Lenten Meditation 12, March 12

Sunday, March 12

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

by Wendy Martin

Genesis 12:1-4a

Leaving what is familiar is scary. God called Abraham out of his comfort zone so He could bless him with land, children, and a relationship with God that would bless many in years to come. In retrospect, our country is what it is today because of decisions made by our forefathers that were probably hard to make and out of their comfort zones. In life, we have difficult decisions to make. We are who we are today because of past decisions we’ve made – both good and not so good. We share our faith by sharing our experiences with others to benefit future generations.

Psalm 121

God is able to give us victory over our troubles. Some troubles come from our will. Despite our efforts to do right, problems exist. Maybe there a lesson or a skill we need to learn. Good is good all the time; all the time God is good. We don’t have to understand God. We just need to trust God. What are you trusting God with today?

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Thank God, literally, that we are allowed passage unto heaven based upon our faith, not by our actions on this earth. (Ashley rephrased this sentence as I read it aloud! Praise God!) We didn’t behave ourselves into a relationship with God and we cannot misbehave ourselves out.

John 3:1-17

Born from the womb – first birth
Born from the spirit, God’s spirit – second birth
Repenting of our sins
Asking Jesus to be the Lord of our Life
The Holy Spirit comes to live within us
We are trying to live like Jesus
Sharing His love with others, believers and non-believers
Tough job
But He who has overcome the world is here to help
All we have to do is ask and believe (that’s faith)
Be still in body and mind and listen
What is God saying to you?