WHEN YOU CAN’T SMELL YOURSELF STINK ANYMORE (My 2017 favorite) …

wp-1488387186094.jpgOne of the things that reminds me that our bodies and our flesh are temporary is when we stink. As good as you may smell right now, think of the effort we as humans have to put into avoiding smelling bad.

We have to bathe regularly…

Brush and floss our teeth…

Shampoo our hair…

Apply deodorants…

Perfumes…

Colognes…

We as humans have to work at smelling good. Whether we admit it or not, we all smell bad sometimes.

Sometimes if we have been working hard…been sick…or whatever, we can begin to smell unpleasant…YOU STINK.

Have you ever been in need of ‘freshening up’ and were actually able to smell yourself?

You may have raised up your arm, caught a whiff of your own breath…or whatever and said to yourself , “Wow! I stink!”

What’s interesting is that if you don’t get an opportunity to bathe soon, you won’t notice the odor anymore…you’ve gotten used to your own stench.

BUT, even though you CAN’T smell it, everyone else still CAN.

Our sin STINKS to God.

Isaiah 65:5 (NLT)

Yet they say to each other,
    ‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me!
    I am holier than you!’
These people are a stench in my nostrils,
    an acrid smell that never goes away.

Just as we all have to work to avoid smelling bad, we have to all work to avoid sinning.

Just as our bodies can smell bad, our spirits ‘smell bad’ when they are consumed with the works of the flesh, or sin…

Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)

 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

If we aren’t careful, we can become complacent in sin…bad habits…bad attitudes…inappropriate lifestyles…behavior that’s displeasing to God.

We can become complacent and comfortable to the point that we begin excusing, justifying or ignoring where we are wrong…


WE CAN’T SMELL OURSELVES STINK ANYMORE…

But others can still smell us…

AND, God can still smell us!


Have you ever gotten caught up in sin to the point that you began to…

Accept it?

Become comfortable in it?

Tell yourself, “It doesn’t matter anymore”?

Feel you couldn’t come back from it?

Say to yourself, “Why try to do better?

YOU COULDN’T SMELL YOURSELF STINK ANYMORE!

The bible tells us to cleanse ourselves of what defiles our body and spirit…

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV)

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

 We have to recognize what IS sin…by reading God’s word from His perspective.

We have to acknowledge our sin…admit to ourselves that we are hurting God.

We have to regret our sin…if we are still proud of what we’ve done there is no forgiveness.

We have to repent of our sin…we have to ‘turn around’ and not put ourselves in situations to be tempted by our weaknesses.

Even though sin stinks to God, He has made it clear to us what makes us ‘smell good’ Him…

ACCEPTING HIS SON, THE LIVING WORD, AS OUR RISEN SAVIOR…

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NKJV)

 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

WASHING OURSELVES IN HIS WORD…

 Ephesians 5:25-26

 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

WALK IN LOVE…

 (Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 to learn how love behaves)

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

WALKING DAILY IN THE FRUIT OF HIS SPIRIT

 Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 Remember…we have to work to avoid smelling bad…EVERY DAY!

Put effort into making sure your spirit smells good to God…EVERY DAY!

Don’t get to the point that you can’t smell yourself stink anymore.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY 10 MOST ‘BLESSTIFIED’ POSTS OF 2017 (TEN MOST VIEWED…)

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I thank God for trusting me with His word and for this platform to share it. But, this platform would be nothing without readers. I thank each and every person who has taken the time to read what God has inspired me to write. And, I thank each and every one of my fellow bloggers for allowing God to use you.

Here are the links to the ten most viewed posts on BEBLESSTIFIED.COM during 2017. I’m looking forward to another awesome year. As anyone who writes knows, if you take your commitment seriously, it forces you to (1) Submit to His Holy Spirit (2) Read and study His Word daily (3) Be sensitive to inspiration its various forms (4) Be ready to drop everything and write. (5) Write something, even if you don’t post it, every day

If you’re like me, you feel most alive when you’re doing what God placed you here to do. For me, that’s taking care of my wife and family, and sharing what He places inside me through writing, preaching or songs.

