Day 35 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.

YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 35 of 47 for Lent Plan – Teaching: Mercy & Possessions
Reading: Matthew 6:19-24 

Further Study

  • Where should we not store our treasures? Where should we store them? Why?
    We should not store our treasures on earth. We should store them in heaven because things on earth are stolen, destroyed, or rot. Things in heaven last forever. Where our treasures are there our hearts will be also.
  • What part of our body’s health affects our entire body?
    our eyes
  • What two things can we not serve? Why?
    God and mammon… because we will love one and hate the other. Our heart and mind will be focused on pleasing one while neglecting the other.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Light… Thank You, God, for being our Light in this world, even in our darkness.
  • Prayer: Pray for yourself – your needs, concerns, desires, dreams.
    Lord, how funny that You had this day to pray for myself to fall on the day I have therapy. And whether I get it read before or after the appointment, it is always right for that day. You personally design for me, even when using something thousands of people are doing to celebrate, honor, or study… Lent.
  • Remembrance: Think about a time you chose God over something your flesh desired. Write about it.
    Lord, You immediately bring to mind a relationship that went against You despite how everyone thought it was the perfect relationship for me, and even though he and I both wanted it. This very message today confirms yet again the very passage You kept using to make clear then about being unequally yoked together, that light has no part in darkness.
    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
    You helped me learn so well that only One can be your first love. I want You to always be my first love. I know if You wanted me in a relationship that he would want that for me too. I have the best relationship I have ever had in You, Jesus. Finally my heart is content! ❤
  • Self- Examination: Do you find yourself choosing money and possessions over God? Ask God to reveal this to you.
    Lord, I am leaving this one to allow You time to answer my asking You to reveal to me which one YOU see. I pray I always do right with that which You trust me with.

A Kind Act

  • Do a favor without expecting anything in return.
    Bobby needed his lunch set up that he wanted, with the unsalted crackers he prefers. And also stopped me in the middle of my bible devotion to read a couple of pieces of his mail that he received.

A special thank You, Lord, for allowing me to find a way to put the bible app, emails, and everything on my tablet… especially the Sudoku puzzles! Right now, I am daily trying to keep You first every day in doing the bible study, reading the bible aloud to Bobby each day with a goal to keep going instead of doing individual topical study, still copying Your word down by hand, and then do puzzles that I have such an addiction for. My eyes are so blurry by the time I get to the puzzles. I strain my eyes to play. You were so merciful to give me large print for everything! ❤ How fitting to the devotion. You have given my eyes health and been my Light by choosing You over doing what my flesh desires. It won’t mean anything to anyone else. But it means so much to me! Thank You for being so personal!

❤ I love You, Father!
❤ I love You, Jesus!
❤ I love You, Holy Spirit!

3 thoughts on “Day 35 of 47 for Lent Plan

  1. A bible app, what a brilliant idea! I have already learned something new here with ‘mammon’ (ignorantly, I hadn’t come across this before but Google tells me it means “wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion”). All the best with your challenges (for lack of a better word!) moving forward through lent and enjoy those sudoku puzzles, without straining your eyes too much. Much love to you, Gail. Take very good care of yourself in these uncertain times  ♥ xx

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    1. PTL! That app has been a blessing. The use of the word mammon in it’s context like in this verse has 2 parts working together to convey the message. Mammon itself was a food that God provided for His people Israel after He brought them out from under the bondage and oppression of Egypt by leading them through the Red Sea, then giving them the 10 Commandments to guide them, and we’re now in the wilderness. They were hungry with no food, so God told Moses He would rain down manna each day, and to send a head of each family to go get their portion. And on Saturday He sent double portions so they could still honor the Sabbath by resting. It was referred to as food the angels eat. They complained because it was small round wafers, saying it had no flavor. Despite the fact they did not follow His instructions on gathering, how to use and eat. He sent them meat by raining quails, so much that it was coming out of their nostrils. The reference comes from the fact that every time they complained their words were “It would have been better to die in Egypt. At least we had all we need and they took care of us.” This was the same Egypt that had them as slaves, abused them badly, and thought of them as animals. The same Pharaoh who openly defied God 7 times when God said through Moses, “Let my people go.” Therefore God sent Egypt 7 serious plagues, the last one killing all the first born of man and beasts. Even of any Isralite that did not put Lamb’s blood above the doorpost as God warned. He brought them through the Red Sea by parting it and holding it back until each one of the several thousand could go through on dry ground, then closed back the sea on top of Pharaoh and his men in their chariots when they were hot on Israel’s trail. After all this their words were always “It would be better to go back to Egypt.” And that at least Egypt took care of them with meat, sweets, and all kinds of good things. So when that term is used it is saying whether it be money, food, materialism, games … ANYTHING that we choose to trust and find comfort in instead of God, we are serving/worshipping manna, despite the fact we say we love God. He wisely warns us that we will love one and hate the other, just as they did with complaining that death in Egypt was better than trusting God to provide, and insulting the one who provides ALL our needs. It may not always be what we want, but at least our hearts are with God and we are under His LOVING protection, not a crushing oppression from someone who thinks of us as a dog or their enemy. Hope that’s not too much. It is in Exodus 16 and tells they ate this for the 40 years He let them wondering in the wilderness because they were always a ”murmuring and complaining” people. God doesn’t mind to give us good, He just wants us to trust Him and be thankful for what He provides

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