A few weeks ago, I had a dream that nagged me when I woke up.  I went back to sleep and continued the dream where I had left off. I woke up again and realized that I had again continued the dream.....which was mundane....but it felt funny.  I went back to sleep and had the dream again...slightly different...woke up...and felt like it had been a nightmare because my heart was racing and I was sweating.  It wasn't a nightmare though.  So, I sat there in bed wide awake at 3 AM wondering what THAT was all about.  I thought about it for a while trusting that if there was a message in it, I would find out in the morning.  That is exactly what happened.  The funny thing is that I don't know how the message got tied to that mundane dream...but the Lord works in mysterious ways, doesn't He?

So, I am here to discuss the message and not the dream....it would bore you ad nauseum.   There was a Bible story that popped into my head and it played over and over again.  Do you remember when God sent angelic messengers to Lot and his family to warn them to drop everything, get out of town and to not look back because the Lord was about to destroy his town?  Lot and his family ran for their lives, but at the last second, his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.  I know that this has been preached many times in the past about not looking back to our past...and this message is no different.  I am only reporting it because I feel inclined by the Lord to do so.

Have you ever done something in your past that you are either embarrassed and/or ashamed of?  When you think of it, there is something in the pit of your stomach that erupts and makes you feel guilty...like you were reliving the experience again with remorse?  Well, therein lies my message.  When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and you asked Him to forgive you of all of your sins, He did just that.  He forgave you, accepted your sin as His Own, and erased the sin from your roster.  You were given a second chance at living your life very much in the same way as Lot.

 God sent him a messenger to tell Lot to run away in order to save his life.  God gave you HIS SON so that you didn't have to run away...you were able to stay and stand your ground.  Lot was told NOT to look back....and that is what we too are supposed to be doing.  By faith, we are supposed to dispose of our past sins and not look back.  You see, when you look back, you are looking for judgement.  satan wants you to look back.  he is the enemy.  he is deadly.  he wants you to remember every sin that you ever committed in your life because that is what guilt is....satanic by nature. 

Remorse was dealt with when you handed your sin over to Jesus.  Remember though....that the remorse was BEFORE you were born again and Salvation/relief came WHEN you were born again.  But, if you continue to look back, you will have to go through the fire to eliminate those feelings of guilt.  Lot's wife looked back....she became a pillar of salt.  She missed her life...her past....she had regrets.  She gave into human nature to look back and died as a result.  That could still happen to us if we are not born again.  When we are not born again, we don't have the faith to look forward.  We cave into the tendency to want to go back to the origin of sin instead of giving it up in faith.  We suffer the fate of guilt and the syndrome of being a pillar of salt instead of being the Salt of Earth...full of flavor....and worthy.  To be a pillar of salt is to be salt without flavor, which is disposed of because you can't add the flavor back into "dead" salt.  Only Jesus can do that.  So, if you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please consider doing so. Jesus will forgive you every sin that you have ever committed in your life and hang every one of those sins on that cross where He was hung two thousand years ago.  It doesn't matter how great or small those sins are because in God's Eyes...a sin is a sin is a sin.  There is no weight in sin of worse or less worse.  And, if you think that you are not worthy to be forgiven...then you are rating yourself with Lot's wife. You are so busy looking back and feeling satanic guilt, that you are not looking at the Salvation staring you in the face in the present.  God doesn't want to lose anybody...every single one of us are His children....His creation.  He loves ever last one of us.  It doesn't matter if we are black or white, Hispanic or Chinese, what religion we use, where we live, whether we are adulterers, murderers, or whatever.  He doesn't care about any of that when it comes to loving you.  But, those sins divide you and Him until you accept Jesus. Jesus is our "buffer".  God can't be around sin because He is pure....and satan knows this.  So, satan will lie and cheat and create situations to keep you in the dark. he doesn't want you to know that there is salvation there for you by simply admitting to God all of your sins....accepting His Son Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and believing by faith that Jesus will attach every last one of your sins to His body two thousand years ago...don't forget...God doesn't have time boundaries....only we do.  It is your choice....be a bland tasting pillar of salt...a statue representing all of your sins to others here on earth....or to accept Jesus and become the Salt of the Earth through Him who accepted our sins so that we can be with God. 

God gave me this message to share with you.  I can't force you.  I won't guilt you.  If you want to do this....just tell God that you are sorry for every sin that you ever committed no matter how great or small in your own eyes.  Tell Him that you believe that Jesus died on the cross in Calvary two thousand years ago and ask Him to attach your sins to the body of Jesus so that He didn't die in vain.  Then ask Jesus to come into your life and to lead you everyday....His Way.  You will now do God's Work here on earth.  What could that be? It is to help others around you to find salvation.  He just wants every single one of us with Him before He once again does damage to this earth and destroys lots of people in the process...just like He warned Lot.  We don't have to leave....to run away anymore.  We now have the power to stand our ground....to plant our feet and not move.  We have the power of God on our side once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Please don't hesitate....please do this today!  God loves you and wants you to be with Him.  The alternative is to live for satan and his earthly ways.....with an eternity to live with satan.  You know where he will reside one day....in hell.  Accepting Jesus gives you the power to ward satan off.  If Jesus could do it....so can we because He is in us once we are saved.  So, at least think about it.  Hope to see you in heaven on earth during the millennium....but that is yet another story. By faith, I will look forward to meeting all of you one day. :-)