Give it up for Jesus

The season of Lent is upon us. Some folks from other beliefs that teach other than the pure gospel, have rituals and practices that have them “giving up something for Lent”. It could be a habit they want to change, an area of excess or pleasure they see in their life, like beer, coffee, profanity, meat, sugar, TV, etc. I won’t go into a dissertation here on the purpose or religious intent of Lent, but will say that anything that takes our focus off Jesus and onto ourselves is wrong.

We don’t have the ability to change ourselves – only Jesus can do that. Anytime we decide we will use our willpower to change something about ourselves, we have put the idol of “self” in the place of God, and we are practicing idolatry ( idol worship).
God hates idolatry. He says: ” You will have no other gods before me ( in front of me)”. You will worship no other gods. Period.

The Tower of Babel happened when mankind said “I will”, and God said ” you will not”. He stopped them then, but he is not stopping them now. Mankind is continuously inventing new projects to prove that he can do whatever he wants and there are no limits. The Tower of Babel would have been nowhere near the height of some man-made buildings today, or the magnitude of some of the bridges, dams and other huge structures man has erected since then. When man says “I will” in whatever context of life it might be, he is saying to God, I am more important than you; you can’t tell me what to do. Oops, not a good plan.

Even spirit-filled believers have the tendency to think that they are able to live a holy life by being determined to do so. But the word of God doesn’t say we can do that……

It says: But I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ( Romans 8: 38-39)

It says: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ( Phil 4: 13)

It says: Through him we live and move and have our being…… ( Acts 17: 28)

I have recently heard people say that we should be concerned about the “season of Lent” because there can be “increased demonic activity” due to folks praying to Mary ( idolatry) and sacrificing their pleasures on the altar of Lent and religion ( witchcraft and idolatry). I am not sure that demonic forces increase their activity at any time more than others; the word says: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. ( 1 Peter 5 : 8) The devil may shift his focus of “devouring” from one person or group or area from time to time, but changing or shifting focus doesn’t increase his power or authority. He has a finite, measured amount of power and resources. He is an already defeated foe; he just hasn’t been booted off the planet yet.

Our God has infinite power and owns all the resources in heaven and earth. We should exalt his name and his power and nothing else. No other power comes close to his.

Oh, magnify The Lord with me; and let us exalt his name together. ( Psalms 34:3)

For The Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. ( Psalms 95:3)

For The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols; but The Lord made the heavens. ( Psalms 96: 4-5)

So let’s give up Lent for Jesus.
Let’s give ourselves up for Jesus.
Let’s give up the ridiculous attitude that says we can change anything about ourselves, even if we want to. That is new age thinking. Throw it out of your mind. We are not little gods. There is one God, and we are not him.

We are children of the Light.
Let us walk in the light.

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About Karen Traa ( Seeking )

Follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, registered nurse. Loves nature, coffee, gardening, dogs, music, blue skies, books, trees, a good pair of jeans, rural life and urban conveniences. Dislikes mud, cold, cloudy days with no rain, noise, and closed minds.
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