Light scent…

  John 12:35,36: “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. WHILE ye have light, BELIEVE in the light, THAT YE MAY BE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT. These things spake Jesus, and departed and did hide himself from them.”  

 I love scented candles, and even more, I love a gift my sister gave me several years ago, a lighted wax warmer, you know it is basically a really pretty decorative pot that has a light bulb that heats scented wax, providing a beautiful aroma along with a gorgeous soft glow. 

It is as beautiful as a candle and much safer because it is electric rather than actual flame, but if the bulb gets loosened or the cord happens to get frayed, it can be more time-consuming to repair than just relighting a candle. But it is more than worth the effort to experience the result.

Sometimes we can be like the heated scented wax burners, you know our “bulbs” become loose and we flicker on and off and just can’t get that wax melted enough to produce a beautiful scent.

The word flicker is actually defined as this, “to UNPREDICTABLY  FLASH on and off at RANDOM” you never know whether it will give light or disappoint you with darkness.

If it were completely burned out, you would know to replace the bulb, but when it flashes at “will” burning brightly for a moment and suddenly reverting back to utter darkness it can be a problem with the lamp itself.

I think this happens sometimes with the Christian “lamps”,  the”lights of the kingdom” we have “problems” with OUR own connection.

Think about it, all we really are physical “outlets” if you will, for the greatest power source in the universe, and what power!

The power of the Spirit of the Living God, the power so great that it lights the world, the heavens, the sun, moon, and stars.

Imagine if we, each of us, would just obediently let that LIGHT shine, that light that he commanded should SHINE through us into the world. 

The Lord counsels us to our folly concerning many things in Isaiah chapter fifty-eight, but I want to use one verse in particular to prove out just HOW BRIGHTLY he wants our shine to be.

Isaiah 58:8-10: ” THEN shall THY LIGHT BREAK FORTH AS THE MORNING (SPLITTING darkness), and thine health (healing) shall spring forth speedily: and righteousness shall go before thee; The glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward (rear guard). 

Then thou shalt call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, HERE AM I, if thou take away from the midst of thee THE YOKE, the putting forth of the the finger (accusing one another) and speaking vanity (WICKEDNESS);

And IF thou draw out thy soul (offer help. extend a hand) to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; THEN  SHALL THY LIGHT RISE IN OBSCURITY, AND THY DARKNESS WILL BE AS NOON DAY.”

So you see ALL these good things we receive are a blessed result of allowing that LIGHT, light so bright that EVEN at it’s very darkest would be is STILL as bright as noon day.

And as we also note, the human, fleshy issues are “defective flaws” in our own lamps, NOT a problem with the main power source, so it is never a question of “just can’t get a prayer through” it is question of check our own lamp for weak spots in our “cords” because there is NO weakness coming from the source.

The biggest cause of becoming a dull, dimming, and flickering light and loss of “power” can be explained with Ecclesiastes 10:1: “Dead flies cause the ointment of apothecary (perfume) to send forth a STINKING savour (HORRID odor): SO DOTH A LITTLE FOLLY HIM THAT HATH A REPUTATION FOR WISDOM AND HONOUR.”

And what that means is this, for a person who IS known as a representative of the kingdom of Christ, and as a light and are respected FOR their wisdom and reputation for doing “the right thing”, honoring God and playing by the rules to suddenly switch seats and let the flesh have its way either with actions, or words, or downright willful sin, whatever the means, it becomes equivalent to having traded off a beautiful aroma for a rotting, maggot invested stench.

Notice the word LITTLE, it can happen fast and it can happen very easily.

And we have ALL said and done things in our Christian walk that we regret, or at least I know I have.

And it IS so imperative to admit when we have hurt another with our words or our actions and be quick to ask them for forgiveness and to make a sincere effort through prayer and fasting to overcome that issue within ourselves that is causing the problem.

For many it can be temper, pain, participating in inappropriate activities, even inappropriate jokes and movies because God sees our every move and hears our every word.

We can easily fall into that folly through something as simple as us “having a bad day” and running with that loaded emotional gun, keeping the anger and just waiting for “one more person to say one more word” before we lose it and unleash the venomous poison of our mouths and thoughts.

And it is those days that we have to seek the Lord all the more, because once the enemy gets “your dander up” he is not letting up until you take it to the Lord and let it go.

Again, not picking on anyone, been more than guilty enough myself of having days of “spirit versus flesh” and finding all too true that the “flesh is weak” and it that weakness becoming too strong in anger and self-will to even listen to the little voice that tells us to calm it down and get a grip. 

We have to let go of foolishness such as false pride and stubbornness, God HATES these attitudes and He will help us overcome them IF we are sincere and if we refuse that help we will be left with the “pride cometh before a fall” repair. 

The greatest tragedy is when others have looked for guidance and hope and that spoken “wisdom” in us and they see flesh and all the the same attitudes of the “world”, they then become discouraged, disheartened, and twice hard to be won to the Kingdom.

