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March 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Three Lenten Actions that Bring Healing 2


Three Lenten Actions that Bring Healing

 

2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

The tripartite Lenten prescription for healing our brokenness is (1) Contrition: feeling genuinely sorry for your sin; (2) Confession: telling the truth about what you have thought, said or done; and (3) Repentance. Repentance literally means to turn around and walk in the opposite direction. In ILS chapel this week Kari Larsen placed a cup before the children upside down. She explained that God longs to pour out blessings upon His people, but when we are actively engaged in sin we turn our backs on God. She then began to pour sweet tea onto the upturned cup to demonstrate how little it could hold that way. She then explained that when we repent we turn away from our sin, which turns us back toward God. When we are facing God He can pour His blessings into our lives. It was a simple, yet powerful, image of repentance. Which way are you facing today? Is there an area in your life that is turned away from God? Consider repenting and being restored to the flow of His blessing.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, give me the strength to turn any area of my life that is facing the wrong way back to You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

One moment of prayer, of weak worship, confused contrition, tepid thanksgiving, or pitiful petition will bring us closer to God than all the books of theology in the world. ― Peter Kreeft

 

 

Quote of the Day

Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. — Voltaire



Comments

03-11-2019 at 7:09 AM
Lori Rueffer
It looks like the devotional we had already received on Mar 8 is the one sent for today,Mar 11. I look forward to these devotionals. Thank you.
03-09-2019 at 2:55 PM
Melba Layton
I need to read the Devotional Quote.
A reminder a little is better than none at all.
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March 7, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Three Lenten Actions that Bring Healing


Three Lenten Actions that Bring Healing

 

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

Lent is a season where we, as the people of God, look to the cross of Christ, then take seriously the things in our lives that are driving Jesus to Calvary. When we discover these things God calls us to a three-part healing process for our sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions. The first step is contrition. Contrition means to be genuinely grieved by something we have done. Often we display contrition when we get caught doing something wrong, but this is not real contrition. We are not truly grieved by the action, but by the fact we got caught. God calls us to be honest enough with ourselves to recognize the depths of our sinfulness and the price that Jesus would have to pay to cover it, and be genuinely saddened that we have brought Him to that place. This honesty with ourselves is the emotional impetus we need for real change to occur in our lives. Does your sin truly appall and dismay you or is it simply an inconvenience that is occasionally disappointing?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to be true grieved by the things at offend You in my life. Help me to be so appalled that I can do naught but change in ways that please You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God is not looking for repayment, but repentance. What heals a broken relationship is sincere love and contrition. — Frederica Mathewes-Green

 

Quote of the Day

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins
 



Comments

03-07-2019 at 4:03 PM
marilyn rotermund
I prefer a calmer Lenten service, but I can definitely understand the reasons for the confusion. Hopefully we can continue with services with time for reflection, etc.
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March 6, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Ash Wednesday 2019


Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Life

Genesis 2:7

“…then the LORD God formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

 

Thought for Today

Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday. If you go to church today you will hear the pastor say, “Remember you and dust and to dust you shall return.” This may sound morbid and legalistic at first, but it actually points us to the gospel beautifully. Today we prepare ourselves for the journey with Jesus through Lent to the cross. We begin the journey by being reminded of the incredible price of failure. Dust to dust. But we know that Lent ends with Easter, when those formed from the dust of the earth are given eternal life at the cross and empty tomb! Because we know that Jesus succeeded where we had failed we know that for the children of God dust shall live forever! Lent takes us on a journey that starts with dust and ends with life.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for taking my sin and death with you to the cross so that I now have eternal life with you. Help me to journey with You this Lenten season that I may know the what my rebellion cost You, and knowing, love You more. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. ― John Wesley

 

 

Quote of the Day

If you're capable of despising your own behavior, you might just love yourself. ― Criss Jami

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