Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Pleasing Aroma to God

Isn't it odd how quickly life can change.  Since my last post, I have been struggling with my Christian walk; experiencing spiritual warfare in a manner so far unknown to me in my life.   My faith has been weak, my thought life a wreck and my obedience almost non-existent.  I have been holding on simply by the grace of God.  The Lord has prompted me to continue in my devotions even though I have been struggling in prayer.  The Word I have heard is persevere, put on the armor of God and control your thoughts.

This morning I had a profound spiritual experience,  When I got up, I was putting on my slippers and had  the sense of an aroma coming up in my face.  It was a smell that evoked an immediate response in my spirit and in my flesh,  It pulled at my memory banks but I could not place it and it kept occurring.

I usually have my quiet time in the morning, and this morning I really sensed the presence of the Lord God in my home,   (I have been praying that the Holy Spirit would come and fill my home with His presence to help in the spiritual warfare going on there.  Boy, did he ever deliver!!!)

A prompting in my spirit sensed this was a smell pertaining to medicine and death, and the thought passed through my mind:  How would you live today if you knew you were going to die.  Really, when that question is asked within your mind and not within the aspect of "soul winning and the four spiritual laws", it affects you deeply and profoundly,especially when you think it's being prompted by the Spirit of God who lives in you.

I began to mull over how I would live if I knew I had just a few hours left of my life as I know it.  It was like my life flashed before me and I saw the results of how my living with weak faith, a sinful thought life and very little obedience to the One who has the right to require obedience had brought on a lot of the warfare and lack of peace in my life.  Give the devil an inch and he'll take a mile, as my mom would say. Submit yourself to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you as brother James says in James 4:7.

It all boils down to that.  I have not been submitting myself to God and so the devil has been gaining a foothold in my life.  My response was immediate.  I confessed my sin, repented and asked God to create in me a clean heart and to restore a right spirit within me.  His word tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

If we only had a true inkling of how holy, righteous and unblemished by sin that God really is, we might have an idea of how badly our lives stink to Him. Jesus the Christ offered up His life in sacrifice for the sins of the world.  He died to what He wanted and offered up the sweet aroma of His obedience and subsequent death to God so that you and I might live and not die.

Ephesians 5:2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Satan is a roaring lion looking for those who he can devour.  Don't let him do it to you; resist him,  Don't leave home today without your armor.  Ephesians 6:10-17