Here are the links to my most viewed posts of 2017…

  1. GODLY MARRIAGE: HOW SEX IS SUBMISSION AND HONOR PERFECTED (Graphic but Holy)…

  2. 3 THINGS TO DO WHEN SOMEONE QUESTIONS YOUR LOVE…

  3. WARNING: SPIRITUAL NUDITY INSIDE…

  4. 4 WAYS TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PREACHING & A PERFORMANCE…

  5. DOES GOD CONSIDER IT CHEATING WHEN MARRIED ACTORS DO LOVE SCENES?

  6. SPIRITUAL FOOD POISONING

  7. WHY THE MARK OF THE BEAST WON’T BE A CHIP, BAR CODE OR TATTOO…

  8. SOME OLD SCHOOL GOSPEL SONG LYRICS THAT SOUND GOOD BUT AREN’T BIBLICALLY SOUND…

  9. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ADULT CHILDREN DON’T APPRECIATE YOU…


NUMBER 1


  1. 7 REASONS GOD HATES COMPLAINING…

BE BLESSTIFED!

BE EASY TO APOLOGIZE TO…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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How many times has this happened to you? Someone did something to hurt you, but felt genuinely sorry.  It may have been immediately or it may have been much later, but they did feel bad about what they did, said, didn’t do, or didn’t say. They came to you to offer a sincere apology but…


You weren’t ready to hear it, and you weren’t ready to accept it.


When they said, “I’m sorry.” Have you ever said…

“I don’t want to hear it!”

“I KNOW you’re SORRY!”

“Leave me alone!”

“I’ll never forgive you!”

Did you curse them out?

Did you get loud and try to publicly embarrass them?

Did you you just ignore them. Did you snap back, going through every detail of what happened? Did you throw everything they ever did to hurt you up in their face?

You were still hurt. You were still angry. You were…

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ADMITTING TO YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE STILL BITTER, BUT BETTER…

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Okay, you were hurt. BAD!

Not only that, but you were hurt by someone who loves you. Someone who is close to you. Someone who instead of having your back, instead of scratching your back…stabbed you in it…talked about you behind it…didn’t watch it.

But, you know what the word of God says…

Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Plus, the relationship you have with them is important to you. It’s bigger than the betrayal. It’s bigger than the denial. It’s bigger than the pain they caused you, so you make up your mind to forgive them. And, the fact is that you know that as much as people say that you can forgive and not be in relationship anymore, the truth is that no matter how bad we hurt God, He is always willing to forgive us and remain in relationship with us.

Yep, you’re not just saying you forgive them to be SC (Spiritually Correct instead of Politically Correct). You’re aren’t just saying it because it’s the right thing to say. You aren’t even saying it to manipulate God into forgiving you for your sins because you know His forgiving you is based on you forgiving others.

You really forgive them….so why do you still feel ‘some type of way’ about them?

And, the truth is that the pain is not as bad as it once was, but it’s till there. You have to admit to yourself that…


YOU’RE STILL BITTER, BUT BETTER THAN YOU WERE…


Is it because looking at them, places, people, songs, smells…things periodically, when you’re mind is not even on what they did brings it all back? Or, is it because you find yourself trying to think about it sometimes?

You really forgive them. You want to. You are consciously trying to. Forgiveness is in your heart. You want to move on as if it never happened…why does it still bother you sometimes?

The fact is that the decision to forgive and proclaiming forgiveness is the easiest, first step. The act of true forgiveness is a process that takes time. Just as much as God is working in you to get over it, the enemy is trying to find ways to make you hold on.

One of the most powerful revelations to obtaining forgiveness and remaining in relationship is when you realize, accept and rejoice in the fact that…


Even though your relationship may never be the same, it could still be better than it was before. Click here to read… JUST BECAUSE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, DOESN’T MEAN IT CAN’T BE BETTER…


THIS IS POWERFUL…

One of the reasons people remain bitter is when they keep comparing their present relationship to what it was before. Make up your mind that “All things have become new! (sound familiar?)” When you set your mind on building a better relationship on what you have…learned lessons and all, it can actually be better.

