Attracting Blessings and Favor
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NASB) 1. OUR ATTITUDE CAN GIVE OFF A SWEET SMELLING FRAGRANCE OR A BAD ODOR 2. GOD LOOKS AT OUR ATTITUDE WHILE WE ARE DOING THE ACTION The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV) 3. WE CAN EITHER ATTRACT OR REPEL BLESSINGS; LET JESUS CHRIST BE YOUR EXAMPLE Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT) Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. Do you struggle with any negative attitude and behavior in life? If so, what areas do you need to ask God to help you overcome? 2. In regard to your attitude and behavior, how can you apply this statement by Viktor Frankl to your life? “When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." 3. Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. What is your “Spiritual Halitosis” that hinders your walk with God? How can you apply these scriptures to your life when it comes to receiving God’s grace for your weakness?