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Dancing in the Flames: 
The Lingering Fragrance of Death

Exodus 32:19-35
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
 
And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

And when Moses saw that the people were naked, (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies,) then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.

And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine angel shall go before thee: nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.
And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

Ephesians 2:1-7
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
Dancing in the flames of sin for too long a time will cause the lingering fragrance of death to follow you unrelentingly into the sacred chambers of holiness, trying at every turn to bring you back into the folds of Satan's army. 

Having slow-danced with the ways of death in the very arms of Satan causes your once long-time lover to grow extremely angry that you have cast him aside for the love of God, the very one who evicted Satan from heaven's abode. 

Consequently, the fight to live a holy life in the presence of the Lord is fraught with an unmitigated desire to destroy you for being a witness for the prosecution.

The longer you dance in the flames of sin the greater hold that Satan has on your soul, your essence, your being, your isness, your flagrant, once out of control desires, and unholy proclivities that often follow you into your after salvation life, wrecking havoc here and there because of that lingering fragrance of death, those unspeakable desires that you once reveled in while you were slow-dancing with death.

Thus, what we have now is a church full of people trying to live a saved life while walking inside of the foggy haziness of tattered memories that haunt their every step, dragging them into the secret corners of despair where they seriously ponder how to pander to the homosexual spirit and maintain a relationship with God simultaneously, which is an impossibility because God is a jealous God. 

Consequently, we have split love affairs going on in the body of Christ; love for the things of the flesh and the world, juxtaposed against the love of God. One must, however, make a choice at some point because you cannot straddle the fence of eternal damnation on one side, and eternal life in the presence of the Lord on the other. 

"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."(Luke 16:13).

Impatience, haunting lusts, and moral weakness are the usual culprits which determines the reason why Christians casually slip into sin, like an old comfortable coat that really is no good, but you just can't bring yourself to throw it away; a coat that will eventually bring you down to the ground of nothingness. After you lose everything because of sin, it is then that your eyes come fully open.
Failing to have patience and wait on God to bring change in your life, which is a lack of trust and unperfected love, means that you grew weary with suffering and simply gave up, and gave in to all those old haunting lusts of the flesh instead of taking the time to build up your moral character by denying your flesh the things that it desires; sexcapades, companionship, and friendship.

The only way to get rid of that linger fragrance of death is to totally crucify your flesh, and maintain a determined mind to not pander to the homosexual spirit that dominates the invisible world of hell, which is strewn with sexual perversions of every sort, particularly of the Sodom and Gomorrah type, and everything in between those two extremes.

"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire."
(2 Peter 18-22).

The thing is, is that a desire to be accepted by others is ever-present in the soul of one who has danced too long in the flames in aberrant sexuality and wantonness, consequently a pleasing mentality dominates ones current mindset, along with an inner fear of the consequences of not pandering to the evil residents of hell; loss of things, people that you care about, embarrassment, and humiliation, which is particularly difficult for the male Christians, those who are in positions of authority; pastors, bishops, church leaders, or who are in the public eye so to speak, whose loss of status will be greatly remarked upon. Fear is birthed from the devil and his disciples, which is the first indication that something is amiss when every foundation you pivot from is based on fear.
The Israelites were dancing freely in the flames of sin because they had lost patience while waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain, disregarding the fact that God was taking them somewhere, to the Promised Land.

During the hour of our greatest distress we must remember that God is taking us somewhere, to the promised land, to the place that he has reserved for us, but in order to get to that place of promise we must first prove that we are worthy to inherit the blessings of God who will try us with the fires of affliction, and woe to us if we create a gold calf in lieu of waiting on God, and bow down and worship at the altars of disobedience to God's laws and will for our lives. Either we trust God enough to go through the trying of our faith or we do not, and if we do not trust God to that extent, then his sword of judgment awaits us, for he is not one to be mocked. 

We will pay a high price for turning back and or compromising our lives by mucking it up with sin, and refusing to stand up to Satan's army of reprobates, whose only goal is to swallow our souls whole in order to appease their nagging self-hatred for laying down and allowing sin-permeated men and women to use them like doormats. They have adorned themselves with the mentality of Satan which repeats in their minds and is their chief motivator: "If I can't make into heaven, then neither will you."

"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

God will give us everything we need to withstand the wiles of the devil, if we but trust in him and love him with everything that is in us, then we cannot fail but succeed in our Christian walk. Our journey will not be easy but rewarding nevertheless because it is the making of us into who God created us to be, someone who will fulfill his purpose for giving us life in the first place. We honor his decision to give us life by allowing ourselves to be transformed by his Holy Spirit into vessels fit for the master's use. If God cannot use our lives for his glory then there is no reason for us to be here, except to give voice to the evil present in this world by living lives contrary to the will of God and to finally face divine judgment.

To live our lives according to the will and purpose of God gives us the joy, peace and strength that we need to overcome the world even through our pains and suffering. Because eventually we will get to the other side of hell when God puts our enemies under our feet. We will eventually walk on top of everything and everyone plaguing us today if we allow patience to be birthed in us by enduring our hour of suffering on the cross of affliction as did Christ, the son of God. 

Even though it seems at times that that hour will never pass, it no doubt will in time, and because we waited on God our joy will be full. I wonder how Jesus felt after his resurrection, having endured the cross of affliction, fulfilling his divine purpose in life!

"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:5-8).
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