Pastor Danita Harden Jones
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1. Study of the Word (Matthew 4:1-11) - Read, study, and meditate each day. It is important that you not simply study the Word, but apply it to your daily living.
2. Prayer (Matthew 6:5-14) - When prayer is combined with the word, you have a divine hook-up with God. When we pray, we talk to God. As we read the Word, God speaks to us and reveals His will for our lives. Establishing a devotional time to read the word and pray daily is not an option; it is essential for victorious living.
3. Giving - Giving, specifically tithing, is a spiritual discipline in that it indicates where you are in your relationship with God; as well as the level of faith you have in God to provide for your every need. When God
is the love of your life, giving Him a tenth of your income is the least you can do. I invite you to trust and honor God with your finances at another level through first fruit giving.
In the Old Testament, the first fruit represents the best and the initial offerings from the harvest God had promised. The people gave in anticipation of the abundance that would come. The first fruit given to God was an investment in their future harvest. Nowhere do we find this more powerfully illustrated than in the death and resurrection of Jesus; the first fruit of many brothers and sisters (you and I), who would be saved and receive eternal life (I Corinthians 15:20-28). When we give the first fruit of our abundance, we give knowing that it will be multiplied 30, 60, 100 fold. On Resurrection Sunday, we invite you to give your first fruit as a sacrificial gift to God for all He has done. The first fruit offering should be the equivalent of one week’s salary or your best gift.
4. Serving - As we continue to strengthen our connection with God, He enables us to change the world one at a time. We begin to view others through the eyes and heart of God, who loves us all and is compassionate toward us. During this Lenten season, we will continue to connect and grow through our service to the community.
VISION OF THE IN HIS GREAT NAME:
To have people Reach Beyond What You See
Impact and transform our world into the Kingdom of God!
5. Fasting - The discipline of fasting is an act of self-denial, so that we might yield and consecrate ourselves to God (Matthew 6:16-18).
We will fast from negativity. Our actions, attitudes, and our words are all a reflection of our thoughts; the things we harbor, meditate on, and allow love in our hearts and minds. When we don’t take control of our
negative thoughts, they will manifest themselves in negative attitudes, words, and actions towards God and others. The thing that is keeping many of us from walking into all God has for us is our thoughts and our words. As a person thinks in his/her heart so is he/she (Proverbs 23:7). It is time for us to take captive every thought and the words that proceed from them.
Fasting from negativity will mean that we will:
• Refuse to think negatively or listen to negative conversation about others.
Refrain from gossiping, circulating rumors, and anything injurious about our family, friends, colleagues, classmates, brothers and sisters in Christ, and other associates. Avoid or leave conversations that are negative; where gossip, non-constructive criticism, and rumors are taking place.
• Think Positively.
Philippians 4:8 says, we are to “think about whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.”
• Speak life to and about others as well as ourselves.
We will speak about ourselves in positive, life affirming ways. When speaking about others, we must ask ourselves, if what we are saying can be repeated in their presence. When speaking to others, we will speak life to them, saying only what is edifying, encouraging, and will build them up. Even correction should be spoken in love.
VISION OF THE In His Great Name: To plant Trees in the people of God
We will fast from the media.
Monday through Friday, we will refrain from TV, the telephone, and the computer, after 6:00 p.m. to spend quality time in study and prayer as a family or individually.
We will fast from spending.
We will also give up unnecessary spending. When we refrain from unnecessary spending, then we are developing what Richard Foster calls, the spiritual discipline of a “simplistic lifestyle.” Developing a simplistic lifestyle is key to not letting possessions possess you and laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-24).
We will fast from food.
Throughout the forty days of Lent, we invite you to observe a season of progressive sacrifice as listed below:
February 18 - February 28
No sweets/No eating after 6:00 p.m.
March 1 - March 11
Miss one meal a day
March 12 - March 22
Miss two meals a day
March 23 - April 2
Liquid fast/No solid food You also have the option of doing the Daniel fast for 40 days (consisting of water, fruits, and vegetables only) or a 21 day liquid fast starting March 13, 2015. Fasting is a personal matter, so fast at whatever level you feel comfortable.
Teach Revitalize Equip empower the world into the Kingdom of God!
Colors of the Season
Ash Wednesday - Gray
Lent - Purple
Resurrection Sunday - White