The Sweet Aroma

By: Jessica Huber 

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2 Corinthians 2:14-17
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?
17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.

 
Have you ever warn a shirt that belonged to your love? You can’t help but smell them all around. Or maybe you have lost a loved one, picked up an item of their clothing and held it close. Drawing in that familiar sent you closed your eyes to envision their presence. When your child went off to summer camp or college, you couldn’t help but walk into their room, and find that the familiar aroma brought on a comforting hug.
The sense of smell can flash a moment of history right before your eyes. The smell of Grandma’s cinnamon buns or Pappy’s pipe, can have you sitting in their kitchen, reliving the smiles and the laughter all over.

Psalm 141:2
May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.

Song of Solomon 1:3
“Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.
The Aroma of Christ is the most pleasing fragrance, it is the haze of an offering that seeps into our soul. His sincere followers can’t help but give off this aroma, because it is Him Who moves and dwells within. It is lifted to the Heavens every time prayer is released and the moment praise is proclaimed. This aroma fills the air whenever and wherever His Name is spoken. When the aroma of Christ is given out, it has an affect on everyone, believers, non believers and The Father Himself.
The Sacrifice of Christ, is the aroma of His Love. When we bear that reflection in this world, it does not go unnoticed. You can not have a relationship with Jesus Christ and not be affected, you cannot have a relationship with others where they are not affected by Him. In one way or another it is either received or rejected.
Just as 2 Corinthians 2:16-17 explains.
16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?
17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.

John 9:39
And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and to those who are perishing. This is what it is to witness within this world, to be an ambassador for Christ. The knowledge of Him manifests in every place.
When Christ is present within us and working through us, it is an aroma creating an offering of Salvation to all!

In every place! The next time you go out, the next time you engage in conversation, think about the witnessing you are doing. Think about who you are witnessing for. What is the essence that others will experience from this encounter ? Do they walk away with that fragrance? Is it lingering in their midst, can they shake it? Can they tell that the aroma is Of Him? Do you give credit to where credit is due?
Or is it a fragrance of confusion?

I recently saw a picture of a celebrity and underneath were the words “correct a fool and he will hate you, correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.” There was a caption that said ” the Truth is here” and following that, it said “wise words.” Well, the statement quoted was wise. And actually I recognized it from Proverbs 9:8
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. This proverbs 9:8 was nowhere to be found on this picture, just the face of a celebrity. I feel like this was an opportunity missed. Yes the information given was great, but when we start leaving out the true source, the fragrance becomes tainted.

JESUS is the Way the Truth and the Life!
The Truth Has been here!
No one comes to the Father unless it’s through Him.
Ultimately, the goal is for all to know Him and experience the Gift that He offers. Words of wisdom are wonderful but they mean nothing if the Gold is not backing the paper.

May you surround yourself with the Aroma of Christ. May the fragrance that you give off be the evidence of the closeness that you share with Him.

 

Prayer
Lord thank you for providing a way, for giving us Life and for surrounding us in your presence. Thank you for the personal relationship that we share. Submerge those who desire to share you with this world, douse us with your Love. Help us to remember your true character and most of all help us to reflect it on to those who do not yet know you. Lord bless us and protect us while we serve in the mission field. Keep us humble and remind us of Who we belong to. Remind us of who we are to be giving the credit to, and each time we do, may it be an Aroma to your senses! All Glory and Honor to You Our Lord and Savior!
In JESUS Name, Amen

Teachable Moments

By: Jessica Huber

I love love teachable moments!!!
So recently I was writing about hope and it included the parable of the lost coin.
I found myself referencing this once again, when it became a topic of conversation with my kidos!

My workout group likes to use hip scarfs with little coins on them, they look like the type that belly dancers use. We use them just for fun and to encourage body movement. My daughter likes to dress up and play with them as well. So this morning I found one of the coins on my kitchen counter. Oh I got so excited because it took my mind right to the lost coin mentioned in Luke 15. Both kids were sitting at the island so it was a perfect moment to bring it up to them!
I said, “hey did you know? “Back in the day, instead of a woman receiving a wedding ring, she would receive coins? ” “Check it out!”
A lawful Jewish marriage requires an act of kinyan (that the bride be given – and that she accept – something of nominal value from the groom). In ancient times, coins were typically given. (They are still used by many Sephardic and Oriental Jews).

I gave the kids a little bit of history and I told them the parable of the lost coin. This woman most likely searched for that coin because it was of personal value not just because it was monetary. It was precious to her. It was like loosing a promise.
I told them that Jesus told this story because we are like the coins to Him, the Angels rejoice when a sinners repents and turns to the Lord. We are precious to him and his promise of salvation stands true. When we are not walking with The Lord we can be considered spiritually lost, but just like the woman searches for her coin, The Lord pursues us. He calls and when we hear his voice, we realize that the direction we are walking in, is not good for us. Its not His way, we might even feel remorse or regret. In that moment we have a choice to keep going the wrong way or we can turn back to Him. Remember the Lord searches our heart so He knows if we are sincere. The moment we whole heartedly turn to him, that is repentance.

We talked about that weird word repent. I demonstrated by walking towards the wall and then turning and walking in the opposite direction. “That’s repent… to turn. ”
And Here is where I knew they got it!
I just happened to be facing the refrigerator, (not intentionally) when I turned back. My son said, “oh repenting is like turning to food.” “There was nothing over there for you to eat when you were walking with the devil..just the wall, but when you turn to JESUS it’s like your turning to food!” Oh man I swore I could hear angels! Hallelujah yes yes!!! That’s exactly what repentance is like! When we are walking with the devil there is no food, lack of nourishment, literally a DEAD END and when we turn to JESUS we are eternally Filled!!! Walking In His glorious Light Wahoo! A LIFE with no end! JESUS the Bread of Life! God is so good!!! Amazing Grace how sweet the sound! I once was ________ but now I’m __________.

