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Lessons Learned From the Alabaster Box – Bro. Jeff Breza

April 8, 2008 11 comments

Washing Jesus' FeetIf you could imagine with me for a minute what it must have been like when Jesus entered a room.

Try to picture the woman who had the alabaster box.  This was something that was precious to her.  This box was the most valuable thing that she had and she gave it all away.  The passage of scripture that I am referring to is in Luke Chapter 7 verses 36 – 50

[36] And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
[37] And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
[38] And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
[39] Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
[40] And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
[41] There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
[42] And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
[43] Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
[44] And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
[45] Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
[46] My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
[47] Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
[48] And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
[49] And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
[50] And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
 As you are reading this entry I am using my own words to describe this awesome event.  She had the right idea.

We can learn so much from her and what she was doing and why she was doing it.  She recognized who Jesus was to her, and that there were no limits on what she was willing to give to Jesus.  Why am I referencing this passage of scripture as it relates to repentance?  The reason is; she knew that Jesus was the Savior; she also recognized that she had a past that needed to be forgiven by the Lamb of God.  This woman was considered a heathen by the religious, but she didn’t care.  She gave what she had; she offered herself to the Lord as an act of worship. 

The Lord gave honor to this woman, and spoke freedom into her life when he said, “thy sins are forgiven”. He also told her, “thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”  She came in bound with a past that needed to be forgiven and healed.  She left free, and no longer bound to the past that she was held captive to.  The Lord forgave her because of her willingness to give herself completely to the Lord.

My prayer is that who ever reads this, saint or sinner, would be encouraged to go deeper and higher, to become more intimate with Jesus.  Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one day and no longer carry the burden of life, and walk around frustrated with yourself and others around you?  The Lord offers deliverance to each of us. He is waiting for us to call upon Him.

May the Lord bless you, keep you, and draw you closer to the love of Jesus.

Bro. Jeff Breza

January 2008 Month of Consecration

January 2, 2008 1 comment

Workman's FastHappy New Year! With the holidays behind us and the onset of a new year, the pastoral staff is pleased to announce that January has been designated as a month of consecration. The Bible declares in Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. That’s exactly what GAC will be doing for the next month.

Step 1: Communion and Footwashing

Grace partook of the Biblically ordained observances of communion and footwashing. These observances enable the renewal a person needs to begin the new year with a fresh start as it were.

Step 2: 21-Day Fast

Starting January 2, 2008, GAC will be fasting for 21 days to enable us to achieve the spiritual level that Christ has ordained for our church. While many will be fasting their meals for the entire 21 days, subsisting strictly on water, some will be observing the “Workman’s Fast.”

The Workman’s Fast is simply fasting (and praying) for the entire work day until 5 p.m. at which time the person would eat and then continue to fast until 5 p.m. the next day. This fast enables the working individual the opportunity to fast and pray, and is recommended for those who work strenuously or have health related issues that may prevent them from fasting for longer periods of time.

There are other variations of fasting that could be observed, but the overall intent is to ensure that an individual is observing the biblical fast with the proper motives and in the proper fashion.

Fasting References

  1. Isaiah Chapter 58
  2. Matthew 6:16-18

Step 3: Monday Evening Prayer

In addition to your private prayer during the fast, GAC will be meeting again on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. for corporate prayer in the GAC Youth Chapel. For some encouraging remarks about prayer, stop by my one of my fellow blogger’s sites The Apostolic Messenger, and read his latest posting about prayer – Click Here.

Click here for additional resources regarding Biblical Fasting.

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