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Day 14 of Lent 2020

Mark 13:11

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

Ray 2020Today is day 14 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan. I hope you are keeping up with the reading plan. Lent is the 40 days leading up to the cross (not counting the Sundays). My prayer is that this walk with Jesus will draw us into a place where we really feel His presence in our lives. Like I said last night in the Community Lenten Service – we are not to conform to the world. We are called to conform to the likeness of Christ. The closer we are drawn to Christ – the more we will be like Him.

Today’s reading reminds us that God is always with us – even when we are persecuted and brought to trial for our faith. Jesus promises His disciples and each of us – that His Holy Spirit will give us words to speak when we stand for Him and are brought to trial because of Him! He will never leave us nor forsake us! I find this very comforting. It gives me confidence that God is every with me!

Today’s entire reading is Mark 13:1-13 – 1 As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”  2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.”  3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Everything in our lives can be destroyed – yet everything in our lives can be rebuilt by God. Do not live in fear of sickness – poverty – work issues – family issues – because God can and will carry us through – even to death and even to eternity. The coronavirus is serious – but it is not greater than our God! Trust in Him – take precautions – and keep your eyes focused on Jesus!

God bless you as you walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary! Walk with me toward the cross. Deny yourself as I deny myself and let us draw near to Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – We are less than two months away from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church meeting (May 5-15). Please join me in praying for the delegates who will meet to decide the future of our denomination.

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