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Lent Meditation

Lent Meditation

"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:7-14).


1st Reading: What is one word or phrase the Holy Spirit impresses on you? Meditate on that.

2nd Reading: Enter into the Scripture passage. What do you feel? What specific situation in your life today relates? Write down a prayer or pray quietly.

3rd Reading: What is God's personal invitation for you from the Scripture? You can write down what God may be saying to you or a prayer of thanks. Or rest quietly in God.

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My Thoughts

"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Messiah. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Messiah Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Messiah and be found in HIM, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Messiah-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Messiah and the power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in HIS sufferings, becoming like HIM in HIS death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Messiah Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Messiah Jesus" (Philippians 3:7-14).


1st Reading: What is one word or phrase the Holy Spirit impresses on you? Meditate on that.

Knowing Messiah Jesus my Lord

2nd Reading: Enter into the Scripture passage. What do you feel? What specific situation in your life today relates? Write down a prayer or pray quietly.

LORD, let me see all of my self generated “goodness” and “righteousness as filth in YOUR eyes, corrupt, and unworthy. Help me not rely on them. Kill, weaken, and bind up that part of me that desires to have my own righteousness.

I want to know YOU Messiah Jesus. I want YOU alone to be my righteousness, to see myself dying with YOU on the cross, and now knowing the power of YOUR resurrection in my life. I desire YOU Messiah Jesus to now live YOUR life out through me. Bear YOUR fruit through me as a vine would a branch. Make me YOUR body today. Let me live out the reality of being “in YOU”

Increase my faith in YOU that my love for YOU will grow. Possess me now. Amen

3rd Reading: What is God's personal invitation for you from the Scripture? You can write down what God may be saying to you or a prayer of thanks. Or rest quietly in God.

You are “in Messiah”, now live based on that reality

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