Faith’s Fragrance

bottle-242364_640 (1)But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Have you ever thought about having a spiritual aroma?  Our perfume smells like Christ to God.  I know what Christ smells like, I think.  He is the scent of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  That’s what God smells!

So, if we are fragrant with the knowledge of Him in every place, then, others can smell that on us.  It’s like meeting someone who is exuding the nicest perfume you’ve ever encountered.  When that happens to me I know I’m going to like that person and want what she has.  In the same way other’s will want what we have when we are ‘wearing the fragrance’ of God.

This little story explains this concept very well.  It was written by Dr. Chris Edwardson, from Dallas, Oregon, in the Pentecostal Evangel:

One day a judge came to my office.  I asked him what he was really in for because his leg cast didn’t need to be checked.

He said, “I just thought maybe you could give me a reason to live.”  He broke down and cried.  I led him to the Lord.

I asked him what prompted him to tell me that.  He said, “When you walked into the room, I saw something in your eyes that told me you had what I wanted.  Something told me you knew the answer to life.  I look in men’s faces all day long, judging the truth.  I could see that you believed with all your heart that what you were telling me was true.  It was enough to convince me I needed it.

My prayer is that our Faith Fragrance is so powerful it can’t be missed by anyone!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This post is reposted from 10/23/14

Faith’s Fragrance

perfumeBut thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Have you ever thought about having a spiritual aroma?  Our perfume smells like Christ to God.  I know what Christ smells like, I think.  He is the scent of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  That’s what God smells!

So, if we are fragrant with the knowledge of Him in every place, then, others can smell that on us.  It’s like meeting someone who is exuding the nicest perfume you’ve ever encountered.  When that happens to me I know I’m going to like that person and want what she has.  In the same way other’s will want what we have when we are ‘wearing the fragrance’ of God.

This little story explains this concept very well.  It was written by Dr. Chris Edwardson, from Dallas, Oregon, in the Pentecostal Evangel:

One day a judge came to my office.  I asked him what he was really in for because his leg cast didn’t need to be checked.

He said, “I just thought maybe you could give me a reason to live.”  He broke down and cried.  I led him to the Lord.

I asked him what prompted him to tell me that.  He said, “When you walked into the room, I saw something in your eyes that told me you had what I wanted.  Something told me you knew the answer to life.  I look in men’s faces all day long, judging the truth.  I could see that you believed with all your heart that what you were telling me was true.  It was enough to convince me I needed it.

My prayer is that our Faith Fragrance is so powerful it can’t be missed by anyone!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

Where Are You?

Oh, Jesus, where are you…

z1…when the violence in this world is creating fear and chaos all around?

 

z2…when my heart is aching from yet another stab in the back?

 

z3…when I recognize my sin is more than I can bear?

 

 

z4…when a child is so sick?

 

z5…when the love of my life is losing strength?

 

 

z6…when loneliness is pressing in like the darkness of night?

 

z7…when leadership is not showing faith in You?

 

 

z8…when resources are running low?

 

z9…when there’s no joy or delight in the day?

 

 

 

And He answered…

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:16

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  John 14:14 

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.  People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works.  Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.  Don’t worry.  Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes, without missing out.  You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  Matthew 6:31-34  MSG

Heavenly Father, let your Word be constantly on my mind.  Draw me closer and closer to You.  Give me strength, courage and wisdom for all that happens.  Make it so in Jesus name.

My God Is With Me All The Time

Romans 8:31  If God is for us who can be against us.

Lately I’ve been thinking about God’s nearness a lot and remembering the many times and places He has made His presence known to me…

I’ve seen Him in the mountains at sunrise when the mist is rising, the moose is bugling mountainin the distance, and the birds are singing their beautiful morning symphony.

 

oceanI’ve seen Him on the ocean while sitting on a balcony and watching the incredible blueness of the water and the flying fishing playing on the waves.  I’ve heard Him in the sound of the dolphins chattering in the dark of the evening.

I’ve seen Him in the ocean while snorkeling in the Caribbean.  The colors of the tropical snorkelingfish, the stingray stirring up the sand, and the small brown shark minding his own business, and the myriad of colors in the coral.

jesus_surgeonI’ve known his presence before and during surgery.  Only he could guide the hands of the surgeons so that all that was left of an 8 1/2 pound cancerous tumor is a nasty scar.

 

thCA8GZJYEI’ve known the calmness of His presence while waiting for 20 days for my Ray to wake from his Traumatic Brain Injury Coma.

blizzardI’ve seen the beauty of His creation in the more than 70 inches of snow we’ve had this year.

 

symphony-orchestra-183607_640I’ve heard him in the beauty of Beethovan, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak Symphonies.

My Lord is with me all the time.  How about yours?

I Believe

infant JesusI believe that Jesus is the One and Only son of God!

diesI believe that if I were the last person on this earth Jesus would have put Himself on the cross to save me!

I amI believe that God is God, the I AM, the Alpha and Omega, the Is, Was, and Is to come!

downloadI believe that God can do anything and more!

 

 

 

 

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 3:18

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

I believe the Word is the living and breathing work of God!

mother daughterI believe that God has purpose in and for my life!

 

 

wedding gownI believe that when God looks at me He sees a beauty far beyond anything I can imagine!

Holy SpiritI believe that the Spirit of God dwells in me!

 

 

 

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I believe that Heaven and Hell are real places!

thCA8GZJYEI believe that when my life on earth is over I will spend eternity with my Lord and Savior!

 

 

jesus-second-coming

I believe that He is coming soon!

 

 

 

Worship Him in song     I Believe

Ah, Lord God, my beginning and end, my One and Only, You have chosen and adopted me.  I am in awe of Your love for me.  Make me aware of Your purpose for my life.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus in whose name I lift this prayer.  Make it so!