And friend, when you connect with Christ and abide in him he will whisper some things in your heart. He might call you to greater pursuit, to rest in his love, to repentance, to greater obedience, give more, to gather with the church, to go with the Gospel... I don't know what God wants to say to you but I promise he has something to say! And you won't know what it is unless you take time to seek him and listen.
When you finally do hear his voice and you respond to his call or direction your heart will experience personal revival. And when your heart and my heart and each of our hearts experience revival the whole church will come alive in a new way. God will begin to use us to do even greater things than we have known before now.
So, lets seek Him together!
There are many things you can do during lent that will help you focus yourself on Christ. Typically each person that desires to hear from the Lord needs to do two things: create space & fill it with things of the Lord.
Fasting is an intentional effort to create additional space in your life so that you can center your attention and affection on Jesus. Fasting can take many forms. When fasting people choose to set aside lunch, coffee, snacks, sleep, soda, social media, TV, music, all noise for a set amount of time each day, jewelry, unnecessary shopping, radio in the car, video games, eating out, frivolous things (donate something in your house every day). Honestly, it can be anything that creates space in your life for Jesus or reminds you consistently to spend time pursuing Jesus.
Once space is created we need to fill it with an intentional pursuit of Jesus. Commitments could include daily prayer, Bible reading, journaling, creating a list of prayer needs and praying through them, memorizing verses, writing letters of encouragement or gratitude each day, calling members of the church to say "I love you" or I appreciate you," giving resources you are saving when you fast to your church, listening to worship music, volunteering time at church, signing up to serve in a new ministry area, listen to sermons, lead family devotionals,
I want to encourage each of you to create some space in your life during Lent to focus your eyes, ears, minds, hearts & lives on Jesus. I praying for you and for us!!!
I'm praying several things for our Hope Church family during Lent. Join me.
- That each person would seek Christ fully and find him during the Lenten season.
- That our members would intently listen to the Lord when he speaks.
- That we would respond to what he says with a repentant heart and obey him.
- That the church would experience personal and corporate revival.
- That people in our community would come to faith in Christ because of our renewal.