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Lent Reflections

Introduction to the Reflections

Try to find a quiet place and then take a few moments to be still. Read and digest the Reflections very slowly. They are written as if Jesus is speaking specifically to you. So where you see ‘I’, ‘Me’, ‘My’, ‘Mine’ that is always referring to Jesus. Where ‘you’ is written, that is referring to you personally.

Always have in mind that Jesus is Immanuel – God with us – so it is to be expected that He will talk with you at any time. My prayer is that you will be increasingly aware of His Presence with you during Lent, and listening out for what He wants to say to you.

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Lent Reflections 33 – Good Friday April 2nd 2021

God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. (John 3:16).

God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to benefit us all! He gave us His Son – will He not also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

I tell you as seriously as I know how that anyone who refuses to come to God like a little child will never be allowed into His Kingdom. (Mark 10:15).

The prophet replied, “The LORD is able to give you much more than this!” (2 Chronicles 25:9).

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the LORD. (Isaiah 26:3).

“I AM a God who gives and gives and gives.”

“When I died for you on the cross I held nothing back. I emptied Myself so that you could be filled.”

“Since generosity is part of My Nature, I search for those who, with a child-like trust, are ready to receive Me.”

“I am looking for you to be receptive – to be genuinely open to being filled with My Abundant Gifts (which I want you to use).”

 

“I am also looking for you to be attentive. I want you to turn your thoughts to Me often, so that I can give you My Gift of Peace.”
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Lent Reflections 32 – Thursday April 1st 2021

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. (Jeremiah 17:7).

And we know with great confidence that God, who is deeply concerned about us, causes all things to work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his plan and purpose. (Romans 8:28 Amp).

(The LORD) pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. He taught me to sing a new song: a song of praise to our God.(Psalm 40:2-3).

You have been chosen by God himself – you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own – all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9).

“Nothing is random in My Kingdom, so you can trust Me in every area of your life.”

“Bad things happen in a fallen world, but I can bring blessings out of those things for everyone who loves Me.”

“Don’t waste time and energy trying to analyse every situation. Focus your attention on trusting Me and keeping close to Me.”

“Nothing is wasted when you stay close to Me. Even your mistakes and failures can be recycled into something good by My Transforming Grace.

“Remember how I rescued you from the dark places, and brought you into My Light.”

“I have given My Life for you. Is there anything you will not entrust to Me?” 

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Lent Reflections 31
– Wednesday March 31st 2021

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call on the Name of the LORD.(Psalm 116:17).

“We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman said, “except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it: if we do, we will die.” The snake replied, “That’s not true: you will not die.” (Genesis 3:2-4).

If we live our lives in the light, as he is in the light, we are in union with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7).

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD - - He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths. Come - - let us walk in the light of the LORD.” (Isaiah 2:3,5).

“I want you to learn to be thankful for everything – even the everyday things like the rising of the sun.”

 

“Before Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was natural for her. The snake’s temptation involved pointing out to her the one thing that was forbidden.”

“The Garden was filled with delicious fruits of all sorts, but the temptation made Eve focus on the one fruit she could not have, rather than being thankful for all the rest that was available. The negative focus clouded her judgement and she gave in to temptation.”

“If you focus on what you don’t have, or on things that annoy you, your judgement will also become clouded. You will lose the joy in the many beautiful gifts you do have from Me.”

“When you come to Me with thanksgiving, I fill you with My Light so that you get a true perspective on things.”

“Walk in the Light with Me today and practise the attitude of gratitude.”

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Lent Reflections 30
– Tuesday March 30th 2021

Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him.(Psalm 34:8).

Then (Hagar) called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are the God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here in the wilderness remained alive after seeing Him who sees me with understanding and compassion.” (Genesis 16:13 Amp).

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. (John 20:19).

Let the peace of Christ guide all your decisions, for you were called to live as one united body; and always be thankful. Whatever work you have to do, either in speech or action, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, thanking God the Father through him.(Colossians 3:15, 17).

“I AM the Living One who sees you, and longs to be involved in your life.”

“The better you get to know Me, the more certain you will become of My Goodness. Find out for yourself how good I AM

“I want you to find Me in every moment and become a channel of My Loving Presence.”

“When pain and sadness and trouble come your way, you will know My Goodness only by your trust in Me. Logic may fail you, but trust will keep you close to Me.”

