Your Lent experience is your opportunity for God to pour his Living Water into your dry spirit. Your focus should not be, "How do I make it 40 days without this thing that I’m so used to consuming?" Instead it should be, "How can I open myself up to God over the next 40 days to have a life-altering, soul experience with the Father?" In order to have that experience you must be willing to delve deep into God’s word, and you must be willing to speak to, and take the time to hear from, God through prayer.
Many of us look at Lent through the eyes of our flesh, believing we won't able to do without that thing from which we’re fasting for 40 days. However, the long-term benefits of sacrifice outweigh the short-term pleasure of pleasing our flesh. You see, Lent can be a beautiful experience where you are no longer distracted, and can hear God’s voice clearly. The Lord will use those 40 days to plant a seed in your bosom that will blossom in the next season of your life. You may not believe me now, but if you truly take part in this journey, you will come to understand.
January not only marks the beginning of the new year, it's also my birthday month AND the month I celebrate the anniversary of my #SundayNightSessions Podcast. I do have some great things in store for you this month that I cannot wait to share, but in the meantime, please take a moment to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast so you won't miss the messages God has for us.
I Corinthians 13:4-8 is one of the most direct statements about what love really is. The scripture states, “love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It does not keep any record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” This scripture is God’s road map for what loving someone really means and how He wants us to transition from feeling love to living, doing and being, love.
[Best of 2016] Once we have confidence (faith) in God then we will experience his reliability (faithfulness) to us on multiple levels. This not only deepens relationship with Him, it creates a wealth of trust between you and God.
When we develop a relationship with God, we meet the many sides of Him, including Jehovah Shalom. This literally means “the Lord is Peace”. This means we have personal contact with God who is peace…literally. So, what does this mean for us?
Joy becomes a challenge during seasons of longsuffering, those times when grief suffocates us and we find ourselves in the grips of deep depression. Having and expressing it becomes almost impossible when we’ve suffered through tremendous atrocities that seem to keep coming in so many waves that we can barely make it through the day. It is during those times that our faith in God is pushed to the limit and our joy fades.
The job of a shepherd is a tedious one that requires the demonstration of the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, self-control, goodness, and faithfulness—toward its flock. Jehovah-Raah is our Shepherd who gently guides us, his flock, along our journey, who lovingly keeps us on the path, who searches for us when we lose our way.
What has become your idol? Are you beholden to your worry, your fears, and doubt? Are you going to food before you head to the throne in prayer? Are you seeking counsel from trusted friends instead of asking God to guide you? How much do you really trust God to be Jehovah-Jireh, to provide the answers you need, the opportunities, an open door for new things to come into your life, and help when you’re drowning?
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