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Day 31 of Lent 2020

Matthew 6:16

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Ray 2020Today is day 31 of the 40 Days of our Lenten reading plan. Remember – Sundays are not counted in the 40 days. I hope you have stayed current with us. I veered off of the online plan and am finishing the plan myself. Today’s passage is about fasting.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny yourself – to dig deeper into your walk with Jesus. Fasting is one way to do this. Fasting is denying yourself of something. You can fast from food or a certain type of food. You can fast from technology (a youth pastor I worked with did this one Lent) – or you can fast from social media (right now that might be tough with the pandemic restrictions).

Not only are we to deny ourselves of something – we are to replace that item with more of Jesus. For instance – if we are fasting from something – when we feel tempted to eat it or do it – we should spend time praying or digging into God’s Word.

Here’s today’s passage about fasting. Matthew 6:16–18 – 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

During this Lenten season – make it a point to seek after Jesus more and more. If you are fasting – spend more time with Jesus every time you are tempted to break your fast. Let us strive to remove bad habits and sins from our lives each day – and spend more time with 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. – Sunday is Palm Sunday so make plans now to join us at 10 am for our worship service – online. We are currently closed at First Church. We will do a broadcast at 10 am on Sundays while we are closed (on Facebook and YouTube). You do not need to have a Facebook account to join us on Facebook Live. Here Is the link for the service on Sundays – https://www.facebook.com/RevRayPage/.

P.S.S. – Keep praying for our denomination. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church’s meeting in May has been postponed. No date for the conference has been set yet, but they are looking into 2021. The church is in need of our prayers.

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