Can a clean smelling room make you a better person? A recent study by Brigham Young University seems to indicate that is the case. Research proved that people who live and work in an environment cleaned with citrus scented cleaners were more generous, trustworthy, and fair, than those who stayed in unscented spaces. In ancient Israel, incense was part of temple worship. In the life of Jesus, one grateful sinner poured out an alabaster box full of sweet perfume upon Him. Did you know that rebellion and sin stink to God, but our praises, prayers, and pure actions are like sweet incense that drifts up to His throne? In turn, He makes our life a fragrant garden full of spice.
Gingko Biloba is known to be one of the hardiest of trees in the world. The genus of trees dates back millennia. What is even more impressive are the four gingko trees in Hiroshima, Japan. They survived the atomic bomb dropped in 1945 that blasted that city into oblivion and leaving in its wake a barren wasteland. What is also interesting is that gingko biloba is known as an aid to memory and concentration. The Bible teaches the secret to the Christian endurance and survival, concentrating on and remembering God’s Word. Romans 15:4 states, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” The Bible is truly a Tree of Life!
In Madagascar there is a certain species of palm tree which grows up to sixty feet high and sixteen feet in diameter. Unlike other species, which flower throughout their lifespan, this unique palm blooms only once and then collapses to the ground and dies. Some will see the poetry in going out in one brief moment of brilliance. God, however, has a better plan for your life. Psalm 1:3 states that the godly person is “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” A fruitful life that ends in a blossoming, glorious resurrection trumps the fleeting brilliance of one brief blaze of glory
Yogi Berra once quoted, "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." The tangled logic of this yogi-ism does reveal an important fact – the current mortality rate is 100%. The Bible teaches us that we will exist forever somewhere in the afterlife. Those that accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be rewarded eternally in Heaven. But those that reject Him will be punished eternally in Hell. Some accuse Christians of being closed minded or accuse God of being unfair. But that is tangled logic indeed. If a person is drowning , but refuses to grasp the lifeline, rejecting it instead, you shouldn’t blame the rescuer who is throwing them a rope. God has given us a lifeline for eternity. His name is Jesus. Grab on to Him and hold on for all your worth.
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden they ran and hid from God. They sewed together fig leaves to cover their nakedness. The problem with wearing fig leaves is that they wither and fall off. Have you ever known someone whose elaborate cover up failed? The roadside of history is strewn with famous and infamous people who tried to cover up some misdeed only to be exposed in time. Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” I would add, “You may even fool yourself, but you can’t fool God.” Much better to expose your faults to God and let Him cover you in his righteousness
When Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments he was allowed to see the hinder parts of God. Beholding the glory of the Lord left a residual glow on the face of Moses. His face shown so brightly that he had to place a veil over it for the people to look at him. Eventually though, the glory began to fade and many believe Moses left the veil on to hide the fact the glory was lost. A lot of people live life that way. Living in the afterglow of some bygone experience and putting on a happy face to cover the fading shine. But the veil we put over our hearts doesn’t just keep the secret in – it keeps the truth out. Take off the mask and get real with God.
Two friends were talking one day. Bubba asked Earl a hypothetical question. “Hey Earl, if you had two million dollars, would you give me a million?” Earl responded, “Bubba, you are my best friend. You know that I would.” “Hey Earl,” Bubba asked, “If you had two hogs, would you give me one of them?” Earl replied, “Now Bubba, you know that isn’t fair. You know I have two hogs.” People often boast about what they would do in certain situations. The truth is we only know what we hope we do. But we know what God will do because He has already done it. God gave His Son to save sinners. Since Christ gave it all to save you, don’t you think that you should go ‘whole hog’ for Him?
Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one - and most of them SMELL. At least that’s my opinion! There are many opinions out there about life and death, good and evil. But the only opinion that really matters is God’s. Fortunately, we don’t have to wonder what His opinion is. He has revealed His truth to us through His Word – the Bible. The Bible tells us what we need to know about where we came from, we where we are going, and everything in between. The Bible is more than just the opinions of men. It is the authoritative Truth of God. Hide God’s Word in your heart and not on the shelf.
A little girl went to the doctor for a physical prior to starting school. The doctor put her through a series of coordination tests. Finally, he asked her to perform one more task. “Now,” asked the physician, “will you please stand on one foot for me?” “Sure!” she exclaimed enthusiastically and promptly stood on the doctor’s foot. It is easy to be misunderstood. Many misunderstand what it means to be Christian. While Christians should live lives that are clean and moral, this is an effect and not the cause of salvation. It is the grace of God that lifts us up and out of sin and makes us a brand new creation.
Someone has said, “Family life teaches you loyalty, patience, understanding, perseverance, and a whole lot of other things you wouldn’t need if you had stayed single.” That statement, though comical, is pretty cynical. Many people have a house, but not everyone has a home. The truth is that a home with Christ at the center is a paradise on Earth. After wasting his inheritance and winding up in the pig pen, the prodigal son came to himself and said, “I am going home.” Won’t you come home to Jesus today!
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