Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016: Living Fragrance for God

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 120  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Daniel O’Donnell, singing the praise song Surely The Presence of the Lord, declaring the presence of the Lord in the hearts of all who surrender to His peace and love.

Highlight Passage:  2nd Cor. 2:15 [NKJV] … 
15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 
 … A beautiful image for which Christians should aspire.
Highlight Context – 2nd Corinthians 2:14-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… The lives and witness of true believers sharing God’s love with others are a sweet smelling aroma for God

Reference Passage #1 - Exodus 30:1, 7-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… In the OT Tabernacle, Aaron and the Priests were to burn an offering of sweet-smelling incense daily to show their love to God.

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 12:1 [NKJV] …  
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
… In the New Covenant our lives are to be the sweet-smelling living sacrifice of praise for God.

Reference Passage #3 - Ephesians 5:2 [NKJV] …  
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
 … Our lives of living sacrifice (see also Rom. 12:1) become a sweet-smelling aroma for God.

My Journal for Today:  Our Daily Bread author, Marion Stroud, taught about the sacrifice of incense which was to be burnt for God on the altar just outside of the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle (see Exodus 30 linked above); and how, in the New Covenant ,our lives, lived as living sacrifices (see Romans 12:1) become that sweet smelling aroma for God (see also 2Cor. 2:15 and Eph. 5:2).

And when we take in today’s ODB entry [see link below], the attached photo, and Daniel O’Donnell singing the linked song, I would hope that any reading here are as convicted as am I to do more - this very day - to be a sweet-smelling aroma of living sacrifice to/for our Lord. And, … I don’t think I need to complicate this with any more words, do I?

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Today, may all that I think, say, and do be a sweet-smelling aroma for You. Amen  

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