Fragrance of Christ

Your Spirit draws us in; Your fragrance is our delight. Mold us, use us, flow through us for Your glory

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011  www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Recently, our Lord has been calling me out on walks.  These walks are precious times alone with Him, where I can listen and He can teach and show me more about His Way.  I worship Him and He fills me up.

Especially in the winter months, these times of solitude with God and in God are often before dawn.  It is then when I cannot see clearly that I am most aware of the scents around me. Suddenly there will be a whiff of skunk, who released a stench to protect himself.  Other times there will be the overwhelming fragrance of jasmine, honeysuckle or roses.

Wherever we go, there is a spiritual fragrance accompanies us as well.   It is up to us whether the scent we bring with us is fragrance or stench.

Unlike perfume counters where there are prolific choices, spiritually there are only two.  Which will we choose to wear: the fragrance of Christ which results from trust in God and joyful submission to His will or the opposite?

The fragrance of Christ cannot be bought.  It is not one we put on ourselves, but one which wafts from the interior of our hearts outward when His Spirit takes up residence in us.  With each step we take towards Christlikeness, the fragrance increases.   Peace and patience, replace agitation, worry and impatience.  Trust that God has every aspect of our future handled replaces fear and doubt.  We find ourselves subconsiously thanking God, praising Him and worshipping Him in our thoughts more throughout the day. Anger, hate and envy are replaced by acceptance, compassion and love.

This is the work of God’s Spirit in us.  We cannot do the work ourselves, but He will not do it without our permission.  So we open ourselves to our Lord, inviting Him to come in and have His way.  As He does His transforming work in us, His fragrance begins to go forth from us.  We are becoming more and more His.

Do you want to spread the fragrance of Christ?  Pursue Him.

2 COR. 2:14-16a (Amplified)

     14But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,

     15For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:

     16To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]…

Selah!  [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

PLEASE view the music video for “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL     (Made by upcoming, Holy Spirit-filled film director, Olivia Mowry.) 

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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