Saturday, February 28, 2009

2009 Lenten Devotional and Prayer Guide

February 27


And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”          (Ezekiel 36:27)


The new covenant, established in Jesus’ blood, is not a change in the moral code of “the Law.”  The promise is for a change in the human heart (see v 26).  The only way for a change to happen is if something greater than the Law and the stubbornness of the human heart to take hold.  It is more than information or application of that information.  It is transformation.  The question for us today becomes, is the Spirit of God in you?  We may not want to hear this, but the test is simple: do we obey God? [Written by: Pastor Dan]


February 28


I will save you from all your uncleanness.”  (Ezekiel 36:29a)


Unclean” is a very colorful Old Testament image.  A person could become unclean for many reasons.  The one most of us are familiar with is “leprosy.”  Leprosy is a bacterial infection that causes the flesh to rot.  Today’s medical world knows “leprosy” as Hanson’s disease and is curable with modern medicine.  Because the disease was contagious and ancient Israel had no cure, the victims were isolated from the general population to prevent its spread.  Leprosy becomes a picture of sin.  It is highly contagious, but it is also curable.  The question for us today is: are we part of spreading this contagious illness or the cure?  [Written by: Pastor Dan]

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