FILLING “in Christ”
The WAY you SMELL
We need to be reminded that the ways of the world will never provide a fulfilling path for us. And yet daily we are bombarded with so many temptations. We must be careful how we walk, because we will either “walk in the way of love” (Ephesians 5:2), or walk in darkness, and that affects what we are able to offer up to God.
- My walk determines my aroma.
FILLED with the SPIRIT
If you want to smell like Christ, then you must walk in the light and not the darkness. It is imperative for us to be filled with the spirit in order to walk in the light. There are three main actions we can take to fill ourselves with God the Holy Spirit.
- Praise God with others.
- Make a melody in your heart.
- Always give thanks.
1. How do you smell to God? Discuss how 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 teaches us that our main concern should not be how unbelievers view us, but how God views us. Share about a time when you were an aroma of death to an unbeliever.
2. Read Numbers 6:24-26. What does it mean for God to shine His face upon us? Do you desperately need this right now?
3. Read about those who were filled with the Spirit to accomplish certain tasks for God: Bezalel (Exodus 31:3); Joshua (Deut. 34:9); Samson (Judges 14:6); Amasai (1 Chron. 12:18); Azariah (2 Chron. 15:1); Zechariah (2 Chron. 24:20); John the Baptist (Luke 1:15). If God has asked you to do something for Him, He will fill you with His power to accomplish anything. Do you believe that?
4. Discuss the difference between being sealed by the Holy Spirit and being filled by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; Revelation 7:3-4).
5. Read the following passages about thanksgiving (2 Corinthians 4:15; 9:11; Jeremiah 30:19; Psalm 7:17; 9:1; 95:2-3; 100:4; 106:1; 107:8-9; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:16-17; 1 Chronicles 16:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Discuss why a heart of thanksgiving fills up our heart with the Spirit and why grumbling and a critical attitude dries out our soul.
Applying the Bible
6. When is the last time you have made a melody in your heart? With Psalm 28:7 as your guide, how does your heart leap with joy? Remember, thanksgiving is the fuel to produce joy.