Onward in Victory…
The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:14 said, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” Paul was convinced that God always leads those who follow Christ in a procession of ultimate victory.” Paul was illustrating the victory that comes to the followers of Christ by using a metaphor of the great Roman military victory parades that were known throughout the world at that time.
These parades were celebrated with the Roman army marching through the streets of Rome with the prisoners they had defeated in battle. Perfume was cast into the air creating a sweet smell all along the parade route. It is from this event that the phrase… “The Sweet Smell of Victory” has come.
Using this as an illustration Paul saw several similarities in these victory parades for Christians. First, all those who are a part of the Kingdom of God are a part of God’s triumphant army, led by Christ. Second, the message of Roman victory parades were to be spread everywhere, just like the preaching of the gospel to the entire world. Third, just like the aroma of victory that filled the air as the soldiers marched, so we are the aromas of Christ saturating the world as we live in His victory. And fourth, the aroma of Christ is received differently… to those who are perishing it is the scent of their judgment, even if they do not realize it. And to those who are saved it is the fragrance of life and eternal reward.
Here’s the significance… when we follow Christ, we can be certain we are on the path and in the parade of victory. God will never lead those who are walking with Him to defeat. In light of that, this past Sunday we initiated a new aspect of this ongoing procession of victory that God has called Ridgecrest to for almost 60 years. It’s not a new journey, just a new aspect of the great journey we’ve been on.
I could not be more excited about the days ahead. I am ready to take the trip, to see the miracles, to experience God’s presence and to enjoy the power of His Holy Spirit working among us. We do it all for the Greater Glory of God and so that “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,... ” (Haggai 2:9). Be in prayer for “The Greater Glory” taskforce as they seek God about His best for the refurbishment of this house.
The Christmas Season… is here. I love it! I love all the decorations, all the parties, all the gatherings and all the programs. I look forward to the Sunday School department Christmas celebrations—and their great food! And I enjoy the special musical presentations that go with the Ridgecrest Christmas season, and there are plenty of them beginning on the first Sunday evening of December and each Sunday evening following, with the exception of no pm service on Sunday December 27. As we do each year, we will follow a different schedule on Sunday evenings, with each of the Sunday Christmas presentations will begin at 4:00 PM.
Thanks RBC… for your generosity in supplying Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. You gave all that we needed and more. We are going to use the extra to meet additional needs during this Christmas season, and by the way, you can continue to give to that end if you wish.
We have almost reached our $100,000… goal for our Lottie Moon world mission offering. We are about $5000 shy of the goal. Let’s get there, like we have for the past 5 years.
Pray… for the Spirit of God to fall on this place today! And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!!
For His Greater Glory,