“I spoke My Peace to My first disciples: this was their deepest need: and I know it is yours too.”

“Tune out other voices so that you can hear Me clearly. I want you to receive My Peace and to dwell in it all day – every day.”

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Lent Reflections 29
– Monday March 29th 2021

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. (Proverbs 3:5).

The Eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms.(Deuteronomy 33:27).

You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest. Yes, says the LORD, I will be found by you, and I will end your slavery and restore your fortunes - - and bring you back home again to your own land. (Jeremiah 29:13-14).

If you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29).

Devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. (1 Chronicles 22:19)

“Trust Me all the time. Trust Me in every situation. Trust Me with all your heart.”

“When you are worn out and everything seems to be going wrong, stop and take a deep breath and say, ‘I trust you Jesus’.”

“When you do that, you are letting Me take control, and you can rest in the Everlasting Arms.”

“Every day there are many situations in which you can learn My Ways and grow closer to Me.”

“Signs of My Presence are evident, even on your bad days, if you have eyes that really see.”

“Search for Me, as for hidden treasure, and you will surely find Me.”

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Lent Reflections 28
– Friday March 26th 2021

The LORD is all I have, and so I put my hope in him. The LORD is good to everyone who trusts in him. So it is best for us to wait in patience – to wait for him to save us.(Lamentations 3:24-26).

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31).

You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure for ever. (Psalm 16:11).

We never become discouraged. Even though our physical bodies are gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. (2 Corinthians 4:16).

“To wait for Me is to direct your attention to Me in confident expectation of what I will do.”

“Instead of struggling to work things out for yourself, make a conscious decision to put your trust in Me.”

“Waiting on Me is the way I designed you to live – all day, every day.”

“I have promised you renewed strength if you wait on Me. This means that you will be able to live above your circumstances; and it brings honour to Me as you live in dependence on Me.”

“It also helps you to enjoy Me because in My Presence is fullness of joy.”

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Lent Reflections 27
– Thursday March 25th 2021

Do not grumble against God and his dealings with you, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the Destroyer. (1 Corinthians 10:10).

Let us be thankful then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe.(Hebrews 12:28).

Remember what Christ taught and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts. (Colossians 3:16).

How good it is to give thanks to you, O LORD, to sing in your honour, O Most High God.(Psalm 92:1).

I will praise God with a song; I will praise his greatness by giving him thanks. This will please the LORD more than offering him cattle. (Psalm 69:30-31).

“Let gratitude always be a part of your mindset. A thankful attitude will keep you in touch with Me.”

“It is bad when My People grumble. They are being critical of My Sovereignty; and they quickly bring themselves into depression.”

“A safeguard against this is to be positively thankful at all times.”

“In addition, when you have an appreciative attitude, your outlook on life is positive and you can achieve so much more.”

“Cultivate a thankful heart. This honours Me and fills you with joy.”

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Lent Reflections 26
– Wednesday March 24th 2021


How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings. We feast on the abundant food you provide; you let us drink from the river of your goodness. You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. (Psalm 36:7-9).

“This is my resting place for ever,” says the LORD, “Here will I dwell for I have desired it.

I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” (Psalm 132:14-15).

When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pick up the pieces that are left over so that nothing gets wasted.” So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers from the scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. (John 6:12-13).

He has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things. (Luke 1:52-53).

“I am infinite, so you need never fear that I will run out of resources.”

“Abundance and generosity are at the very heart of who I AM; so come to Me confidently expecting your needs to be met.”

“I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so bring to Me all your requests.”

“I delight in showering blessings on My People.”

“Come to Me with open hands and hearts ready to receive all that I have for you.”

“The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. And your faith is strengthened as you see how beautifully your prayers are answered.”

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Lent Reflections 25
– Tuesday March 23rd 2021

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:2-3).

When I am afraid, O LORD Almighty, I put my trust in you. I trust in God and am not afraid; I praise him for what he has promised. (Psalm 56:3-4).

You have endowed (the king) with eternal blessings. You have given him the unquenchable joy of your presence. (Psalm 21:6).

I will go to the altar of God; to God, my joy and my delight. (Psalm 43:4).

“Reflect on what it means to have Me as your Strength. I spoke the universe into existence. My power is absolute and unlimited.”

“Do not let your fears hinder the flow of My Strength into you. Do not try to wrestle with your fears: just concentrate on trusting Me.”

