LENT DEVOTIONAL – MARCH 5, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional: 

What would you consider to be a sign of someone who is spiritual? I’m sure that many of us would say that a spiritual person is someone who faithfully reads their Bible, prays, attends church, and strives to live in a Christlike manner. I would agree with you on everything you have said, but I would also say that there is something else that we must not leave out. Scripture teaches us that true spirituality involves doing things that are practical. Consider what James tells us–

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

James is not saying that salvation is FAITH + WORKS, but that SAVING FAITH = GOOD WORKS. True genuine faith produces godly action.  Or, to put it in other words, there is a very practical side to being spiritual. Consider how this was demonstrated by the church at Philippi.

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

Paul was in prison for preaching the gospel. Whereas the Roman government provided most of his basic needs, there were still many things Paul lacked. As we have just read, it was through the Christians at Philippi that God met many of these needs. The Philippians practiced their Christianity in a very practical way.

The Bible does not encourage laziness or social welfare. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians – “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) But in cases where individuals cannot meet their most basic needs, fellow Christians should be willing to help. At Twin Oaks, our deacons administer a Benevolent Fund which has been designed to help those in need. In addition, we take up love offerings and many of you are faithful to share on an individual basis.

Being spiritual involves Bible study, prayer, and church attendance. But it also involves caring for the needs of others.

Devo By Terry Covey

2 MINUTES OF SILENT REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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