deed as well as in word A Lenten devotion for March 9, 2017

Thursdays in Lent are given to personal practices which connect you spiritually to the theme of the week.

How do you practice renouncing “the spiritual forces of wickedness”? How are you going to renounce something you don’t recognize? And is renouncing just a momentary declaration? Wickedness is a persistent entity requiring deliberate action.

Shouldn't life be simpler?

Today, find something to renounce. And begin renouncing it.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Renounce materialism…by reducing your own possessions. You can try the 40 bags in 40 days challenge where you fill 40 bags with stuff you don’t need and donate it to Goodwill.
  • Renounce negativity…by turning off noisy news programs (TV or online) and dedicating that time to something positive or buying flowers and/or bird feeders to do something life-affirming.
  • Renounce our poor food culture…by fasting a meal.

(Always consult with a doctor before fasting. If fasting food is not appropriate for you, try abstaining something else: TV, internet, sex, shopping, etc.

Let today’s renouncing practice be personal…it is about your self-improvement. Let Pastor Christopher know if you need help.


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