“When you fully trust in Me there is no limit to how much I can strengthen you.”

“Remember that I am also your Song! I want you to share My Joy by living in the conscious awareness of My Presence.”

“Let us rejoice as we journey together. Join Me in singing My Song.”

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Lent Reflections 24
– Monday March 22nd 2021

LORD you have examined me, and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. Even before I speak, you already know what I will say. You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power. Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding. (Psalm 139:1-6).

It is God who has made you and me into faithful Christians. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a guarantee of all that he has for us.(2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

No-one will be able to stand up against you as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you, I will never abandon you. (Joshua 1:5).

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. (Genesis 28:15).

“I know you better than you know yourself, so come to Me for understanding.”

“All the details of your life are an open book to Me. Do not try to hide away, for I view you with eyes of love and tender compassion.”

“Allow My Light to shine into the darkest recesses of your soul to bring cleansing, healing, restoration and refreshment.”

“Accept My Gift of forgiveness that I freely give you for all eternity.”

“Draw closer to Me when you feel rejected by others. Let Me fill you with My Love so that you become a reservoir of love flowing into the lives of other people.”

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Lent Reflections 23
– Friday March 19th 2021

I can do all things which He has called me to do through Him who strengthens me to fulfil His purpose. I am ready for anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace. (Philippians 4:13 Amp).

Being cheerful keeps you healthy: It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.(Proverbs 17:21).

All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better to be poor with reverence for God than to have great treasure and trouble with it. (Proverbs 15:15-16).

“Abundant life is not dependent on health and wealth: it is living in continuing dependence on Me.”

 

“Be on the lookout for what I am doing today. My best plans for you may differ from what you were expecting to do. Are you flexible and willing to change?”

“Don’t be too serious! Relax and have a laugh! I am with you, so what are you worried about?”

“I can equip you to do anything so long as it is in My Will. Don’t be anxious!”

“Anxiety wraps you up in yourself and leaves you feeling oppressed. I’ve come to set you free!”

“Let Me develop in you a cheerful heart.”

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Lent Reflections 22
– Thursday March 18th 2021

All of us who are Christians have no veils over our faces, but reflect like mirrors the brightness of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him. (2 Corinthians 3:18).

I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself. (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Be still and understand that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us. (Psalm 46:10-11).

Sing praise to the LORD; tell the wonderful things he has done. Be glad that we belong to him; let all who worship him rejoice! Go the LORD for help, and worship him continually. (1 Chronicles 16: 9-11).

“I want to pass on My Joy on to you. I want that joy to fill you, and be evident in your life.”

“I want to pour My Life into you - but you have to choose to receive Me.

“The more you are conscious of My Presence, the more freely My Blessings will flow into you, and you will be transformed. You will become more and more like Me.”

“The culture of the world is to work and to get: I am telling you to rest and receive.”

“The more you trust Me today, the more abundantly you will be aware of My Blessings.”

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Lent Reflections 21
– Wednesday March 17th 2021

I beg you – I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord – to live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you. Always be humble, gentle and patient. Generously make allowances for each other because you love each other. Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit, and so be at peace with one another.  (Ephesians 1:1-3).

The sheep listen to the Shepherd’s voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. (John 10:3-4).

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. (John 10:27).

“When you sit in silence many voices compete to control your thoughts. You must learn to discern what is My Voice and what is not.”

“Ask My Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment.”

“Do not get led astray by other voices because they will cause confusion. Your life will become fragmented and frustrating. Listen only to My Voice.”

“I know what lies ahead of you today. Follow Me: I know the best way to go.”

“Walk closely with Me all through the day, listening out for My Directions and enjoying My Companionship.”

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Lent Reflections 20 – Tuesday March 16th 2021

Jesus told her, “I am the one who raises the dead, and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again.” (John 11:25).

(Jesus said) “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying your heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. The yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

You love Jesus, even though you have never seen him. You believe in him, although you do not now see him. And so you rejoice with a great and glorious joy, which words cannot express, because you are receiving the purpose of your faith – the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9).

(Jesus said) “I have come in order that they might have life: life in all its fullness.”(John 10:10).

“Don’t waste your time and energy chasing after things that will not bring you lasting satisfaction.”

“I freely offer life in all its fullness to everyone who comes to Me.”

“When you come and get yoked up to Me, I fill you with My Life. This is how I am living in the world today and accomplishing My Purposes.”

