WHEN FEAR IS NEAR . . .

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)

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Fear is Near–                                                                       Muscles tense,                                                                    Thoughts  implode,                                                           Clarity fades,                                                                       Reason irrationalizes,                                                      Anxiety thrives–                                                                 Peace is Distant.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. (Matthew 6:30-34)

Fear is like a thief in the night, stealing God’s promises from us,

as we toss and turn in restless slumber.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

His peace has been given to us. It is now—and everlasting. Only our fear and anxiety can make us question His promises, lose sight of His gifts, and cast His hope away.

Yet, He is near, sending us a lifeline back to Him.

When anxiety was great within me,
    Your consolation brought me joy.

(Psalm 94:19)

FEAR separates us from God’s loving, outstretched hand.

FEAR separates us from Jesus waiting on the other side of the door.

FEAR holds us back from opening ourselves to Him to receive His peace.

FEAR allows anxiety to grow and create a vacuum, a space devoid of God’s hope.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

 NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD— EXCEPT US.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)  AMEN!

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/29/2020) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

GOD’S GIFT OF LIFE

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

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Our mind’s eye view of a gift may be on a Christmas morning as a child, looking excitedly with wonder and joy at all the presents under the tree, wrapped in beautiful  paper and colorful bows, the glowing hues of tree lights and a shining star illuminating the room. Yet, life is not always the ornately wrapped gift that we await in anticipation and excitement to view. What we open and experience in our gift of life can involve difficult, tragic, heart-breaking circumstances with great suffering. Not the version of a “gift” we remember as a child.

What can we do when life is not the gift we want to unwrap, behold, and accept as our own with our name tag on it?

O God, thou art my God, I seek Thee,
my soul thirsts for Thee;
my flesh faints for Thee,
as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
So I have looked upon Thee in the sanctuary,
beholding Thy power and glory.
Because Thy steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise Thee. (Psalm 63:1-3)

 “THY STEADFAST LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE . . .”

Through His steadfast love, the Light to guide us through the darkness of the difficult aspects of life is provided with the gift of this life. Christ dispels all darkness with His Light. We must turn to Him to find sanctuary, hope, and strength in His Light. When we do, the Light reveals gifts in life that we may have overlooked as we tried to deal with the struggles on our own. . .

Did we miss the sunrise, that promise of another day? Did we not hear the birds awakening the new day with song? Were we too overwhelmed with the difficulties in life that we missed the wonder of a child’s smile, then failed to notice our own joyful smile in return? Was the meal before us at the table not welcomed with thanksgiving?  Did we not gaze with appreciation and awe as the flaming brilliance across the western sky closed the day to give us rest?

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

And from His fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17)

This gift of life will include struggles, as we try to live as Christ lived. Yet, God’s grace is ever with us. His gifts are always good. To enter eternal life with Him, we must open the gift with our name tag on it—and live the life He has given to each one of us, living this life for Him and His purposes.

20 Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

 (Sharon  G. Tate blog 03/08/2020) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

RESOLVED TO SERVE GOD IN 2020

                      

Ready for the Lord’s Will in my life.

Enlisted in His service as a Prayer Warrior.

Servant to others in His Name.

One with the Lord, able to make a difference for God in word and deed.

Leaning on God for daily strength, decision-making, and wisdom.

Vocal in spreading His message of hope, truth, and salvation.

Embracing the call of discipleship, following Jesus all the way.

Devoted to God, first and foremost, in my life.

With man alone, resolve fails.

With God, all things are possible.

 I AM RESOLVED: 2020 BIBLICAL RESOLUTIONS

As we form–and affirm–our own resolutions for this new year, may we take to heart the Word of the Lord our God; the counsel of His servants Paul and Joshua; and the prayers of David, whom God called “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22).

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.             

Philippians 3:12-14 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Colossians 3:14-15 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.       

Luke 6:31  And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.                            

Ephesians 6:17-20  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.                                                                          

 Luke 6:27-28 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.                                                              

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,  And lead me in the way everlasting.                                  

Joshua 24:15 . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.                                             

Isaiah 43:18-19 This is what the Lord says: 18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

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As we contemplate a new year of promise, let us follow Biblical examples of resolve. What “new thing” can we do for the Lord? What “road in the wilderness” can we tread daily so others can clearly see the path to follow, joining us in our walk with Christ? What “rivers in the desert” will flow with Living Water when we share Jesus with those who thirst?

   NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:

366 DAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE LORD.

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 01/05/2020) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

The Wise Seek Wisdom: The Journey to Worship Christ

 

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” 1

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1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,  behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”

. . .Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found Him bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him.” When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (Matthew 2:1-2, 7-10)

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The wise men did not need Herod to prod them to follow the star in search of the Christ child. They had already determined in their hearts and minds that this was their path. They had traveled far and would not be deterred from seeking and worshipping Him who was prophesied.

The guide: A night light in the sky to lead them to the Light

Who would extinguish all night, all fear of darkness.

