Numbers 29:8 What Pleasing Aroma Can You Present To God?

Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. Numbers 29:8

It is very common for people to put on some type of perfume or deodorant to smell better for others. Along with the scent put on, many will also spray a room or burn some incense to improve the odor of the room, often to cover up bad smells.

The desire is to make themselves and the area more pleasing to others and themselves.

God told the people to present an aroma that was pleasing to God of a bull, ram and some lambs.

When cooking a meal, it will often present and aroma that is very pleasing and appealing to many people. It creates a desire to eat of that meal and have a time of fellowship with others.

Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Israelites had to offer various physical sacrifices for sin, thanksgiving, and praise to God. The death and resurrection of Jesus took away that requirement.

However, God still desires for His people to be a pleasing aroma to Him. Prayers lifted up before God are considered as a pleasing aroma to God. Along with the prayers, anyone who puts his trust in God and obeys Him presents a pleasing aroma.

Taking time to pray, trust and obey God requires a sacrifice. It is a sacrifice to put self-desires to the side and do what is needed to please God. One is cleaned up by Jesus and made presentable to God.

Doing these things create an aroma that is pleasing to God, one that causes God to desire to be around a person even more than ever before. It makes the sacrifice of Jesus worth it all.
Your life is your offering to God in honor of what Jesus did for you in removing your sins and giving you life. Putting aside your desires and the things of this world is one thing that you can present to God as a pleasing sacrifice with a pleasing aroma.

Allow Jesus to clean you up of the sin and filth of this world so that you can present your life as a pleasing aroma to God, one that trusts in and obeys all the commands of God.

Does God smell a pleasing aroma when you are around?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be pleasing to God; that you will trust and obey God with your whole life; that God will be pleased with how you obey Him; and that you will be a pleasant aroma to God.

2 Timothy 2:4 Don’t Get Tangled Up

No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4

Every good soldier in any military unit is focused on pleasing his commander. If he gets caught up in things outside the military, he will often fail as a soldier.

While most soldiers will do their job and stay focused upon it, there are some that get entangled into affairs and things outside the military. During times that things like this occur, often the soldier will get himself into a lot of trouble and sometimes even be removed from service.

Paul calls Timothy a soldier of Christ. He tells him that every soldier does not get tangled up with civilian affairs, but works to please his commander.

Not every person has chosen to be a part of a military service in his nation. It is a difficult life to live and requires a great sacrifice. However, every person who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, has also chosen to be in the military service of God, in God’s army.

While in God’s army the civilian affairs are the affairs of this world. It is the stepping into sin and sinful activities or doing anything that is against God’s will for one’s life.

The enemy is the mindset and actions of this world that is against Him. Sadly, many believers choose to get tangled up with the things of this world and end up falling into sin against God. Some purposefully continue in sin and still claim to believe in God forgetting that their aim was to please God, their commanding officer, with their life.

Pleasing God is not done to earn salvation, but because of the salvation given. The good soldier will do whatever he can to please God with all of his life.

If you have chosen to follow Jesus, you are automatically enlisted into God’s army. It is now your responsibility to obey and please God, your commanding officer.

Do not allow yourself to get tangled up in the affairs of this world. All the affairs of this world will get you is disappointment and death. They will turn your heart away from God, not all at once, but little by little, until God has to cast you away as a deserter–one who has abandoned his faith.

Who are you trying to please today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will work to please God in every area of your life; that God will reveal to you the affairs of the world in your life; that you will be a great soldier in God’s army; and that you will not get tangled up with the temporary things of this world.

Galatians 6:7 What Will You Reap?

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

Seeking pleasure is the primary goal of the majority of the world. People want to be happy no matter what it takes. Many are willing to do nearly anything, as long as it makes them happy, causes no pain or takes away the pain.

As people are seeking these pleasures, most do not look at the long term effects of those pleasures. They do not care about what will come about from many of those pleasures in the end.

Paul tells the people to not allow themselves to be deceived, because God cannot be deceived or mocked. A person will get what back what he sows out.

While there is nothing wrong with seeking pleasure, most often the pleasure that people seek is sinful. Watching movies or listening to music that promote sin as good or fun. Taking various types of drugs to alter the mind and remove the cares of life. Adultery. Fornication. Pornography. And the list goes on.

Most of these things do not have immediate results that are disastrous. However, there are often long term effects of each. Over time, most of these things will bring about negative effects.

Ultimately all of these things that promote sin and rebellion against God’s commands, will bring about death–eternal death. They can be fun, in the moment and appear harmless, but all sin will end in death, unless one repents and changes.

Some people, in the church, will purposely sin knowing that they can repent later. God is not mocked, He sees the heart. Repentance in that way is not usually a true repentant heart, but a deceived one.

Every believer must be careful in what he is sowing, because he will reap what he sows–life or death.

Everything that you say or do is a sowing. Each time you say or do something, you have a choice as to what you are sowing.

Take note as to what you are sowing. Are you sowing to seek self pleasure through sin? Or are you sowing to seek pleasing God?

If you are seeking self-pleasure, you are sowing to sin, which will bring about separation from God and death in the end. If you are seeking to please God, by living a life of holiness and righteousness, doing what He wants, you will reap eternal life in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; and that you will sow to reap eternal life with God.