Beauty is holiness. The purer the stream the more lovely its waters—we want to swim in untainted oceans, fish in clear lakes, and drink from unpolluted fountains. We enjoy looking at clear skies, breathing air that is not polluted, and walking on pathways that are not covered with litter. The purest stream flows from the heart of God. Every aspect of beauty is found, in its fullness, in God alone. He is the most beautiful person in the entire universe. He is beautiful because He is holy. God has no flaws, no stains, no impurities, no defilement. His holiness allows us to delight in Him, enjoy Him, and behold Him in deepest adoration.

– Roy Lessin



The prayers of those with burning hearts become a true fragrance to the Lord. Our heartfelt prayers fill the golden bowls in heaven. As we study the Scripture, we see a loving Father who describes passionate prayers as “a sweet-smelling savor” (2 Cor. 2:15). That’s His way of saying how pleased He is when we worship the Lord with ALL our hearts, in no rush to leave.

Sincere, loving prayer and worship is an exquisitely beautiful thing rising from the golden altars where saints with burning hearts romance the divine. They keep the Lord company, speaking to Him as a lover and a friend. It doesn’t matter where they worship, whether down on their knees or in a magnificent cathedral. What gets His attention is a burning heart that cries out with sincerity, refusing to leave until it’s made a real connection with the Most High. When He finds someone that fits that description, a sweet fragrance wafts toward the throne, and He leans over glory to inhale again. He takes it in and smiles in obvious delight. Someone is offering true worship.

Are you aware that it takes about two thousand flowers to produce one gram of fragrant oil or 9,000 crushed rosebuds to produce a single ounce of perfume? In fact, when you enter a rose garden, the scent is far more powerful in the early morning hours when the dew is still on the roses. In the same way, it takes time and patience soaking in the presence of the Lord in true worship to produce the kind of fragrance that He leans down to inhale.

You might ask, “Isn’t loud, enthusiastic praise just as precious to the Lord?” Well, that depends on the spirit with which it’s given. However, we must admit that it’s easy to praise without actually connecting with the Father’s heart in true worship. That’s why it’s so vital that we examine our hearts, to make sure we’re not merely going through the motions, just to get it over with.

I can hear the Lord say:
“I see their hands and hearts lifted in intimate worship—I must draw near to such as these. I must breathe in the fragrance of that kind of worship, for I am well pleased!”

“Those that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth, for God seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23). Why does He seek them? The answer is because they are so hard to find—rare specimens in today’s busy, noisy culture. Noise is cheap, while true worship is as rare and costly as real perfume. But are we willing to pay the price to be true worshipers? Will you be one of those who burns with love before the throne and lets your fragrance warm His heart?

“Let my prayer be accepted as sweet-smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141:2).

© Steve Porter


Oracles of Grace: Building a Legacy of Wisdom and Revelation – by Wanda Alger


Alger Publications, Date of Publication: December 7, 2017

ISBN-13: 978-0999675205. Price: $10.37

Wanda Alger writes anointed, Spirit-filled words about walking in God’s grace. Our Heavenly Father holds her close to His heart. This book takes you from where we are to where God intends us to be. It gently draws us into His grace, unbound and unfettered by the trappings of legalism. Through its life-giving pages, we fall into alignment with our Father’s heart and His awesome work on earth. This book contains divine wisdom, powerful revelation and life-giving applications to transform us into His image, enabling us to fulfill our God-given destiny. God’s redeeming grace guides us to intimacy with God. Wanda’s creative expression and well of revelation, coupled with her passion for truth and pursuit of eternal things makes her a fiery trailblazer to illuminate the way for others to reach the heart of God. This anointed book shows us how to dissociate ourselves from the complex challenges of our times to know Him, make Him known and live out His grace in our lives. Wanda’s authentic Christianity reverberates throughout the glowing pages of Oracles of Grace. Wanda’s amazing life and testimony overwhelms us with gratitude as to the endless potential in store for all who believe in God’s supernatural power. We are encouraged, enlightened, inspired and challenged by the rich spiritual wisdom that comes from a life of obedience to God and His life-transforming Word. This book invites us to life in the Kingdom in all its fullness. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all who want to know God and taste His love through Oracles of Grace.

Miriam Jacob


TROUBLED WATERS by Susan May Warren

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ISBN: 9781493412556. PUB. DATE: Jan 2018. PRICE:  $14.99

“Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren sparkles with redemption, resolution and saving grace amidst the picturesque beauty of a backdrop of wild Montana skies and sweeping scenery, wilderness suspense and romance. This is a high-stakes, swiftly-moving, dramatic, high-flying, mountaintop action-adventure, packed with snappy dialogue and flawed characters with emotional and spiritual challenges. It is a heartwarming story of love and sacrifice. It has an increasing complex plot and character development. Susan May Warren’s high peril situations are set at the height of human emotions, as she uses unusually trying situations and circumstances to make her characters depict illustrating truths. The main characters deal with honesty, self-control, and faith, while reaching their physical and emotional limits of self-endurance, to grow beyond their problems. They travel down difficult paths, with nothing but faith to cling on to, before they learn to truly love each other with selfless devotion. This book bears the unique stamp and hallmark of Susan May Warren’s books and makes a very interesting read. I recommend it to readers.

Miriam Jacob