From Daniel's Desk on 3/6/2020
My Title: Are Your Eyes OPEN!?
My Verse: 14-17
"14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, 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 mend of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ."
Open your eyes bro. You're growing in your hunger to see the living God move... but are your EYES OPEN!? Are you watching for where the Lord is at work and actively seeking to join Him in telling HIS STORY!? Because if you ARE, HE, HIMSELF, will LEAD you in triumphal procession! - You will think, speak and act humbly, sincerely and confidently PREACHING THE GOSPEL as you OUGHT! - Of course some will not like the fragrance that you bring... but to others you will be the sweet aroma of salvation.
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
COMMISSIONED BY GOD, IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, WE SPEAK IN CHRIST. <-- Dude. Read. That. Again. Seriously, how can you expect your kids to grow up doing this if you aren't MODELLING this for them!? Get out, do this WITH them. It wont seem strange to them as it does to you because they'll come along with you. Just because you didn't have this in your life growing up doesn't mean you can't figure it out. Trust God. GO WITH GOD... and PREACH THE GOSPEL AS YOU OUGHT. Expect to have some find you repulsive but risk that to find the one that finds your aroma to be loving, and one that can lead them to salvation.
Where is your HEART in confronting others? - Paul did it through much affliction and anguish of heart and with may tears. His point and purpose was not to cause pain but to show them how much LOVE he had for them.
People do need to be reaffirmed of your love for them.
Do not be outwitted by Satan... don't be ignorant of his designs.
Are your EYES OPEN!? Are you watching for what God is doing? Is your heart and spirit eager to ACT!?
Walk with God and WATCH Him walk before you, LEADING you to spread HIS GOSPEL!