A Season of Lent
GWEA Monthly Message, March 2019
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
March is the time for the "Season of Lent," starting on March 6th (Ash Wednesday) and right up until Easter, April 18th. It is a period observed by Christians as preparation for Easter that involves fasting and prayer. It is also a reminder of the forty days in which Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil to sin (Matt. 4:1–1; Mk. 1:12–13; Lk. 4:1–13), yet He did not sin (Heb. 4:15).
During this time, Christians are encouraged to “give up something” by abandoning some pleasurable habit as an act of devotion. However our God (Yahweh), has given us a different definition of the kind of devotion or fasting that He approves of:
He said, “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD (Yahweh) shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am!" (Is. 58:5–9)
Lent is a time to give up "bad religion" and take up Jesus’ plan for ministry; to be empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) with the “signs, wonders and miracles” following, and to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in Romans, Chapter 12, verses 6 to 8, and 1st Corinthians, Chapter 12, verses 8 to 10. Is this not this the measure of the kind of fasting that Jesus will use on the Day of Judgement? First he will separate the sheep from the goats, and then to his faithful, he will say:
“Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me..." Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matt. 25:31-36)
And for those who do not minister to Jesus through the needs of the people, he will send them into eternal punishment; and for those who do minister to the needs of the people, he will send them into eternal life. Thank you to those of you who pray for our ministry, and support us with your tithes and offerings. Because of your faithfulness, we have never had to turn anyone away who has needed help.
I invite all of you to take on the approved fast that Jesus desires us to take on. And if you, a friend or family member would like to receive prayer for either Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, deliverance, healing, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc., please come to one of our house church/meetings or contact me. Join us in “Jesus’ fasting,” His ministry and His works! (Jn. 14:12–13)
If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or to contact me for prayer and guidance. If you have a prayer request or praise report, please contact me so we can pray for you!
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