Lent Devotion Guide #28 – Overcoming The Lies: I Don’t Have A Choice

WEDNESDAY MARCH 31, 2021

An Introduction
Hello Connect Church Family! As we prepare for the coming of Easter I will be sharing a sermon series titled, “Overcoming the Lies.” To accompany the sermon series and help us grow as individual Christians, we have also put together this devotional guide. I hope this will be a blessing to you! Every weekday, for the next several weeks, you are invited to join your church family and spend a few moments in this book. A number of people from our church community have contributed to make this booklet possible. On other days I have shared short thoughts on scriptures and left space for you to pray through what the scripture means for you. I hope you will join me and many others in your church family as we prepare for the coming of Easter!
-Pastor Adam Ricks

Read Romans 7:18-24

Everyone knows the stereotype of the bully in school picking on the smaller kids, and in that, we all see the other kids sitting back and watching. Are they the bullies? No, but a simple act of kindness or even calling the authorities (in this case a teacher) could prevent a lifetime of heartache for both the victim and the bully.
Fear often keeps us from doing what God has called us to do whether it is fear of consequences, fear of the future, or simply fear of change. Fear causes us to justify not following the path God has intended for us, so we can avoid anything that may be difficult.
Paul ends Romans 7 with a simple yet effective prayer: “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Our prayer is that we all can find the fortitude to do both what we know is right and resist the temptation to do nothing.
-Ben Ramsey, Youth Leader (ConnectUMC Member)