Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, February 22

Friday, February 22, 2013 – Psalm 22; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16 and John 3:22-36

Hebrews 4:11-16 – 12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  …..

We are made up of three parts; body, soul and spirit. Our body is made up of many parts and is what allows life while here on earth. Our soul is that which God has given us at birth, at conception and which is eternal. Our spirit is that which comes into us moment by moment. We can take in either good spirit (God’s spirit) or we can take in evil/selfish spirit. What we bring into our body and soul makes a huge difference in how we live our life and go about our day.

In Hebrews we hear how the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. One reason I strive to read God’s word daily and spend quality time with God daily is that I know the sin that abides with me and I’m in constant need of God’s refining Spirit. God’s word helps me focus upon God instead of all the temptations of the world. God’s word helps refine my body and my soul. Through the gift of God’s word/God’s Spirit abiding in me I can confront the sin within me and strive to live a Godly life.

In our reading from Hebrews we then hear; 14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Today’s Psalm always reminds me of what our Lord, Jesus Christ cried out upon the cross. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me.” Friends we do have a High Priest, have a Lord who can sympathize with our weakness and our struggles.

How are you doing with your Lenten practice? Mine was to watch only an hour of television each evening 7 to 10. Well on Wednesday we didn’t have choir practice because of the approaching storm. So, I watched a couple of programs that I normally can’t watch. Then on Thursday we were home all day, so I studied during the day and then in the evening went back to my old habit of vegging; watched three shows. How quickly our old habits return to us.

Today, allow God’s word, God’s Spirit to work upon your body and soul, refining both, purifying both and guiding you to be His holy child.

O Lord God, work the miracle of new life in us today. Amen.

Psalm 22 – 1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest. ….

27  All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the LORD;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
28  For dominion belongs to the LORD,
and he rules over the nations.

29  To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
30  Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
31  and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.

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