They had seen His star in the East.  Significantly, the east is the place of sunrise.  A new dawn for mankind was beginning in a birth that would change the world. The wise men came to worship this child who would grow and keep “increasing in   wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). As a young lad of twelve, He would be found “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47 and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers”  (Luke 2:46-47). As a grown man, He would teach in the synagogue; and the teachers would be awed by His learning: “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to him, and such miracles as these performed by his hands?” (Mark 6:2)

 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and    righteousness and sanctification, and redemption… (I Corinthians 1:30)

The wise men sought the one who, they believed, had “been born king of the Jews.” They had traveled a great distance to find Him. The star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was” (Matthew 27:9).    Although they did not understand His kingdom would not be of this earth, they were right to seek Him and worship Him, the embodiment of “wisdom from God.”  When we,      likewise, choose to seek and worship the Lord, He will go before us, guide us, and lead us through the darkness, even if by a glimmer, until His full glory is revealed.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being,     sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins,   He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)

And the wise still seek Him– not by a star, not by fate, not by destiny but by

earnest desire and need to find the Christ and worship Him.

( Sharon  G. Tate blog 12/22/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

1 Lisa Mantchev, Eyes Like Stars. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/stars

SINGING TO GOD WITH THE VOICE OF THE HEART

 

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels;
in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man
is felt to be so divine.
It brings us near to the infinite.” 1

 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”  (Psalm 95:1)

Through the music, we sing to the Lord–

**expressing our joy, adoration, love, and thanksgiving;

**requesting His forgiveness, His grace, His mercy, and His hope;

**reaching up to Him in awe, in wonder, and in praise;

**crying out to Him in distress, in loneliness, in despair, and in grief;

**worshipping Him with the outpouring of our souls through song.

Through the music, we connect with each other on a spiritual level:

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…” (Ephesians 5:19)

Through singing, we are in harmony before the Lord, lifting our voices and our hearts in one accord to Him. The words of the music become our devotion, our prayer, our praise, our thanks, our joy, our hope, our confession, our penance, and our love to the Father.

Through the music, that which truly dwells within us is given voice:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

How we sing the music is an indication of the nature of our inner being. If the Word of the Lord is deeply rooted within us, firmly secured in our hearts, our voices will sing spiritual songs.

Through the music, we proclaim His Glory:

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.” (Psalm 101:1)

“I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)

“I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9:2)

As we sing to our Lord and our God, let us remember that He is listening. As we sing to the Most High, let us not forget that He is hearing. As we offer our voices in song to our Father, let us bear in mind that He wants us, His children, to acknowledge Him with due respect and honor.

Let us each search within and ask:

What voice will the Lord hear from my heart today?

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 Thomas Carlyle (1795 –1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 12/15//19) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Blessed by God–Beyond Human Understanding

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;

give thanks to Him and praise His name. (Psalm 100:4)

AMEN! AND AMEN! AND AMEN!

Gratitude, appreciation, obligation, indebtedness, thanks…

How can what we express ever be enough for what God gives to us.

Love beyond our capability: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Gifts beyond our asking: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:17)

Peace beyond our conception: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Strength beyond our capacity: I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Forgiveness beyond our expectation: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ( 1 John 1:9)

Salvation beyond our understanding: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Grace beyond our worth: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (Ephesians 2:8)

Eternal life beyond our mortal grasp: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Thanksgiving and Praise to Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Father:

I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. (Psalm 7:17)

                                             Let us daily remember to Whom we owe                                                                                    our thanks and praise for the blessings we have.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17)

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/24/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

REMEMBRANCE SECURED WITHIN OUR HEARTS

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. (Philippians 1:3)

It will be the tenth anniversary of my mother’s passing on the 21st of November 2019. I do thank my God in all my remembrance of her. She was a special lady who, in many ways, was the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. Her impact on my life, my brother’s life, and my father’s life was profound. “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (Proverbs 31:28) This verse is what I cited at her memorial service, and we did stand, including all those present whose lives she had touched.

 What remembrance have we, as individuals and as the Lord’s church in my city/in your city, left with others? In the church, what memory and impact have we left with those who visit us; with those who were members and moved on to a career opportunity; with those young people who left for college or trade school, the military or the work force; with those who got married and left home to start their own families?

REMEMBRANCE

An excerpt of Paul’s letter to the Philippians:

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

(Philippians 1:3-11)

Can it be said, individually and in my church and in your church, that we began a “good work” and “will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ?” Will the “good work” dwell in the hearts of those who move to a new location that they, too, “will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ?”

REMEMBRANCE

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1: 3-8)

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.                 

(2 Peter 1: 12-15)

We need reminders to keep us focused on our purpose of serving Christ and serving others through Him. Many aspects of our life today draw us away from remembrance of how we must live and work for the Lord. The television in our living room, the movie posters outside the theater, the purposeful placement of items for sale at stores, the magazines at the checkout aisle, the language we hear around us, the internet posts, and more all test our remembrance of how we should act, speak, think, and live.

