"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual." (1Cor. 2:12-13)
Sunday, December 29, 2013
The fragrance of Jesus will become a living aroma in and through us, but only after it has first been used for the purpose of our own burial.
As aromatic as it is, the fragrance of Christ inevitably gives off a perceived odor of death to self, foul to the human sense of what life should smell like. This is a lethal deterrent for many, and it is played out in many different ways.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
"A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley...'" (Isaiah 40:3-4 NASB)
In the midst of our own wilderness, when we prepare the way for the Lord, we allow Him to go before us to raise the valleys of deception & self pity; to bring down the mountains of religion & self righteousness; and to level the rugged ground of our own understanding and self reliance.