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Theme: Self Denial: Recognizing our Chains

Verse: 1 John 2:15-17

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”


We often sing the lyrics “my chains are gone, I’ve been set free”. Those are incredibly important words to remember– that in Jesus Christ, the penalty of our sins has been washed away by the blood of the Lamb. That’s the Good News! The “not so good news” is that we still live in a world and in a body full of chains. What are they? Anything that holds you back from fully serving and loving the Lord. Anything that has a grip on you that makes it hard to control. That is why during the Lenten season we practice the discipline of self-denial. When we “give something up” for Lent, what we are really doing is putting ourselves in a place where we learn to be lord of our desires (and not the other way around). The love of this world, and the things in this world, are constant pitfalls for believers. The draw is ever around us. Thus, during Lent, we lean on the power of the Spirit of God to help us gain victory over that which wants to own us.

So, this Lenten season….what are you asking Jesus to help you gain victory over (and eggplant is not a legitimate answer)?