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LESSONS FROM LENT

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I called our church to a time of Prayer and Fasting in January, which continued into the Season of Lent.  My heart for all of us was to deepen our relationship with the Godhead.  “Our call to add fasting to prayer is to draw near to God.  To ‘give’ our hearts to Him (know Jesus more intimately) – not just to ask to ‘get’ (answered prayers) from Him.”

My fast included abstaining from Social Media…and little did I know about the deep purging and surgery God would perform on my heart, soul and mind.  He began to identify and remove spiritual diseases.

So here are a few Lessons from LENT, connected in particular to Social Media!

MY LIFE IS NOT REALLY ALL ABOUT GOD!

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat…are great, fun tools.  They can lead to being relationship builders, seeing what others are doing, who they are, etc.  That became a problem for me!

The motives of my heart drifted into becoming more popular, posting pictures and memos to show the world I am important, what I’m doing, who I am with, the places I go, the activities I’m involved in…  It’s all part of life right?!  Of course – but I found myself comparing my life to others – and who they were with and what they were doing…!

YUK!  MY MOTIVES AND CHARACTER ARE DISEASED!

Self absorbed, Self Centered, Selfish, Self sufficient, Self reliant…  Self, Self, Self…Me, Me, Me!  I wanted to make my time in Prayer and Fasting about “giving to God” and He made it about “getting from me – more of my heart and soul.”

Yes, I gave worship, spent time in more prayer, reading and studying the Word of God, and building spiritual disciplines.  But in the mean time…God was requiring from me:

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..And now ROD, what does the Lord require of you…?  Fear the Lord my God…? Yeah right!

I am more concerned about MAKING ME KNOWN, than MAKING GOD KNOWN!  Well, not really but really.  Yes I love God and He has filled me with love and passion to know, live for and serve Him!  BUT YUK…that deeper reverence and obedience was being diluted – even poisoned by a few, bad, spiritual cancer cells in my heart and soul.

 1.  FEAR THE LORD.  MAKE HIM POPULAR & FAMOUS.  

//  NOT Promote Your life to be popular, noticed, applauded, affirmed, liked.

2.  WALK IN HIS WAYS.  LET HIM LEAD ME ON HIS PATH, IN HIS RACE, HIS PACE, HIS TIMING.

//  NOT COMPARING, MEASURING yourself to and JUDGING others for who they are or aren’t.  Or what they are doing or not doing.

//  God has designed and assigned me for a specific, God intended race and pace.

//  Walk and run His race and pace for my life, not someone else race and pace.

3.  LOVE JESUS MORE THAN “MY LIFE.”

//  Junk!  I love my life to much at times.  MY looks or position.  MY prestigious relationships, calling, accomplishments/successes, food, activities – and the list goes on.

//  When I don’t “like my life” and I’m not growing in love with Jesus and His Word, I tend to get DISSED!  DISSED being DIScouraged, DISillusioned, DISheartened.

//  MORE YUK…Then I slip into DISSING OTHERS…in my mind, the way I look at or even treat others.  MEGA YUKKY!

4.  SERVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART & WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.

//  I think I’m pretty good about “serving the Lord” but the ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR SOUL part is the challenge.

//  I know…we are all stained in the same area that I’m confessing and writing.  But the challenge is on.  Maybe while serving, keep being brutal about engaging my HEART and SOUL.  Keep questioning them.  Keep them in check, being accountable, repentant and pure.

5.  KEEP GOD’S COMMANDS. 

//  Real, raw, radical obedience.  What does this mean to me?

The BIGGEST LESSON, the mega revelation, the hugest life instruction for me the past couple of months has been…

//  Don’t just read the WORD of GOD:  Meditate, ponder, memorize, dig in and around, and study it.  

//  Much of the time that I spent away from Social Media, I spent in the Word of God, growing closer in giving my heart, soul, mind life…time to Him!

May the heart, writings and song of Psalm 119, be the lyrics of our hearts and lives – that draw us to believing, being and living for the Godhead!