Friday, March 8, 2013

Lenten Devotional for Friday, March 8

SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Jim Denison will be in the Tall City for AWAKE 7:14, March 24-27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Midland Center
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Dr. Jim Denison's 2013 collection of Lenten devotionals is entitled, "If My People..." and comes at a time that he believes "a Fifth Great Awakening is sweeping the nations, as more people are coming to Christ than ever before in Christian history. How can you join this great movement of God's Spirit?" He goes on to write, "in this year's Lenten devotional guide, we will walk each day with King Solomon as he leads his nation into God's presence and glory. We will commit ourselves to our Father's purpose and experience his transforming power. And we will claim his promise: 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14). 'If My People ...' is more than a Lenten guide - it is God's invitation to intimacy with him. Please join us on this joyous journey."

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Friday, March 8
Will you pay the price of awakening?

When I rst began studying great awakenings, I was surprised to discover their unpopularity. Each was viewed with suspicion by religious authorities. For instance, George White eld, the renowned British evangelist of the First Great Awakening, had to preach in the open air because no church would allow him to speak from its pulpit. When God moves, the enemy always responds.

Our Scripture continues, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves . . ." "Will" implies the possibility of "won't." Not all will accept God's invitation to join the Fifth Great Awakening. Some Christians will choose self-su ciency over the Spirit's power, the status quo over spiritual renewal.

Not to decide for Jesus is to decide against him. Have you decided to join the Fifth Great Awakening, whatever its cost? If so, know that "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). There is a great encounter with the living God waiting for those who pay its price.

When last did it cost you something signi cant to make Jesus your King?

Prior to founding the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, James C. Denison, Ph.D., was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is also the the author of seven books.

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