Since I first accepted Jesus Christ many years
ago I have seen hundreds of people from all walks of life come to the Lord
after hearing what God did in my life. I have learned a lot about how to hear
the Lord and I have grown in understanding of who God is and how He operates.
Another thing I have learned over time is that I really know very little. That
is one of the reasons I love meeting new people, hearing what they have to say,
hearing their perspective on God and learning what God has done in their lives.
I heard a lady give just a bit of her testimony
one Sunday. She was going to celebrate her one year anniversary being saved on
Monday and she was excited about it. She was thrilled with what God is doing in
her life. She was enthused about how she wakes up every morning thrilled with
what God has done for her and excited about what God will bring this day and
all the days of her life to come. She is constantly in awe of the deliverance
He is doing in her life. She, like all of us, came out of a lot of pain, guilt
and suffering in her life and is now filled with the love, peace, freedom and
joy that can only come from a personal relationship with Christ.
This woman of
God testified that just because she has accepted Christ does not mean that she
will never sin again or ever have another problem in her life. It does not mean
she will never hurt people, react selfishly, say hurtful things, lie, get
proud, judge people, be unfair, get too busy to notice the hurt hearts in the
people she encounters in her daily life, step on a child’s feelings when they
only wanted to tell you something exciting, tell something she should not have
because the person she was talking about is not present, believe a lie about
someone without asking them what the truth is or dismiss people by how they
look. But she knew that because she is saved her all sins are forgiven: past,
present and future.
This little new Christian reminded me once
again of how very much the Lord loves us. I get accused of being too
enthusiastic about God sometimes—but you should meet her. She shines. I hope I
still shine like she does. I am so detail oriented and so intense I wonder
sometimes. Do people still see that love I have for Christ? Do I still radiate
the joy of my salvation? Do I still exude the fragrance of life to a dying
world? I DO! I know because God says I do!
help me keep Christ in my heart and mind constantly I burn a lot of
candles--usually in several rooms at once. I like to walk into a room and smell
something enticing—that way, even if I am just going in to clean the room or
make a bed my heart is happy because the fragrance always reminds me of Christ.
Do I notice if it is missing? Absolutely and I immediately get another candle
to burn. To experience the fragrance there has to be the perfume and a fire.
Jesus is the fragrance—He gave His life so we have life. The Holy Spirit is the
fire. That presence that goes before us opening doors with a power that man
cannot close. Light some candles today and every day to constantly remind you
of God’s love.
What does this have to do with intercession?
Everytime you light a candle, everytime you smell the fragrance pray....