“It is also how I can fill you with glorious joy. It is all Mine, but I give it to you. It goes with the yoke.”

“Invite Me to live fully in you, moment by moment today.”
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Lent Reflections 19 – Monday March 15th 2021

Don’t judge other people and you will not be judged yourself. Don’t condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive others and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37).

Let me tell you how happy God has made me! He has clothed me with garments of salvation and draped about me the robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10).

Young man, do not resent it when God chastens and corrects you, for his punishment is proof of his love. Just as a father punishes a son he delights in to make him better, so the LORD corrects you. (Proverbs 3:11-12).

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5).

“Do not judge yourself or compare yourself with other people. Doing this will only leave you proud – or depressed.”

“I am leading you along a path that is uniquely for you. Comparisons with someone on a different path are meaningless.”

“”My unconditional love is the ultimate proof of your worth: don’t look for any other affirmation!”

“I died for you so that you are dressed in My Salvation and wrapped in My Righteousness.”

 

“Come to Me for wisdom and I will instruct you in all sorts of different ways; and give you all that you need without finding fault.”

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Lent Reflections 18 – Friday March 12th 2021

There are some things that the LORD our God has kept secret; but he has revealed his Law, and we and our descendants are to obey it for ever. (Deuteronomy 29:29).

Which of you can live a few more years by worrying about it? If you can’t manage even such a small thing, why worry about other things? Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves; yet, I assure you, not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. (Luke 12:25-27).

I will instruct you, says the LORD, and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. (Psalm 32:8).

Because the LORD is righteous and good, he teaches sinners the path they should follow. He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will. (Psalm 25:8-9).

“Let Me guide you through this day. Trust Me. Hold My hand. I know the steps that you should take.”

“Does your future look uncertain? Are you feeling insecure? That is good: that’s how it should be!”

“The future things are secret things and they are Mine. If you try to work them out you are grasping at things that belong to Me.”

“When you allow yourself to worry, you are doubting My Promise to care for you.”

“If you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and come back to Me and I will guide you step by step by step.”

 

“Relax and enjoy today’s journey in My Presence. I will open up the way before you.”
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Lent Reflections 17 – Thursday March 11th 2021

I trust in you O LORD; I say, “You are my God”. (Psalm 31:14).

And now, just as you have trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. (Colossians 2:6-7).

GOD, dear Lord, I only have eyes for you. Since I have run for dear life to you, take good care of me. (Psalm 141:8).

Unload all your worries on to him, since he is looking after you. (1Peter 5:7).

“The two things you need to get you safely through this day are Trust and Thankfulness.”

“Trust will stop you getting anxious and fretting about things. Thankfulness will keep you from complaining and being critical.”

“To trust Me is to keep your eyes fixed on Me. It’s a decision you choose to make thousands of times each day.

“The more often you choose to trust Me, the easier it becomes as regular thought patterns become established in your brain.”

“Make Me the centre of your thoughts and push your troubles to the edge of your mind.”

“This is the way to hand over your worries, and focus your attention on Me.”

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Lent Reflections 16 – Wednesday March 10th 2021
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’.” (Exodus 3:14).
Let me see you in the sanctuary: let me see how mighty and glorious you are. (Psalm 63:2).
Even though the fig-trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive-crop fails and the fields produce no corn, even though the sheep all die and the cattle-stalls are empty, I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my Saviour. The LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer, and keeps me safe on the mountains. (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; for he has clothed me with garments of salvation, he has covered me with a robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10).
“Life can seem tough at times. Problems great and small pile up and demand more and more of your attention, but you must not give in to their insistence.”
“Stop! Be still! Remember who I AM in all My Power and My Glory.”
“Talk to me about the issues that are weighing you down, and see them in the light of My Authority. I am your Saviour and Strength-giver.”
“Learn to praise Me and be joyful in the midst of adverse circumstances.”
“See how I keep you sure-footed even in the mountainous problems. That will give you even more cause for rejoicing!” 

