THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE

like sweet incense

BY NICOLE COSTA-HENDERSON

      May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2

 

Recently I've been reflecting on what my life has been "smelling" like to The Lord.

Is it sweet? Is it pure?

Does it bring Him joy or does it hurt His heart?

If you have ever seen incense burning there is smoke that rises from it creating a sweet smell. The smoke moves through the air swayed by any type of moving breeze.

 

It's simple yet so mesmerizing.

 

It gives a clear picture of what it looks like when we cry out to God.

When we worship Him in spirit and in truth. When we pray in the secret place. When our hearts are pure before Him. When we lay our lives at His feet.

Letting our hearts burn for The Lord looks like alot of sacrifice on our part. Dying to our flesh. Focusing on His face and pursuing His presence.

 

Exuding that sweet smell looks like not giving in to the things of this world.

It's saying no to temptation. It's being slow to speak and slow to anger.

 

It looks like showing love even though you've been hurt.

It looks like being a doer of The Word and not just a hearer of it.

It looks like showing kindness, letting go of bitterness and walking in the freedom The Cross provides.

 

Oh that our lives would  be like sweet incense to the King!

Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Isaiah 66:2

All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Romans 12:11-12

11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.

12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.

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Encourager Collection | VOL. 01

We all need a little encouragement! Especially on our faith journey. The Encourager Collection Volume one contains 19 weeks of real inspirations written to motivate, challenge and encourage you in your walk with the Lord! Each inspiration is coupled with a weekly application for you to put the Word to action and start to see the fruit of God's presence in your daily life.