Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (Ps. 141:)

The Fragrance of Flowers

Early this morning during prayer a vase containing beautiful, awe-inspiring pinkish and white roses were shown.

Flowers in this Believer’s dreams and visions fragrantly symbolize the devotion and power of Christian prayers, including intercessory prayers, and blessings. In brief, they represent a sweet-smelling odor, a savor or an aroma to GOD.  It also bears noting that visually-inspiring flower motifs are mentioned as adorning the old tabernacle and later the inside of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Before And After the Cross

Let’s flash back to the days of the old tabernacle in order to better understand GOD-pleasing incenses (the burnt meal and peace offerings) that were made by priests as a sign of devotion to GOD.  Importantly, they were offered on behalf of HIS people only after the sin and trespass offerings were made. Praise be to GOD who mercifully sent Jesus Christ to take the legal hit for our sinful nature at the Cross. He is now implanted within tabernacles not pitched with human hands. (1 Cor. 3:16-17; Heb. 9:11) I am hearing: Acceptable. Praise GOD only because of Jesus Christ’s finished works are we made ‘acceptable‘; only because of His mediation are our prayers made ‘acceptable’!! He is our eternal High Priest who now makes intercession for us beyond the veil! It follows that if we abide in Him and His Word, confess sin and earnestly repent (if there is need for it), GOD our FATHER will smell and hear the righteous prayers of his priestly sons and daughters because of His glorified Son’s finished works.  (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:24-27; 1 Jn.2:1-5; 1 Pet. 2:9; James 5:16)  

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. (Eph. 4:2)

 Does this mean it is okay to sin.  No, it absolutely does not.  Sin is grave and has consequences.  And John certainly points out the dangers of habitual sin in 1 Jn. 3:9. Nor can sin be exposed to a thrice holy GOD! But should a Believer have occasion to sin, there is mercy in and through the Lord Jesus Christ through earnest repentance. (1 Jn. 1:9; 2 Cor. 7:10) Yet, neither should knowing this truth ever give a Believer permission to sin with thoughts and intentions of obtaining mercy afterwards. GOD will not be mocked. (Gal. 6:7-8)

Sometimes Afflictions and Sufferings

Following the implantation of the New Covenant into Believers, the Holy Spirit stokes up the fire (sometimes mixed with the tribulation of affliction or suffering) to activate the sanctified scent and works of Christ in us.  (Rom. 5:35; Acts 14:22; Jn. 16:33) GOD, in turn, remembers the scent and fragrance of the Lamb in the fiery tribulation of the Cross and reciprocates by accepting the sweet incense of our devotions.

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Pet. 4:13)

Why Pink?…

…because pink is a color associated with Love and also awe-inspiring joy. Meaningfully, pink is also a color produced by mixing red with white.  Together, they represent the redeeming crimson blood of the Lamb and His righteousness, holiness and purity – the color white! (Is. 1:18-19; Rev. 7:14; Rev. 19:13) 

All this to say that Believers ought to never underestimate GOD’S Love, the power of the redeeming Blood and of prayer (or of any good works based on faith) because it is the righteousness of Christ active ‘in’ His saints. (Rev. 19:8) Now that is a lot to be joyful about! ?

Recommended Reading: Hebrews Chapter 7 and Hebrews Chapter 8.

Keep the Faith! ❤ + Suzanne

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