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Lent Reflections 15
– Tuesday March 9th 2021
(Jesus said) “Be sure of this – that I am with you always, even to the end of the world. (Matthew 28: 20).
The LORD is near to those who call on him, who call on him with sincerity. (Psalm 145:18).
The LORD your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The LORD will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17).
I always stay close to you, and you hold me by the hand. You guide me with your instruction and at the end you will receive me with honour. Who have I in heaven but you
Since I have you, what else could I want on earth? My mind and my body grow weak, but God is my strength; He is all I ever need. (Psalm 73: 23-26).
“Because you are human you will always have ups and downs in life, but the promise of My Presence with you stops you from falling into despair.”
“Your perspective on life’s problems changes when you remember My Promise that I am always with you.”
“Do not complain about your circumstances or fall into self-pity! Turn to Me and ask for help. I am all you will ever need.”
“Remember that not only do I stay close to you, but I also hold you by the hand. I will not let you fall.”
“Remember too, that when this life is over, I will receive you with honour into My Kingdom.
Let these truths fill you with peace and joy.”

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Lent Reflections 14
– Monday March 8th 2021
The angel spoke to the women, “You must not be afraid,” he said, “I know you are looking for Jesus who was nailed to the cross. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he lay. Quickly, now, go and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.” (Matthew 28: 5-7).
When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same any more. A new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
May the beloved of the LORD dwell in safety by Him. God surrounds him with His loving care, and preserves him from every harm. (Deuteronomy 33:12).
“You serve a risen Lord! Expect your relationship with Me to be something vibrant and challenging."
“Do not fear change. As I invade more and more areas of your life I am making you a new person.”
“If you cling to your old ways you are resisting the work I want to do within you.”
“Do not find your security in the old routines. Every new day presents a fresh set of circumstances. Let Me be your Guide.”
“I want you to embrace all that I am doing in your life, and find your security only in Me.”
“Ask Me to open your eyes to see all that I have prepared for you in this special day.”

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Lent Reflections 13 – Friday March 5th 2021

This God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14).

(Jesus said) “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27).

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything: tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your heart quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).

You LORD give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3).

“‘Peace be with you’ was frequently My greeting when I met up with My disciples after the resurrection. It is My greeting to My disciples today.”

“As you sit quietly allow My Peace to settle upon you and enfold you.”

“Remember, this is not a cheap peace. I sacrificed everything, even My Life, to gain it for you.”

“I want to train you to experience My Peace that overcomes fears and worries.”

“Consciously receive My Peace now, and be thankful for the serenity you have today because you are walking closely with Me.”

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Lent Reflections 12 – Thursday March 4th 2021

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7).Don’t be worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. God will take care of your tomorrow. Live one day at a time. (Matthew 6:34).

When I am afraid, O LORD Almighty, I put my trust in you. I trust in God and I am not afraid; I praise him for what he has promised. What can a mere human being do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4).
Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go - - I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you. (Genesis 28:15).
“I know what you need each day, even before you get out of bed.”
“I will provide the strength you need to cope with everything, and the shield you need to protect you from attacks.”
“Don’t worry about what might lie ahead of you on the road: concentrate on staying in touch with Me. My Power flows from Me to you along our open line of communication.”
“Whenever you feel afraid, or start to panic, remember what I have promised: I will be with you and will protect you wherever you go.”
“Don’t waste your energy on worrying! Try singing some joyful songs of praise.”

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Lent Reflections 11
– Wednesday March 3rd 2021

The righteous will be remembered for ever. He will not fear bad news; his heart is steadfast, confidently relying on the LORD. (Psalm 112:6-7).

When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. (I Corinthians 13:11).

Search me thoroughly, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139: 23-24).

Teach me to do your will so that I may please you, for you are my God; Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143: 10).

“Whatever occupies most of your thinking is becoming your god. Worries can develop into idols.“

“Anxieties can infest your mind and multiply like parasites.”

“What goes on in your mind is mostly invisible to other people, but I know your thoughts and I long to see evidence of your trust in Me.”

“I am glad when your thoughts turn to Me. Take positive control of the way you think.”

“Ask My Spirit to help you to make good choices in your thinking, and keep you close to Me.”

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Lent Reflections 10
– Tuesday March 2nd 2021

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a buyer looking for fine pearls. When he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything that he has, and buys that pearl.

(Matthew 13:45-46).

When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. (James 1:2-3).

I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to Me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world! (John 16:33).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give you isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14: 27).

“My peace is the most costly of all treasures. It is an exceptionally expensive gift both for the Giver and the Receiver.”

“I purchased this gift for you with My Life. You receive this gift by trusting Me in the midst of the storms of life.”

“When everything is going your way, you have the world’s peace and you do not look for the deeper peace that I can give you.”

