love, live, lent

“Lent is the 40 day period of fasting, penitence, and sorrow, leading up to the feast of Easter, recalling Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.” – http://www.churchyear.net/lent.html

I am writing this blog primarily for the students and staff of LinC Ministry (the youth ministry of the KUMC of San Diego).  Feel free to use, reproduce, or canonize any part of this for your own viewing pleasure.

While there are different definitions and nuances given to this unique season in the church calendar, most Christians will agree on the following bullet-points regarding Lent (in other matters, we’re more likely to kill each other).

Lent is….

  • 40 days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday (March 9) and Easter Sunday (April 24).
  • a time to focus on simple living, more prayer, self-denial.  (some even include an emphasis on giving to the poor).
  • a chance to remember Christ’s 40 days in the desert where he was tempted but sinned not.  Because the Bible records that Jesus fasted food, we can rest assured that Jesus did not forsake twitter, facebook, Call of Duty, or K-dramas.
  • a spiritual training opportunity for Christian men and women to walk more intimately with Christ,

Question: WHY did Jesus do this?

Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit and “led by the Spirit” into the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days while eating nothing – Luke 4:1-2.

Jesus of Nazareth Spirit-filled & Spirit-led.  CHECK.

Jesus of Nazareth tempted by the devil himself.  CHECK.

Question: Why do we do this?

Let’s understand that running into the arms of God means that the devil will be coming after us with greater fury and urgency than the chariots of pharaoh chasing after the freed Israelites.  Hear Oswald Chambers:

We are apt to imagine that when we are saved and sanctified we are delivered from temptation; we are not; we are loosened into it.  Before we are born again, we are not free enough to be tempted, neither morally nor spiritually.  Immediately we are born into the Kingdom of God, we get our first introduction into what God calls temptation, viz., the temptations of His Son. – The Psychology of Redemption, 1078 R.

We will fast patiently, pray earnestly, and live simply in the hopes of being consecrated & completely sold-out to Jesus Christ.  We hope to gladly offer up our lives as living sacrifices upon the altar set up to worship the one true living God.

Question: WHAT HAPPENED after Jesus did this?

Power.  Boom.  Kabow.  The Bible teaches us that Jesus went to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.  Jesus is Spirit-empowered to do His Father’s Will.  Jesus preaches, heals and teaches with Kingdom Power and Authority.  He’s on fire.

Question: WHAT WILL HAPPEN to us?

John Wesley wrote to Alexander Mather in 1777:

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth.

This is my prayer – that LinC Ministry will turn into a furnace where the Master and Savior of the world will fashion and forge Spirit-empowered young women and men.

So, what do we do?

  • Pick a food item or a meal (b,l,d) and fast from it.  (you can eat it on the 6 sundays during lent)
  • pray.  as a group we meet on wednesday evenings and saturday mornings but you would be wise to pray more than 2x a week.
  • read the Word of God.  do the bible reading journey.  attend the ketchup sessions.
  • save up money and ask God how you should spend it (with the one rule being that this $tash of cash can’t be for selfish gain)

Don’t call it fasting, but you can try denying yourself some stuff like various forms of electronics.  It may even benefit you:

  • you might improve your sleep
  • you just might grow that elusive fruit of patience
  • you might actually have time to pray and read the Word.

 

strength and honor,

ps

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One thought on “love, live, lent

  1. I love this, P.Sam!!! Me and two girls in my small group are doing a Daniel fast together for Lent. We’re scared, excited, and preparing ourselves to be humbled by God! haha 🙂 Just wanted to say hello. So… hello! 🙂 Be blessed and be a blessing in this season of Lent, P.Sam! Miss you and am excited for God’s glory to shine throughout LinC ministry!

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