Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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The Smell Test
By Pastor Dennis Felder
I don’t know about you, but I love that new car smell.
When you go to the dealership to test drive a new vehicle, there is a sense of excitement when you buckle yourself into that comfy seat.
You then grip your hands around that sturdy steering wheel, tilt your head back to gaze into the rearview mirror, and then you inhale.
Your nostrils explode with that new car smell.

On January 1st, I encourage you to take a smell test.
Not a literal smell test, but a spiritual smell test.
Even in life, when we smell something that is rotten, spoiled, or old, we throw it out.
This should also be true spiritually.
There are areas in our life or things that we do that can harm us or have a negative impact on our Christian growth.
When we discover such harmful things, we need to
cast them out.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:21-24, “
When you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Therefore, when the New Year rings in, be like a tenacious dog sniffing out a hot trail to discover something new.
Like the Scripture tells us that we need to cast off the old self and to be made new again. You see, when this happens and your spirit inhales, you will smell something new and refreshing.
It smells good!