“Thank Me when things do not go your way because that’s when you can experience My gift of peace.”

“Troubles are normal in a fallen world – you get them daily – but you can rejoice because I have defeated the world.”

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Reflections 9
– Monday March 1st 2021

I am like an olive tree flourishing in the House of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalm 52:8).

Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognise Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth removing obstacles that block your way. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

He keeps close watch on all my paths. (Job 33:11).

 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness - - make straight your way before me. (Psalm 5:8).

Submit and trust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed if you respond to His will and guidance. (Proverbs 16:3).

Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do. (Jeremiah 42:3).

“When challenges and difficulties crop up, do not run away from them. Embrace them and find the blessings that I have put there for you.”

“Anything that makes you anxious is an opportunity for growth.”

 “You have invited Me to be sovereign over every aspect of your life, so you can trust Me in every situation.”

“Don’t waste energy fretting about situations or wishing they were different.”

“Accept things as they are and look for My way through the difficulties.”

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Lent Reflections 8
– Friday Feb 26th 2021

The peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).

“Come!” said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind he panicked and began to sink. “Lord! Save me!” he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.

(Matthew 14:29-31).

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection. For the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2).

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, - - and they will live securely. And he will be their peace. (Micah 5:4-5).

“You are surrounded by a sea of problems, but as long as you fix your gaze on Me you will be safe.”

“If you focus on the many problems around you, you will sink under their weight.”

“But if you start to sink, just call out, “Lord! Save me!” Then I will hold you, and lift you up.”

“When threatening waves are approaching, fix your eyes on Me and not on the waves. That is the way you will have peace and security.”

“I want that deep peace to guard your emotions and your thinking today.”

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Lent Reflections 7 – Thursday Feb 25th 2021

 The LORD does not look at the things that man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7).

Sovereign LORD what more can I say to you! It was your will and your purpose to do this; you have done all these great things in order xxxxxxteach me. How great you are Sovereign LORD! There is none like you. (2 Samuel 7:19-21).

You know our secret thoughts. (Psalm 44:21).

 All the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds. (Revelation 2:23).

 I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life; neither angels nor other heavenly powers; neither the present nor the future; neither the world above nor the world below – there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours, through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).

 “Do not attempt to pretend or to hide things in your relationship with Me. I can see into the very depths of your being.”

 “You can relax in My Presence knowing that you are fully known. You can talk to Me about your weaknesses and feelings of inadequacy and be sure that I will fully understand.”

“With your co-operation I will be transforming your weaknesses into strengths, so open yourself without reservation to My Presence.”

“”Remind yourself again and again that your relationship with Me is founded on Love, and nothing in all creation is ever going to be able to separate us.”

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 Lent Reflections 6 – Wednesday Feb 24th 2021

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24).

I have chosen you - - - so do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:9-10).

The LORD your God who went ahead of you on your journey - - to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. (Deuteronomy 1:32-33).

The LORD your God will lead you and protect you on every side. (Isaiah 52:12).

“Today is a precious unrepeatable gift that I am giving to you. Rejoice and be glad and thank Me for it. You can be sure that I will be with you every minute, whether you sense My Presence or not.”

“Today has been planned out for you by your Guide. Enjoy the adventure!”

“If you live each day close to Me you can expect surprises: life’s journey will never be predictable or boring.”

“And the safest place you can be, when you come to the difficult and dangerous tracks, is by My side.”

“Are you ready to walk with Me today?”

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 Lent Reflections 5 – Tuesday Feb 23rd 2021

The LORD said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14).

Like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people. (Isaiah 63:14)

(Jesus said) “Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. A branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me. Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him will produce a large crop of fruit. Apart from me you cannot do a thing. If you stay in me and obey my commands, ask whatever you wish, and you shall have it. (John 15:4-5; 7).

I know that the righteous will praise your name, and that the upright are secure in Your Presence. (Psalm 140:13).

“I know exactly what the day ahead contains for you. You don’t know all that it will hold, and it is the unknown which can make you anxious.”

“You will be secure because My living Presence will be with you wherever you go.”

“The best way to be prepared for whatever you may encounter today is to spend quality time with Me. I will not show you all that is on the road, but I will equip you for the journey.”

“Walk through the day with your focus on Me: that’s the best GPS you can have!”

