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Do Your Aroma Match Jesus’

Do Your Aroma Match Jesus’By: Shirley Thomas
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15, NKJV)
Christian soldiers that are on God’s battlefield continually have to be very careful, because Satan’s angels—imp’s and pimp’s as they are called in today’s society—are in God's warrior's presence continually.   Paul, the apostle of Christ always gives thanks to God who triumphantly leads him as he spreads the gospel, as he calls it, “the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
Thus we warrior’s of the gospel are not only to go into the world with God’s word, but have the knowledge of it as well in its truth. There is a saying, “even a win-o knows God’s word, but refrain from adhering to it.” Paul uses the Greek osmé̄ in Vv. 14, 16 for fragrance to convey “aroma of life”—in heaven—in comparison to “the aroma of death”—in Hades. We are [warrior’s of] the arom…

Home of the Maonites

Home of the Maonites
‎The Maonites, also known as the Meunim or Mehunim, lived around the site of the village pictured here, southeast of the Jordan Valley and of Petra in modern Jordan. They may have been a clan of Edom, and are listed as a people that oppressed Israel (Judg 10:12). Though the Israelites apparently exterminated them from their home area (1 Chr 4:41), Mehunim are listed among the Nethinim, hereditary temple servants, that returned from Babylonian exile in Ezra’s time (Ezra 2:43, 50). ‎Judg 10:12, 1 Chr. 4:41, 2 Chr 26:7, Ezra 2:43, 50

Carved Doorway at Canatha

Carved Doorway at Canatha ‎Canatha (modern Qanawat, Syria) was one of the cities of the Decapolis confederation, a loosely affiliated group of between 10 and 18 cities to the east and south of the Sea of Galilee. While this city isn’t mentioned by name in the Bible, it is likely that people from here were among the crowds from the Decapolis that came to see Jesus, and he may have visited here during his itinerant ministry. ‎Matt 4:25, Mark 5:20, Mark 7:31


Death

Death
Romans 5:12

Excerpt


“Death” is a complex term in both Testaments. Here it is not so much biological as a description of man’s spiritual condition, powerless in the grasp of an inner moral corruption that alienates human beings from God and makes final judgment a dread certainty. Adam’s sin insinuated both biological and spiritual death into our race, making both our present and future dark and grim. In contrast, Jesus interjects life, the opposite of death, making us alive to God and guaranteeing a bright eternal future.


Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights

Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights

The Seven “Beatitudes” in Revelation

The Seven “Beatitudes” in Revelation
“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them’ ” (Rev. 14:13).“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed” (Rev. 16:15).  “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” ’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God’ ” (Rev. 19:9).“Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed …

Stars and Lampstands

Stars and Lampstands
Excerpt


Christ was holding seven stars in His right handand walking among the seven golden lampstands. The “stars” were the angels or messengers of the churches and the “lampstands” were the seven churches (Rev. 1:20).


Walvoord, John F. “Revelation.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 933.

One Qualification: Israel of Promise

One Qualification: Israel of Promise
Excerpt


Being recipients of the promise involves God’s selective will. The “true” Israelhad received all God’s promises so far. See 9:13 regarding the continual conflict between the true and false people of God. Romans 9:6 gives the thesis of Romans 9–11. The promise of 9:8 relates to the Abrahamic covenant (cf.4:13). The Israel spoken of in the Old Testament promises is not identical with the natural and physical descendants of Jacob. In Romans 9:7 Paul quoted Genesis 21:12 to prove the point of 9:6 that physical descent does not in and of itself make one a child of God and a recipient of the promise. Both Isaac and Ishmael were physical sons of Abraham, but Isaac was designated Abraham’s heir. In Romans 9:9 Paul quoted Genesis 18:10, a prophecy of Isaac’s birth. In Romans 9:12–13 Paul quoted from Genesis 25:23 and Malachi 1:2–3 to illustrate that God’s elective purposes are often contrary to human expectation.


Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Lane…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 3

  Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost
    2 Peter 1:21
The Bible is the writing of the living God. Each letter was penned with an almighty finger. Each word in it dropped from the everlasting lips. Each sentence was dictated by the Holy Spirit. Albeit that Moses was employed to write his histories with his fiery pen, God guided that pen. It may be that David touched his harp, and let sweet psalms of melody drop from his fingers; but God moved his hands over the living strings of his golden harp. Solomon sang canticles of love and gave forth words of consummate wisdom; but God directed his lips, and made the preacher eloquent. If I follow the thundering Nahum, when his horses plough the waters; or Habakkuk, when he sees the tents of Cushan in affliction; if I read Malachi, when the earth is burning like an oven; if I turn to the smooth page of John, who tells of love; or the rugged chapters of Peter, who speaks of fire devouring God’s enemies; if I turn …

Connect the Testaments

December 3: Facing the Storms on the Horizon
Jeremiah 4:19–5:31; Colossians 2:6–23; Proverbs 11:13–31

Having knowledge or insight into a situation and feeling helpless to act upon that information is one of the most frightening feelings we can experience. It makes us anxious, even pained.

Jeremiah 4 describes an experience like this: “My heart is restless within me, I cannot keep silent, for I hear in my inner self the sound of a horn, the alarm of war. Destruction on destruction is proclaimed, for all of the land is devastated.… How long must I see the banner, and hear the sound of a horn? ‘For my people are foolish, they have not known me. They are foolish children, and they do not have insight. They are skillful at doing evil, and they do not know how to do good’ ” (Jer 4:19–22).

How should we react in moments like these? How should we operate? There are no simple answers to these questions. But what is certain is that we must depend on God and His provision over our lives. We must l…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 3rd
Not by might nor by power


And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. 1 Cor. 2:4.

If in preaching the Gospel you substitute your clear knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the Gospel, you hinder people getting to Reality. You have to see that while you proclaim your knowledge of the way of salvation, you yourself are rooted and grounded in faith in God. Never rely on the clearness of your exposition, but as you give your exposition see that you are relying on the Holy Spirit. Rely on the certainty of God’s redemptive power, and He will create His own life in souls.

When once you are rooted in Reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God. When once you get into …

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 3      Go To Evening Reading
 “There is no spot in thee.”           — Song of Solomon 4:7
Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight. If he had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marveled; but when he testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If he had but promised to rem…