FROM BROKENNESS TO FREEDOM

A LENTEN JOURNEY

By Michelle Taylor

LENT: FEBRUARY 17TH – APRIL 3RD 2021

Introduction

Welcome to this Lenten course for 2021. I am glad that you have chosen to journey with us from brokenness to freedom, especially during these difficult days of lockdown and the loss of much of our freedom which is highlighting our brokenness.

I pray that as we journey together the Holy Spirit will reveal that brokenness to us that we may surrender it to His refining work in our lives as He leads us to healing and freedom.

For each day of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, there are Scripture readings for you to reflect on based on the given themes of brokenness, repentance, the Cross and freedom. There are 2 ways of reading and meditating on these scriptures, depending on the time you have:

2-minute prayers: if you only have a few minutes then read the verses that are printed out ready for you and digest them as you go about your day. Perhaps revisit them in the evening and listen to what the Holy Spirit has said to you through them.

15-minute prayers: If you have longer to dig deeper then look up the scripture references and read the verses in context. Sit with the verse, phrase or word that stands out to you and allow the Spirit to speak through them.

Of course, you may take as long as you wish to, revisit the passages and themes as often as you wish to, and most importantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as He guides you through your contemplation on this Lenten journey.

There is no right or wrong way to meditate on the Lord and His Word. Simply get comfortable, invite Him to speak to you and listen. It is advisable to have a notebook and pen handy in order to record what you are learning and any questions that arise from your meditation.

Each week we shall meet together and share what we have been learning on the journey. This will be via zoom and you are invited to come with a cuppa, bringing your revelations and questions to share and edify one another.

May we know the increase of His presence and peace as we journey together.

Every blessing

Michelle

SECTION 1: BROKENNESS

Day 1: Psalm 34; Psalm 51

The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Ps 34:18)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Ps 51:17)

Day 2: Psalm 147; Isaiah 57:14-21

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps 147:3)

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

Day 3: John 12:20-36; Psalm 31

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)

I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. (Ps 31:12)

Day 4: Matthew 5:1-12; James 4:1-12

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 5:2-3)

But he gives more grace. Therefore, it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

Day 5: Galatians 2:11-21; Jeremiah 18:1-10

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. (Jer 18:4)

Day 6: Romans 3:1-20; Romans 6:15-23

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; (Rom 3:10)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:23)

Day 7: Isaiah 65:1-16; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit. (Isa 65:14)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (Heb 4:15)

Day 8: Isaiah 40; Acts 20:13-24

Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isa 40:30-31)

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)

Day 9: Psalm 69; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. (Psa 69:20)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:10)

Day 10: Psalm 73; Matthew 6:25-34

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Ps 73:26)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:33)

 

SECTION 2: REPENTANCE

Day 11: Romans 2:1-16; 1 John 1

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Rom 2:4)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Day 12: Acts 3:11-26; 2 Peter 3

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, (Acts 3:19)

The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Day 13: Matthew 4:1-17; Acts 2:29-41

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt 4:17)

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Day 14: Acts 17:16-34; Matthew 3:1-12

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30)

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8)

Day 15: 2 Chronicles 7:11-22; Acts 11:1-18

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14)

When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:18)

Day 16: Luke 13:1-9; Luke 5:27-32

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)

Day 17: Revelation 2:1-7; Revelation 3:14-22

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. (Rev 2:5)

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (Rev 3:19)

Day 18: 2 Corinthians 7:2-13; Isaiah 30:15-26

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (2 Cor 7:10)

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In repentance and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isa 30:15)

Day 19: Ezekiel 18:21-32; Luke 17:1-10

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; repent, and live. (Ez 18:32)

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (Luke 17:3)

Day 20: Jonah 3; Joel 2:12-17

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10)

And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. (Joel 2:13)

 

SECTION 3: THE CROSS

Day 21: Mark 8:31-38; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor 1:18)

Day 22: Matthew 10:27-39; Galatians 2:11-21

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matt 10:38)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

Day 23: Hebrews 12:1-13; Romans 5:1-11

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:2)

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)

Day 24: Philippians 2:1-11; Galatians 3:1-14

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Gal 3:13)

Day 25: Isaiah 53; John 3:1-21

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:5)

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (John 3:14)

Day 26: Matthew 27:11-26; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matt 27:26)

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:21)

Day 27: Matthew 27:32-44; 1 John 3:11-24

Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Matt 27:37)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16)

Day 28: Matthew 27:45-56

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”-which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46)

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matt 27:54)

Day 29: Matthew 27:57-66; Isaiah 53

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isa 53:9)

Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance and went away. (Matt 27:59-60)

Day 30: Matthew 28:1-10; John 11:17-44

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (Matt 28:6)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live…’ (John 11:25)

 

SECTION 4: FREEDOM

Day 31: Colossians 3:1-17; Romans 8:1-11

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Col 3:1-4)

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Rom 8:11)

Day 32: Galatians 5:1-6; Romans 8:28-39

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)

Day 33: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; John 8:31-41

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Cor 3:17)

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

Day 34: 2 Timothy 1:3-12; Colossians 2:6-15

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:7)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Col 2:6-7)

Day 35: Philippians 2:12-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Phil 2:13)

But we ought always to thank God for you…loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thess 2:13)

Day 36: Ephesians 2:1-10; Galatians 5:16-26

For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph 2:10)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23)

Day 37: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. (1 Cor 12:11)

Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Cor 5:5)

Day 38: Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 4

Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Eph 6:11)

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4:18)

Day 39: Galatians 3:26-4:7; 1 John 2:28-3:3

So, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (Gal 4:7)

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)

Day 40: Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Peter 1:3-11

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph 1:3)

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)