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Lenten Diet Devotions- 1

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Intro Prayer:

Lord God, prepare our hearts for this Holy Lenten Season. It is a preparatory period before Easter, the wonderful resurrection day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. Holy God, shine the light of the Holy Spirit within our hearts so that we may be cleansed of hidden faults and blatant sins.

Lent is a season for reflection and taking stock. Holy God, let us now look over our past year and examine how we displayed You to others and how we ministered to Your needs. Show us clearly our omissions and turn us around.
Lent season is a time of prayer and fasting. Holy God, let us watch and pray throughout this season. Let us fast and weep throughout this season. Let us fill the commands of Jesus to watch and pray always.

Lent is a season on recalling the Holy Life of Your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. Holy God, let us read Your Word with hunger; let us celebrate Communion with acknowledgment of Your Presence; let us do the works that Jesus did, and yea, greater than these because He returned to You and gave to us the Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, forgive us if we have treated this season with disregard in the past.

Almighty God, forgive our pastors and churches and families if they have not taught us the holiness and the need for personal devotion through these days preceding Easter morning.

We ask, Almighty God, that we might please You and glorify You during this period You have set aside for us to draw closer to You and to serve Your Son, Jesus Christ always, in whose Name we pray. Amen



Day 1 (Ash Wednesday)

Scripture: John 1:3-5
3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Application: All things were made by Christ. Amen? That means He fashioned you with His hands and breath. Did He make you less than perfect? Did He ask you to live with a handicap of being overweight or obese and settle for less than health? Did He form you to be heavier than the next creature He made? Did He cause you to put more weight on your body than what He designed?

No, we must not blame genetics, social standing, environmental disadvantages, or any other excuse that the world would offer us. He is perfect and His creations are perfect, but sin in this world has marred it.

Can we do something about inherent sin? Yes, we can learn to be more than conqueror’s in Christ Jesus. The Book of Proverbs clearly defines that gluttony or drunkards are one in the same sin. Excess to the detriment of the temple of God is sin.

In 1997 Americans spent $95 billion for alcoholic beverages. Think about that figure, but think also what must be spent on junk food, snacks, and that of no nutritional value for the body alone. What do you really spend on just chocolates, pop or coffee, while third world countries have children starve to death everyday? There are sins, like gluttony, that can be repented of. Repentance is not just an apology to our Maker, but to cease from the habit that binds us to this sin. Christ’s light shines in the darkness and exposes it.

Prayer: Lord God, today I will say the words, “I am a glutton and I have sinned against heaven and the temple of my body which You have created. I repent, O Lord, but I’m going to need Your divine help; I need to lean on Your strength to cease my ways. I am no longer handicapped. Lord, I am victorious from this day forth, in Your might and power, and no longer by my willpower alone. I give this former area of defeat to You, and I ask that You strengthen me to overcome, in Jesus’ name. Amen


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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/15/2013 9:11PM

    AMEN!!!
That was a wonderful intro. I will certainly have to open my eyes more and see things through Jesus' eyes. I can not carry this burden of weight loss alone. I must trust in the Master to guide me through every step of the way.

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BELLATRAVELLER 2/14/2013 4:26AM

    Thank you, Editor. This was a very touching devotional. It's true that we tend t blame genetics or how we were created. I do that quite often. It never really hit me that when I'm complaining, I'm complaining indirectly about God too. After all, He was the one who created each and every one of us. We shouldn't be complaining to be given such care and attention. I should treat my body (which in the end belongs to God) with more respect.

Peace

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ANHELIC 2/13/2013 11:21PM

    Thank s for your blog Editor. It is something I really have to think about. I have come to a standstill and I guess it's time to make a change in my eating to make a change in the scales. Praying that God will continue to guide us in the right direction and choose the foods that are healthy during this time. I pray in your holy name, Amen.

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HAGIN2010 2/13/2013 3:19PM

    The world encourages gluttony of all kinds through the culture and via advertising, but in the end one has to be responsible for what they buy or put into their body. Our body is the temple of God and i try to treat it as such the best i can today. In the past not so much.

Have a good day everyone :-)

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TEALHAWK 2/13/2013 1:21PM

  thanks for your blog

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JOANIE69 2/13/2013 12:24PM

    (Thank you.) Our over-indulgence (gluttony) covers more than just eating too much too. We are a generation of over-consumers in many ways, always wanting MORE than we need, resulting in a glut of 'things' as well. God forgive me/us. I pray we will instead share what we have in excess, and discipline our own bodies as did the apostle Paul. (1Cor.9:27 )

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CATHYHASSPARK 2/13/2013 11:14AM

    "By grace we are saved , not by works " Eph.2

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CATLADYX8 2/13/2013 11:11AM

    Thank you for opening my eyes. In the past few days I have been a glutton. I never looked at it this way. I needed to hear this message today. I have allowed the devil to put the gluttony in my heart and now I need to stand on God's Word to keep the devil defeated. Before giving into the ways of a glutton I need to prasie the Lord and stand firm on HIs promises.

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STALEYK 2/13/2013 10:59AM

    Good time to reflect...Thanks! emoticon

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AVANELL 2/13/2013 8:45AM

    Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."

Sin can't be broken in a person's life until it is submitted unto God. We bring it out into His light that He might deliver us from it. When we expose the sin in our lives He is able to wash us white as snow. But until we realize that we have sinned, acknowledge it to Him and present it to Him for cleansing we will never be free from it. Light exposes darkness and drives it out. That's what Jesus came to do; to set us free from the kingdom of darkness and covey us or translate us into the kingdom of God. Don't run from God, but run to Him with your sin problem! He alone can set you free!

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CEEMAY 2/13/2013 8:32AM

    Reflection and preparation. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 2/13/2013 6:56AM

    Look at why God had to send his Son And not realize that each time we sin we add to his death more sin to die for. How he loved us How do we love him Is it because whot we want from him or our love for him.

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DGFOWLER 2/13/2013 6:31AM

    This is perfect for what I needed today. Thank you.

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JSALERNO 2/13/2013 6:01AM

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DAJAMOGU1 2/13/2013 5:58AM

    Thanks for this. It is a great reflection to start the day.

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JSTETSER 2/13/2013 5:48AM

    To me, Lent is like a good spring house cleaning for the soul.
Read my blog-you are precious in His Sight!
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MARYJOANNA 2/13/2013 5:27AM

  How sad when people look to things such as alcohol to "be happy," Happiness comes from within and not from the world. Let us look to Him for guidance in everything we do.

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