During this Lenten season, I paused again, with so many others in this holy time, to consider what the cross means to me. The gift of Jesus’ forgiveness has brought such freedom to me. But have I, in other ways, tried to carry a debt load that has already been lifted away from me? What kind of worship and prayers for our Lenten season could I offer to Him?
I contemplated the way that I have heard Jesus ask me to let Him carry my burden. And I thought about the many times that He has asked me to let Him sustain me in my weaknesses. It seemed to be a constant refrain that I forget to absorb.
If this disease that I carry is a result of this fallen world, then why do I act as if the fault remains with me? Have you felt that judgment concerning your own pain and weakness?
WHAT KIND OF VICTORY HAS JESUS WON FOR US?
As I looked at the Greek meanings of some of the words of this Scripture at Biblehub.com I was amazed at the intensity of those simple words that had seemed to slip past me:
- “disarmed” can mean to divest wholly, strip
- “shamed” can mean to expose them, (Satan’s rulers)
- “Victory” can mean to cause to triumph
If Jesus divested wholly and shamed the real cause of this diseased world, which is Satan, then why have I allowed my heart to act as if my own body is the cause of this disease? My Jesus carries me with such compassion to his father’s heart, and He views me as whole and complete. What a joy to know that He is not offended in any way by my pain and disease. While I wait for the full healing that is to come, either here or finally in Heaven, HE has taken every charge that has been racked up against me, and nailed it all to his own cross. What a wonderful realization of His love. We can thank Him through these prayers for our Lenten season
WHAT A SAVIOR! WHAT A GLORIOUS LORD WE HAVE!
I carried my illness
As a charge
Marked only for me
My lot in life.
But Jesus stepped in
Cancelled my debt
Of this world’s pain.
Evil rulers now shamed
As Jesus nailed every charge
Onto His cross
And rose victorious
My burden to lift.
Oh, Praise His name
Rejoice with me, friend
Freedom is won
No longer ashamed
Our record is clean.
Jesus our Savior now carries us.
OFFER WORSHIP THROUGH PRAYERS FOR OUR LENTEN SEASON
Will you join me this week at Chronic Joy, as we pause with six Scriptures and Prayers for our Lenten season? Jesus carried every charge against us, and nailed it to his cross. And now we are freely carried by Him. Click here to listen and to pray together.
This past week has been filled with medical tests for both myself and my husband. As I lay on the table for my most recent CT scan, I began to pray for my husband again, that he would know the comfort of Christ. But I heard the Lord ask me,
What about you, my daughter? I long to bring my comfort to you also.
But before I could receive His comfort, I knew I had to ask the question that had been burning in my heart all week.
Why Lord? Why must I face yet more illnesses that my Mother bore?
The answer He gave me surprised me. He pointed me back to the words of this post, and asked if I had borne my illnesses as my own fault, my own shame.
Yes, Lord, You know I have.
And then, He surprised me even more by asking what I thought my Mother felt about her illnesses. Did she also carry them as her fault?
The pause in my answering caused me to choke back sobs, and almost miss the instructions of the technician to “Take a deep breath now, and hold it.”
Yes, Lord, I know she did. I felt it for her.
And then the true state of my heart was revealed. He reminded me of how much I had carried for her, how much I had sought to serve her my whole life. And then He asked if I could do one more thing for her. She was with Him now, totally free of all responsibility and shame. But could I allow Him to release that shame for her off of my own shoulders now?
It is time for you to be free also, my daughter. I took EVERY charge marked against you, against your Mother, and nailed it to My cross.
I came home from that test shaking and unsure of what I had just heard. But God gave me a promise on the way home, with such an amazing sunset, one that neither I nor my husband had ever seen. And He confirmed it with the sunrise the next morning.
Is there a charge that you have been carrying, one marked against you or someone you love? Please join me at Chronic Joy, where I would love to pray with you this Lenten Season. And I would love to invite you to share your prayer request at the Prayer Pond there also. May God make us One in His love through Christ’s intercession at work in us
And if you are looking for a great book to read through during this Lenten Season, I would love to recommend my friend Joy Lenton’s new book to you. It is a refreshing gathering of daily reflections to look for His presence among us:
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