The other day the devil told me I was spending too much one-on-one time fellowshipping with God. He went on to add that it was unnecessary to do that every day—and that I was wasting my time. The Lord responded to those allegations using smoke as a metaphor to convey this message to my spirit:
When you walk out of a smoked-filled room, you will smell like smoke. Spending time with Me is like being immersed in smoke; My essence trails you. Ignore the devil; he’s threatened by this smell. He knows where there’s SMOKE—there’s Fire.
Smoke is a substance that gets into every crevice, fiber, and cell it comes in contact with— leaving behind a pungent undeniably whiff. However, when it symbolizes being in the presence of the Lord, smelling like “smoke” is a good thing.
He who dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).
When we are absorbed in all that “SMOKE” we can’t help but to walk in the power thereof.
There are believers who understand the importance of spending regular facetime with God. They realize it’s within themselves to be as close to the Lord as they desire. Those believers rely on, as a vital necessity, the strength, comfort, protection, and wisdom that being with the Almighty brings. It’s inconceivable for them to go about their lives without this special covering.
Prior to my retiring, I got to work at least an hour before starting so I could relax and spend time with the Holy Spirit. My time with Him took on various forms; for instance, sometimes I would pray; but mostly I sat silently while He poured into my spirit what He wanted me to know.
Some people who can’t do mornings with God, do evenings, or some other designated time. The time of day doesn’t matter. What matters mostly is to give the Lord our undivided attention. It’s an honor and privilege that He would even want to spend time with us.
You can’t fake the scent of Smoke.
On the other hand, there are still too many believers who don’t understand the value of this revelation. They think Sunday morning services are enough; or they’re under the delusion that spending time alone with God “every-now-and-then” is sufficient. Maybe that works for them; but they won’t smell like someone who has been immersed in Smoke; nor will they receive the benefits of their faith strengthening—while marinating in this Holy mist. They’re like the Emperor who paraded around with no clothes on. He was the only one deceived; everybody else knew he was naked.
People who devote quality time with the Lord attract the attention of nonbelievers. These onlookers might not be able to put their finger on it, but they know there’s something different about that person who dwells in the presence of God. Just like in the natural you can tell when smoke is nearby, the same is true about this invisible mass that follows a person who spends time with God.
The devil knows who has a close-intimate relationship with the Lord—he can smell SMOKE.
Do you smell like Smoke?
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