Tuesday, March 11, 2014

So, how go those Lenten disciplines?
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Probably just as God intends:
“The Spirit is present that they may be raised up, and withdraws that they may be humbled. It is present that It may glorify them with the display of virtue, and retires that they may recognize themselves once Its virtue is withdrawn. It is present that It may show what they are with It and retires that It may disclose who or what manner of men remain without It.” (Gregory the Great, 540-604 AD, “Sermons on Ezekiel” 1.5.11)
When you’re keeping your Lenten disciplines and growing, God is showing you the glory of your transformation into Christ-likeness. When you blow your discipline, God is exposing your emptiness and need for Him, so that you can surrender more perfectly to Him. It’s a win-win scenario if you keep God as the focus.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)

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