Reflections

Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Couple that with these two truths. Isaiah 43:7 says that we are created to glorify the Lord. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship…”


The folks that Paul wrote about in Romans 1:21 did not glorify Him. The result? It says, “…became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”


Here are some more truths. Jeremiah 23:24 says that God fills heaven and earth. No one can hide from Him. Psalm 139:1-4 says that God knows us. He understands our thoughts before we think them. David asked in verse 7, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”


Everyone, in the whole earth, is known by God. No one escapes His eyes or His intricate knowledge of them. Yet, John 15 gives us a different perspective. It is one of intimate communion. It is only for those who dwell with Him.

Verse 5 in the Amplified says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.” All fruit comes through our abiding. It is not what we do, but Who we spend time with. Acts 4:13 says of Peter and John, “…And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”


I want to be like that. I want the fragrance of the Lord to linger on me because of my time with Him. I want to be a sweet savor to those around me. Here are the first few words of a new song: Your fragrance is so sweet. There is no scent on earth that equals. Each spice is clear and distinct. They fill my heart with Your sweetness. It is taken from Psalm 45:8 which I quoted yesterday.


Leaving our quiet time with His fragrance is only possible as we are fully present while in His Presence. I was thinking about this last night. Being present means that we are really aware, attentive, not distracted, focused, and intently gazing.


We reflect who we have been with. Moses’ face shown after he spent time with the Lord on the mountain. Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus is the exact representation of the Father.
Are we truly the reflection of Jesus? Progressive sanctification is like a flower bud. The fragrance increases as the blossom unfolds. Walking in intimate communion is a fragrant lifestyle that attracts unbelievers to Jesus.

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