The Fragrance of Heaven
by Emmanuel Obu
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“Because of Thy savour of ointment; thy
name is as ointment poured forth so the
virgins run to you” [Songs 1:3]
When the fragrance of heaven is upon a life, people will rally around him. The life that has the fragrance of heaven naturally becomes a center of attraction.
A couple of years ago a story was told about a well-respected man of God. He came into the church on a Sunday morning shortly before the service and saw a brother, who a lot people do not really regard because of his social status, praying between the pews.
As the man of God walked past the brother, he perceived a sweet smell coming from within the brother and he was wondering what kind of perfume the brother was wearing. I thought to himself, “that must be an expensive perfume. Where did he get the money to buy that expensive designer perfume?” As he kept wondering to himself in the office the Lord opened his eyes to the scriptures above, and the Lord told him “the anointing has a sweet smell”.
He was not really surprised that after a few months from that time the brother became a rallying point for a lot of people in that local congregation, praying for them and they getting results and testimonies subsequently. He became a tool of revival not only for the church but for a lot of people in the community.
It is not about the looks or the social standing. It is about the anointing – the fragrance of heaven!
No one can resist the aroma of a sweet smelling broth. Even God was pleased when Noah offered Him a sweet smelling sacrifice in Gen.8:20-21 - the Bible attests to it that God revoked the curse that has been placed on man from the Garden of Eden because of that offering; He revoked the curse of the thorns and thistles placed upon man after the fall. A sweet smell is powerful and strong. It attracts the favour of God to a life or situation.
Take for instance, someone walks into the office wearing a heavy perfume, people will automatically look up even if they were preoccupied with something else before then. The fragrance has announced the entrance of the person in question. So also, the fragrance of heaven will announce the presence of the carrier. Those who have neglected you; those who have sidelined you; those who have relegated you will begin to get attracted to you because of the fragrance. The fragrance also calls God attention.
Another truth to hold on to is that your name becomes precious because of the fragrance.
There are certain names in the world today that the world wants to associate with because of the fragrance they have given to their generation. In their chosen endeavours they have shone so brightly that their names only conjure up reverence and respect in the minds of people, and if given the opportunity they would want to be associated with such names. Names like Bill Gates, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Enoch Adeboye, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela etc, are names people want to be associated with. This is simply because these people have been able to add fragrance to their world. Many who have a personal relationship with them are excited about introducing themselves to others that they are friends; even those who know them from a distant desire so much to have contact with them some day; and those who have not met them before go to the extent of getting impacted by them. These people have basically shaped their world because of the fragrance of heaven upon their lives.
When the ointment comes upon a life it automatically moves him from obscurity into prominence. Nobody knew David Jesse until First Samuel 17, when the poor shepherd-boy who supposedly has been relegated to the back side of the desert, became the most celebrated name in Israel. He suddenly shot from obscurity into prominence and was placed in the same league with the king of Israel – the number one citizen of one of the greatest nations of its time! That’s what the fragrance can do.
Notice that David did not get to this position until the fragrance of heaven was poured upon his life in chapter 16. When the fragrance comes upon a man he automatically becomes a force to reckon with in life.
Interestingly also, when this fragrance is released upon a life he immediately gets an access into unrestrained and unrestricted knowledge (1Jn.2:27). Heaven becomes opened to such a life with an unusual wisdom and understanding that the people around will begin to wonder what manner of man he is. When the fragrance came upon Saul, people began to wonder when Saul became one of the prophets till it became a saying in Israel (1Sam.10:11-12).
The fragrance makes you an important subject of discuss among people. I therefore challenge you to pursue after the fragrance of heaven, pure and uncontaminated ointment and your life will never remain the same again.
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Inspiring and interesting article, it opened up my understanding of the meaning of the mentioned scripture. Very good brother, keep going.