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Week 3, Day 14 of 40…already?!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 4, 2017

WHAT TIME IS IT?!

Yes…ALREADY! The days have been shortened considerably, ask any geologist about the earthquake in Chili back in 2010!  and see what they have to say. And since then we’ve had many, many, MANY large earthquakes in usual spots but also in some unusual locations.  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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A Repeat…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 24, 2012

I rejoice in my sufferings... Col 1:24

Updated: 1/26/2012

Recently I had the privilege of suffering for the Kingdom with a sudden onset of the flu, which, sufficed to say, knocked me down for a good five days.  But it was worth it!  To be able to see the effects of my sufferings as I joined it with Christ’s:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the church…” ~Col 1:24

Our world is rapidly declining into moral relativism and what is evil is considered good.  But at the same time, those hearts that would be changed are changing and becoming aware of this great deception of the evil one.  They’re beginning to stand up and speak out against this present evil as minds slowly shift for the days immediately ahead.

On that note, I repeat a previous post and join it with another who speaks with the voice of authority – or rather, joins the voice of authority that shouts from the rooftop!

REPENT!  THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND!

Note: NOT the end of the world is at hand, but God’s justice for our sins in this increasingly perverse age that we are in, is at hand.

UPDATE: Thursday, 1/26/12

Morning Prayer: Week III

Reading : 1 Peter 4: 8-11a

Let your love for one another be constant, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Be mutually hospitable without complaining.  As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received.  The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by GodThus, in all of you, God is glorified through Jesus Christ.

Evening Prayer: Week III

Reading: 1 Peter 3: 8-12

All of you should be like-minded, sympathetic, loving toward one another, kindly disposed, and humble.  Do not return evil for evil or insult for insultReturn a blessing instead.  This you have been called to do, that you may receive a blessing as your inheritance.

“He who cares for life and wants to see prosperous days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.  He must turn from evil and do good, seek peace and follow after it, because the Lord has eyes for the just and ears for their cry; but against evildoers the Lord sets His face (cf. Ps 34: 12-16).

The Lord echoes these exact words in the Monthly Message for January, 2012.  Click on the Pdf below.

 January 1-2012

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Mark Mallett

WHEN this ministry first began, the Lord made it clear to me in a gentle but firm way that I was not to be shy in “blowing the trumpet.” This was confirmed by a Scripture:

The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: When I bring the sword against a land… and the sentinel sees the sword coming against the land, he should blow the trumpet to warn the people…

Continue…

And here is MY Repeat: 

As We Know It Comes Crashing Down

The world is rapidly changing, and in the blink of an eye, all we know will be no more.  Is this a reason to fear?  If you haven’t God as your CENTER, then ‘yes’ there is fear.  But for those who live with God’s LOVE in their hearts, the future does not worry us, for only in the present can we effect CHANGE. Thus the FUTURE is strictly God’s domain…  Continue…

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