Pastor Danita Harden Jones
It is the 40-day season of Lent, when Christians prepare for the celebration of Resurrection. Lent is a time when we, as Saints, observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ– his suffering, his sacrifice, his life, his death, his burial, and his resurrection.
It is also a time of self-examination and self-reflection, even as Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing himself for his ministry on earth. We were chosen before the foundation of the world, redeemed and forgiven of our sins. We were made one with Christ, so that we might be conformed to his image, becoming all that he was as he walked the earth. We are called to impact and transform this world. Each of us, however, struggle with attitudes, habits, and actions that keep us from being fully conformed to Christ’s image and fulfilling the ministry to which God has called us.
The 40 days of Lent gives us a dedicated time to confront these attitudes and habits, addressing the ways that they bind us, and keep us from being holy, healthy, and obedient. It is through the self-denial of fasting and practicing the spiritual disciplines that we diminish the influence of these habits and gain the power that we need to completely defeat them. We are participating in a Daniel fast, corporately, for spiritual renewal and to help us connect with God in a deeper and more intimate way. There is no reason why we cannot continue to fast and participate in the other spiritual disciplines. So, join me now in the journey to Calvary to see what other amazing things the Lord wants to do in and through us, individually, and collectively