To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV
When I was saved the Lord opened my eyes to discern saved people from unsaved.
Everyone I saw belonged to one camp or the other.
Saved people walked in the light. The unsaved walked in darkness. It is not that I thought of one group better than the other. I did feel a sense of unity with saved people. There was a feeling of uneasiness in my interaction with the unsaved.
Our service to God is a sweet smelling aroma to the Lord. We are a sweet smelling aroma to people who have received everlasting life. We are a stench of death to people walking towards eternal separation from God.
We could never produce a sweet smelling aroma to God or an aroma of life to His people on our own. God uses us to disperse the fragrance of Him through our faith in Jesus!
The Lord reminded me of my father’s friend. I ran into Raymond while visiting the owner of a senior center. My father had already passed into eternity. Raymond was at the end of his life. He was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
Raymond was working with a therapist. I walked over to say hello to his wife. I asked her if he would remember me. She said she didn’t know but that I should say hello and find out.
I walked over to Raymond held out my hand and asked if he remembered Joe Garcia. His voice was very weak but I heard him say yes. He took my hand and stared straight ahead. After a few minutes I sensed it was time to go. Raymond would not let go of my hand. He held on until he was forced to let go.
Why did Raymond cling to me? Raymond held on to me because he could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in me. I was an aroma of life to him!
I took my wife to the hospital. She was in severe pain. A nurse transporting a patient walked towards us. As she came near the patient looked at my wife asked how she was feeling and laughed loudly. We were the stench of death to her.
God wants us to know there is a battle taking place in the heavens above and on the earth below. Our faith in God engages us in that battle. We are a blessing to Jesus and His people. We are a stench of death to people who walk in darkness.
We could not fight the war raging in the heavens above and the earth below in our own strength and wisdom. We can do all things through faith in Jesus Christ!
Wage war in the spiritual realm by trusting Jesus Christ with your life!
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