What are you giving up for Lent?

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about Lent and what they are giving up for the next 40 days.

I guess the better question is Why?

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  Col 2:8

And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!  Mar 7:9

Is this just a tradition?  Is this just an empty ritual you have celebrated and you’ve never really questioned why the season of Lent even exists?  (Can you tell this is a rant against those who celebrate Lent but not the true reason for the season – Jesus?  Should Christians rant? hmmm.)

Growing up, our family never celebrated Lent and I don’t really “celebrate” Lent now.  When Jesus drew me out of darkness a long time ago I started to seek the Lord in His Word, my Lent consisted of the Lord jealously demolishing and tearing down all the lies and strongholds in my belief system “giving up” all false beliefs, traditions, and rituals, and focusing on the Truth.  I’ve experienced Lent every day for the past 12 years.  The reason for this is because every day I am alive I am reminded that at one time I was dead…

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

What do I give up for Lent?  During Lent I usually, by God’s grace alone, give up time to the Lord by adding time spent in His word.

I am the vine you are the branches.  If a woman remains in me and I in her him she he will bear much fruit.  Apart from me you can do nothing!  -Jesus as recorded in John 15:5  (My life verse)

Last night in Bible study, I shared with the group that this past year, Jesus is showing me that to grow in grace we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, are to grow in our awareness of our sin, and subsequently, His forgiveness.  Isn’t that what the cross is all about anyways?

Jesus, may your word inhabit my mind, your love engross my heart, and your Spirit envelope my entire being as I meditate on the forgiveness won for me by you,  my beautiful Savior and King.  In Your name, Lord Jesus, Amen.


About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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