memory of two Lents with a decade and half in between

There are those who have their own important dates fall into the Lent period. I am one of them. My conviction and conversion by the Holy Spirit was in Lent several decades ago. It was a time of both tears and joy, which words cannot express. Today I read and listened to the reading by Charles Finney on how he encountered the Holy Spirit on October 10, and remember how I too was miraculously transformed by the mercy and love of God.

I therefore borrow below excerpts of Finney’s rich account of his encounter with the supernatural God:

There was no fire, and no light, in the room; nevertheless it appeared to me as if it were perfectly light. As I went in and shut the door after me, it seemed as if I met the Lord Jesus Christ face to face. It did not occur to me then, nor did it for some time afterward, that it was wholly a mental state. On the contrary it seemed to me that I saw him as I would see any other man. He said nothing, but looked at me in such a manner as to break me right down at his feet. I have always since regarded this as is most remarkable state of mind; for it seemed to me a reality, that he stood before me, and I fell down at his feet and poured out my soul to him. I wept aloud like a child, and made such confessions as I could with my choked utterance. It seemed to me that I bathed his feet with my tears; and yet I had no distinct impression that I touched him, that I recollect...

No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love; and I do not know but I should say, I literally bellowed out unutterable gushings of my heart. These waves came over me, and over me, and over me, one after the other, until I recollect I cried out, “I shall die if these wavers continue to pass over me.” I said, “Lord, I cannot bear any more;” yet I had no fear of death. . . .”

In this state I was taught the doctrine of justification by faith, as a present experience.” ~Finney 


What are some of the things participating Christians do? Fasting, praying, giving up some of their favorite activities/food or anything that they would otherwise enjoy. Please note that the actions do not give us merit. It is not a form of exchange with God for something we want. But it does benefit us in self-disciplined and an increase in awareness and sensitivity to the matters of God.

Some believers practice Lent as a family. Instead of focusing on an expectation of the excitement of hunting for Easter eggs, why not change our focus to looking at the Lord Jesus? In mission high school days, we had an event called, watch-night, to attend a Bible reading communion service on late Maundy Thursday night, to keep vigil and watch. The chapel remained opened throughout the night for those who chose to stay awake the whole night. Very few stayed. I did try to stay as late as possible to focus on the Lord. The memory of a few tiny persons in the empty chapel with the cool night air, alone sitting there, watching and waiting for something we did not understand then, is like a scene out of some movie. If I go back in time, would I do that again? I believe I would. Whilst I did not know Him, the Lord knew me even then.

The magnificent cathedral, the mission school boarding houses, and the weekly chapel duties, the class of 67. No one at that time would have thought of what we have each become today. Is this what the verse had meant, that whilst many were called few were chosen? Looking back, I cannot recall encountering God then. And yet, walking thus far, I now realize how close God has always been! He waited fifteen years to draw me back into His fold.

καί notes, 2023-03-07


Lent is a Christian annual period that starts on Ash Wednesday February 22 (2023) and ends on Maundy Thursday, April 6th, for 40 days (not Including Sundays) representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is practiced by some Christians, fasting and praying during the 40-day period of Lent to honor and remember the suffering of Jesus in the weeks before His death and resurrection.

Here is a list of days which signify important events in this relation:

Important Dates of Lent in 2023:

Important Dates of LentBrief Overview of Significance2023 Dates
Palm SundayCelebrates Jesus’s triumphant entry into JerusalemApril 2, 2023
Holy WeekThe week leading up to EasterApril 2 – April 8, 2023
Maundy ThursdayCommemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the ApostlesApril 6, 2023
Good FridayCommemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at CalvaryApril 7, 2023
Holy SaturdayCommemorates Jesus’ body resting in the tombApril 8, 2023
Easter SundayCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his victory over sin and death. April 9, 2023

2022 (a different drum beat)

“Consider not”, “Fear not”…The watchman’s list of random words and verses received chronologically this year.

3/11 Numbers 21:9 When he looked at the…he lived. (John 3:14,15; Hebrews 12:2) “Intense looking unto Jesus, fix our eyes on Jesus, abandoning all else, only He matters!”

What are you considering?” Abraham considered not his body. He did not waver at the promise of God. He was fully convinced that God was able to perform. The same applies to us too–made righteous by faith in God. (Romans 4:18-20) Sarah too. (Hebrews 11:11)

Consider this truth instead of the symptoms: God is good, powerful, faithful to perform His words. Healing is God’s love language!

4/11 Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you.” So I ask, “What is possible?” Answer: Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

5/11 How do we know God loves us? 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

6/29 read and meditated on God’s created “family” in Genesis 1-11. Last night I finished another blog on Adam’s family–Seth’s lineage. How God had to find one man in each generation to carry on the lineage of mankind until Jesus was born.

