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Scent of Beauty
By Susan McGowen
The Man In The Mirror
Jeremiah 23:36-40 And the burden of the Lord shall you mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his own burden: for you have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, what have the Lord answer thee? And, what hath the Lord spoken? But since you say, the burden of the Lord; therefore, thus said the Lord; because you say this word, the burden of the Lord, and I have sent unto you, saying, you shall not say, the burden of the Lord. Therefore, behold I even I will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence. And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten. When the reprove from the Lord is perceived as a burden, reproach is in the camp. The Bible teaches us that reproach comes against God’s people, but should not come from within God’s people. An individual can get baptized however, water doesn’t wash away reproach. We could receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and yet not acknowledge all the truth He brings before us, we are phantoms to ourselves. The magnitude of reproach is measured by the number of saints that have conformed instead of yielding to the reprove of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Have you ever asked yourself what do I resign my members to that conforms me to its image instead of Christ? I have found contrary to conviction is conformation, the appearance of transformation, the pseudo saint. The body of sin demands the liberty to continuously work behind the scenes because exposure to the light of truth brings conviction. This member(s) likes to hide in the recesses of self-righteousness, behind the dark veil of unchallenged belief. So we adorn the corpse (the body of sin and death) with falsities, we interchange pride for dignity mostly because of ignorance. Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.