The aroma of popcorn always activates my salivary glands. And Dove Chocolates what more needs to be said -it tastes oh, so good. The popcorn and Dove Chocolate provided the perfect treats to enjoy as we concluded our sessions last night.
Christ always leads us in His victorious procession and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. [2 Cor 2] An irresistible aroma is one of the outcomes of following Christ as Lord. Note the words “always” and “everywhere” in verse 14. A constant and consistent testimony of Christ’s presence, power and desirability is what the world needs more than anything. This is what Christ shows the world through our lives as we follow Him as our leader and Lord. In Him we have all we need to impact the world for His glory and will, “always” and “everywhere.” This is what a life filled and controlled by the Gospel is emitting. An irresistible aroma. Our task in it is following our victorious King!
Practically speaking how do we follow Christ as King? It is only by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling and empowering that we can successfully follow God. We cannot do this on our own steam. We are in desperate and constant need of the Spirit’s help to consistently follow Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to every believer at the moment of conversion. [Eph 1:13-14] One of the central purposes of the Spirit is to fill a believer’s life with the passion and power to serve and exalt Christ. [1 Cor 12:3]
But how do we walk by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of our sinful nature? [Gal 5:16] First, recognize “the works of the flesh” and the “fruit of the Spirit.” [Gal 5:19-26] By keeping in mind the things the flesh [sinful nature] produces versus the virtues the Spirit produces we can stay current on which power system we’re plugging into. Another practical discipline that reaps a successful walk by the Spirit is letting “the word of Christ dwell richly in us.” [Col 3:16] Be in the Word daily – listening to, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on it as a lifestyle.
Also, never diminish the importance of cultivating Christ-centered friendships as key to developing and sustaining a walk with the Spirit. Fellowship has exponential benefits for the Kingdom of God. Mutual edification, encouragement and service opportunities multiply the return on our investment of time and energy. Do life together in Christ. Actually, no one can do life in Christ alone. We are built to thrive in community. This is why preserving the unity of the Spirit is such a big deal as Paul highlights in Eph 4:1-16. No one is self sufficient. As a matter of fact, every person is entirely dependent on external resources to survive. We can’t exist without oxygen, water, food, others, observation, input, feedback, God’s word and Spirit, etc. Our sufficiency is in Christ and His provision of all things which no one possesses in themselves. This reality is worth further thought but that’s all I have on it for now.
I want to leave this run at Living Irresistibly with a few verses from Galatians 3
2-4 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you were not smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up! [The Message]
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