Lent Week 7 Day 40

My reading today is a story about someone being in Easter and Christmas plays at school and how playing a peasant had an effect on her. She didn’t just play the role, she let the songs they sung penetrate her spirit and let them speak to her soul. She came to the realization that Jesus’ life that He offers is for EVERYONE! She saw that Jesus is the first to be resurrected and all of His followers will follow Him in resurrection also. And lastly she asks herself how is she denying self and being resurrected right now this Easter? I just read in my Not A Fan book that dying to self is putting Jesus first. He gave some interesting examples. It’s choosing Jesus over family and career goals. It’s choosing Jesus over getting drunk, over looking at porn. Choosing Jesus over a redecorated house. Choosing Jesus over what people think about you.

Lent to Repent

Day 40

The scripture reading for today is Romans 8:31-39 and it’s talking about how we cannot be separated from the love of God because of Jesus. We have it all in and through Jesus Christ.

Ann says: Today I will be astonished that because of Christ, hope rises from dead places, impossible stones can be rolled away, all the sad things are becoming undone.

What I ‘m learning is something can be known by head knowledge but it doesn’t become real and alive until it is heart knowledge. When the head knowledge makes a transfer to heart knowledge then we have our “A HA” moments. I read something the other day I never read before in the Bible. It says Jesus is the first to be raised which means we will follow. 1 Corinthians 15:20-22,  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. We follow Him in life on earth, in death and in resurrection. It is finally in my heart that I really know death is an illusion. I won’t die, I will live! I’m beginning to see God’s Kingdom in my minds eye. I feel myself making the transfer. I heard John Bevere say yesterday, Jesus doesn’t want a dating relationship where you know things about that person. He wants a marriage relationship where you are intimate with each other and know everything about that person. This is what I want, what I choose, to be intimate with Jesus. To really be one of His and when I pass I want to be known for loving Jesus.  Everyone will know I went to be with Him.

 

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

Day 33- Live the shape of the cross

Day 34- Stay humble and pray

Day- 35 Don’t be afraid, watch what I say

Day 36- We have a new beginning every morning, give from the heart

Day 37- Rejoice over and over, be at peace

Day 38- Be saved and live it out

Day 39- Give thanks for all God’s gifts and pray for a heart of flesh

Day 40- Everyone is invited, choose Jesus

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The Return To Innocence

 

I have come across a few posts here on Word press of people talking about how we as a culture have lost our childlike qualities as human beings. One person wrote how she hates what comes with being an adult. As we leave childhood we are made to think that all the things of being a child are useless and futile in the adult realm, but after you have been grown up awhile we see that being a child wasn’t so bad after all.

It’s the memories of having a carefree existence that we long for. No responsibilities, dead lines, bills, mortgage, car repairs, houses to clean, kids to feed, laundry to do, lawns to mow, etc… These are the things of the WORLD that Jesus was talking about that we aren’t suppose to carry. The future can be a big load to carry if we choose to. This is why Jesus has told us to live only for Today. The cares of tomorrow bring with it, it’s own trouble. Matthew 6: 25-34,

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We can still function as we need to in the earthly realm while still having a childlike heart. From what I have been experiencing lately, I am learning that remembering what made me happy growing up can be replayed in my life and give me that same fulfillment. This began with my dream I had with Jesus. The movie Romeo and Juliet was in my dream with Him. I watched it the next day and remembered how I fell in love with it when I was 14. It took me back to that place in my heart. It felt good. So then I started remembering some music I used to like from Enigma and Kate Bush. The Enigma music with the Gregorian chants is what I liked. This led me to the native american chant song Yeha Noha.  Which is my favorite song now because it speaks love to me. I have been researching the songs I liked back then and have found that they all have something in common, LOVE. Could it be that we hate being adults because we are really missing real love in our lives?  As we age we forget what real love, real enjoyment truly is. We are brainwashed by society to be fake til we make it. All this fakeness is robbing us of our true identity!

If you are longing for a more fulfilled life go back to your innocence, what ever that is for you. For me it has been this music. I have never felt closer to Jesus except for when I got saved for real.  In order to come to Jesus we do have to become like a child.  Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:3. Open your heart, let it melt into His. Remember who you were, who you still are. Who God created you to be. This is your authentic self screaming to come out of the dark. Like Rob Thomas says in this song, Let it Go…

She Has My Daddy’s Eyes by Regina Gibson

When you were born your eyes were blue.
\That’s what I thought they would always be.
\Til one day I looked and what did I see?
\My Daddy’s eyes looking back at me.
\In the light of the sun it occurred to me,
\The colors I saw were brown and green.
\They have a certain glow that isn’t common.
\And a way to my heart that will never be forgotten.