Monday, April 27, 2020
A Fragrant Aroma of Christ
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in
Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma
of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved
and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who
is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the
word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak
before God with sincerity, as those sent from God."
-2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Before, I've talked about seeking to understand God's Word
thru having opportunities to live His principles out in the real
world. And while I realize this may cause speculation among
those who read it, nevertheless, that doesn't mean what I'm
about to share is any less than true. So here it goes. What I'm
about to relate is a testimony that occured shortly after I asked
God to show me what the above passage meant.
It started while I went downtown to the inner city of
Chattanooga and just started walking around. Suddenly,
my sense of smell was opened up to the spiritual realm
all around me. At first, I thought what I was smelling was
automobile exhaust. Because that's what it smells similar to.
But as I kept on walking and continued to smell this horrid smell
even though there was no vehicle traffic, that caused me to go
to the Lord in prayer. Then it was there that God brought my awareness to the passage I quoted above. At this point, I have to
admit that I neither was in unbelief nor was I 100% convinced.
Rather, I continued to walk in prayer and just observe. By now
it was very apparent that something was very different. The
smell of stench kept wafting on and off. And it would always
show up when a car would pass me or some other pedestrian walked near.
At this point, I want to affirm that this was no smog or air
pollution. Because if it were, I'm pretty sure the smell would
have stayed in the air and not come and gone like it had been.
By this time, I had started to become and little sick and tired
of this stench. So I started praying to God if what I was smelling
was the stench of death from the lost; then open up my nostrils
to the fragrance of life and Christ. It wasn't long before I smelt
a very strong odor of something that I can best describe as a powerful scent of frankincense and myrrh. It wasn't completely
sweet. But it was almost overwhelming. It was like sticking your head over a huge vat of anointing oil and inhaling the air. And this would occur at intervals when cars would pass me on the road. Lastly, it was confirmed when I finally inquired with God if the people who were passing me were Christians.
I'm not going to describe the time that followed on the streets
that day. That's between me and God. Needless to say, it was
filled with prayer and worship to the God who had given me
this experience. To this day I have not had
a similar experience like that one. But one thing is for sure,
out of all the five senses, so far, I've been able to experience
3 that was opened up to me miraculously by God.
I believe I still have the senses of hearing and taste to go before
I've completed what the Lord has to show me regarding these. So until we, "taste and see that the LORD is good"..be blessed and have a wonderful day!