Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 17, 2020

Burning Incense

Filed under: Bible,God,Incense,praise,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV)

Wow.  We are chosen.  We are royalty.  We are God’s special possession.  We are called into God’s wonderful light.  It’s not us who choose.  God has chosen us.  How good that feels.  We are God’s special possession.  That means we belong to God.  We are not our own.  We are God’s own.  He created us for Him.  He created us to belong to Him.  He created us so we would declare praises to and of Him.  How often do we declare praises to Him and of Him?  There is a difference.  To Him means we tell Him how special, wonderful, marvelous and so on He is.  About Him we tell others how special, wonderful, marvelous and so on He is.  We are special to Him.  Do we tell Him and others how special He is to us?  In the Old Testament the priest continually burned incense on the high alter to God.  The scripture tells us our prayers of praise are a sweet aroma or incense to God.  Let’s be sure we “burn lots of incense” from our hearts and lips declaring His praises to and of our Lord God.

July 23, 2019

Incense

Filed under: God,Incense,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Revelation 8:3 3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.  (NIV)

We like things to smell pleasant.  We spray incense in our rooms.  We light candles or plug in devices that emit incense into our rooms.  Some religions use incense in their worship to please their gods.  Incense makes us feel good.  God also likes incense.  In fact, incense is part of His creation.  But God’s most favored incense is the prayers of His people.  As we pray, our prayers do more than move mountains.  Our prayers are a sweet aroma and are collected with the incense on God’s golden alter.  The subject of the prayers isn’t mentioned which means all prayers, whether players of pleading for mercy or prays of thanksgiving and worship.  Let’s laden down God’s golden alter with the daily aroma of our prayers throughout each and every day.  As we pass a beautiful tree, let’s lift up a prayer of thanksgiving to God.  As we hear a siren, let’s offer up a prayer of intercession to God.  Prayer is the button that sprays the incense on God’s alter.

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