is the model of kindness for us.

Luke 6:35  NKJV    

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”

VII. Bulldogs are resolute.

Resolute is having a fixed resolve; determined; firm. It also means constant in pursuing a purpose; bold. A bulldog is determined and bold.

Resolve: make up one’s mind; determined; come to a decision; decided.

Determined: with one’s mind firmly made up; firm.

Constant: never stopping; continuous; incessant; always the same; faithful; loyal; steadfast.

Bold: without fear; daring; brave; showing courage.

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be resolute (determined and bold).The body of Christ has been commissioned to go into all the world and make disciples. We must be determined and bold to fulfill what God has instructed us to do.

  Ephesians 6:19  NKJV    

“and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

          Our heart must be the same as Paul’s. He desired to proclaim the Gospel courageously. He was a faithful witness for the Lord.

VIII. Bulldogs are courageous.

Courageous is full of courage; brave; fearless. A bulldog is full of courage, brave and fearless.

          1 Corinthians 16:13  NKJV   

  “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be courageous.

Psalm 27:1  NKJV    

‘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?”

          With the Lord on our side we can be courageous. Danger (and opposition) can be met  without fear. Courageous people will follow their convictions. When we get to a place where we are desperate for the presence of the Lord we will do whatever has to be done without fear.

2 Chronicles 15:8  NKJV    

“And Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Obed the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the Lord that was before the vestibule of the Lord.”

           Desperate circumstances can be endured with a firmness of spirit by courageous people that are looking to the Lord for their help.

2 Chronicles 32:7-8  NKJV    

“Be strong and courageous; do not fear nor be dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”

          The body of Christ must be able to face danger (opposition) boldly and with determination that with the Lord on their side they will overcome.

Deuteronomy 31:6  NKJV    

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

IX. Bulldogs are not vicious or aggressive.

A bulldog is not evil or wicked. It does not have bad habits or a bad disposition. A bulldog is not spiteful or malicious. A bulldog does not start a fight (war) or a quarrel- it does not have an attacking nature. Vicious is evil or wicked, having bad habits or a bad disposition, spiteful or malicious. To take the first step in a war or quarrel, attacking, quarrelsome is to be aggressive. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must not be vicious. We must turn from our wicked ways.

2 Chronicles 7:14  NKJV    

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

         The above passage is not talking to the world – it is talking to the church (the body of Christ). His people, called by His name.

Nehemiah 9:35  NKJV    

“For they have not served You in their kingdom,

Or in the many good things that You gave them,

Or in the large and rich land which You set before them;

Nor did they turn from their wicked works.”

         We must turn from (lay aside) every evil work and abandon evil practices.

Ephesians 4:31-32  NKJV    

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:5-8  NKJV   

  “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked you lived in them. But now you yourselves are put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

1 Corinthians 14:20  NKJV  

   “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

1 Peter 2:1  NKJV   

  “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking”

X. Bulldogs have a pacific and dignified demeanor.

Pacific means tending to make peace; peaceable. Pacific also means loving peace; not warlike, peaceful; calm; quiet. Dignified means having dignity of manner, style, or appearance; noble; stately. Demeanor means the way a person looks and acts; behavior; manner. A bulldog shows honor by the way it acts (behaves) in a peaceful, loving and calm manner.

Matthew 5:9  NKJV    

“Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.”

          If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have a pacific and dignified demeanor. God has called us to peace.

Hebrews 12:14  NKJV   

  “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Psalm 34:14  NKJV    

“Depart from evil; and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

Conclusion:

Each of the above characteristics and attitudes should be countenanced by a Christian’s expressions and a Christian’s behavior. Especially by one that is desperate for more of the Lord.