End of Month Fasting & Prayers — April 2022

End of Month Fasting & Prayers — April 2022

The Aroma of Christ

Scriptures For Meditation — Rom 12:1, Gen 8:20-22, 2 Cor 2:14-16

As I waited on the Lord for a word and the prayer direction for this month’s fasting, two worship lyrics began to play in my spirit. And I sang those songs, I realised that both of them were actually amplifying what the Lord had been ministering to me over the past few days from some messages I’d been listening to.

The first is from the song — Fill Me Up by Tasha Cobbs.

As the song goes:

You provide the fire

I’ll provide the sacrifice

You provide the Spirit

I will open up inside

You provide the fire

I’ll provide the sacrifice, that’s who I am

If You provide the Spirit

I will open up inside

Fill me up, God…

The song led me right back to one of my favourite scriptures Rom 12:1, and made me to begin to look at it a bit deeper than maybe I’d previously done.

An Acceptable Offering

Many times when we read that scripture, it is possible that we just focus on presenting the sacrifice, but do not think further about what happens to that sacrifice after we’ve offered it —

The sacrifice that God requires from us, has to be a burnt offering that only becomes fully acceptable and useful after it’s been consumed by the fire on the altar.

In Leviticus 23:18 and Numbers 28:27, this principle is emphasised —

And you shall offer with the bread seven unblemished lambs, one year old, and one young bull and two rams. They are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings. It is an offering by fire, a sweet and soothing aroma to the LORD. (Lev 23:18)

You shall present the burnt offering as a sweet and soothing aroma to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs one year old (Num 28:27)

It is the fire that releases the aroma of the sacrifice that God delights in!

There are so many of us who though we have brought the sacrifice to the altar, we have not yet allowed the sacrifice to be consumed by the fire of God!

The bible records a powerful testimony about this in Gen 8:20 -22 when Noah after the flood, presented a sacrifice to God:

And Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every [ceremonially] clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Gen 8:21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma [a soothing, satisfying scent] and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intent (strong inclination, desire) of man’s heart is wicked from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Gen 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

2 Cor 2:14-16 brings this home to us:

2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

2Co 2:15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

2Co 2:16 to the latter one an aroma from death to death [a fatal, offensive odor], but to the other an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is adequate and sufficiently qualified for these things?

We can only become the “aroma or fragrance of Christ” if:

1. We have first brought ourselves to Him as sacrifices on the altar

2. We have yielded to the Holy Spirit in allowing Him to both lead us to and keep us on that altar

3. We have allowed His holy fire to consume us in order that the fragrance of the burnt offering can be released from our lives.

PRAYER FOCUS

1. Let’s pray a prayer of rededication as we re-present ourselves as living sacrifices unto Him.

2. Let’s yield to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help us remain on the altar till we become useful to God.

3. Ask that God will send His fire to consume us till become set on fire for Him.

4. Let’s pray that the sweet fragrance of our knowledge of God will be a pleasing aroma to God and will be a fragrance of life that will bring souls into God’s Kingdom.