What is so special about this year's Lenten journey is that I'm a part of a group on Facebook where others are practicing Lent, and we are doing it together. Such beautiful, transparent posts come in all day about people's struggles, and even more importantly, how they are depending on the Lord to get through them. The accountability and support is such a wonderful (and unexpected) blessing as a result of being a part of this group. Besides, I don't feel I am doing this alone.
Which brings me to this morning's devotional on the power of internalizing Scripture and using it to stay on course. Not only does using Scripture help to fight our food temptations, we also grow closer to God when we reflect on Bible verses. By changing a tempting or negative thought through meditating on a verse here or there, we can meet our goals for Lent and grow spiritually on this wonderful journey to Easter. Here are seven verses you can turn to for help:
1. When you feel like you can't go on, reflect on Philippians 4:13: "For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and the power."
2. When you made a mistake and need to get back on track, say Philippians 3:13-14,"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
3. When you need to add a little sparkle to your day, remind yourself that you light up the world by thinking about Philippians 2:15, "You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like stars. . . "
4. When you need to know God is there, say Deuteronomy 31:6, "For the Lord God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."
5. When you can't trust your own thinking, reflect on Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
6. When you don't know what to do about a situation, think about James 1:5, "If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him."
7. When you need motivation to do the right thing, meditate on Philippians 2:13, "God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him."