Lent Week 4 Day 22

My reading in the Mosaic Bible is about sin and how the world is so immune to it. He explains how sin is “missing the mark”. What mark you may ask? The mark is the moral standard for all humanity that comes from the holy character of God. We all fall short. Romans 3:23-24,  since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [a]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

God’s glory, His holiness is a standard we can not live up to. But God has made a way through Jesus Christ for us to have peace with God. Jesus lived a sinless life, He didn’t miss the mark. He is our only avenue to get to God. We have to be sinless to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is impossible without Jesus. His righteousness is substituted for our sinfulness. He paid the price for us. All we have to do is receive this free gift. Ephesians 2:8-9, For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. Bible references from Bible Gateway.

 

Lent to Repent

Day 22

The scripture is Matthew 5:21-26 and it’s talking about never to be angry with anyone because the judgement on anger is the same as the judgement on murder. Jesus says to make peace with everyone.

Ann says: Today I will fast from wrath and anger because anger is often just the costume of fear.

 

This line “anger is often the costume of fear” stands out to me. I know in myself that I would get angry a lot when my kids were little because I feared whatever was happening. I didn’t want them to feel pain or sadness. I’ve always tried to prevent it. I would get angry when they got hurt, that may sound crazy and for a long time I tried to understand why that was happening. After I got saved I realized it wasn’t the kids that made me angry, it was the sin. This is the same for God toward us. I wrote about this here. With my kids I see where I was in fear of them getting hurt when they were rough housing or playing outside. The fear drove me to anger when the inevitable happened. I was angry that they had to experience pain or sadness. But I learned that in order to appreciate the good and happy times we have to experience painful times. Even though seeing them hurt makes my heart hurt, it’s helping them. Ann said in her book The Greatest Gift, that God doesn’t allow a trial without a gift. God uses hard things to grow us up spiritually. He takes everything in our life and turns it into glory, His glory. Nothing is wasted in God’s Kingdom. God has a plan where the world will one day be without pain, suffering and sadness. I have yearned for this new world in my soul already and didn’t even know it until I had children of my own. So as long as I live I will strive to bring peace and goodness to the world and not anger and violence. Peace is kingdom living right here, right now.

Day 21- Go about doing good as Jesus did.

Day 22- It’s the sin God hates!

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Jack Frost- The Lukewarm Christian

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What I will be writing about comes from the movie The Rise of The Guardians. Jack Frost really stuck out to me cause I could relate to him. He is invisible, like he doesn’t exist. Jack is like the unborn spirit, not alive yet. I call him lukewarm because he has no side. He has to choose.

Jack asks why he is alive to the man on the moon (God).  He soon finds out the answer from one of the guardians, Santa. He tells Jack he is called to be a guardian, but Jack doesn’t want to be chosen. He questions that the man on the moon has said this. Santa tells Jack it’s destiny, can’t say no! Like many of us, Jack doesn’t think he has anything to offer to become a guardian. Santa explains to him that he has a center. A gift inside that is special.  Santa’s center is wonder, born with eyes to “see”. Jack goes on a quest to find his center.

In order to do this he needs memories. Memories of his childhood. Those memories help Jack remember what’s important. This is why God says to be childlike, not childish but childlike. The memories help him remember why he is here. Pitch, who is like the devil, steals the memories. This causes an uprising in Jack. He didn’t care about being a guardian until now, Pitch has stolen his memories! What has Satan stolen from you? Has it changed how you live? When you come to the realization that Satan has stolen from you, you will stand up and fight! We are indifferent until it effects us.

Jack finds out his center is fun. When he starts walking in this truth he becomes more real and visible. If we believe, we will see. Our eyes are opened to the supernatural realm. God isn’t invisible anymore and the more we believe the more visible He becomes.

In order for the guardians to keep their “jobs” the children have to believe. There ends up being only one boy who believes and they go to his house. Jack is communicating with the boy being invisible but soon the boy sees him because he believed. Jack is so happy that he isn’t invisible anymore! Once he found his center and believed in himself then others believed in him too. Jack said at the end, just because you can’t always see the sun, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

We all have a center, potential, something to give. We just have to figure out what it is, believe in ourselves and it will become a reality! Once we are born again and made alive in our spirit we will want to give. When people become lukewarm in their faith, it’s because they have forgotten who they are! Remember you are God’s child and as a child of God you have a mission while you are walking the earth! Stop being invisible and give your self away. Make your presence known for the glory of God! Do what He has called you to do. Our lives are meaningless without God and His direction.