“Thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.” This speaks of its height and sharpness. Today there are too many Christians with a flat nose.”
The nose has not been spoken of until now. The faculty of smell is found only with the mature ones. In spiritual matters, many have bright eyes and sensitive ears. But not many have a nose that can smell. This sense does not come from spoken words or visible things; it is an inward ability that reaches beyond senses and words, which enables a person to differentiate between good and bad smells. This is a kind of spiritual intuition that enables a person to identify the things that are of God. It is not by reason or logic, but by a spontaneous and inwardly accurate feeling, which enables a person to discern spiritual matters. At the same time, this olfactory sense enables a person to identify bad smells as well. Many teachings cannot be considered wrong, and many people have nothing that others can find fault with, yet you sense that something is off. This sense is what the nose is all about. (Watchman Nee)
This seems a perfect picture of what it means to discern! The truth of discerning is that it HAS to go beyond words, beyond life experiences and what our human eyes and ears tell us. When a person is blind and they can’t see what they’re dealing with, they develop other senses that come to the forefront. The word about smelling is a clue about discerning. As a dog who is sent to track down people through a known scent. We know that the spirit of Christ has a fragrance. The scriptures speak of the “The fragrance of the Knowledge of God” and also about how things smell to God. We’re learners searching for the right path to God’s kingdom. We sniff out the atmospheres, to locate the sweet fragrance of Jesus. For what strikes us as a right place to trust in. It’s a “this is it!” knowing! I smell it in the air, I’m headed the right way!”…
Makes me laugh and reminds me of that old song “Searching “….Gonna find him, yay yay! Gonna find him, yay yay!”‘”
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. – Proverbs 8:17
This word is all about being lost and then being found. And being totally healed of all of the heart wounds that years of ignorance and unbelief have caused. About wonders that are laid up for us for radical faith…or the faith of radicals…
Arising from or going to a root or source; basic.
Departing markedly from the usual or customary; extreme or drastic.
A person or a move which advocates fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions.
Are you a disciple of Christ who desires new depths and wonders? I am, I want an “all the way to the root” cleansing that will take me into spiritual purity.
I’ve learned that before we can be used by God in effective, eternal ways we need deliverance from our old carnal nature.
We need an extreme makeover. Within the soul are the root causes of our thought and action. Who we are to the core. Over years of wrong lifestyle influences roots have been embedded in the heart. Emotional trauma has set response patterns in place. Our lives had no stable foundation, we were powerless against the negatives of the life we were born into. Learned behavior patterns, things such as excessive fear, disrespect for authority, traumatic contentions and anger that causes patterns of divisiveness, had become a normal way of life for many. We were drowning in a sea of hopelessness. We thought life was just that way and we had no recourse but to make the best of it.
I speak from true life experience. For me, and for many others, it’s true that all we were familar with was void of any true knowledge of the truths of God’s love and his redemptive plams. We were on the path of destruction.
But when Jesus came to rescue us with his mercy and love we found new life and hope. Mercy and truth came to capture our attention. Little by little our hearts and lives began changing. Our hearts became his garden and he began a work of cleaning it up. A tender work of love, comforting and strengthening.
All the while God is uprooting weeds and healing soul wounds. We began to discover the thrill of his joyous good pleasure and over time we learn to yield ourselves fully to his processes. The weeds were deeper than we had imagined, yet we yield, because his Fathering love compels us. He wants to do a total purifying work in us. He has a perfect plan. It’s very far beyond any abilty or efforts of man.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
God lookds for willing, yielded vessels to fill. The ongoing process will be beyond our understanding. But we learn submission, knowing that he knows what he is doing. By placing our whole heart of trust on Christ within our imperfections are stripped away by his blood covered work in process. The mid is washed and renewed so that the mind of Christ guides us.
In righteousness we hunger and thirst for Christ’s kingdom word. His word upholds the righteous.
This one thing I have desired of the Lord, that I may dwell with him in his house forever.
All who will conform willingly to the will of God can be changed and empowered by grace. I’m glad to know that where Jesus has begun a work of deliverance, he will not fail nor be discouraged until he has finished it. And neither should we. Don’t draw back. Keep your peace and keep the faith. Let the river of his love flow deep within. Wait patiently as his perfect loves carries us all the way through his processes.
Our goal is maturity, the total freedom of Christlikeness.
Thank you, Father God, for the indescribable gift of your Son!