Who will be the remembrance of Him? We must show Christ to the world, to our neighbors, to our families and friends, and to our brothers and sisters in Him through our lives. In us, He lives as we follow the Word and show that Word to those we encounter, that they will remember and follow through in their own lives, showing Christ to those they encounter.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians reminds us that we need to pray for each other. Peter’s letter reminds us that we must hold ourselves to “faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.” The reminders of remembrance are crucial to helping us sustain our commitment to Christ.

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REMEMBRANCE

My mother developed Alzheimer’s in the latter years of her life. During those twelve years, she had a progressive loss of memory to the point of not even recognizing herself in the mirror. One day, as she looked into the mirror, she offered a friendly, gracious invite to that person she saw in the reflection to come into the room, welcoming her with a smile, a gesture, and the greeting “You can come in.” The remembrance of the identity, personality, and essence of my mother was still present within and that came through outwardly in that moment and many others. She still touched lives around her at church, in the mobile park, in the nursing home—and yet today and still tomorrow.

I believe what we place securely in our hearts will not be lost. What we develop within ourselves will come through outwardly in our actions and words and how we live. If Christ is within us by our need and desire for Him to be there, He will not be moved, even by a memory disease like Alzheimer’s.

The remembrance will remain.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/17/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

COMMUNICATION WITH GOD–UNBROKEN

The brief Messenger “talk”, a Snapchat moment, an abbreviated text, the selected”like” or “love” click on Facebook , an appropriate emoji—such is, often, the essence of our connections with each other today.

In contrast, we have lengthy books and letters in God’s Word. The communication is deeper, personal, and involving. The “reaching out” from God through His Word is a “reaching in” to our thoughts, where we can respond back to Him and converse with Him:

God’s Word to us,

Through scripture

Inspired by Him,

Penned by men,

Speaking through ages.

 

The written Word

Communicated–

To those who hear,

To those who read,

To those who hunger,

To those who thirst.

 

Those who believe,

Our prayers to Him

Sent to be heard,

Sent in petition,

Sent for response,

Sent to communicate.

 

Reaching out to God

Who first spoke to us;

Yearning for contact,

Spoken and unspoken

Communication

With our Creator.

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In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2)

 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:14)

 13 I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence which we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of Him.   (I John 5:13-15)

Our communication with the Father, through His Son, becomes an enduring relationship through all time when we deeply engage with Him in prayer and the study of His Word.

Spoken and unspoken communion with our God– unbroken.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/27/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

THE LORD WAITS FOR ME

In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before You
    and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

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Why do I have to wait, Lord?

Anxious during this wait,

I fret more and think more;

Trying to reason out the answer,

I become more focused inward,

Never understanding the why as . . .

God, You are waiting for me.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Waiting for answers to requests we ask before the Lord are sometimes trying and difficult. The difficulty lies within you and within me, however. We need more hope, more faith, more trust in Him. We truly cannot see or understand what God sees and knows ahead and beyond anything we can comprehend.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Lord, help us to wait patiently with the faith that You are always with us. Help us to fully trust in Your goodness and wisdom to direct our paths in this life.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/20/19) teacherforjesus.com   Meditations on God’s Word

THE AROMA OF CHRIST IN US

 

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5:1-2)

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NOTICED: “Domino’s Pizza in Australia posted a job for ‘chief garlic bread taste tester.’” 1

Any applicant of a job like this must be willing to deal with the consequences of “garlic breath,” which is “pungent, sharp, spicy, and strong. Bad breath or halitosis is associated with “garlic breath.” 2

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Most of us would not regard this position as a desirable career choice or even want it as a temporary job. We would, likely, need to rinse repeatedly with mouthwash and chew a lot of gum to try and dispel the “aroma” as we engaged with friends and family. Yet, that scent would remain with us beyond opening our mouths. Daily, repeated encounters with garlic would permeate our clothes and our very bodies. We would never be able to fully rid ourselves of that odor.

The metaphor of this situation is applicable to the person whose words and presence do not exude a “fragrant smell” to those he or she encounters.  The smell of garlic breath might be associated with works of the flesh in this comparison: 19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5: 19-21)

As a Christian, we are to have Christ in us through our words, actions, deeds, and mind. What comes forth from us to others should be a “sweet smell,” one that is recognizable as the “fruit of the spirit”: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22-25) 

In our world today, “garlic breath” seems to be overwhelmingly prevalent. We can “smell it” from the internet and all forms of the media. We can “smell it” while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the hallways of our schools, at the sports events of our children, in our workplaces, while waiting at the stoplight, in the restaurants where we eat, as we walk down the main street of our towns and cities, in the houses of friends and relatives, and maybe in our own homes and even in our own church buildings.

The world needs the sweet aroma of Christ through us to be the ever-abiding fragrance, to permeate all walks of life and to dispel the foul odor of the “works of the flesh.”

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.  (2 Corinthians 2: 14-17)

Let us, “in the sight of God,” Who is ever-present, “speak in Christ”

and “{spread}the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

 

1Time Magazine. Source: ABC, Reuters. UPI. October 14, 2019. “For the Record.”

2 The Smell of Garlic. Google.com

(Sharon G. Tate 10/13/19 blog) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word