Ozark Christian Living

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The Fetor of the Forgiven

June 3

"Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land,"   Genesis 34:30

"Has courage succumbed to the coward's cologne?"





The issue of our spiritual lives is not: do we stink, but to whom and how?  "Now thanks be unto GOD, which always causeth us to triumph in CHRIST, and maketh manifest the savour of HIS knowledge by us in every place.  For we are unto GOD a sweet savour of CHRIST, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life."  There is an aroma of the ALMIGHTY that is unmistakable in a life which HE has called from the sepulcher of sin.  Where then, are the modern day stinkers for righteousness; those willing to spread the smell of HIS presence?  "... ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh".  Where are the distant, but sure relatives of Moses, who stirred up a stink back in the day in Egypt?  "Ye have troubled me to make me to stink ...".  What has happened to the descendants of Simeon and Levi, who stunk up the house of Shechem?  Where is the fetor of the forgiven, able to foul the nostrils of a rebel world like a righteous acid?

Has courage succumbed to the coward's cologne?  "... remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses."  Has the fearless lineage of Nehemiah gone out to extinction; while the sons of Shechem breed among us like the hare?  Are we guilty of masking the MAKER'S scent, all in the name of tolerance, marketing, and expedience? May the bugler 'Sound the Stink' and rouse GOD'S own to stir up the sweet savor of HIS saving grace in an age where the stench of spiritual death reeks in our camp.

"In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our GOD shall fight for us." 

For Love of Country
Provincial Congress of Massachusetts (October 22, 1774)
"We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before GOD on account of their sins, for HE hath been pleased in HIS righteous judgment to suffer a great calamity to befall us, as the present controversy between Great Britain and the Colonies."

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