Pastor Titus Benton kicked off the first Sunday of Lent by challenging us to take the first step in moving from captivity to freedom. Like the Israelites at the shores of the Red Sea, we must choose to break camp and move forward from the destructive patterns of sin that often enslave us.
Exodus 14:11-14; 15:1-4
Take the first step: Asking God to move us beyond our comfort. As we continue to engage our Lenten fast and self-reflection, let's try asking God in prayer to move us beyond the patterns of sin we find comfortable to remain in. Once you have identified a specific, destructive pattern of sin present during this season of your life, I invite you to directly ask God to make these patterns less comfortable.
Meditate on the Exodus 15 song of praise. Moving from a place of confession and petition concerning the enslaving sins in your life, I invite you to participate in a prayer of thanksgiving and hope. Read through the first four verses of the chapter, three times slowly. Pause in between each reading, allowing yourself to take in the scene of crossing the Red Sea, and to consider the Egyptian army as these patterns of sin you are casting off. Conclude the meditation by thanking God for a love which empowers and protects along this journey.
I Need Thee Every Hour
In Feast Or Fallow
Let Our Faith Be Not Alone
Be Still My Soul