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Lent Reflections 4
– Monday Feb 22nd 2021

 Let me see you in the sanctuary; let me see how mighty and glorious you are. (Psalm 63:2).

See, the Sovereign LORD is coming with power, and he rules with awesome strength, bringing with him the people he has rescued. He takes care of his flock like a shepherd; he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads the ewes with young. (Isaiah 40:10-11).

I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the furthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me; your strength will support me. (Psalm 139:7-10).

God is not far from any one of us, for ‘in him we live and move and exist’. (Acts 17:27-28).

“I want you to reflect on the twin truths of My awesome power, and My constant closeness to you. I have all authority; and nothing can separate you from My Love.”

“Practise the habit of saying, “I trust You, Jesus” whenever something crops up in your life that you find unsettling. This will help you to focus on My sovereign authority.”

“When you have this way of thinking you will not be gripped by fear. In fact you will see that difficult circumstances can become opportunities for growth.”

“Your repeated expression of trust in Me will keep you close to Me, and will strengthen our relationship.”

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 Lent Reflections 3 – Friday Feb 19th 2021

 How wonderful are the good things you keep for those who honour you! Everyone knows how good you are, how securely you protect those who trust you. You hide them in the safety of your Presence from the plots of men; as a safe shelter you hide them from the insults of their enemies. (Psalm 31:19-20).

(Jesus said) “I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

Leave your troubles with the LORD, and He will defend you; He will never allow the righteous to slip or fall. (Psalm 55:22).

The LORD gives strength to His people and blesses them with peace. (Psalm 29:11).

“I want you to know the peace that only I can give you in this world of troubles.”



“Learn to hide in the safety of My Presence even while you get on with everyday life.”

“My peace can be your portion all the time and in every circumstance.”

“The problems, the trials and the sorrows of life will come; but you do not have to be weighed down by them. There will be serenity in your demeanour which others will see.”

“I am both with you and within you. I go before you, and I am alongside you. I promise that I will never leave you.”

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 Lent Reflections 2 – Thursday Feb 17th 2021

 How happy are those who have learned to worship You, who walk in the light of Your Presence O LORD. (Psalm 89:15).

Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always. (Psalm 105:4).

You have made known to me the path of life; You fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. (Psalm 16:11).

Jesus - came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made - - - “Martha, Martha,” the Lord said, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42).

“I want you to relax and spend time in My Presence.”

“As you sit with Me, you find your thoughts wandering off to the plans and problems of the day. Consciously bring your mind back to Me for renewal and refreshment. Focus on Me.”

“This is the way I am equipping you to face whatever the day may bring.”

“Devoting your time to Me in this way is something that pleases Me and strengthens you.”

“Resist the demands of tasks waiting to be done – you have ‘chosen what is better’.”

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Lent Reflections 1
– Ash Wednesday 2021 

“– dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19).

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27).

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1).

“Come to Me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.

(Romans 12:12).

May the God of hope fill you with great joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) 

“Does Ash Wednesday remind you of your vulnerability: that you are dust and ashes and that nothing is permanent on planet earth?”

“But the glorious paradox is that you are made in My Image – that you were designed for eternity – and that you have infinite value in My sight.”

“When you are aware of your inadequacy remember that I am always ready to help. Let your weakness be your way into My Presence.”

“Focus your hope on Me and you will be protected from depression and other negative thoughts. Heaviness is not of My Kingdom.”

“My Presence will fill you with joy and peace, and I will bear the weight of your burdens.”

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Lent Reflections 12 – Thursday March 4th 2021

 

 

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7).

 

Don’t be worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. God will take care of your tomorrow. Live one day at a time. (Matthew 6:34).

 

When I am afraid, O LORD Almighty, I put my trust in you. I trust in God and I am not afraid; I praise him for what he has promised. What can a mere human being do to me?

(Psalm 56:3-4).

 

Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go - - I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you. (Genesis 28:15).

 

 

 

“I know what you need each day, even before you get out of bed.”

 

“I will provide the strength you need to cope with everything, and the shield you need to protect you from attacks.”

 

“Don’t worry about what might lie ahead of you on the road: concentrate on staying in touch with Me. My Power flows from Me to you along our open line of communication.”

 

“Whenever you feel afraid, or start to panic, remember what I have promised: I will be with you and will protect you wherever you go.”

 

“Don’t waste your energy on worrying! Try singing some joyful songs of praise.”

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