Genesis 6:3 “Yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” God spoke of normal human lifespan.

7/7 Talked with the Father. he said, not to worry about tomorrow. Reading “the Power of Imagination” (Andrew Wommack) I tried to visualize God. Then I was led by the Spirit to read Romans 8, on the Life giving Spirit, the life of God in us.

8/21 (a week) It is the position of my heart, not about a technique, to have the presence of God (to see, sense, recognize). Righteousness, peace, and joy –reveal the kingdom of God inside me.

Reading Isaiah 34-49. 34:16 search from God’s book and read; 35:5-6 healing; 38:21 healed; 40:1 comforted; 40:31 strength renewed;

Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear not, for I am with you; (Fear not 41:13,14; 43:1,5; 44:2)

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 45:11

11 Thus says the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons;
And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.

Isaiah 48:11

11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.

My conversation with God: reading Isaiah 49:1-4

Isaiah 49:4

Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord,
And my work with my God.’ ”

Prayer: Abba Father, please show us how to walk the next step, fearless, let Your perfect love cast out all fears!

8/28 Calm, at ease like normal living. How do I see myself? See how God see me. My value and my work in Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:9 received twice for best friend. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Hebrews 10:23 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Read healing promises: God wants you healed, Jesus is your Healer, freely receive your healing, see His grace and be healed, rest in His finished work! Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus! 12:1 let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us!

8/31 Romans 5:17 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

God listens –we are listened to, because of Jesus! Hebrews 4:15-16 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We live in the light. The light shows that the terror of darkness and chaos have no objective reality to them. Light is the fundamental reality in which we live. And God is light. We are not cursed. We are blessed. We have the light of life. (John 1:5; 8:12)

“Christian spirituality does not begin with us talking about our experience; it begins with listening to God who calls us, heals us, and forgives us.” God not only is. God speaks. I need to learn and practice listening spiritually.

Jesus says, 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

September 1-3 (three days fast and pray): read and meditate Bible verses as led by the Holy Spirit, pray in Tongues. (to continue in next blog)

Kainotes, 2022-12-31

Christmas joy: grace, grace

What greater gift than this can ever be given to mankind? Love, Joy, Peace! Grace! Grace!

Zechariah 4:7

‘Who are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!
And he shall bring forth the capstone
With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”

Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

John 1:14

The Word Becomes Flesh 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:6

which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

2 John 1:3

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Acts 20:24

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

καί notes, 2022-12-24

the gift in a song: listen
This is Grace | 20schemes music

reading verses to friends: Be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

“Inheritance in the Light!”

Col 1:4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;

1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

1:12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

2: As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Himrooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Col 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in GodWhen Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

17 And whatever you do in word or deeddo all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Vision: Colossians (1-3) in diagrams

Put on the New Man
Put on Love

The sons of light

Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Key words/phrases to note: faith in Christ Jesus and love for all the saints (brethren in Christ), spiritual understanding, inheritance in the light (kingdom of the Son of God), complete in Christ–our real life, triumphing over the adversaries, having the fullness of God in Christ, Christ is the substance (the rest are shadows), put on the new man–who we are in Christ, put on love (God is love), set our mind on things above (where our real life is), let our hearts be occupied with two things: let the peace of God rule, let the words of Christ dwell in, let our word and deeds be done in the name of our Lord Jesus, always giving thanks to the Father for having adopted us as His children, and we are now the sons of God.

καὶnotes, 2022-10-15

supernatural Christians, quantum physics (a new journey begins)

On this day of 2022-10-12 reading the blog posted on 2020-10-12 and pondering over the supernatural and being a Christian. Jesus told His disciples that they were in the world but not of the world. What did He mean? What did He want them to know? What did He want them to do? Lately I have been asking a lot of similar questions and my questions have been answered as I was led to read the Word differently, like the scales on my eyes gradually fell off and the fog eventually cleared as the sun rays continues to shine brilliantly without fail at the door step of my heart.

Welcome to another spiritual journey!

AAA watchman

2022-10-13 notes: Reading the following blog today makes me again marvel how awesome, yet real and human mind-boggling the whole design by God is. His words are so real. The depth and height and length and width of the Word is really magnificent and far beyond our imagination and thoughts. The last two years had been either a blank or a canvas filled with multifaceted experiences for many. Some had founded an entirely different lifestyle despite being confined in an artificial space and time. I have been studying God’s words with more time on hand and experienced God more. Lately I came across some teachings on quantum physics and quantum mechanics and how the Bible actually reveals such facts. The more I read the Bible the more I agree. I will just mention briefly that it explains and answers many of my questions. The understanding also empowers me to apply…

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