When you think about it, this is what God does with us when we accept Yeshua, Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. He knows that the relationship He had with us before will never be the same, but all things are new and it will be better because His Spirit now works in us to convict us of our sins…

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


It takes just as much love to truly repent, humble oneself and ask for forgiveness as it does to forgive.


Come on now, you know how hard it is to say “I’m sorry” sometimes!

So, if you are in the process of getting over something. If you are hurt, but not as hurt. If you are thinking about it less and less… Keep praying, fasting if necessary, and keep nurturing the relationship just as God does you when you ask Him for forgiveness.

And, if you are seeking forgiveness, but it seems they aren’t quite over it. If it’s not quite as bad as it used to be, but they still have their moments… be thankful that it’s getting better. Pray for God to continue to heal their heart, and respect the pain you caused them. Don’t become bitter over their bitterness.

Bitter but better is still progress. Celebrate the  progress, you can go from BITTER TO BETTER, TO BETTER THAN EVER.

Or, do you really mean it when you say…

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do ALL things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

 BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

CLIQUE-‘ISH’ IN THE CHURCH! YEP, THAT’S A EUPHEMISM (In Case You Missed it)…

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The enemy doesn’t mind you going to church as long as you take him with you. He wants to distract and infect your worship. One way he achieves this is through division in the local church. Division in the Body of Christ is strictly forbidden, and is sin…

Galations 5:19-20
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, FACTIONS

1 Corinthians 1:10-13
10 “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

We as people tend to want to be in groups of people with either common interests, or people who can benefit us. Sometimes these groups can form in the church with an unwillingness to let others in…that’s a CLIQUE (FACTION) .

Church can become like high school – The Cool Kids, The Jocks, The Nerds…

Church can become like the outside world – The Haves and The Have Nots…

Church can become like the secular (or Christian) music industry – Pastor, his Entourage, his Groupies and Fans…

Are you in one of these CLIQUES? These are all distractions from the enemy to make our churches carnal, unfruitful and unproductive. Don’t let your small group, your ministry group, your choir, your circle of friends be a CLIQUE in disguise. This mess even tried to creep into the early church…

1 Corinthians 11:18-22
18 “For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”

The Body of Christ is one body with many members (1 Corinthians 12:12) and EVERBODY IS SOMEBODY! Even though we as people tend to be CLIQUE-ISH…. we need to keep that CLIQUE-ISH out of God’s church.

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW

1. Slang term often used to replace “s**t.” Derived from the process of editing the vocals of rap-songs by revershing the curse words so said song could be played on radio or television.
“That’s the dope ish”

 

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A GENTLE WHISPER…

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It’s interesting to me to see how many people in our society seem to value being LOUD! They equate being LOUD to being strong…to being assertive.

And, yes there are times when one should raise his or her voice, but some of my greatest regrets are times when I opened my big mouth and raised my voice when I shouldn’t have done so.

Quiet, even silence can be just as strong and assertive, if not more so, than shouting. Never underestimate the power of a will-timed, God breathed gentle whisper. So, the next time you get ready to yell, shout, cuss or threaten, remember this…


A SHOUT gets their attention, but a WHISPER forces them listen…


1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV)

 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

BE BLESSTIFIED!

BLOGGERS: ‘VIRTUALLY’ ONE OF THE MOST SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES I’VE BEEN A PART OF…

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I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now, and has God allowed this platform to help me share what He places in my heart with people all around the world. I feel so alive and ‘in my purpose’ when I’m writing. I think most of you bloggers out there will agree with me on that. It’s never a burden or a task. There’s no excuse for any person to sit around waiting on opportunities to ‘hold the microphone’ behind a pulpit to share what God has placed inside them. Smart devices are televisions, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, bibles, commentaries all rolled up in one. Bloggers have access to people while sitting at home with their televisions on, while they are waiting at the doctor’s office and DMV, while they are waiting at a traffic light, and of course while they sit up in bed at 3am. Blogging is an ideal way to reach those who are engaged to the author’s interest.

But, there is one incredible awesome incremental benefit to blogging…the blogging community. Wow! This community is so supportive. So helpful. So encouraging. So many talented, gifted writers who support one another.

