Why Lent?

Written by Julie Cosgrove

“But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:1-2

Many churches observe the season of Lent for the six weeks before Easter. In the early church, it became a time of discernment and confession of sins for those wanting to be baptized. The ceremony took place on Easter in celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. Soon, Lent became a time for all Christians to reexamine their hearts, weed out any sinful desires or thoughts, and rededicate themselves to the Risen Lord.

During Lent, some Christians abstain from something they enjoy, like chocolate or a favorite TV show. But the true purpose of this inward-turning time is to establish a good habit to replace a bad one. Christians are to look at our sins full on, remove them, and leave them at the cross.

Perhaps Lent can be viewed as a spiritual spring-cleaning. Open the blinds, shake off the dust and clean away the grime. Let the fresh air of mercy in so His light will shine into the corners of your heart again. Remove whatever has been keeping you from fully embracing His grace. Relearn how wonderful His mercy can be. Reconnect with His word. Rejoice in your salvation.

Dearest Father, you sent your Son to hang on the cross and take on our sins so we can have eternal life in Your presence. Let us honestly remove those sins we carry and lay them at His feet so when Easter comes, we can truly rejoice and proclaim without any hindrances that, “The Lord is risen indeed.” Amen.

Action Step:

Is there any spiritual spring-cleaning you need to do this Lent? Honestly sweep away what may have been separating you from fully receiving Jesus’ blessings.  If you would like someone to pray with you today, send in a request.

 

 

5 Responses to “Why Lent?”

  • Dabbson says:

    Please what will I do to stop myself take alcoholic?
    Thank you

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Angela,
    You pose a very good question, ‘How do you know what exactly in your life is keeping you from fully receiving God’s blessings?’ The Bible clearly tells us that God has given us everything that we need both spiritually and in other areas of our lives.

    Ephesians 1:3 tells us that…
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…

    and then in 2 Peter 1:3…’seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.’

    However we don’t necessarily experience those blessings or the power that He gives us when there is sin in our lives. It short circuits God’s power in our lives. But the neat thing is that 1 John 1:9 tells us that …If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’

    If you feel like you are not fully receiving God’s blessings or experiencing His power in your life, ask Him to reveal to you if there is any sin blocking that in your life. For more about this, read these two articles, http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/spiritfilledlife/ and http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/oxygen/ and they will explain it in more depth.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Sabanus, you are so right, it is very important for every one to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Thanks for visiting our website and leaving your comment!

  • Angela Iyanobor says:

    How do you know what exactly in your life is keeping you from fully receiving God’s blessings?

  • Sabanus Dabbason says:

    Infact it is very important for one to know his/her personal saviour and I wish to you will continue this programme

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