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The Lenten Journey – An Opportunity for Renewal

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“You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words.
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.
I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.“

Psalm 119:57-64 (NIV)

This portion of Psalm 119 begins with a declaration of confidence and satisfaction in God—You are my portion. Portion encompasses God’s provision, his love, his mercy, his guidance, his infinite goodness. Upon reflecting on God’s goodness, the psalmist tells us that he thought about his own ways. He reflected upon the things he had done and was ashamed to realize that he turned away from God. As he thought upon his failures, he remembered the mercy of God. A repentant heart promises a renewed commitment and a quickness to obey the Lord. Thinking about God’s goodness was a catalyst for renewal and strengthening

In the course of day-to-day living, believers can become negligent, lax, and even rebellious in their obedience to God’s commands. Hasty actions often lead us astray (quick tempers, rash decisions). Or, it may be that the company we keep influences us to err. Taking time to pause and consider your conduct will expose weaknesses, unconfessed sins, and bad habits—anything that resembles a departure from the way of God. Examine your behavior, by the light of God’s word, as you would a garment you intended to purchase (turn it inside out, check seams, etc.). Even with the best intentions humans are prone to error. However, we need not be devastated by our faults. Sincerely repent of past behavior and make your determination to turn away from the errors of the past and renew your obedience to the Lord. The love of Christ still draws us to Him. Come to Him for renewal and strengthening of your spirit.

Rev. Anne Ribbins Russ
Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio



We are one week into this 2015 Lenten season. Let me encourage you today to stay the course! Remember to pray three times everyday, meditate on God’s word, start or maintain the Daniel fast and spend some time sitting silently in the presence of the Lord. In order to do this, there may be a few things you need to say no to: TV watching, social networking, telephone talking or _________ (name your own)

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  1. Beverly Washington says:

    Thank you for that very encouraging and timely word this morning. God bless you!

  2. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Thank you for that very encouraging and thoughts provoking word from the Lord!!! Truly appreciated it. Showers of Blessings!!!

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