If the light they see is not constant, burning bright in good times and completely out in the bad, if they see the flickering, and wavering, what are they seeing any different from what they see in the world?

If the light seems to brighten and dim at will, randomly deciding what is shown in light and what undesirable behavior is to be hidden in the darkness Then does that light not run the risk of having the source of that light “hidden” from itself?

As Jesus “hid” himself from them after he had warned them to WALK in that light WHILE they had that light, and to BELIEVE in that light so that they would also be children of light, should we not also carefully consider his warning for our present day?

Our biggest issue with this in this present time is the “war with the world”, we have so caved into the thoughts and ideologies of this world that we have weakened our own beliefs of the Gospel to the point that even the “church” as a world body has lowered the standards that were never negotiable, to the point that scripture can be twisted to fit any “belief” desired whether or not that belief is of a sound Godly doctrine . 

If it is to change, we must change our own thinking.

We will only be responsible for our lives and by that same token WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR LIVES!

We will have no recourse in telling the Lord one day that “everyone else was doing it to” or that “the church down the road taught…”

No, He gave us his word and his word we live by, He gave his Spirit to lead us and to guide and when we are continually walking in the flesh and sin, with no desire to repent or change and far worse, NOT EVEN seeing why we need to change.

We are to be lights and no one is going to find their way off a darkened path by using a lamp that has a burned out light bulb!

Today IS a NEW day, and God’s will, tomorrow will be a NEW day.

Let us all remember that each and every day and REMEMBER who we are called to be, lights offering up the fragrant scent of prayer and of praise to Him and letting all we do be done in hope of glorifying His name.

Ephesians 5:1,2,7-16: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ hath also loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to god for a sweet-smelling savour (a beautiful aroma). 

Be not ye therefore partakers with them  (darkness of sin of this world) For ye were sometimes (once) darkness, but NOW are ye LIGHT IN THE LORD: WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT:

( For the fruit of the Spirit IS in all goodness and righteousness and truth)

PROVING what IS ACCEPTABLE unto the Lord.

And have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

For it is a shame to even to SPEAK of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the LIGHT: for whatsoever doth make manifest IS LIGHT.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:5: “YE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, AND CHILDREN OF THE DAY: We are NOT of the night, NOR of darkness.”

 Matthew 5: 14-16: “Ye ARE the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle (lamp), and put it under a bushel (basket) , but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto ALL that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The choice is ours and it is time to make the right one, CHOOSE to be that light, even if you weren’t yesterday, or last month, or even last year, CHOOSE today to be that light for Him.

Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω Εξυπνιζω NB 2018

“Cryin’ on the floor”

“Let the priests, the MINISTERS OF THE LORD, WEEP BETWEEN THE PORCH AND THE ALTAR, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine inheritance TO REPROACH, that the heathen (nations) should rule over them: Wherefore should they say among the people (peoples) Where is your God?”                             JOEL 2:17

Now, this passage of scripture comes as the entire congregation is warned to seek the Lord with seriousness and fervor.

But this particular verse holds quite a thought for today. Notice this is NOT “outside” and yet it is NOT at the altar where THEY SHOULD BE, ministers are to SERVE. They are in the building but not quite where they SHOULD be. And they are told to WEEP.

Why? Because something obviously is not quite right with what has been going on inside. God has to have a prophet come along and point out that they may just want to get a little serious before they will be destroyed by enemies that they apparently can’t even see coming, as the scripture includes a PLEA to not give them over to those enemies.

Weep, cry and howl in repentance for the state of the flock or most of the flock, weep for what that house has become and weep for the lost and scattered sheep they will account for.

Ezekiel 34: 2a-4: “Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not a shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with wool, ye kill them that are fed (fatlings): but ye feed not the flock.


Dude.. that so awfully familiar. “Fat cat” shepherds and preachers who only want to preach for the all mighty dollar, would never offer to go pray for the sick or dying, or just visit someone who is down.

Offerings taken up left and right for them and yet no one ever hears the words, “This is for…..”  would be nice just once to hear ANYTHING other than money being raised for building something that is to serve them,  how about for legitimate church debts, maintenance, or to donate to a food bank, or heaven forbid raise money for widows, single moms, or those crushed in this economy.  

And to hear over and over ministers WHO should be concerned with the LOST constantly brag about the obscene amounts of money for this and for that COMES to them.

Two stories always leap to mind with this, Daniel who WOULD not take the fabulous gifts offered to Him for the gift of  interpretation of dreams that GOD HAD GIVEN HIM. And Elisha who knew God gifts belong to God and are FREE to those who receive them but had one close to him that thought otherwise and would lie in his name to get what he wanted.

Daniel 5:16,17: (Belshazzar speaking to Daniel) ” And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make (can give) interpretations, and dissolve doubts (explain enigmas) now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of GOLD about thy neck, and shalt be third ruler in the kingdom.  

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, LET THY GIFTS BE TO THYSELF, AND GIVE THY REWARDS TO ANOTHER, yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.”