The encouraging words. The unselfish advice of what’s worked for them. The support. And, what’s truly amazing is that I have met so many people who I haven’t actually ‘met. So many people I consider to be friends who are literally more supportive than some people I have known all of my life. Other than my wonderful church…


This virtual community is virtually the most supportive community I’ve been a part of…


I have found not only an extremely supportive Christian blogging community, but bloggers who don’t necessarily share my beliefs treat discussions with such a high level of respect and civility. It gives me hope that people can disagree without insults and dysfunction. This community is almost a church within itself that submits to Yeshua, Christ Jesus as Pastor and Chief Shepherd. People of various denominational beliefs reason together with respect. Of, course sometimes there are those who are insulting or disrespectful, but I would define the overall culture and character of the blogging community as supportive and encouraging.

Without calling any names, I want to give a collective ‘THANK YOU!” to everyone who has commented, shared, nominated me for an award or just read y posts without even reacting.

I love being a part of this community and thank God for each and every one of you. I encourage you to continue sharing the gift God gave you, even on the days you feel no one is reading. He made two promises that I don’t want you to forget…

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

 Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)

16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.

I think the blogging community proves that this scripture is true even ‘virtually’…

Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

 BE BLESSTIFIED MY BLOGGING FRIENDS!

WHEN YOU’RE WEAK & FEEL LIKE GIVING UP (YOUR STRENGTH HAS TO SLEEP TOO)…

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The night our Lord was betrayed, He didn’t have His ‘game face’ on. He didn’t initially have an, “I got this!” attitude. He wasn’t enthusiastically running to the cross. Remember how it went down?

Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV)

 36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

This was the Son of Man being man. We all know that in the subsequent verses that Jesus prayed that He did not have to endure what was to come if it was the will of the Father, and that He submitted to the will of the Father.

We all have moments when we feel like we can’t go on. We all have moments that we feel we can’t make it. We all sometimes feel like giving up. Sometimes we all feel like we are wasting our time doing good…All of us.

Isaiah 49:3-4 (NKJV)

“And He said to me,
‘You are My servant, O Israel,
In whom I will be glorified.’
Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord,
And my work with my God.’

I don’t care how confident someone may seem on the outside. They all have moments of weakness.

Those moments of weakness are one of the very reasons that we witness their highest levels of confidence.

Even Jesus had to sleep while during His earthly ministry. The bible teaches that weakness and weariness is a part of being strong…


I believe our strength has to sleep sometimes too.


Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV)

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

I don’t care how strong a man or woman may be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually…everyone has to sleep. I’m not using sleep as a metaphor, yes everyone has to renew their strength with sleep.


When handled correctly, our momentary moments of weakness are healthy. No one’s strength always remains at 100% all of the time.

Our strength has to sleep. It has to rest. It has to be renewed.


Even the most moral person has impure thoughts. It’s a part of being clothed in sinful flesh. That’s why God’s grace is so priceless. Even the greatest leaders doubt their decisions.

When you feel like you can’t go on. When you feel like you are slipping morally. When your anger seems to be getting the best of you…remember what Jesus did in the garden. He prayed.


Here’s powerful encouragement! The LORD knows we are flesh…


Matthew 26:41 (NKJV)

41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Psalm 103:14  (NKJV)

14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

He knows that our moments of weakness are unavoidable. That’s why He reassured us that when our strength ‘is resting’, His strength rests upon us and holds us up…

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

This is by no means to indulge in sin during your weak moments, but to lean on the power of God to help you avoid sin.

If you struggling with hopelessness, despair, anxiety or fear don’t be too hard on yourself. Even Jesus had human moments. But, He also left us a great example of what to do when that happens…

Watch. Pray. (Matthew 26:41) Meditate and fellowship with Him in His word, and just as the LORD said, He promises to renew your strength.

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Don’t give out…Give it to God.

Let your strength rest, but don’t let in die.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

PLEASE DON’T RESPECT ME MORE THAN GOD…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!



Revelation 19:10 (NKJV)

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”


Revelations 21:8-9

8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

I love how the angel of the Lord replied to the John in Revelation 19:10 and 22:8-9...Twice as the Apostle John received awesome Revelations from God, he…

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