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The Lenten Roller Coaster: 40 Days of RESET

25-27 Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. 28-31 They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. 32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:25-32)

Teaching

If you want to have real fun, you must ride the reset roller coaster. Pastoring comes with many challenges. But maybe the biggest challenge is to be able to see what the Lord sees and do what the Lord wants. There is so much here that those who were born here have learned to accept it as part of the landscape. As a pastor in the Lord’s church, and through verses in Luke 24, the Lord began to awaken my heart to help others reset. In this passage, God says to His people, “I’m not impressed with your religion if you do not dedicate yourself to help the least of these.”

In this particular text two disciples are walking to Emmaus; distraught and confused over the events of the weekend: Jesus was crucified, died, buried, and rose (according to the women). While on the road, Jesus (but they didn’t know it was him) starts walking with them; listens to them; opens the scriptures with them; shares a meal with them thus “opening their eyes” causing them to run back to Jerusalem to share their experience with others.

As we continue to fulfill our God given mission and vision it is my goal that will we will engage people in relationships, enlighten them with the gospel through word and deed; enable individuals to grow in their faith and empower others to create disciples.

Challenge

It’s fun to be reset. I cannot tell about all the miracles I saw during this process. What I can do is invite you to have fun on the reset roller coaster, in which we obey God and see Him supernaturally provide.

Here is your challenge:

  • Read Isaiah Luke 24:13-35.

  • Pray for a new vision for your personal reset and generosity. Hear from God.

  • Pray with an open heart that God will lead you.

  • Perhaps He has had it in your heart for a while and now is the time to step out in faith.

  • Don’t stop praying until you know with certainty what God wants you to do.

  • Respond to what God puts in your heart, and be prepared to be challenged and blessed.

  • Take a risk. This is your part of the roller- coaster ride. Step out on faith and be obedient to what God has put in your heart. If it is from Him, it will likely require trust, faith, and courage. Don’t hold back—step out and do what He has put in your heart to do.

  • See how He guides and provides. Expect God to meet your needs, but also expect to be surprised. Watch how He will multiplies and perhaps calls you into an even deeper level as a result.

  • Remember, it is a roller coaster. Enjoy the ride!

During this season, I will take a risk and act in a new way as God leads.


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