Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
From Hope to Reality – the Resurrection Story…
Tomorrow the Easter Season officially begins with Ash Wednesday, I like to think of it as Ask Wednesday. The Psalmist not only asks to spend eternity with the LORD but in so doing he expresses his greatest hope. “The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” (Psalm 27:4–5, NLT)
As you no doubt know Ash/Ask Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, which is a 40-day period of personal preparation to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. Another way of looking at Lent is a time to get our “house” in order so we can move into the House of the LORD. In some Christian circles our preparations for Holy Week include giving up something as a symbol of our desire to deepen our relationship with God. One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “What are you giving up for Lent?” So, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Haven’t thought about it? May I make a suggest something of great value, something you can quite easily give up for Lent?
Time. There is nothing more valuable than time. Time is perhaps the only commodity existing that cannot be replaced. The few minutes you’ve spent reading this are gone forever, you can never get them back. So for the next 40 days (beginning tomorrow) why not “give up” 40 minutes of every day to spending time divided in prayer, reading, studying, and meditating in your bible, reading a Glory Seed or other devotional. You can divide the 40 minutes throughout the day any way you want to.
How much is 1600 minutes (26.6666 hours) of your life worth to you? Go ahead take your present wage per hour and do the math, now put a price tag on spending eternity in the LORD’S House. There is NOTHING more valuable in this world/life more valuable than your relationship with God! There is NOTHING in God’s World/Life more valuable than His relationship with you! God gave His Son the prove it. Jesus gave his life to turn hope into a reality.
Welcome to the House of the LORD!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”