Notice the fine clothes, fine jewelry to BE DISPLAYED, and all that POWER in THAT kingdom, that group, that circle, that has bought a many of them.

Ah.. those who would make money from the gifts of God, EVEN if they are not the vessel through which that gift is bestowed. 2 KINGS 5, to break it down Naaman had leprosy and had been told to go visit the Prophet Elisha who told him to go dip in the Jordan seven times and we will pick up after God had granted his healing:

2 KINGS 5:15-16,20-27:  And he (Naaman) returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him; and said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; Now, therefore, I pray (ask) thee, take a blessing of thy servant (take a gift) .

But he (Elisha) said As the Lord liveth, , before who I STAND, I WILL RECEIVE NONE. and he urged him to take it; but HE REFUSED.

{ So he goes on his way }   BUT  Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in NOT receiving at his hands that which he brought: BUT as the Lord liveth, I WILL RUN AFTER HIM, AND TAKE SOMEWHAT OF HIM ( something from him).

So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well, My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets, give them, I pray thee,  A TALENT OF SILVER, AND TWO CHANGES OF GARMENTS.

And Naaman said, Be content, (of course) take two talents. and he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon on two of his servants, and they bare them before him.

And when he came to the tower (hill), he took them from their hand, and bestowed (stored) them in the house: and let the men go, and they departed.

But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, (where have you been) Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither ( no where). 

And he (Elisha) said unto him, Went not mine heart (Did not my heart go) with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? IS IT A TIME TO RECEIVE MONEY, and TO RECEIVE GARMENTS, and OLIVEYARDS, and VINEYARDS, and MENSERVANTS, and MAIDSERVANTS? 


Wonder how many started a good race and let the greed for all these worldly possessions take them out of the presence of God also???? Elisha asked “Is it time” because NOW is not the time, we are NOT to receive rewards. We are to put up treasures IN HEAVEN.

So… where are we? We are now dealing with the sick and diseased sheep who are not healed. Hummm….    nothing like looking at people standing at an altar for prayer only to be told that they should all just pray one for another, oh but only based on gender.

Kinda funny, pretty sure that the Bible states that “healing and miracles”  are one of the gifts and God gives those to whomever he chooses. And we are neither male nor female in God and in the Spirit: GALATIANS 3:24-28. So maybe,they should try to take that argument up with God.

Who dictates whom God is ALLOWED to work through???? And of course it would be helpful to really actually care who these sick sheep are and actually care whether or not they were healed.

Ones that profess Christ and are an endless spew of off-color comments and downright vulgar thoughts towards the lost. Shaming the poor and those with public assistance and ever pleading “the cloth”  to hide behind “the cloth” well, they are going to need something to hide behind.

Who is being saved again????

Wounded and driven sheep, see someone sitting crying, sure leave them there, let ’em cry,  they’ll be okay.  SOMEONE else will deal with helping them, yeah, BECAUSE GOD will send someone else to them later on. BUT that does not excuse accountability by a long shot.

Sheep that have been driven away, driven with rods of iron and harshness and threats of taking away what God himself  has given. Forced into position of black sheep for “obeying God rather than man” and other sheep ALLOWED to be driven away through the “fat cattle” by harshness and by ones who have a superiority complex. (We’ll get to the “fat cattle” next time, Lord’s will)

Sheep driven out to become unprotected prey and eaten alive by every “beast of the field” no one watching and no one caring. So starved that some die through malnutrition by becoming prey to those jackals who win their trust by feeding them fluff, only to let them die anyway.

Sheep that have been scattered because they are different or just don’t fit into the groove the flock wants to project. Again accountable,  and accountable on ALL counts.

Ezekiel 34:8-11,16: “As I live saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became A PREY, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was NO shepherd, NEITHER DID MY SHEPHERDS SEARCH FOR MY FLOCK, BUT THE SHEPHERDS FED THEMSELVES, AND FED NOT MY FLOCK;

Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I WILL REQUIRE MY FLOCK AT THEIR HAND, AND CAUSE THEM TO CEASE FEEDING THE FLOCK (SHEEP); NEITHER SHALL THE SHEPHERDS FEED THEMSELVES ANY MORE; FOR I WILL DELIVER MY FLOCK FROM THEIR MOUTH, that they may not be meat for them. 


Pretty good reasons to cry, and without some real realization and some real humility between that porch and that altar, it will be just as it is and just as it has been. We all say we want to see all the miracles and healings and salvation but WHAT is our motive? And for those who have an agenda other than the Kingdom of God, well, they are in for a very rude awakening.

All things are for the GLORY OF GOD, they are not for the glory of the church, or this minister, or that minister and I do believe God will use some “foolish to confound the wise” when He begins to work through those who were thought of the least and does not work through those who seem to think it is only for them. And NO ONE tells God who, when, how, or why.

But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” ACTS 5:29

Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω  Reverend Nina BrownJohnson 2016