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Commitment: Holy Lent

by PRIDE Newsdesk
Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith,’” Romans 1:17.          

“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24.

Ash Wednesday started this past Wednesday.

But what is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten period that leads up to the resurrection. As Christians, we believe that Jesus was resurrected. During this period, we/Christians show repentance/sincere regret and remorse for our sins and we believe that Jesus Christ died for them.

Ash Wednesday starts the 40 days of sacrifice leading up to to the resurrection. This is the beginning of Lent.

But what is Lent? Lent is the 40 days of reflecting on the past and preparing to honor Jesus’ resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday February 22 and ends on April 2.

Holy Week starts from April 3-8. April 9 is Resurrection Sunday. Remember that Jesus gathered with His 12 disciples to celebrate the Passover before He was crucified which took place on Good Friday.

We are to comment on lent sacrifices/pleasures like TV, coffee, chocolate, supper, sweets, soda, social media meat, and more—then give this time over to God as a time of spiritual renewal.

Spiritual renewal is renewal of the mind, soul, and body. This is a holistic approach to a total transformation of the way a person thinks, feels and receives as the power of the Holy Spirit moves us to a place of reflecting on God’s word.

We are transformed as a believer to discern what is good, acceptable, perfect according to the will/standards of God (Romans 12:2).

Now during this time, we are to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel word.

Keep this time secret (Matthew 6:16-18).

Reveal to yourself your struggles (1 Peter 5:6).

Take on something that will free you (Isaiah 58:6-7).

Honor your choice (Colossians 2:16-17).

Seek inward thanking (Daniel 9:3).

Remember the sacrifice (John 3:16).

As a people committed to Christ, our actions reflect who we are and what we believe. We are committed to Christ as His people/church. We don’t attend church; we are the church. For we are the organism of Christ as His body, not an organization of the church. In Christ we live in Him and have a total commitment to Him. We live by His word daily, pray daily, and meditate daily. This is what makes us ‘one’ as the people of God. What will you sacrifice in this season?

In this text, Paul confirms God’s revealed word, which is the power of the gospel of faith to the churches in Rome and Galatia.

As it is written, the just shall live by faith. Paul is reiterating Habakkuk’s word in Habakkuk 2:4: “The just shall live by faith.”

He reveals this word to the saints (the born again, the chosen, and the remnant) in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:1, and Hebrews 10:38. “The just shall live by faith.”

This is a prophetic word describing what will happen in the future for the chosen people of God, you and I. For God foresees and knows what will happen in your life as a people of faith.

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