Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 7

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie


The meditation questions for today involve growth as Christ’s disciple:

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 indicating I am just beginning and 5 indicating I am well-developed):

How am I growing in relationship with God through regular times of personal Bible study and prayer?

How do I respond challenges with peace and faith rather than anxiety and fear?

How well do I avoid addictive behaviors to meet my needs?

Do I have a growing relationship with someone who encourages my spiritual health and personal growth…a spiritual partner?

Am I honoring God with my finances the way I budget and in my personal giving to His work through tithing?

How can I grow this year to become more like Christ?

Food has been an addiction to which I have turned all my life. During the 21 day spiritual journey in January God gave me a vision for losing forty pounds. But I am coming to see that the goal is a measuring stick for a much deeper spiritual work God wishes to do inside me. These journeys into the world of fasting are about gaining control of my appetites and addictions so that Christ may have the preeminence.

Which of these questions spoke most to you?


16 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 7

  1. Pastor J, I think we are on the same spiritual frequency because this is the exact thing God is working in me. I won’t say I much I need to lose I’ll just leave at I will start with 40 pounds. God gave me a word on Sunday to how long I need to continue with fasting flesh meat and I have committed myself to obeying His command until He states otherwise. I want Christ to be first in every aspect of my life. He keeps reiterating to me that some dreams/miracles can only be met by fasting and prayer and I am standing on His promise that it shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Lord, help me be still enough to listen for your whisper and direction. Lord, I pray for an unquenchable thirst that only you can give. This is such a different walk for me with this fasting and prayer time not one like I have ever traveled before. God is planting several new seeds in my heart and I’m not quite sure which direction they will take when He starts to water them. Thank you, Pastor J for the Lenten journey posts they have been quite powerful to me.

    • I am so glad Deb! I am really learning that, as Richard Foster says, “Fasting is feasting.” He is showing me so many neat things and taking me through so many powerful changes and healings. I do feel like I am rising to a new place in my faith. I am glad He is doing the same with you. Until dreams are made sight sister…until dreams are made sight!

  2. Good questions Pastor J. The one that speaks to me is probably the first one. Feeling just this week (tonight in fact) that i really need to get more serious with my prayer life.

  3. I can relate to the food addictions, Pastor J. I have not always been over weight, so it was easier to ignore it. Could you pray with me as God addresses this in my life and helps me to be free from it? Thank you and God bless you!

  4. Addictions and finances have always been things I need to trust to God and follow Jesus’ example fearlessly. Or should I say fearing God more than I do the fear of losing these things the flesh holds dear! Thanks Pastor!

  5. WOW!! This post is great! I believe every one of us have addictions– some not as noticeable as others! “But I am coming to see that the goal is a measuring stick for a much deeper spiritual work God wishes to do inside me.”… this sentence spoke the loudest to me. Thank you Pastor J! Praise God for your faithfulness

  6. Question One can always see improvement, and Question Four is happening. A few weeks before the last presidential election I joined with others on a fast, and started attending the weekly intercessory prayer group. The head of the prayer ministry and I were acquainted through our writers group, and I see a mentor relationship developing. I’m excited about what God is doing in my life.

  7. Only one question hit me this time – the fourth one. I had an accountability partner all the years I was extremely active in children’s and youth ministry and the Lord worked in both our lives, refining us, as we encouraged each other. It was a precious relationship, but it came to an end (reason of distance and not being in constant communication) with the ministry. In some ways, hubby fills the role, but not in the same way. Maybe I need a new accountability partner, but it would have to be the Lord’s choice.
    Praying . . .

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