First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What are you giving up for Lent?

So many times we do things as “Christians” because of tradition or ritual. This year, instead of just giving up something mindless for Lent, I ask that you remind yourself of its purpose. The purpose of giving up something for Lent is to relate to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus and how he endured the 40 days in the desert. Although tempted and tormented during that journey, Jesus turned to His Father and Gods Word for refuge. He was not fulfilled by food or pleasures that were offered to Him. In this same manner, we should not only give up some of our temptations, but turn to Christ for fulfillment. This should be a time of reliance on God, wholly. Allow the way you are observing this season to remove distractions that pull us out of Gods will in our lives. Then, turn to His word for guidance. Remember that HIS best for us is always good. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
God Bless!

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