Living in the Two Hearts

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Week 3, Day 14 of 40…already?!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 23, 2011

WHAT TIME IS IT?!

Yes…ALREADY! The days have been shortened considerably, ask any geologist about the earthquake in Chili and see what they have to say.  But from God’s perspective, He said while He was on earth that…

“And if those days had not been shortened no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” ~Mt 24:22 (a good expanded reading on this can be found here…)

Which again further restates what these Lenten posts have said from day one, NOW is the time to PREPARE for the coming Passion of Christ.   As St Paul tells us:

We beg you not to receive the GRACE of God in vain.  For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.”  NOW is the ACCEPTABLE TIME! NOW is the DAY OF SALVATION! ~2 Cor 6: 1-2, Evening Prayer 1, Second Sunday of Lent, Christian Prayer (emphasis added).

So during this “Acceptable Time” you have made a list of FIVE (5) things that you would like to change about yourself.  Habits that need weeding from your heart so that your service to God could be more complete in the LOVE that you truly have for Him…for if you didn’t you would not be here reading this blog…

In the first week, the emphasis was on OBEDIENCE, that same obedience that Jesus demonstrated in the desert during those first 40 days…

“And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone.’ but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (cf. Deut 8:3c). ~Luke 1:4

Obedience came when you made the list and committed yourself to the asking the Lord to Bless [You] and Make [You] Holy. Every time you caught yourself either doing or maybe even before you did that ONE (1) thing, you OBEDIENTLY repeated that prayer.  Good job, btw! 😉

The second week we are asked to come before the Lord in all HUMILITY, again in imitation of  Jesus as He did during those first 40 days…

“It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” ~Luke 4:12

You acknowledged before God that [YOU] can do NOTHING without HIM. Removing PRIDE is very hard to do as it seems to be ingrained within our very being, so in practicing this a great feat was accomplished within your very being…well done! 🙂

Yes, we are reminded in our humility that, TRULY, we are totally dependent on God.  Everything that we do is because God has given us the ability.  Our very BREATH and the ability to draw that breath even comes from God as the book of Genesis reminds us, God…

“formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~Gen 2:7 (kind of makes ya think about Ash Wednesday, doesn’t it?)

This week is the practice of WISDOM which reminds us that we do not JUST Love and Worship God, but that we ALSO Let God BE GOD. (You can click  Week 2 for a review on the results of when these three they are practiced faithfully). How can this be done?  Good question… read on!

WEEK 3, DAY 14 of Lent:

Got your list in hand?  Okay!  Visit your THIRD (3rd) thing.  During this week you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice WISDOM by CHOOSING NOT TO DO that THIRD(3rd) thing but INSTEAD, letting God DO HIS THING!

When that thing presents itself and you find yourself FACE  to FACE WITH it or actually DOING the dreaded thing… STOP! … Repeat: LORD, NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS BE DONE.  I can do NOTHING without YOU.  Please, Bless me and make me HOLY.

Psst…Do you see a pattern emerging?  If you hadn’t worked on calling out to God in OBEDIENCE during that first week, then you wouldn’t have had the GRACES to acquire the HUMILITY needed to act with WISDOM in asking that God’s Will be done and not yours. Pretty cool, huh? 😉

Speak with WORDs of LOVE: Lord Almighty, YOU know me better than myself.  YOU know my strengths and my weaknesses.  YOU know my shortcomings but also what I am capable of.  Help me during these 40 days to come before YOU in all humility, seeking the GRACES necessary to LOVE and SERVE YOU better as I travel through these 40 days as Your Son did before me.  LORD, YOUR WILL BE DONE, not mine.  I know I can do nothing without You.  Bless me, and make me Holy.  In the Savior’s name, Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen.

Now let us all with one accord, in fellowship with ages past, keep vigil with our heavenly Lord, in His temptation and His fast.  The covenant so long revealed, to faithful men in former time, Christ by His own example sealed, the Lord of love in love sublime.  This LOVE, O Lord, we sinful men have not returned, but falsified.  Author of Mercy, turn again, and see our sorrow for our PRIDE.  ~ St. Gregory the Great, 540-604 A.D.

PLEASE READ:

The Coming Refuges and Solitudestotally connects to what is written above

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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