Daily Lenten Devotion Wednesday, February 20th

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Psalm 5; Deuteronomy 9:13-21; Hebrews 3:12-19 and John 2:23-3:15

John 2:23-3:15 – 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

During Lent I’m reading a book about the spirit; Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life by Jack Levison. So far one of the things I take away from his book, which I already believed is that God’s Spirit does reside within each one of us, all people. We’re only into the first chapter, so I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be taught about the spirit, God’s Spirit that is in us. I chose this book for a Lenten reading because I have a pretty good concept of God the Father/Creator, Jesus/God the Son. It is God the Holy Spirit which I desire to get to know better and more about.

In our reading from John, we hear Jesus saying to Nicodemus and to us; “no one can enter the kingdom of God, without being born of water and the Spirit.” For me this is a daily prayer, daily desire, that the Spirit of God, which resides in me, be born anew in me, so I can enter the kingdom of God this day. This isn’t a once in a lifetime experience, it is a daily experience. It is something I even need to seek each moment of every day.

How do you experience the Spirit, God’s Spirit in you? This day be open to the Spirit of God, breathing new life into you and guiding you along your way.

One of Jack Levison’s thoughts is that the spirit-breath of God is in our nostrils. This comes from his reading of Job 27:3. God being with us and in us, is as close as our next breath of life.

Take a few deep breaths and sense how God is giving you life even now and how in each breath the Spirit of God is with you and within you.

Psalm 5 – 8a&c   Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness  …..
make your way straight before me.

O God, I give thanks that your spirit, your image has been given to all. This day, may your spirit be born anew in me, in us, that we might sense your kingdom and your righteousness. Guide us as we seek to abide in your kingdom this day. Amen.

Here’s a great prayer song regarding God’s Spirit coming to us – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQPcrH0y1P0

It took a while to load on my computer, but once it did, it was worth the wait.

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