Psalm 139:1
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

The Lord is Abundant in His teachings! Anywhere Anytime!

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Deuteronomy 11:19
“You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Prayer

Dear Lord your timing is always perfect, I pray that my spiritual ears and eyes will be alert and open to your guidance within my everyday surroundings.
Lord thank you for my children, they are a blessing and a gift and I want to handle them with care. I know that it is my job to make sure they hear your word. Scripture says to teach them and show them the way and they will not turn from it. I know that it will eventually come down to their choice whether they have a relationship with you or not. It is my hope to give them a good start, so that when the day comes for them to hear your voice, they will turn to you and follow.
I ask that you bless them and keep them In The Precious Name of JESUS.

Take off the Death Clothes

By: Jessica Huber 

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You Are Alive In Christ, it’s time to take off the coverings meant for Death and Go!
Walk! Take off the Old self and proudly sport the New! When Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead He said “take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Remember Lazarus was dead for 4 days. His body was wrapped with linens and placed in the tomb.
When we were in sin, we were dead and wrapped with the same preparation for death.

Ephesians 2
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

After the resurrection of Christ, Peter walked into the empty tomb, he found the linens that were wrapped around JESUS. They were lying there.
JESUS took off the dead clothes, and so should we!

Brothers and Sisters we have to set the Example for our future siblings. There are souls that are looking and seeking! Right now they may have no idea what they are even looking for, but they know they are tired of the same old cycle. They are tired wearing death day after day. I’m telling you, when God is displayed in our lives, it draws people in for a closer look.
When they see His work Glorified within our actions and behavior it’s hard to ignore. We are to be set apart for a reason, if we are blending in and wearing our old, how does it help them to find the New?

Who ever Finds Him, Finds Life!
Proverbs 8:35

Some of us are new to the family and some have been in it as long as they can remember. Just because we have proclaimed Jesus as The Lord of our life, it does not always mean we are setting a good example of it.

The thing is, the moment we accept The Lord as our savior, our New life begins. A New Creation is Born. Our head is adorned with a crown of life and our feet are positioned on a path and its up to us to walk.
It’s up to us to acknowledge WHO directs each step.
Sadly, a lot of us get lost in the glory of our forgiveness and we take it for granted.
Our legs are healed, but we forget to walk. We are forgiven and yet we sit.
We forget about the mission. We forget that there are people who desperately hunger for something more.

Isaiah 52:7  How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Romans 6
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life

You are never too young or too old in this walk to make a difference.

Eyes are on the proclaimed Christians.
Will we be perfect and never step off the path? No, this is why we should be careful not to get too haughty or too mighty. No one is exempt from needing a correction. If you are going to receive Grace you need to be able to Give it.
Remember ..Forgiven, Loved, Redeemed!!
Not by Our works but by HIS!
No power of darkness Can separate us from His Love!

So are you getting the point of the walk?

The Father of the prodigal son still loved that foolish boy, even while he was off eating the pig food.
The point is, he was in a place where he didn’t belong. His place was at home with the Father. He was not to be wearing rags or eating scraps meant for animals. He was to be eating the finest food and sporting..,as scripture says, the BEST robe. Luke 15

What is The Point of being washed and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, if we are going to turn around and enter a fashion show wearing our OLD dirty clothes?
What are new believers and non believers to gain by watching this?

Why eat junk and share it with our friends and family, when we have The Bread of Life? Why cover with rags, when The Father has given us the Finest robe?

There is a reason we were called to walk! There is a reason we were given The Holy Spirit “The Helper” while we walk here on this earth.

When we keep our feet on the path we are showing others, God in Action! We are a walking, living, proof of His Glory!!
Ephesians 4 :17-32
17So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Philippians 4
8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, PRACTICE these things,

May God Bless Your Walk Today!

Who Are You Wearing?

By: Jessica Huber

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Who Are You Wearing?
This is a question that is asked a lot on a Red Carpet, a special event usually for the stars of  this world.

If you look at yourself today, Who do you wear?

When people see your walk, can they tell right away or do they need to question?

Who do you represent in this world?
Do you shine?
Do people say, I want that!
Do they ask you where they can get it?
Do you only wear it for the Red Carpet events?

JESUS offers Something in a One Size Fits All. It’s woven with only the finest handcrafted material.
Salvation! Love! Genteelness! Kindness! Righteousness! Faith!
Truth! Hope! Prosperity!
Joy! Peace! Comfort!
Forgiveness! LIFE!
Put It On! Put Him On!

With Christ, EVERYDAY is a Red Carpet Event!  You are His Shining Star! Do not misunderstand, you do not shine by your own special ability, you shine because You Are His! You Shine because of the red that He poured out! You are here so He Can Shine Through You!

Ephesians 4:24
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Yes, if Jesus Christ is The Lord of Your Life , this is your Attire! Don’t let it hang in the closet! Wear it to work, wear it to the grocery store, wear it around friends, wear it with your family, wear it Everywhere! Remember we are not representing the world, we represent God’s Kingdom within the world.

Matthew 5:16
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Isaiah 61:10
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Cloth yourself in His Protection!

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 PUT ON the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore PUT ON the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Who are you wearing today?

God Bless!