I have not been blogging as much due to preparing for a six week class I am teaching at church, plus I spent two weeks with my Mom. In that time I have been thinking about how often what happens in the natural is also a sign of what is happening in the spiritual realm. One example that really stood out to me was around election time. The leaves where not falling off the trees in the usual time frame. When I asked God what this was showing us prophetically, He said that He was delaying judgement on the U.S. I believe the leaves represent the believers.
Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Another example would be when identity theft protection was becoming a big thing. That is when Christians began realizing that God was really working with them to understand their identity in Him (and I believe He still is.) So now over the past year or so salt inhalation rooms and salt lamps have become quite trendy. According to research they give out an attractive, soothing light and have been credited with providing various health benefits including the elimination of “electro-smog”. Retailers also tout their production of “positive energy” in the form of negative ions that supposedly bring oxygen to the brain, reduce indoor pollution, boost the immune system and cure seasonal affective disorder (SAD). They are also suppose to be great at cleaning out the lungs.
I have been seeing the word salt highlighted also in the word of God lately as well. Many teachings have been done on the fact that salt is a preservative and we are described as needing to be the salt of the world. But what about when salt is not so good for us? When we consume too much of it we retain fluids and toxins in those fluids that are not good for us. I have been having a conversation with God lately about Lot’s wife. Why if salt in the word of God is usually used as a reference for good things did God choose to allow her to turn into a pillar of salt? One day when I was running I asked God what the salt represented that day for Lot’s wife. He immediately spoke into my spirit this acronym:
23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
It was regret. She was holding on to the toxins of that town. Do we know what she was sad about? I don’t think the scriptures really indicate that. Since it was a very wicked town, maybe she had friends there that she never shared her love of God with. Maybe she had compromised her own beliefs living there and she had become comfortable in her apathy about the Lord. Maybe she had compromised the scriptures to make room for sin like so many Christians are doing today. Maybe she just had trouble with change and didn’t want to move forward and leave. No matter the reason, when she saw the judgment that had come upon her beloved city, she must have been filled with regret. When she looked back, she literally became preserved and stuck in her regret!
As someone who prays with people almost daily for inner healing from their past, I am a big fan of looking back long enough to forgive others and self, let go of shame and be free of the past. However, some people refuse to look back and deal with their past. They say things like, “I just choose to not think about it.” This means that they have lots of toxins stored in their bodies which comes out in their attitudes and behaviors daily. Even the apostle Paul spoke of his past and released it before he looked forward to his upward call in Christ Jesus. I have noticed that most people have shame attached to their regret when they don’t want to get help or choose not to make the time to get help. This just keeps the cycle of ruining relationships with others and tearing down oneself on going. It will also hinder your relationship with God.
As we near resurrection day, ask God if there is a place in your heart where you are preserved in your past and sad about leaving town. Let Him show you where regret and shame has kept you in a toxic environment. Forgive others and yourself and leave it all behind in the place that represents Sodom and Gomorrah for you. Jesus paid a hefty price for your freedom. Take advantage of His blood and forgiveness.
For the Kingdom,