Ericka Graham leads us deeper into the desert of this Lenten season, considering the temptations and demons we all face throughout our journey. Just as the Tempter left Jesus for another opportune time, we will surely be met by temptation time and again, and must rely on the strength that Jesus has given us to stand firm in the past.
Matthew 8: 24-28
Luke 4: 4-13
“Jesus was an extremist for love, truth, and goodness.”
– Martin Luther King
“Kathleen Norris reminds us, the Greek root of the word crisis is ‘to sift’, as in, to shake out the excesses and leave only what's important. That's what crises do. They shake things up until we are forced to hold on to only what matters most. The rest falls away.”
– Glennon Doyle Melton
Reflection & Practice
Jesus did not make evil spirits vanish, but instead cast them out. What powers do you feel at odds with you right now; is there a strained relationship, addiction, or ailment that needs to be named and cast out? Pray for the light of Christ to invade and banish the darkness you may be facing.
Who is in your life that you can be honest with, and confess your temptations, struggles and vices to? We all need accountability. Who can help you face those vices stronger than you have in the past?
Ericka began her message with a two minute meditation of silence. Will you spend time in silence every day this week? It doesn’t have to be long; even a few minutes can quiet the noise and allow us to listen and connect with God.
The Joy Of The Lord
All My Tears (Be Washed Away)
In Christ Alone
Have Mercy On Me
You Took The Blame