August 28 Heaven Scent

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Job 28:1-30:31;  2 Corinthians 2:12-17;  Psalm 42:1-11;  Proverbs 22:7

“But, thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.”  2 Corinthians 2:14-16

What smell do you identify as being delightful–even heavenly?

Chanel No. 5?  A freshly mown hayfield?  A loaf of bread still warm from the oven?  A newborn’s fuzzy head?  Saddle leather and horse hide?

 My favorite is the latter.  The smell of horses evokes strong memories of many pleasurable hours of riding in the Texas and Kansas countrysides.

The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians that as believers we all cast a fragrance lovely to God.  As we live out our Christian faith day by day we spread the fragrance of hope, love and redemption through Christ our Lord.  His sacrifice of his body and blood on the Cross was the sweet smelling sacrifice that appeased our Holy God.

Jesus was Heaven’s Scent.

Lord God Heavenly Father, thank you for sending the perfect, once- for- all sacrifice, your dear Son, whose death broke open the bottle of the best perfume ever–Salvation No. 1.  May we never take His sacrifice for granted–a sacrifice that covered the stench of all our sins and now perfumes us with His righteousness.  Grant that we always be ready to give account for Heaven’s scent–the Gospel of our Lord and Savior.  In His name we pray, Amen.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

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April 7 Where Do You Park Your Heart?

Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27;  Luke12:8-34;  Psalm 78:32-55;  Proverbs 12:21-23

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“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor.  Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Luke 12:32-34

When I as a little girl I wanted a horse–really bad!  I asked Santa for a horse, my parents for a horse, my grandma for a horse.  My whole world was horses.  A kingdom for a horse…if I ever got my horse would I trade a kingdom for it?

I did finally get a horse and– it was heavenly.  I’m glad that I didn’t have to give him up.

What do I treasure now?  Would I be willing to give it up for something greater?  Where does my treasure lie?

Today as I received the Body and the Blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I received my treasure, my faith’s inheritance that can never be taken away from me.  Rust can’t destroy it.  Thieves can’t steal it.  It’s safe in my heart–He’s safe in my heart.  I’m  in His Kingdom!

Lord God,  I thank and praise you for the kingdom you have given to me through my Lord and Savior, Jesus.  His body and blood in the Lord’s supper is the body and blood shed for me on Calvary’s Cross–nothing could stop our Lord from giving Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  Lord, may I be so moved by this outpouring of love and mercy that I willingly share my material blessings with others  in need; to give of my time to help;  to be your hands and feet in this broken world–that at the end of the day I can say, my heart is with you in heaven.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen