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My new devotional: 40 Days of Increase

My 40 Days of Increase devotional is live on Amazon! Use this link to get copy for yourself. It’s only available in digital format now, but the print version is coming. And just an FYI, you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. Your phone or laptop will work just fine.

If you don’t know the story behind 40 Days of Increase, here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

I didn’t grow up in a family that observed Lent. I think my first participation in an Ash Wednesday service was just a few years ago when I attended one with my brother at Kensington Community Church—and I haven’t attended one since. So, admittedly, I have minimal exposure to Lent, how it’s observed, and the impact it has on people’s spiritual formation. My brother found it to be a powerful experience, but that’s my lone case study.

What I do have is a growing exposure to people talking about Lent, usually via social media. And for the most part, it’s about “what I’m giving up.” I understand that there’s more to it than that, but would you agree with me that restraint, denial and fasting have become predominant themes among most observances of Lent?

It was this dynamic that provoked me to carry out a bit of a counter-Lent study back in 2015, which I called 40 Days of Increase. Rather than spending the season focused on what I was giving up for Lent and what I was doing for God, I focused on what I have gained in him and what he has already done for me.

The distinction might sound stronger than it actually is. I know that for many, denial, sacrifice and penitence is how they focus on what he’s done. So, I’m not setting out to be critical of that approach. It’s just that for me, self-imposed restraint and introspection has rarely given me deeper revelation of Jesus and often carries me into self-focus. And I’m terribly unimpressive and uninspiring.

But Jesus and his ever-increasing Kingdom are incredibly impressive and absolutely inspiring. Isaiah prophesied, “Of the increase of His government and peace, There will be no end…” (Isaiah 9:7a). This means something to each of us personally and impacts our day-to-day lives, but it’s a topic I’ve rarely heard discussed.

40 Days of Increase seeks to make this somewhat vague promise of perpetual Kingdom increase applicable, provoking and transformative. I hope you’ll find it so.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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