My reading today speaks in reference to the dark period we face before our salvation. I can relate to this! The writer says God waits for us to realize that we need Him. We go through painful dark times to bring us to the end of ourselves and begin to hope in God. When we begin searching for Him, we find Him and all darkness that was before is forgotten and is put out by God’s magnificent light!
Lent to Repent
Scripture today is 1 Peter 4:1-10 and it’s talking about now that you are saved live like you are saved. Don’t partake in what the world does. Stand out in the crowd and live by spirit like God does.
Ann says: Today I will fast from serving me most and serve others first.
In 1 Peter 4:1-10 it tells specifically of how to live like a christian. Be hospitable, live by the spirit, love one another, keep a sound mind, have self control and use the gifts God gave you to serve others. This is how we live in God’s light. We follow Jesus by doing these things. 1 John 1:7, 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Living in the Light
5 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them,14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Living by the Spirit’s Power
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Scriptures taken from Bible Gateway
Day 21- Go about doing good as Jesus did.
Day 22- It’s the sin God hates!
Day 23- True beauty comes from a clean heart that sees God
Day 24- Have faith Jesus is the Truth
Day 25- Fast from your sinful nature
Day 26- Believe Jesus, deny self, walk in the Kingdom
Day 27- Follow the Holy Spirit, return to God
Day 28- True worship connects you to God’s grace
Day 29- You have to follow the Holy Spirit continually to keep fear out
Day 30- Fear is flesh, Faith is spirit
Day 31- Thirst for God and put your hope in Him alone
Day 32- Find God’s light then live in it