Friday, March 2, 2012

Devotional Reading for Friday, March 2nd

Each year, we send with the traveling team a "survival guide" filled with tips and notes but especially with the New Hope Life Journal Reading Plan. Brothers and sisters who are inextricably tied to India or to missions read ahead and share their insights so that the travel team is reading them in real time.

Today's journal entry is shared by Carolyn Pace, 11/08 Travel Team member, perpetual prayer team member, and mom of current travel team member Geary Udagawa.

Numbers 30,31; Mark 9
“Salt is good (beneficial), but if salt has lost its saltiness, how will you restore (the saltiness to) it? Have salt within yourselves, and be at peace and live in harmony with one another.” --Mark 9:50

Salt is a symbol of preservation and God's purifying power. Leviticus says “all offerings you shall season with salt.” Some people have been described as Salt of the Earth, meaning steadfast. Salt can cure, preserve, and add flavor or taste. God uses salt to describe an inner state of being in His people. He created salt and all of its benefits and qualities. The important message for me here is to not loose my saltiness. This means do not become insipid or flat, tasteless, lack liveliness, force, or spirit. Furthermore, Mark says be at peace and in unity with one another.

As you travel to India, Mark 9:50 is an amazing reminder to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be sprinkled and seasoned with salt. Keep in you the salt that preserves and purifies you, a taste that is pleasing to God. Do not loose your saltiness, for it is God's purifying power that sets you apart from the world. Deeply care for one another, be in unity at all times and at all costs, and have peace in your hearts. Show love, kindness, and mercy to those waiting for you in India.

Heavenly Father, thank you for our team of brothers and sisters. May they not rush ahead of you, for you will go before them to protect and guide them, and you will be their rear guard. Purify their hearts that they will be filled by the spirit. Hold them in the palm of your hand that they may go out with power, peace and great joy. May your servants respond to their call with unity, boldness and humility, and may the vision set forth for this team come to pass with great victory. May their speech at all times be gracious and seasoned with salt to know how to answer a question and to encourage one another. May there be new souls given over to the Kingdom and many old and new relationships be nurtured and restored. Bless and keep the children of India, both at the orphanage and college, and may your anointing be their covering. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Carolyn Pace

P.S. Four years ago I stepped on a plane to India. Today, I am excited and proud of all of you–including my son, Geary–who have chosen to give your time and your hearts to expand God's Kingdom for His glory.

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